AdaptCMS 3.0.3 has been released! This version ended up being a "smaller" sized release, plenty of new things but a lot of the major new additions/enhancements ended up being very time consuming. By the time this is being read, we will already be starting on planning for 3.0.4 and 3.0.5 - the former may be a medium-large sized release.

Release highlights:

  • Article Enhancements - There was a lot added to improve the functionality of managing articles in the admin. You can preview an article as you edit it, revisions have been adding allowing a history of an article to be managed. With the new revisions, users can now choose a quick save and auto-save method to allow for quick and easy saving without leaving the page - in addition, revisions can be previewed.
  • Bootstrap/FontAwesome Upgrade - The admin look and feel has been updated to the newest version of Bootstrap. Since bootstrap 3.0 is very different and fontawesome also changed their naming conventions, we decided it was a good time to upgrade. The design is largely around the same as before, but the main admin page has been upgraded and the overall look/feel is "bigger" and less round, which is the Boostrap 3 look.
  • Addon Creator - A fairly big feature, the addon creator is a new feature written in AngularJS that will provide an easy interface to create a plugin or theme. The main purpose of the app is to make it easy to create either, along with providing the ability to do most things inside AdaptCMS without having to edit files via FTP. The first version is fairly simple, but we have plans to expand it over time.
  • Media Libraries - The "media modal" was recoded into angularJS, making it a quicker and very stable feature now. Libraries can also now be linked to articles, providing the functionality of linking to a list of libraries, showing numerous images or the latest image from linked libraries on an article page. Very useful for video game websites.

With the release of 3.0.3, the documentation has also been update covering a lot of areas, this can be viewed here:

http://documentation.adaptcms.com/3.0.3/Setup/Installation

You can also see a full list of changes below:

https://github.com/adaptcms/AdaptCMS/blob/3.0.3/CHANGELOG.md

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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.

Stay tuned!

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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:

  • Template Engine/Re-organization - The biggest new feature, the new template engine and folder re-organization has changed templating completely in AdaptCMS. With the new engine, you can use simple tags like http://www.insanevisions.com/category/news to link to the list of news articles and many more tags (which are documented here). This helps those not familiar with PHP still be able to edit templates without a lot of difficulty. The new folder/template structure also makes it easier/faster to get what you need to - Admin and Frontend templates are split into their own folder, as a vast majority will only need to edit frontend templates.
  • Search - The previous search feature was well-concieved, but ultimately had some problems and the new search functionality is stable and much faster. Re-coding the search in angular, we were able to engineer a very fast search functionality across multiple features of the site. All modern browsers support it and it is a great feature with much to build upon in the future.
  • New Plugins - The Contact Form and Article Ratings are brand new starting with AdaptCMS 3.0.2. The Contact Form plugin is a simple new addition providing websites the easiness of use of providing visitors to your site the ability to easily contact you. Article Ratings is the other new plugin, providing a rating feature so that users of your site can rate articles - the permissions built in also allow you to allow or disallow guests from being able to rate an article. When creating a block, admins can then create a "best rated" list of articles.
  • Global Template Tags - With the new template engine, global template tags are now possible. Powered by angular, the admin interface is quick and easy to move around in. If you add a tag called 'copyright', then you can simply call 2006-2014 AdaptCMS to display the value you entered for the tag. These tags are usable in any template on the site, from the layout to a plugin template. The choice is yours!

With the release of 3.0.2, the documentation has also been update covering a lot of areas, this can be viewed here. You can see a full list of changes at github.

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!

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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.

OneCMS-AdaptCMS Merger

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.

Stay tuned!

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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.

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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:

  • View Docs - Documentation, also referenced as “View Docs”, this new interface is seen in supported templates and when adding/editing a page. It will appear as a tab and will show all the variables that you can use and in the case of the layout template, will show what you have to have in there. They are built in a way for easy expanding in the future.
  • Plugins Updated - Polls (1.1), Links (1.1), Google Analytics (1.1), Support Ticket (1.0.1)
  • New Themes, Updated Theme - The gaming theme received some fixes and a brand new Sample theme is introduced, providing an easier jumping off point for those wanting to create a theme of their own. Also new is the “United” theme, an inspired Ubunu theme.
  • Bootstrap 3.0 - The frontend layout was converted to bootstrap 3.0 as well as all JS on the site. We are looking at converting the admin theme as well in the next version.
  • Import Folder - This new feature for the files area, allows you to upload a folder of images and then go into the admin and import them all at once. Much quicker than having to pick them one by one.
  • Session Expiration Notification - Using the noty library, this really nifty new features will alert a user in the admin if they are adding/editing an item that their session is about to expire. If they click on it and they are already logged out, a login form will appear. Enter it and it will re-log you in and refresh the CSRF token of the form so you don’t have to lose any of your progress!
  • Code Refactoring/Improvement - Not a feature, but we continued to improve and refactor the code in AdaptCMS.

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.

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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.

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