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Announcing CMS Made Simple 1.6

Posted June 22, 2009 by Robert Campbell

So here it is... after building alot of anticipation, and only a week behind schedule, CMS Made Simple 1.6 is now ready for public consumption.
    Changes/Features/Bug Fixes
There have been a great deal of changes,.. so I'll just brush on them here... please read the changelog notes attached with the release at: * Content Type Changes Major effort has been undertaken to make the system faster, better and easier to extend. We've reworked the content types and various classes so that the number of queries is better optimized, and so that there is more options for configuration of what is to be displayed to your users on the edit content page. * Permissions Changes We've completely re-worked the content permissions to allow more flexibility, and allow greater control over what your users are allowed to do with respect to content. Briefly, the permssions model has changed to: - Additional Editors or Owners of a content page can edit that content page - The "Add Pages" permission states that the user can create pages as children of pages that he is already an owner/additional editor of. - The "Remove Pages" permission states that the user can only remove pages that he is an additional editor/owner of - The 'Manage All Content' permission allows you to do anything with all content. * New Themes and Content - Two new frontend themes have been developed, and the default content for new installations changed considerably. * Forgot Password functionality in admin - The admin console now has the ability to handle forgotten passwords, if an email address has been associated with the admin account. * 404 error handling changes - A new content type 'Error Handler' has been created to handle 404 errors. This page is just a regular content page with some extra functionality. This will allow you to do things like embed module calls, etc. into the 404 page. * Site Preferences rewrite - The site preferences page has been completely re-written. * Sitedown IP address exclusion - When sitedown mode is enabled, it is now possible to exclude certain IP addresses from that restriction. In this way the site can be down for everybody but the developer working on it. * Page Preview fixes - Page preview now works with page templates that have multiple content blocks. * UTF-8 changes for new installs - On new installs, the installer now tries to change the default encoding for newly created tables, etc. This allows better utf-8 flow for most sites. - A new 'set_names' config entry has been created to allow doing a 'set names utf-8' at the beginning of any request. This is on by default for new installs, and off for upgrades. * config.php cleanup - We've removede a bunch of the redundant stuff out of the config.php, and optimized the pretty url stuff so it should be a bit easier to understand. * MenuManager improvements - The admin panelo for menumanager has been completely re-worked to be more obvious, and easier to use... there is now the ability to specify a 'default' menu template. * ModuleManager improvements - Module Manager now has the ability to check dependencies before installing a module. - Module Manager can now check to see if there are newer released versions of any of the modules that you are currently using on your site. * TinyMCE improvements * Search improvements * Printing improvements * Many, Many bug fixes.
- For sites with multiple admin users who have different levels of permission for editing content, you will need to re-visit the permissions, and to make sure that everything is setup the way it needs to be. - Users using Cataloger, PageBlocks, and other modules that create content types will experience problems with compatibility. Please contact the authors of these modules and ask them to release a version compatible with CMS 1.6 as soon as possible.
    Diff Packages
Due to the extent of the changes, there will be no diff releases for 1.6. You will need to download the full package, and transfer the whole thing up to your new website... please download the appropriate checksum package and validate your upload with that. Thanks I would like to take this time to give my thanks to the development team, and the beta testers who contributed hundreds of hours in testing, fixing, enhancing, and debugging this release. If I forgot your name, please remind me and I'll add it ASAP.
    Dev Team Members
Ronny Krijt Rene Helminsen Alberto Benati Nuno Costa Mark Reed Morten Poulsen Ted Kulp Tyler Boespflug
    Beta Testers
SimonSchaufi duclet Sonya bess Nullg JeremyBASS ZiggyWigged Maarten That's it... I'm sure you'll find this release the best ever.... It can be downloaded from the usual locations... Enjoy.

Announcing Geek Moot 2009

Posted May 27, 2009 by Ted Kulp

The developers of CMS Made Simple have finalized plans for the yearly developer conference. However, there is one major change... we're inviting you to join us. On 26-27 September, CMSMS will host the first public Geek Moot event at The Showroom in Sheffield, UK. There will be plenty of presentations by the devs and others, events, networking and just general geeking out. There are plans for evening events in the works and they will be announced soon. Come spend the weekend with the CMSMS devs and other people just like you for a weekend of fun with the system you love. For more details on the event, see Presentations We are looking for people to do talks and presentations on CMSMS related topics. If you'd like to do a presentation (and promote yourself as a CMSMS know-it-all or your company), please contact us here. Proposals are due by 1st July. Sponsors We are also looking for sponsors. There are details about what sponsorship could provide here. We would love to get several sponsors if possible. Donation Drive We will also do our yearly donation drive in a month or so. The money for this will go to paying for several devs to travel to the conference, as they normally wouldn't be able to. We'll announce that when we're prepared to handle the influx of funds -- and figure out who needs them. Thanks! We hope to see you in September!

Announcing CMS Made Simple 1.5.4

Posted April 6, 2009 by Robert Campbell

This is just a small maintenance release that fixes a couple of annoying bugs: a) The logout/session issue should now be resolved permanently. b) The problem with errors in preview on new installs because of some bad logic in the default templates has been fixed. Diff packages are available (they are very small) to allow you to quickly upgrade your 1.5.3 site to 1.5.4. This is an optional upgrade. If you're not experiencing problems with the logout/session issue, then staying at 1.5.3 for a while should be fine.

Geek Moot Update - Locations Wanted

Posted April 2, 2009 by Ted Kulp

Well, I must say that the idea of having a real CMSMS conference has gone over better than I originally expected it to be. That's really good news. We have a lot of dedicated users, which is a great thing to have in any community. We discussed the idea yesterday and we're going to move forward with trying to put this together. We've had a few ideas as to where to hold it, but nothing in concrete. As an experiment, I've decided to open this up the community to see if someone will help us plan an event. What does this mean? We're looking to get several proposals together by the 22nd of April. We have a few ourselves, but we need more to really make a good decision. We're hoping that people in the community might have better ties with this sort of thing than we do on the dev team. We can make a good attempt, but you might know better. So what do you need? We're looking for a facility with the following specs:
  • Able to hold roughly 100 people -- would be great if we could go bigger if we have more turnout than expected, but this is a good start
  • Western Europe -- the more central the better, so that people can easily drive or train
  • Nearby hotels and pubs -- it can't be out in the middle of nowhere. Would be great if we could get a group discount, but not necessary
  • Nearby airport and/or train station -- bigger the better
  • We need it for 2 days, plus an afternoon to setup. Friday to Sunday in mid-to-late August is best, but other dates could be considered
  • We need a PA and a projector. If the facility doesn't have it, we'll have to rent those things for the weekend
  • Reliable, fast internet access. Many, many geeks with laptops will attend, plus we'd like to stream what we can. Spotty internet would be disastrous
  • Scenic and/or lots to do is a big plus
A rough price and availability would be fantastic, plus any contact details. There will be a fee to attend, so we understand it won't be free. However, price does factor in so we can charge something that isn't astronomical. What am I signing up for? By doing this, you're not necessarily signing up to run the whole thing. We can probably take care of it once a location is decided. We're just looking for a good place to hold the thing. Of course, having a local contact will make some things easier -- but we can probably handle the majority of it via the internet. We'll throw in free admission (and beer -- if you like that sort of thing) for the person who helps us out. And, of course, tons of recognition for all your hard work. :) If you can help out, please send an email over to ted at cmsmadesimple dot org before the 22nd with any and all details, and we'll put it into the voting. We want to announce the full details on or before May 1st, so stay tuned. Thanks!

Poll: Would you consider attending a CMSMS focused conference?

Posted March 27, 2009 by Ted Kulp

Found here:,32453.0.html I'm just trying to gauge the potential interest of a CMSMS focused conference in lieu of (or addition to) the traditional geek moot we normally do. There would most likely be a charge. Nothing crazy, but it would be necessary to cover the costs of the facility and any other resources we'd need to get to put on a conference. It would be in Western Europe... possibly the UK, and most likely in the late summer, early autumn. If people are hungry for this kind of thing, we could consider it. But given it's a LOT of work to put on, there would have to be considerable interest before proceeding. Thanks for your help!

2nd workshop for Dutch CMS Made Simple users on May 30th

Posted March 27, 2009 by Ronny Krijt

Coming May 30th, starting at 11:00 AM, the second Dutch-speaking CMSMS users workshop will be held. The location chosen is Amersfoort, which lies in the center of the Netherlands. The agenda will be quite diverse, from performing an upgrade, through the explanation of the backend of the last release, site-creation, useful modules and more. For the forum-post (in Dutch) with the full agenda and the list of registered users, check the following post of rbroen. The organisation of this workshop is done by rbroen and Duketown: The post in the forum For those that want to join in, just leave a reply in the thread. Ronny

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