Archive for December, 2013

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It has been almost four months since the initial release of this plugin. Here is a brief wrap-up of what was done in this time and an outline of my plans for the future.

At this point, the latest stable version is 0.4.1. Compared to 0.1, the plugin was improved in a number of ways. Both the button and the pod list are now customizable. A customizable button means that you can change the way your share button looks (shape, size, color, mouse-over effects, text on the button etc). Customizable pod list means that the blog admins can hand-pick the pods that readers are likely to use, and hide the unnecessary ones.

Some more improvements are underway and will probably be included in the forthcoming version 5.0:

  • Internationalization support is added. All strings from version 4.1 are internationalization-ready.
  • There is an ongoing effort to translate the plugin into other languages. At this point, Portuguese (Brazil), Romanian, Russian and Spanish translations are ready, with the Italian and German versions likely to follow soon. Special thanks go to Vostok, the admin of DIASPORA* BRAZIL, who contributed the Portuguese translation and to Andrew Kurtis from Webhostinghub.com, who contributed the Spanish translation.
  • It will also be possible to replace the button with a custom image. Some great button images can be found at Domestic Empire blog, all licenced under CC-BY-NC-SA (Note: A perfect license for end-users, but less so for plugin developers).

Ideas for the future include integration with other social buttons (to give readers more choice), color-profiles (to make it easier for bloggers to choose the right color combinations), further localizations (to widen the user base), customizable text for the reshared posts etc.

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