Unfortunately there has been little news from the e107 camp regarding the 0.8 release. A release date stills seem unlikely any time soon, next year perhaps? Of course I know all to well the time pressures of life so I don’t mean this in a bad way – but as a fan of the CMS I can’t help be disappointed. Still – I’d rather they took the time and got it right!
So in the meantime I have been playing around some more with WordPress. My WordPress Affiliate Plugin is now in use on a couple of sites and seems to be working well. I do want to add the ability to place Amazon products into the end of a post and have been testing a few ways to do this. News to follow!
WordPress Thesis Theme
The wordpress theme Thesis is well known in the WP community – mostly because of its generous affiliate scheme (no im not a member of the scheme – yet!). And I finally decided to buy it. As I knew I would use it on many of my sites I went for the developer edition which allows multiple installs as long as I own the sites.
And I have to say I am very pleased with the results. By having all the customisation options stored in the database it allows me to rapidly deploy sites based on a template and then I can make minor tweaks from the admin panel. In the past I had to rely on uploading different versions of themes depending on my customisation requirements.
As discussed in the past on this site, all of my WP blogs run off one installation thus making it much easier to manage. Each site has its own database but shares the same WP code. You can read more about running blogs from single wordpress installs.
New Affiliate Site
So to have a go at setting up a new template using the Thesis theme I have created a subdomain for Retro Kitchen Scales. Yes I know that Kitchen equipment isn’t the most profitable area but I wanted a quick idea to see if I could make it work. Hopefully the site will evolve over the coming months and I’ll report back on any progress.