Holiday schedule

After successfully releasing Oxwall 1.5, we will spend some well-deserved time with our families.

You will probably not hear from us on December 31 and January 1. You can see us posting on forums and answering questions again on January 2.

Happy holidays!

Contribute to Oxwall documentation!

We are aiming to become the real open source community, when besides the core team, there are a lot of third party participants contribute to the project. At this point there are already hundreds of third party items in the Oxwall Store, both free and paid. Store downloads are really taking off in the latest weeks, so we are off to a good start here.

The next step in this process we are announcing today: it’s opening up the documentation for contribution. If the software gets better documented, we’ll have more developers working on the project. It means more plugins and themes in the store to the benefit of the community.

What we want you to do with documentation:

  • Corrections to the existing articles;
  • Ongoing support of the changing parts;
  • Writing new articles for the uncovered territories.

Now, not only developers and designers can get their hand in the project. If you are an aspiring technical writer, you can have your say. We will provide all necessary guidance.

Start contributing today:

The next logical step will be opening up Oxwall repository. It will include starting to accept third party patches, promoting activists to the core contributor team, and finally turning the Oxwall project into a mature open source community. But this is not before Oxwall 1.5 hits the Earth.

In open we trust!
Oxwall team

Oxwall Store Digest: Top of the Line

While everybody’s waiting for the fabulous Oxwall 1.5, we thought we could sum up some of the new and noteworthy items in the Oxwall Store. We are enormously glad to see developers and designers working to make the product better and third party plugins and themes getting better and better in quality.

Now we want to share some of the examples with you:

Theme: Your Space (free)

Nice and clean light-blue theme for a community of any kind. The author is really being on a roll with all the new works recently and is improving constantly. We hope to keep seeing more themes from him, including free ones.

View theme | Author: OW Visuals

Theme: Biohazard ($10.99)

An aggressive dark theme for a serious active sports community, gamer club, and other high adrenalin and anti-establishment projects. Bring it on!

View theme | Author: OW Visuals

Theme: TwentyTwelve ($10)

A neutral and balanced theme that users choose for its attention to detail. This theme is not new but it works really well for those who choose it, so it’s essential that more people know about it.

View theme | Author: Oxwall CandyStore

Theme: Nightclubbing ($10.99)

Switch on those neon lights, the party is coming! Another fine work from OW Visuals for lifestyle websites, fan communities and for all other informal projects aimed at youth.

View theme | Author: OW Visuals

Plugin: Anti Spammer (free)

This is a fairly new yet wildly popular plugin that effectively neutralizes a great deal of spam on Oxwall-powered websites. Kudos to Paul for creating and supporting the plugin. The community is really grateful, as reviews show.

View plugin | Author: Paul Cuffe

Plugin: User Carousel ($10)

A nice addition to your site if you are into fancy effects. Shows your website users as a revolving carousel. Does it “wow” you?

View plugin | Author: Sergey Kambalin

Plugin: Who Viewed Me (free)

Users are always curious about who visits their profile. There are communities that can benefit from this curiosity to drive engagement. Is it suitable for yours?

View theme | Author: Oxwall CandyStore

Nominate Oxwall for 2012 Critic’s Choice CMS Awards!

We are hard at work to deliver Oxwall 1.5, which is going to be a very important release this year. While we are busy at that, you can do your part, too! Nominate Oxwall for 2012 Critic’s Choice CMS Awards.

The process is rather simple. You just fill your name and email and enter “Oxwall” for (at least) “Best Social Networking Solution” nomination.

Thank you.

P.S. Oh, and while you are at it, we ask you to nominate our good friends as the “Best Website Builder”. If you don’t know yet, is a free hosted Oxwall setup from  Skalfa – the original Oxwall developer.

Oxwall Store: Introducing Item Pre-moderation.

You have probably noticed our ongoing efforts to make Oxwall Store a better place for finding great plugins and themes for your new, shiny website.

Today I’d like to inform you that all new items (plugins and themes) submitted to the Oxwall Store will be reviewed by editors before appearing in public. We will try to make item approval time blazingly short, so users can get their hands on the new stuff as soon as possible.

What exactly do you review?

– We make basic quality and security checks.
– We try to evaluate how the item fits the overall Oxwall  user experience, look’n’feel, process flow, interface conventions, etc.
– We want to make sure an item provides substantial value, doesn’t fully duplicate (or steal) other items in the Oxwall Store.

Why do that?

Oxwall platform is open, and we are after the best possible user experience. That’s why quality check for the main resource is so important.

Without those checks (as we’ve seen on other platforms) quality deteriorates quickly. When that happens, not much can be undone without significant ecosystem shocks.

As an example, in worst cases a user finds themselves searching for a “contact form” plugin and finds 20 of them. Half of those can be discarded upon the first look (bad reviews, no support, confusing description and screenshots), another quarter will not work because the author didn’t bother to keep the item updated. Finally, 2-3 items may be identified, and they will satisfy roughly 60-70% of user’s needs. We will work to make this process shorter and the final prize (the one fitting item) better. Basically, we want to fight quantity with quality. If we don’t start now, it may be too late.

Users still use/buy without your checks

True to some extent, because in a lot of cases they have no alternatives. When we raise quality standards and improve Store inventory, they’ll know the difference. The approval process will allow Oxwall community to achieve the next step of quality and size, and prevent from ending up on a local maximum. With better software more people will want to choose Oxwall over other solutions.

Possible reasons for disapproval

Approval rules are based on clause 3 of the Oxwall Store Terms of Use. Make yourself familiar with those. Expect additions and corrections in future.

You don’t honor developers?

We do, but we honor users even more. If this measure helps users find what they want faster and easier — and will make developers and designers work harder — we are all for it.

In the end, a better average Store item means healthier and larger user community, which is everyone’s goal, including authors.

My item wasn’t approved. Now what?

We encourage you to process given feedback, modify your work and to resubmit your item. If you do not agree with our opinion, feel free to release the item elsewhere, like on your site. This is open source. We do not play dictatorship, we just want to keep the main resource comprehensive and easy to search.

Oxwall project is growing, so let’s take user experience on another level together. We’re on to something big here.

Oxwall team

Summer Break

Dear Oxwall Community,

Oxwall team will be taking a short summer break July 26 – July 30. Drop us a line in the Forum if you encounter any problems. All reports submitted during our absence will be addressed immediately upon our return to operation on Monday.

Have a great weekend,

Oxwall Team.

Oxwall Store Digest:
Top of the Line

Dear friends,

With great pleasure we want to present a new section of this blog. After seeing the steadily climbing popularity of the Oxwall Store, as well as general improvement in quality of the items that end up there, we decided to shine some light on the best plugins and themes on display. And today we have not one, but two of them!

Mochi Games for Oxwall

Oxwall Store Digest: Top of the Line

Games are often one of the most thought-after features in social networking and presents a wide variety of options in this area. Mochi Games for Oxwall plugin integrates Mochimedia services into any Oxwall website almost entirely hassle-free.

Oxwall Store Digest: Top of the Line

You’ve got everything from Action to Strategy to Racing, to even Classic Nintendo Spoofs, all as part of a huge collection that can make any casual gamer happy.

Among other things, the plugin eliminates all steps requiring the insertion of custom Javascript codes, and allows most games to set up Leaderbords integrated into Oxwall Newsfeed, to keep members posted of new highscores. On top of that, Mochi Games for Oxwall works perfectly with User Credits plugin, allowing admins to charge or award members with credits for using games on the site.

Mochi Games for Oxwall is sold for a one-time fee of $20, and its creator promises frequent updates and support.

Download Plugin.

Try Demo.


Another top-rated plugin that is quickly gaining popularity is Questions, which allows users to submit polls for others to answer, Facebook-style.

Oxwall Store Digest: Top of the Line

Incredibly easy to setup and manage, Questions are very useful for adding interactivity to any site, and getting the community even more involved in joint activities.

Oxwall Store Digest: Top of the Line

Needless to say, after publishing the created poll will appear in the Newsfeed, and depending on chosen options, members can select a ready answer or add one of their own.

The plugin is absolutely free and has already seen over 1000 downloads since appearing in the Store.

Download Plugin.

Try Demo.

Coming Up: Oxwall 1.3.2

Dear members of Oxwall community,

We are happy to inform you about the upcoming update of the Oxwall software. The release will be presented to you after we finish the current round of beta and quality testing, in about a couple of weeks or so.

Oxwall 1.3.2 is mostly a maintenance release, where we’ll fix several annoying bugs and improve numerous features. Among other things you can expect to see Newsfeed, Groups, Events and Data Importer  enhancements. The full list of changes will be released along with the update.

Oxwall: The Progress

Oxwall: The ProgressLadies and gentlemen,

Today we would like to share some great news with you. Oxwall Foundation has reached several important milestones, which prove that we are moving in the right direction, steadily giving the community tools necessary for our common success.

First of all, Oxwall Software now boasts over 71000 source lines of code. Compare that with 64000 of the very first Oxwall iteration released in August 2010. Not bad, considering that this metric is a very important indicator of a project’s size, and shows the effort the development team puts behind it.

Now, that was the platform itself. Even more impressive is the rapid increase in the number of source lines of code for plugins developed by the Oxwall Foundation. Altogether they now take over 64000 LOC (30% growth from the times of Oxwall 1.0.1), which is really impressive, when you take into account the time-frame and the relatively small team size.

All of that, coupled with the success of the recently released Oxwall 1.3 helped to boost the platform downloads from the 250 per day average in 2011, all the way up to 350 at the start of 2012.

Finally, Oxwall Store also witnesses some stable evolution since its full-scale launch a mere year ago. By now, the gradually growing number of published items have passed 100, adding even more to the progress of the entire project.

With our joint efforts and great input from the international Oxwall community, these achievements have been reached in just under two years. This is the programming productivity and expansion rates we are quite content with, although we’ll be obviously looking to build on this success even further in the near future.


An unfortunate slip made its way into the above text. Of course we meant the DAILY download average (not monthly) in the fourth paragraph. So, the daily platform download average in 2011 was 250, boosted up to 350 since the release of Oxwall 1.3.




Let’s cut to the chase. If you are reading this, you likely already know what SOPA and PIPA are, you’ve seen the darkened Wikipedia, you’ve noticed Google’s laconic petition, and you’ve heard millions of protesting voices all over the net screaming in rage against a couple of bills currently moving through the US Congress.

If you haven’t notice anything at all, congratulations. You just might be one of the few people, who, along with SOPA and PIPA proponents, talk about “online community” as if it was some sort of outcast group. This failure to realise that the world has really changed, and absolutely everyone is now part of this online community; that absolutely everyone will be harmed in one way or another if the bills will make it, is simply overwhelming.

Here at Oxwall and we support websites, companies, and individuals who are protesting SOPA and PIPA. We believe that installing censorship in any form, blocking websites, killing the notion of “fair use”, disrespecting user submitted content, reducing privacy, etc., is not only a huge blow to the progressive development of the Internet, but also a general assault on democracy and freedom of expression – something we give people collective tools for.

Most importantly, we do not want anyone to have the ability to puppeteer the Internet and then face the grim future where the law could suddenly place too much power into wrong hands, inevitably leading to the abuse of said power. Stop SOPA.