Kiwitrees-nova development – update three

22 Jan
Kiwitrees-nova development – update three

Kiwitrees-nova development – update three

With the summer / Christmas holidays now behind us, progress has begun again on kiwitrees-nova, so time for another update.

One of the first developments is the choice of the third (and final, for now at least), “standard” theme. This one is Kaponga, which you can see on the right of this page. Its name translates commonly as just “silver fern”, instantly recognisable as the emblem of the New Zealand All Blacks rugby team, and the name of our world-beating ladies netball team the Silver Ferns.

Beyond that the major achievements since the last update are:

    • All three themes are largely “designed”. That’s not to say they can’t be changed, but the general look is as I had intended.
    • Most of the front page blocks are fully developed.
    • Most of the items under the “Lists” menu item are complete.
    • The administration area is progressing well. It is usable, but not all pages are properly designed yet.
    • You can now install a version for yourselves, but read the warnings in the details below first! I’ll add a demo site here as well, soon.
    • There is now a forum area that can be used to discuss these developments.


Ponga, silver tree fern. (Cyathea dealbata)
A tall, native tree-fern having fronds green or yellow-green above and silver-white beneath.

- Te Aka Online Māori Dictionary -

Richie McCaw
All Blacks captain

The silver fern in it’s natural state

Casey Kopua
Silver Ferns captain


Three themes

So we now have three standard themes, Kahikatoa, Kopakopa, and Kaponga. Click on the images below to view a large picture of their Home pages.

At this point, my plan is to make “Kahikatoa” the default theme. I considered using “Kaponga” instead, as it is very similar to the current “Kiwitrees” theme, but I felt that kiwitrees-nova as a new development deserves the newest design. Alternative opinions are, of course, welcome!

These images also give some idea of the appearance of the home page blocks.


Red Mānuka tree


Chatham Island forget-me-not


Silver tree fern

List pages

Most of these are complete. The general appearance and features remain as before, but with a fresh and more spacious look. Below are a some examples. (click to enlarge)

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Test it for yourself

Kiwitrees-nova can now be downloaded as a trial. You can either install it as a GitHub repository from Kiwitrees-nova on GitHub or if you prefer to manually install from a zip file simply click this link: Download zip

BUT please remember:

  • This is still very much a “work in progress”, not even safe to be called “beta” yet.
  • Do NOT use it on your live site, or with any valuable data
  • You WILL find many parts still broken / unfinished etc. Please don’t report those as errors. Follow this blog (and re-read the earlier parts) to understand what is and is not ready for testing. If these blog posts don’t report a page as complete, then it won’t be.
  • Use the new forum area “Kiwitrees-nova discussions” to raise any issues you find, discuss things you don’t understand, etc.

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uti » 26 Jan 2018 »

It is looking very nice and interesting.
Is there a demo availabel online?
Regards Christian


kiwi » 26 Jan 2018 »

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Not yet. Hopefully in a week or so. But the comments under “BUT please remember:” in the post above will still apply for many months yet.