We are happy to announce the initial release of Oxwall – free open source community software. Version 1.0 beta is available now. Feel free to use it for your own social networking websites, fan-clubs, family sites, and other community and collaboration projects.
One special thing about this release is that it’s not a regular open source 1.0 beta release. In other cases you get a heap of source code with very rough basic functions not going beyond the barely viable product. Often even less.
Of course Oxwall is not mature either – we release version 1.0 beta for a reason. But this same software has been tested on more than 12,000 websites since January on WackWall (our hosted version of Oxwall software).
Our original strategy was to test software on a lot of live sites with real communities and real targets but to have development and deployment as streamlined as possible. This allowed us to roll out new features and bug-fixes at a pace that our WackWall customers have been enjoying so much and giving us credit for. This package has come a long way before being released as it is now.
There’s also one big thing about this release: it supports platform and plugin updates within admin panel. You just click buttons, enter your FTP details and it should do the rest. All subsequent releases will support smooth updates so theoretically you can start your community without fear of incompatible future software updates. I said theoretically because it’s beta, don’t forget!
Enjoy and welcome onboard!