Site Blog

06
Aug ’13
We've done two community meetings so far, both turned out the same amount of people and beneficial conversion was had both times. In an effort to increase the exposure of the meetings and allow for more people to attend we've decided to, for the foreseeable future, have meetings every week instead of selecting a day, sometimes a month or more apart and then holding it.

For now, until we get more people involved, we'll be holding a community meeting every Wednesday at 6PM GMT starting this Wednesday. A link to a countdown timer, and the next meeting date will always be available here.

Since the meetings are being held weekly, there probably won't be a blog post before each meeting. Mostly because there's not going to be a lot of information to pass along that can't be passed along through the GitHub repo or the forum thread. I will, however, post a blog post every once in awhile to clue people in to the community meeting's existence. Once blog post that will happen shortly is one indicating the plugins that will be discussed in the next few meetings, this way if you want to only attend a meeting if a plugin you care about is being discussed you can.

If you miss a meeting, or you're too shy to attend (you shouldn't be, we're not all that bad), you can always get the logs from this thread or directly from the repo.

Finally, and probably most importantly, the meetings will still be held in the ##e107-community channel over on Freenode (click here if you have an IRC client installed already!). If you don't have a client, refer to the first community meeting's blog post here!
28
Jul ’13
Hello everyone, it's that time again! This blog post was suppose to be posted a week ago, but I got a little tied up with things and couldn't find the time to draft it up!

Long story short, we're going to be holding the next community meeting on July 31st, 2013 at 6PM GMT. If you have trouble with timezones, you can take a look at this countdown for an exact time.

As with the previous meeting, it will be held on the ##e107-community channel on the Freenode IRC network. If you have an IRC client installed you can click this link to join the channel at any time. For an extensive list of clients for all platforms you can reference the blog post for the first community meeting, here.

For those of you who just installed a client, you can typically launch it and type the following commands to join the channel:

/server irc.freenode.net
/join ##e107-community


The first meeting was basically a trial run, and we learned a lot from it. This time around we're going to only introduce new people and encourage them to only do a quick introduction of themselves. Additonally, from here on out we will be picking a core plugin, ideally from v1, and discussing what we like or dislike about it, as well as what we'd like to see added or removed from it when/if it gets ported to v2. This time around we will be discussing the forum plugin.

If you have any questions or concerns, please post them in the comments below!
26
Jun ’13
Hello everyone! As was announced in this thread, we're going to be holding Community Meetings in IRC (##e107-community on the Freenode server). For now they will be just a fun get together for the community to talk about various e107 related things. The topics for discussion will be picked out prior to the meeting, but that doesn't mean it has to stay on topic! Occasionally we'll have developers stop by and answer any questions you may have regarding the development of both branches (v1 and v2) of e107.

The first meeting will take place on July 10th at 4PM GMT. For a quick countdown you can take a look at this page. The topics are as follows:

  • Introductions. Introduce yourself the the community. Who you are, what you do, what you use e107 for, etc.
  • How you found e107. What caught your eye and made you pick e107 over something else.
  • If you migrated from another CMS, why? What CMS did you migrate from?
  • What are you most looking forward to in v2? What are you not looking forward to?


As I mentioned above the meetings will be taking place in ##e107-community on the Freenode network. IRC is extremely versatile in that you can connect to the channel via a website or many standalone programs, browser extensions, and mobile apps. See below for an extensive list.

Standalone programs are generally the most feature rich:

  • mIRC (Windows, shareware/free trial)
  • XChat (Windows, shareware/free trial - Linux, free)
  • HexChat (Windows/Linux, free)
  • XChat-2 (Windows,Linux?, free)
  • irssi (Windows/Linux/Mac, free)
  • Colloquy (Mac, free)


Some popular IM programs offer the ability to connect to an IRC server:



If you don't want to install an IM program or a standalone program, you can try these browser plugins:

  • CIRC (Chrome)
  • ChatZilla (Firefox)
  • Opera has built in IRC functionality.
  • I didn't bother looking up an IRC plugin for Internet Explorer, because let's be honest...


And finally, if you'd rather just use your smartphone or tablet:



If you cannot configure your client, app, or plugin feel free to leave a comment below and I or someone else will surely assist you. There are no "best" of any of them, it all boils down to which you like the most. If you don't plan on using IRC for much, or you don't want to mess with configuring something, your best bet may be to just use the web client mentioned above. Likewise, if you use one of the mentioned IM programs you can always just configure the IRC protocol.

If you already have an IRC client (or whatever), you can join us very easily by issuing the following commands:

/server irc.freenode.net
/join ##e107-community


Additionally, you can navigate to this address in your browser and it will launch your default IRC client and automatically connect you to the server and join you to the channel:
irc://irc.freenode.net/##e107-community

Finally, if you miss any meetings the logs will be getting posted on the e107cmn repo on my GitHub page here. Just locate the date of the meeting and read away. If you are interested in helping us maintain the logs and have a GitHub account contact me directly and I'll provide you with commit access to the mentioned repo. I'm working on a more convenient way for logging the meetings, but I'm not ready to announce what it is just yet. Stay tuned for more information on that!
04
Jun ’13
Do you use reddit?
Do you use e107?
Why not use both together?

Do you not know what reddit is? Reddit is a social news network where users can submit information in the form of content or a link to offsite content. Other users can then comment and rate said content as well as share and save content. Given enough upvotes the content can then appear on the front page of reddit.

Subreddits are pages within reddit. Several games (WoW, Guild Wars 2, Warframe, etc) all have subreddits and some of them (Guild Wars 2) pull community input directly from the subreddit and even have developers there interacting with reddit users.

If you create themes, write plugins, modify the core in anyway (hack), or make tutorials about e107, why not post them on the e107 subreddit? Your content will still be hosted wherever you post it, you will still get all the traffic you normally would have gotten, and you will also increase the exposure of said content from the people browsing the subreddit unawares of your existence to begin with. The other immediate plus is all users, new and old, will have a central location to get release news for plugins, themes, and even version releases of e107 itself.

Another amazing benefit is the ability to host AMAs (Ask Me Anything). This can potentially be another outlet for community meetings that could be more accessible to people than IRC, Skype, or a Google+ Hangout since reddit can be viewed in any browser on any device, and apps are out there for Apple and Android devices.

So, what are you waiting for? Get over to the e107 subreddit and start submitting content!