The pLog project has just got its own blog directory and search engine: pLoogle! Thanks to the guys from the project, recently announced here, now any blogger can sign up for free in order to have his or her blog listed. pLoogle is running in beta mode for the time being but it is fully functional: blogs can be classified in geographical areas or categories, it is possible to obtain a list of the most popular blogs, and many more things! The pLog development team is investigating different possibilities for a better integration between the two projects that would be included in future versions of pLog. In the meantime, what are you waiting for? get your blog listed in pLoogle now!

Even though pLog 0.3.2 is only a maintenance release (this means that for users of 0.3 or 0.3.1 there is no need to run the wizard again, but simply overwrite the files), it fixes many problems found in previous release and brings a truckload of interesting little features that will make your blogging life easier. We’ve cleaned up all the default templates to make them more XHTML compliant, as well as added a text filter in the code that will keep your pages XHTML-compliant for you, automatically. We’ve added new translations such as Italian, Korean, Simplified Chinese, German, updated the French one and added a partial Finnish translation, as well as adding over 30 new templates to our collection! Some of them are ported from WordPress, others are ported from MovableType but the best ones were contributed by some of our users. 0.3.2 also corrects the problem with per-blog specific templates, where it was not possible to use most of the templates as per-blog templates because all the paths to resources like stylesheets and graphics had to be changed. This basically means that the new templates will only work with 0.3.2, but we do not think this is an issue because 0.3.2 rocks and you will be wanting to update as soon as you read this.

Thanks to the awesome work by Michael from, the 6.2004 issue of German edition of the well-know PHP-Magazine includes an article by the pLog development team on how to start building your own blogging tool, plus the current version 0.3.2 of pLog in the CD! The article, 10 pages long, can be found in the “Solutions” section starting in page 79 and describes all the basic concepts on top of which pLog is built. There is also some sample working code to apply all the concepts described in the article, starting with MVC and ending with Smarty-based templates and Data Access Objects.

If you can read German and are interested in knowing more about pLog, this is your chance to learn more and to support the project!