Nominate was originally conceived as a Digg style theme. It was designed for people to submit and vote upon websites. However as people have purchased it and started giving feedback it has become more and more flexible. With this release the type of site you can make is entirely up to you.
There are now options to enable or disable nearly all elements of the article submission process – you can even disable public submissions entirely.
With the new options you can set up a website where people can submit news/ reviews on a certain topic, or you could just let people vote on the content you have written yourself. With the latest release you can also let people upload an image when they submit an article, and with new options in the back end you can specify whether to show the website screenshots, or the images in the post thumbnails.
Another cool feature is the new homepage layout. You can now see the most popular article from the last month, and the last year with the click of a tab. This makes it really easy to see what is currently popular on your Nominate powered website.
Next up is some additional changes in the post edit screen. To be honest this should have been available in version 1 but it was simply something I had never considered. You can now edit the submitted url, and the number of votes manually when editing a post. Some might called this vote rigging or immoral – but it’s your website so you can do what you like!
Finally there have been some changes to the login form. These mean that you can now use Facebook login plugins (and probably other login plugins) so that people can login and vote without signing up for a new account. I am using The WP Facebook Connect plugin on WPVote and it seems to be working great!