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What’s next? User Development!

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Don’t get me wrong, I like OIO…

But I want to make it better. To do that, I’m going to need your help.

After releasing one more version in the current series (now released as v2.2), I’m going to be rolling out what I can only describe as a “blog wiki” style section of the site. It will categorise every different aspect of OIO (from the creation of ad zones to the inbuilt affiliate program), showcase the new admin interface, and include a few of my own ideas for the next major version.

But, this isn’t a documentation exercise…

I’m going to hand things over to the users and ask you to help re-design OIO from the ground up. Don’t worry, it won’t involve any web development on your part, only your imagination. You’ll be able to browse OIO by feature, leave your feedback and comment / rate other people’s ideas. As the feedback comes in, the interface will be updated to reflect your ideas, until a group consensus is reached.

And the result with be…

By focusing just on the end product (what you see, as the end user), and not the development obstacles that can sometimes stifle a web project, we can come up with a great product that fulfills your needs. It will then be my job to develop the backend code to match the feature set and interface created by your ideas.

It’s a potentially ambitious project, and won’t happen overnight (I work full time too, so there’s no ETA yet), but I am confident that this will help take OIO to the next level, producing something that everyone can have a say in.

Even if you haven’t purchased OIO, you’ll still be able to contribute to the next version by registering (its free). You’ll then be included in any email announcements.

14 Comments so far

TheFrosty | June 19, 2009

That sounds exiting.

ResidentialTraining | June 20, 2009

This sounds good.

It is already making its way into a couple of the classes that we teach (WordPress obviously, but also the making a low budget film course).

I’d be happy to help make this even better than the great product it already is.

Naldz Graphics | June 28, 2009

How about exposing more the site stat.the stat is really important for advertisers. so focusing more on developing and adding that feature it will be more useful:)

Dave Doolin | July 2, 2009

Week of July 6-10 is my “money-enable” week, OIO work already planned.

I’m an expert programmer, teaching myself PHP right now. May have questions on the actual code.

myWordPress | July 2, 2009

Wow, a very interesting an ambitious project indeed. I believe you are managing one of the most complex 3rd party available WordPress plugins available on the internet right now, and it is inspiring to see how you build and grow your product.

Niteblade" | July 2, 2009

I’m looking forward to seeing where I can contribute my ideas.

papek" | July 11, 2009

Simon, please include the shopping cart like products sales/download feature. I will work real well alongside with publishing ads. I can suggest features for this. PS Happy holidays to ya next week.

Rich Staats | July 23, 2009

When will this all begin, I am looking forward to being an integral part of this

Simon | July 23, 2009

Well, at the moment I’m building up the admin side of things so that it can be used for display and feedback purposes on the “wiki”. The wiki mini-site is also ready, just needs the OIO content.

I’m taking a bit more time than usual, partly because it’s the height of Summer (vacations etc) and partly because I’m making sure what is put out initially is well thought through.

I therefore can’t say when I’ll be ready to launch it, but it is the main thing I’m working on at the moment. I’ll let everyone know by email, twitter & blog as soon as it’s ready.

elfenwald" | July 25, 2009

good to see things are still moving. As an “international” user my greatest concern is to get OIO ready for translation and UTF8 (currently it screws up stuff like German umlauts…).

If you get this baby to work with standard po/mo files so we can translate it with POEdit or similar, I will happily donate a German translation!

Cheers and keep it up!

Simon" | July 25, 2009

It will certainly feature translation capabilities, and UTF-8 will be the standard charset (both for html and database).

I’ve yet to look into the different translation methods used when developing in php, but if po/mo files are the standard, it’s what I’d end up using.

elfenwald" | July 25, 2009

good to hear, Simon – looking forward to it! AFAIK the po/mo stuff is used for WordPress itself and most plugins, so I guess this will be the most mainstream and compatible way to go.

Henrik | April 17, 2012

I would love to see a version that can be translated and uses UTF-8!

Simon | April 18, 2012

@Henrik – OIO has used UTF-8 and been translatable for some time now, so both those things are already supported in the latest release.

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