Updates have been slow lately - we took the longest break we've had since 3.0 was released, the good news is 3.0.3 will be releasing March 29th. Between now and then, the bulk of the work is hunting for bugs and preparing for release. Below are some of the biggest new enhancements or new features to the new version:
Admin > Article Enhancements
There is a lot of new things for articles. For one, the media modal was recoded so picking an image to attach to an article is quicker. Users can now attach libraries to articles which is a big feature - that means when viewing an article, you can show an image (or all of them) from a library and link to it without having to manually attach an image to an article.
You can now preview an article before it goes up on the site - this affects all field types, from selecting an image to the title of the article. Article revisions is another new feature for articles, allowing you to restore a previous iteration and the ability to preview what they look like.
In combination with article revisions are revision types of a traditional save, a "quick save" and an "auto save". Up to 10 traditional saves will be kept per article, with new ones overwriting the oldest ones. Then there can be 1 auto save and 1 quick save - quick save is simply a button on the admin navigation that clicking saves it, auto save allows you to pick an interval of 1, 2, 5 or 10 minutes and it will save on it's own as long as that page is kept open.
Admin > Create a Plugin/Create a Theme
Starting simple right now, there is a new angular app to let users easily create a theme and plugin. While there was already functionality for adding a theme before, this helps prepare your theme for submission if you are interested in it in the future and optionally will setup a default layout and views. Creating a plugin will optionally create controllers/models/views if you so choose.
In the future, we plan on adding more functionality to both of these and to provide a direct line between the app and submitting your plugin or theme on the official API website.
Admin > Bootstrap 3
It took a lengthy amount of time, we have fully transitioned the admin interface to Boostrap 3. We have also upgraded the fontAwesome icon pack to the newest version. The biggest change will be the main admin page, which uses the new Boostrap panel feature - though the changes with the admin area overall will be quite obvious.
This will likely be the last significant design change for the admin or frontend until the next major version.
AdaptCMS 3.0.2 has been released! This version fixes bugs and adds/refines a lot of functionality in what ended up being a "medium" sized release. Below are some of the biggest new features:
API Website Updated
With the new release of AdaptCMS, we switched framework for the updated API website. Switching to Laravel 4, this allows us to add new functionality easier and quicker. While we switched frameworks, we also added in new functionality! Rather than just creating an account that only lets you access that site, anyone can now sign in with their facebook or github account. We recommend github accounts because when submitting a plugin/theme, you can select an existing repository on your account to populate the author URL and download URL fields for - no need to upload a zip to your own site, just use github to easily submit to the site!
By the end of January and likely, by the end of this month, there will be three major adaptcms events occuring. Here are the basic details:
AdaptCMS 3.0.2 Release
It's been in development for some time now and after a lot of features, bug fixes and documentation - it's nearly out the door. We just have final testing to do and it will be released - likely the 22nd or 29th.
This one is still under wraps, as we will release full details after the AdaptCMS 3.0.2 release, but in short, we are merging the two CMS's. After release, we'll go over what that means for OneCMS users and AdaptCMS users.
Updated API Website
Wanting to have the easy ability to add features in the future, we've moved the API website out of Silex and into Laravel. The short-term changes aren't enormous - the site looks largely the same, but users will have the ability to signin to the site through github and facebook. If you login with github and submit a plugin or theme, you can select an existing repo you have on github to link it up automatically.
With AdaptCMS 3.0.1 out for a little over a month now, we felt it was time to reveal the big undertaking that is going on for the next version. Initially thought of as a small version with bug fixes and minor features, due to someone joining a team (we will release the details on that shortly before or after launch of 3.0.2) and getting a lot of feedback, 3.0.2 is going to be much more like a major version. A new template system, named routes and a lot more to make AdaptCMS more user-friendly will be in the next version - read on for the full details.
AdaptCMS 3.0.1 has been released - this version fixes numerous bugs and adds a lot of new functionality. Below are some of the biggest new features:
With the release, a new set of documentation has been launched here. They are minimal at the moment, but what they do cover - they cover very well. We hope to have full thorough documentation up for the next release.
You can see a full list of changes at github.
AdaptCMS 3.0 released about a month ago, we a lot of progress has already been made on 3.0.1. In this blog we will go over what has been done so far, what's upcoming and when this version will likely release. Continue onto the full story.
With the big release of 3.0, at the same time, we are not expecting huge numbers for this version. With 2.0 downloads were low, but we had quick releases that increased download amounts more and more. That said, we have about 300 downloads (likely more, that we are not able to track from other sources) and the Monday after release, we hit 157 unique visitors and have stayed around 65-75 uniques/day versus around 35-45 for the same time period the previous month. If the web traffic continues, that is a continuos solid increase in traffic and even more likely to improve download/number of sites using the CMS in the future.
Although release was just two weeks ago, we are going back to work on AdaptCMS this weekend for 3.0.1. We plan on bug fixes/security fixes/asthetic fixes, some minor tweaks and some new features - likely a new plugin. There could be some more dev-friendly functionality, we are planning on improving our code commenting slowly and slowly applying unit testing to existing feature - in addition, all new functionality will include unit testing.
In the future we have plans on translations, but this may not be until 3.1. We'll dig more into exactly what 3.0.1 contains in the coming weeks, once we have gone through some todo's and gotten some features done. Stay tuned!
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