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Announcing CMS Made Simple 1.4 "Jamaica"

Posted August 3, 2008 by Robert Campbell

Here it is, the latest and greatest. Many people have donated hours of their valuable time to develop, design, manage and test this release, it is a real testament to the community that CMS has grown. Lets keep it going people, great work by everybody involved. Version 1.4-beta2 was downloaded over 450 times (not including language packs and checksum files).... and we had a relatively low amount of bugs reported, this is a fantastic thing. Version 1.4 "Jamaica" - Includes a new system information page in the admin * Many thanks to Alby, and others - Smarty now works as you would expect in the admin * Any new or rewritten pages in the admin are using this * This may break pisearch plugin, etc - A completely new way of page template processing. * We split the template into three pieces a) Any text ontop of b) The section c) the rest of the template (the body) * We then process the top section through smarty, then the body, and finally the head. Then we glue it back together. This will allow variables set in page content or in various module templates to be used in the head section to effect such things as meta tags, and page titles. * A new text area in the options tab of content pages allows specifying page specific data (as opposed to putting page specific data into the metadata section of the page) * A new plugin processes the page specific data through smarty. It should be at the very top of all page templates * On new install, all page templates have at the very top. * This may break sites that have used some of my tricks to change the page title based on news or other modules content so it will be off by default after release, and on for the beta - Memory optimizations, and query optimizations: We've done a few checks, and improved a few things here and there that will provide a modest boost in performance. * FileManager is now an admin only module * nuSOAP is now an admin only module (for most sites). * more in memory caching - Massive improvement in stylesheet handling: It is now possible to allow or deny browser stylesheet caching. Stylesheets are now re-orderable - Updates to the admin menu structure: Main is now called CMS, and the logout and view site links are under there. - Theme Improvements * Many thanks to Nuno * New icons for view site and logout - Cleaned up and improved Module Manager. It should be much faster and leaner now. - Minor improvements to CMSMailer - Improvements to the Installer * Many thanks to Alby * The installer is now fully translatable, so you can choose what language you want the installer pages to appear in * Many more checks have been added and re-organized to hopefully solve some of the issues people have with installation. - Safe mode is still a warning, however we do a required check to see if the httpd server process can create a file within a directory it created. This should help track problems with safe mode enabled when php is running as an apache module (which we do not support). - We now ship a full distribution as well as an english only version and several 'language packs'. - NCleanGrey is now the default admin theme. - you can now specify default text for additional content blocks in page templates. - A new permission that controls access to the Tags page so that editors, etc. can see the help there. - Add assign parameter to numerous plugins (including all module plugins) - adds the image_url plugin (thanks Nuno) - Now use a wysiwyg for the sitedown message and the custom404 message. - Added the target option to the 'content' content type. - A general review of security checks in admin methods (thanks Nuno) - Modifications to the group permissions, and user creation forms makes managing users, groups, and permissions much simpler. * Many thanks to _SjG_ - Updates to the embed plugin - Add three new page attributes to content, PageLink, Link, and SectionHeader content types - Modify the menu manager to export the new page attributes. This will be useful for permissions, or meta data or other tags. - FileManager gained recursive chmodding, custom sorting and saner permission handling in windows - Printing updated to latest TCPDF release 4.0 including rewritten html rendering code - TinyMCE got updated and some css-related issues were fixed - Search Improvements * Minor performance tweaks to Search Re-indexing * Now escape any characters that have special importance in regular expressions before performing the search * Restore the template to it's pre-1.5 behavior whils till retaining the new functionality. - Now remind the user to configure their mail settings - A new admin function to check the current install against either a release-generated checksum file or a previously downloaded checksum file. This will help to find upload errors, or to find files that have been modified since the last known good state, to aid in detecting hacks. - News has had minor tweaks * Now handle the old pretty urls as well as the new ones i.e; News// will work just as well as News/// * A new icon for rss feeds - Though it's not really a 1.4 issue, the Translation center has been fixed (many many thanks to the regex guro _SjG_) so that links will work in translated files. We essentially translate all quotes inside of tags to a special string, then do the html entity stuff, then translate that special string back to quotes. Translators need to go through and update ALL translations.

Announcing CMS Made Simple 1.4-beta2

Posted July 20, 2008 by Robert Campbell

Here it is.... This beta should encompass most of the bugs or issues found in the first beta, and a few more even. We've cleaned up the Search module a bit, added some enhancements to assist people in dealing with the new template processing order, and tweaked the installer some more. I expect this beta to last for about a week (or maybe till the 2nd of August). And I hope that this beta will be the last one in the 1.4 series. Then we can focus on 2.0 work for a while. The first beta was downloaded in excess of 200 times (not including language packs or checksum files)... and I would really like for this beta to meet or exceed that total. The community has been doing great work with testing here, please keep up the good work. I'd like to also thank the members of the dev team and the community that have put in considerable time in developing, testing, finding bugs, confirming them, then testing, and confirming the fixes, and sometimes even fixing the bugs themselves..... The community we have is growing stronger by the day, and everybody benefits from the active participation that these people give. I'd like to thank these people (and I hope I didn't leave anybody out, because this release has had contributions from a large amount of people.): RonnyK, Reneh, Nuno, Silmilariion, Alby, _SjG_, tyman000, Cyberman, and of course Ted. Now, another important note: A long standing issue with links in translatable strings appears to have been solved (many thanks to _SjG_).... this means that people will have to go through and review all of their translations, and update any strings that have links in them... please, make the effort to go through everything in the core, CMSInstaller, and any core modules. I still would not recommend using this beta (just because it is beta) on a production site, but if you are in the middle of a development project, or starting a new site... please feel free to use the beta. We are in feature cutoff (we have been since the first beta came out)... and plan that the changes from this point forward will be minimal. Of course, you can download the files from here Again, thanks to everybody.... what a fantastic community this is.

CMS Made Simple 1.4-beta1

Posted July 14, 2008 by Robert Campbell

Read all about it in the forum announcement here:

CMS Made Simple 1.3.1 - Security Release

Posted June 24, 2008 by Robert Campbell

After too long of a delay, due to vacations and time constraints, we've released CMS 1.3.1 This is a security release and we recommend everybody upgrade their sites to CMS 1.3.1 as soon as possible. This release completely removes the postlet file upload stuff from the file manager. It is the postlet stuff that has been causing the problems in the latest releases, and we finally decided just to nuke it. Then, after waiting for a developer to get back from holiday, we had to discuss it, test it, merge it, test it again.... Yes, this release has taken too long to come out, and we apologize for that... we don't normally do this, and we didn't intend for this to happen. This release should resolve all known security releases. It can be downloaded from here

Upcoming Downtime - 21 Jun 2008

Posted June 16, 2008 by Ted Kulp

Hey all, Continuation of the site moving process will be this weekend. The main site, wiki, forums and module manager will be down starting at about 11 am UTC (7am EDT) and be down for 1 to 2 hours. The majority of this time will be transferring files (the forum database is HUGE) and waiting for DNS changes to propagate. Everything should feel a lot snapper after the move. If there are problems, schedule changes or whatever, I'll post an update here. Thanks! Ted

CMS Made Simple 1.3

Posted June 7, 2008 by Robert Campbell

Thanks to some fantastic effort by the development team, the translators, and testers, I'm pleased to announce CMS Made Simple 1.3 This was originally going to be just a marginal improvement to hold people over till CMS 2.0 comes out, but we just kinda got carried away. There are new versions of the TinyMCE, ModuleManager, Search, MenuManager, News and FileManager modules, a massive improvement in translations, an automatic update notification mechanism, bugfixes, and lots of other tweaks to help you in your projects. For this reason, there will be no 'diff' packages. Here's a copy of the changelog for this version: Version 1.3 "Cuba" -- June 7, 2008 ----------------- - Massive updates to translations - Includes TinyMCE 2.4.0b5 (this should be a release version by the time 1.3 comes out) Note: The wysiwyg editor is not called TinyMCE-Adv or TinyMCE-Basic anymore, - Includes FileManager 0.3.0b2 (this should be a release version by the time 1.3 comes out) - Includes News 2.8 - Fixes for pretty urls - Adds news_extra and custom field support to the fesubmit action - Uses cms_html_entity_decode for php4 compatibility - Removes the News content type once and for all - Includes Search 1.5 - Adds the ability to change the search output on a per module basis - Adds an ability to track search words - Better templating for News - More - Includes MenuManager 1.5 - Pass all parameters to the menumanager template for easier customization - Fixes for has_children - Minor fixes - Includes ModuleManager 1.1.6 - Now indicates that a module available in the repository is incompatible with the current CMS version - A nice big notice on the top of the display about xml vs zip modules - Cleanup on uninstall - Includes a new admin theme generously donated by Nuno Costa - All plugins are now translatable - The title and sitename plugins now support the assign param - Adds two new plugins (redirect_page and redirect_url) - Debug mode now tweaks the display_errors and error levels in the admin section as well as in the frontend - Listcontent is now cleaned-up and has better security checks - Minor improvements to listmodules - Admin templates are now override-able by creating a matching file in module_custom//templates/