1.0.8 was denied for a few minor reasons, I've done my best to fix these, and resubmitted.
The next major release will be 2.0.0, which will include a portal system, which can be enabled/disabled via the navbar configuration, and it's settings will be changeable via the ACP.
I've managed to get a links block working, and editable via the ACP. The block can be enabled/disabled, and links can be added/edited/removed. The Search block can also be enabled/disabled in 2.0.0