Announcing CMS Made Simple 1.11 Series
The CMS Made Simple Dev Team are happy to announce the release of the 1.11 Series of CMS Made Simple.
We have also changed our tag line to better communicate our primary mission:
CMS Made Simple : Power for Professionals, Simplicity for End Users.
In line with that, the CMSMS 1.11 series has several new features and improvements that make CMS Made Simple more powerful for web professionals to use.
CMS Made Simple now uses SMARTY 3, the PHP-based template system that allows theme designers to keep PHP code separated from their HTML templates.
Combined with 3rd party modules like Template Externalizer and CMSMS for Dreamweaver, Smarty allows theme developers to use code editors and IDEs like Aptana, Eclipse and Dreamweaver to easily edit their code, and keep their HTML/CSS presentation logic neatly separated from their PHP code. Front-end designers don't have to touch PHP at all (unless they want to).
Media Queries & Automatic Combination of Style Sheets
While designers have always been able to use media queries in CMS Made Simple style sheets, we have added the ability to specify a media query for the style sheet itself in the <link> tag.
At run time, CMS Made Simple automatically combines style sheets with the same media type or media query, and inserts links to each media type with the media query built into the link.
This makes coding media queries a bit easier because you can keep your style sheets separated by media type/query in your code base, but get automatic combination of style sheets on your production site.
Smarty Templates for Admin Themes
In the past CMSMS used PHP templates for admin themes. We have upgraded this to use Smarty templates so that developers can use the same skill set for styling both the front-end and the admin panel. This makes it easier for organizations and agencies to create their own branded admin panel.
Both admin and default front-end themes now showcase responsive HTML5 design that works well on mobile devices, not just desktops.
Drag & Drop File Uploads
Along with the new admin theme, we have upgraded the jquery and jquery.ui that is shipped with CMSMS and have added support for uploading files via drag and drop (for most non-IE browsers).
This will make the file upload capabilities in wysiwyg editors all but redundant, and solves a long standing difficulty with CMSMS.
The OneEleven admin theme has a dropzone in its main area, allowing you to drag files from your desktop into CMSMS, then select the file from within the wysiwyg editor. Additionally, you can change working directories from within the admin theme.
There are many more minor improvements in CMS Made Simple 1.11 series than the ones listed above. You can find out more details in the following blog posts:
About CMS Made Simple
CMS Made Simple is a PHP-based open source content management system licensed under GPL. Our mission is to provide a content management system for web professionals to build sites that are simple for end-users to update. CMSMS uses the Smarty template system, and allows completely free-form flexibility for page templates and site organization. CMSMS also allows designers, site editors, and SEO practitioners to have 100% "to-the-letter" control over page and article URLs.
For more information please visit cmsmadesimple.org.