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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

Announcing CMS Made Simple 1.5.3 - Arecibo

Posted March 2, 2009 by Robert Campbell

Here it is..... after a long wait... this version should clear up a large number of the minor issues people have been having of late. there are not many new features, but alot of bug fixes. and you should notice that the package is getting closer and closer to that 'rock solid' state. I would like to take this time once again to give many thanks to the dev team members and translators that have donated countless hours of their time to this project. They've been managing the bug tracker and feature request list, testing, reproducing bugs, fixing them and then testing the fixes. I couldn't even guess the number of hours that have been put in by the team for this release alone. Everybody owes these people a huge thank you: Nuno Costa Ronny Krijt René Helminsen Morten Poulsen For those people that like details. Here's a copy of what is in the doc/CHANGELOG.txt for this release. Version 1.5.3 - Arecibo ----------------------------- - Fixes of several bugs: - #2516 Javascript script errors in admin listcontent.php panel. - #2706 CreatePagination() does not include Session Key. - #2915 Typo in multicontent.php throwing errors. - #2925 User not exist in sample content. - #2940 Field-length dateformat in UserPrefs shorter than in GlobaSettings. - #2995 Group assignments bug. - #2996 Language string missing. - Notice error in - Fixed a minor permission issue on editpref.php. - Added an option to disable the wysiwyg for a content-page. - Fixed (hopefully) problem with pseudo-random logouts when there is inactivity in the admin section. - Put 'canonical' logic in the default templates. - Made 'NCleanGrey' the default theme, in an install without default content installed as well. - Search 1.5.3 - #3034 Searching for words in the footer expose all pagenames on my site. - Now remove event handlers when uninstalling the module - Dont return page results for non searchable pages, even if the result was found in the template. - Make changes to convert search results to entities on output to help with validation. - Now search for the 'stop phrase' in the base addwords function, allowing optionally excluding specific module records from being indexed. - Feature requests that are included: - #1231 Make default templates use uploads/images/logo1.gif instead of images/cms/logo1.gif. - #2897 Moved Image/Thumbnail in content-page to options-tab. - #3025 News: new parameter, action="detail", which can be used to show a specific entry in detail-mode directly. - #3035 link from admin backend to the forge. - #3068 New plugin; page_attr that returns attributes of a page. - TinyMCE - Added support for configuring the third toolbar - Added option to show actual thumbnail-files - Fixed filetype icons in FilePicker - Implemented | as seperator in toolbars - Fixed working of force-cleanup-on-paste - Fixed toolbars for frontend-usage - News 2.9.3 - Minor improvements to the articles tab in the admin - Now output a canonical URL in detail view - Changes to default templates - #3027 field definitions not deletable when entry is made using fesubmit. - #2941 (News) Extra-field not showing in detail-view. - Draft news articles are not indexed in the search module.

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