New features for the upcoming 3.0 launch have already begun popping up on the site. Aside from the new navbar above all the core pages, we’ve also integrated the gallery database into the preferences page. AwesomeStart now has support for A9’s siteinfo.xml and a standard robots.txt file. These last two tweaks won’t mean much to our end users, but are important technologies we though we should support.
We’re gotten a lot accomplished in the last few weeks. The brand new request system is done, and we’re pretty proud of it. We’ve finished redesigning all the main pages, and we’re rewritten the design page to include more details. We’ll elaborate on all these new features once the site goes online. There are still several major sections being worked on. With the help of Greg Sidelnikov the new theme search should be complete at some point today or tomorrow. We’re also working on a new way to make start pages your homepage, and possibly an RSS feed.
We’ve gotten a lot of requests recently for additional custom links as well as an extended domain search (also covering functionality like “Search Pages from the UK”). We play to include these ideas in the site, and were really hoping the advanced preferences menu would make this 3.0 release. Given the amount of time the site has taken so far, we’re not sure if that’s going to happen. Our major concern is getting the site up so we can get back to putting out new themes. Anything that doesn’t make this release will most likely follow shortly. Stay tuned!