Categories Plugin using Smarty

Quite a few people have complained in the past, that the output of the categories plugin is not themable. Even though this has its reasons (using smarty for that process is a bit overkill in terms of performance), I took some time to make the categories plugin of the 0.9 branch (beta2, currently) be able to use Smarty templates.

You can now enable this in the configuration of the plugin and make your own "plugin_categories.tpl" just like you can have your own "plugin_calendar.tpl" right now.

Spartacus Outage, Staticpage and other plugins

Because of a problem with accessing our mirror server, the spartacus repository currently only shows listed plugin versions of the last week. New plugins are currently not updated there, so please bear with the service until the trouble is resolved.

We are also working on providing alternate file mirrors, as well as a fellow Serendipity user (MySchizoBuddy) is currently working on PEAR-Channel services for plugins -- many thanks!

On another related note, the staticpage plugin has received an enormous update from Falk Döring today, rectifying a 3.0 version release. This updated version now allows to define custom page types, change the sort order of static pages, fixes some back/previous navigation issues and some more "behind the scenes" stuff. Many thanks to Falk for keeping up his great work.

Another Serendipity supporter that has been overwhelmingly active the last days is Alexander Mieland (dma147). He has provided a boast of cool plugins: A backup plugin, a forum plugin, a downloadmanager and some more: Read the forums.

With your help, Serendipity is able to continue being a great and enhancible blog application. It's great to see the community evolve, keep it up and spread the word! :-)