thanks for letting me join your community
You're welcome Karen.
We get anywhere from 175 to 300 registrations per day and - on most days - they are all spammers. For some time now we've been filtering registrations before activation to keep them off our forums. Luckily, your registration just happened to pass the filter check and ... well ... here you are.
I'm one of the few sNews Dudes
who still log in regularly and, along with Phil Martin (Philmoz), handle account registration checks & activations and provide answers to questions when available. Bob Baker (bakercad) recently transferred our forums to a new host server and solves the server issues when they pop up.
I was a huge WordPress fan, contributor, and service provider - but for the most part - WordPress has become the most dangerous CMS to have installed because millions of people use it and it is so easily hacked - hence the switch to sNews - thank you, guys, for a beautiful, clean, simple system ...
When I 'graduated' from building static sites (using MS FrontPage) about 8 years ago, my first open source CMS project used php-Nuke. I came across sNews in early 2006, joined this forum and have stayed with it since. Up to 2009, I created a lot of mods and packages. Through another 'community', I got 'roped' into modifying and theming a propretary asp.net project which eventually led me to becoming its (almost) full-time administrator. That led to replacing it (last year) with a new forum on a new domain using Simple Machines (which sNewscms.com runs on) and ... a few clients I met there who wanted me to configure WordPress sites for them. I haven't run into hacking issues but I have run into some constraints using WordPress that I find inconvenient.
It's funny how one thing leads to another. While all of that meant that I haven't contributed anything new to sNews for a few years, I still have a half-dozen variations of sNews 1.6 and 1.7 that I find easier to use on my own domains because I know them inside and out.
sNews hasn't advanced since version 1.7.1. While the 'Dudes' did consider working on a new version - 2.0 - starting from scratch, it hasn't yet moved beyond the concept stage mainly because we became busy with other things in life like work and family commitments, etc. Work on a 2.0 version might still come to pass in the near future. In the meantime, 1.7.1 continues to be our most recent, reliable, simple, no-frills, easy-to-template package.
Meanwhile, feel free to use it and contribute whatever you learn or modify along the way with the rest of our community.