ocPortal, which we have mentioned here, one of the upcoming web content management systems has released its new version 4.3 RC 3. This version introduces some new features and a number of bug fixes have been made since the last release. If you haven’t tried ocPortal yet, you might want to check a personal demo here.
Following are the new features and fixes that have been made in this new releae.
- Fixed problems with CSS image paths on SSL
- Fixed that CEDI pages were missing in the Permission Tree Editor
- Fixed errors in the CEDI new-post notification emails
- Fixed some major problems that had developed with Facebook HPHP support
- Fixed problem with main_quotes block on Facebook HPHP
- Fixed Comcode-render permissions on various notification emails*
- Fixed various problems on our inbuilt database for developers
- Fixed stack trace when stock maintenance warnings are sent
- Fixed problems on multi-site installs with regard to template overriding in the default theme
- Fixed stack trace when uploading archives to the attachment system
- Fixed problem with cache-safety of the Comcode ‘list’ tag
- Fixed rare missing parameter error in side_forum_news block, if certain parameters used
- Fixed error when adding a zero-byte file to a TAR file
- Fixed bugs in shopping cart system, with regard to disabling stock control and hiding protected fields.
- Fixed problem whereby on galleries in flow mode it would say ‘edit image’ for a video (now just says ‘edit’)
- Fixed error when hovering over the Zones icon
- Fixed proxy server support via the cURL library
- Fixed problem with results-browser template producing (unseen) errors
- Fixed the instant messengers intelligent chat message box growth on Google Chrome
- Fixed the mouse monitoring API on IE
- Fixed the Comcode ‘section_controller’ tag so that the controller may go before the content, if desired
- Fixed problem submitting uploaded files on IE if URLs are supported also
- Fixed rare stack trace in XHTML validation code
- Fixed problem with SpellChecker since 4.3.1
- Upgraded side_weather block for Yahoo’s new location IDs
- Added extra parameters to main_rss and side_rss blocks
- Added date sorting to side_rss block
- Improved catalogue AED usability, less abstract UI
- Made chat bots have decent usernames instead of being just a Guest
- Allowed chat bots to respond to general messages (rather than just private messages sent to them)
- Allowed chat bots to decide whether to make a response or not
- Stopped errors inside previews giving links to show a stack trace
- Speculative fix to an error message showing a problem inside the points API for an AJAX script
- Added Google Chrome detection support
- Changes to primary-key-length restrictions, to ensure compatibility with file-system based database such as our inbuilt development database
- Allowed MySQL ‘DESCRIBE’ queries to work correctly
- Allowed canceling of eCommerce orders that were not taken up, and making them sink to the bottom
- Made the point count on the OCF member bar a link to the logged-in member’s points profile
- Added missing description for the products catalogue
- Added warning to stop people accidentally locking themselves out of the Admin Zone by making their usergroup not a super-administrator
- Reference the ‘development tools’ in the footer, in the Style section of the Admin Zone
- Added dismissible warning if the Setup Wizard is never run
Read more about this new release of OcPortal 4.3.2 here.
ocPortal, one of the upcoming web content management systems has released its new version 4.3 RC 3. This version introduces some new features and a number of bug fixes have been made since the last release. If you haven’t tried ocPortal yet, you might want to check a personal demo here.
- WordPress, Joomla and HTML web site importer
- iCal exporter and quiz responses CSV exporter
- New ‘importer redirects’, which lets you easily redirect to the appropriate place in ocPortal, for cases when import is done natively through modules
- Added submit-URLs to the side_news block, main_forum_news block and side_forum_news block
- Reply counts have been added to the side_forum_news block
- New Comcode ‘pulse’ tag which is configurable with parameters
- New parameter to main_leader_board block has been added to filter out staff from the points leaderboard
- CAPTCHA support has been added to the main_contact_simple block and main_contact_us block
- Auto search capability for expanded day selection
- Allowed the download A-Z index to support ocFilter notation
New features for developers:
- Generalised shared-installs support so it is more flexible for people
- Improved shared-install functionality, so that theme files and Comcode pages may be shared between sites also, if desired
- Added memory debugging functions for developers
- ocPortal can now run without a database as the inbuilt database is now a bundled feature
- New developer feature has been added for the quick addition of language strings, written (temporarily) in-line into the code
- Added support for running a server behind a proxy server
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ocPortal, one of the upcoming web content management systems has released its new version 4.3 RC 1. This release has huge number of new features and bug fixes. If you haven’t tried ocPortal yet, you might want to check a personal demo here.
This version is a feature release that introduces a number of bug fixes since the last release and some performance improvements and features.
- You can now set an option from config_editor.php to make bots receive cached versions of pages, so that bot activity is less likely to slow down your site
- A new “self-learning” technology has been developed to reduce the number of language strings that need to be loaded for individual pages. ocPortal will automatically learn which pages use which strings, so it only needs to load those ones “next time around” (the technology is adaptive, so if the pool of strings is insufficient, it loads more, but learns)
- Extra compression of some of the PNG files (most were already well compressed though)
- Advanced users can configure ocPortal to spread theme images across a CDN(requires use of OcCLE and the Code Book, and a properly configured network of CDN servers)
- A well configured ocPortal server can now get a “Green tick” on Google PageSpeed and an “A grade” on YSlow.
- Memory usage has been improved a bit
- The number of queries used has been improved a bit in certain areas
- The number of queries in general is reduced, by automatic pre-fetching of translate-table content
- Various small optimisations to improve server-side PHP performance have been made
- Removed some unused CSS
- The database connection/initialisation code is now “lazy” meaning that AJAX scripts that do not end up needing to use the database will not establish an unnecessary connection
- New installs will now use the ‘HEAP’ MySQL table type for the sessions table, minimising the need for queries that cause disk writes
- Support for persistent caching on APC.
Movable Type, an open source blog software, which we have reviewed here has recently released its new version 5 RC 1. Included in this release is a new theme ‘Pico’ and many other bug fixes. The launch of Movable Type version 5 is targeted for late November.
Major Changes in this release,
- Added a new theme “Pico”.
- Bundle style repository with a theme.
Styles can also be bundled with a theme to easily offer different flavors of a theme. Styles are nothing but a combination of a stylesheet and images to bundle with a theme.
- Config directive
SQLSetNamesshould be specified as
mt-config.cgiwhen upgrading from older versions with MySQL 5.x and UTF-8
- Tip: When including templates inside a loop which is using multi-blog to aggregate content, blog_id should be specified with include tag to ensure proper template is included unless the template to include exists in each blog/site being aggregated.
Backup and Restore Issues Solved,
- When Backup/Restore all or website, manifest file cannot start restore.
- Backup/Restore drop the Following/Follower data
- CF: Backup/Restore customfields of Image object
- Backup/Restore: Association of assets CF of Category is wrong
- CF: Backup/Restore customfields of Blog/Website object
- Assets named in Japanese have garbage file name when backup
- [Restore] Website custom field is not restorable
- Restoring set wrong userpic
- manifest file : cannot upload
- [restore] folder/category custom field is not restored
- Website: Restored Facebook Commentes setting
- Restored data can get wrong Multiblog settings
Upgrade Issues Solved,
- Index templates are not published after upgrade from MT 3.21
- Upgrade remove all system templates of the blog whose template set is not Classic Blog
- Problems after upgrading a blog whose site/archive URL is ‘foo.com’
- Error when publishing templates after upgrading from 3.21
Theme and Template Issues Solved,
- Professional Website template doesn’t display Comment and Trackbacks
- Unable to display Professional Website template with Dynamic Publishing
- Warning messages are always shown when applying a theme that contains a custom fields
- No warning messages show up when theme cannot add a custom fields
- Item customfield tag is escaped in community template
- mt:WebsiteIfCommentsOpen doesn’t work in dynamic publishing
- mt:Websites with exclude_websites doesn’t work (static/dynamic)
- Template refresh doesn’t respect blog language.
- View Published Template link doesn’t work when Output file include directory
- IE: Comment Pagination doesn’t work
- Comment Pagination doesn’t work on Community Blog template
- Pagination of Main Index
- Dynamic: Publish mt.js by dynamic generate error
- Fixing issue on Ajax pagination.
- mt:Include doesn’t work in some situations
- mt:Blogs doesn’t work in dynamic publishing
- Professional blog doesn’t work on dynamic
- Professional Website: Comment form is blank on Comment Preview
The Joomla project has recently announced the immediate availability of its new release, Joomla 1.5.15 codenamed “Wojmamni ama mamni”.
The key features and changes made in this release include,
Two security issues were fixed in this release:
- Moderate Priority – Core – Front-End Editing.
- Low Priority – Core – XML File View.
- Allowed search to use the Itemid of the current Menu Item
- Removed unnecessary quotes in search results
- Fixed problem when using relative URL’s in editor with SEF enabled.
- Fixed formatting problem in Category List layout with Internet Explorer
- Fixed problem with entering HTML in user confirmation messages
- Fixed Media Manager issues in Windows
- Fixed problem with Archived Article filters when cache is enabled
- Fixed RSS feed problem with ampersand in page title
- Allowed underscore character in menu names
- Fixed problem with mod_newsflash and altenative read-more text
- Fixed problem with Alias Menu Item Type not opening in new window
- Fixed problem with UTF-8 characters in breadcrumbs
- Fixed problem with email cloaking and non-ASCII characters
- Fixed TinyMCE configuration error
- Fixed problem with multiple editor instances on one page
- Fixed problem whereby TinyMCE stripped some image HTML
- Fixed TinyMCE Extended Valid Elements problem
- Fixed problem with TinyMCE blockquote
- Allowed Firefox inline spell check to work in TinyMCE
- Fixed problem saving changes in TinyMCE
- Fixed TinyMCE problem with caption.js and filtering
- Fixed TinyMCE bullet issue with Internet Explorer
- Made image title names consistent in front and back end
- Fixed issue with email cloaking and images
- Fixed problem in email cloaking syntax
- Fixed caption alignment when image alignment is not set
- Added option to create templates in TinyMCE editor
- Fixed problem with TinyMCE Sql
- Fixed problem with email cloaking when using images
- Fixed problem with missing template CSS files
- Fixed problem with linked images in Beez template
- Added default text color for backend error messages
- Added missing spinner.gif
- Fixed problem when copying Beez template to new name
- Fixed error in JA_Purity template with Internet Explorer 8
- Added TinyMCE Language file for Toggle Editor button
- Added Ulaanbaatar in timezones
- Fixed problem with localisation of pagination strings
- Added missing Display # language string
- Added missing com_media language strings
- Improved tooltip text for mod_search
- Fixed problem with version information for core languages
- Fixed problem with FTP fields auto-completing
- Don’t show password in configuration.php file
- Fixed problem when Itemid does not exist
- Fixed PHP 5.3 compatibility issues
- Fixed problem with caching for com_weblinks and com_contact
- Fixed additional PHP 5.3 compatibility issues
- Fixed problem with warnings in system_config.php file
- Added missing JEXEC checks in code
- Fixed problem converting UTF-8 characters to ASCII
- Added option to disallow users to view extension XML files
- Fixed problem with onAfterDisplayTitle event and PHP 5.3
- Fixed problem with displaying error messages with right-to-left languages
Downloads Joomla 1.5.15 here.
The Joomla project has recently announced the immediate availability of its new release, Joomla 1.6 alpha 2. This release contains many new features requested by the community. Other features are listed below as well as what you can expect in the future for Joomla 1.6.
This is an alpha release. It is intended to be a developer/hobbyist preview and is not intended to be used on a production web site.
New improvements/features since alpha 1 include:
- ACL: access management for global permissions as well as content item specific permissions, variable user-groups, users member of more than one user-group, permissions are inherited, really fast
- Extendable user profile, profile view in frontend, extendable user parameters
- Improved com_content modules (mod_articles_archive, mod_articles_latest, mod_articles_popular)
- Article linker plugin for editors
- New frontend template (atomic)
- Tableless com_content layouts
- New backend template (bluestork)
- New uploader for media manager
Other Joomla 1.6 improvements that existed in alpha 1:
- Mootools 1.2
- Refactored back-end
- Nested Categories and category parameters
- New views in front-end: categories, category
- Lots of small code improvements, almost cut the code size in half while adding to the functionality
- PHP 5.2 required, huge performance improvements, partially eaten up by new features => 1.6 will be faster than 1.5
Download Joomla here
dotCMS, enterprise open source Java content management system announced recently that they have released a Windows installer for version 1.7 of their open source web content management system. This release makes it much easier to access the features of dotCMS. dotCMS windows installer is the easiest way to get started with the dotCMS system.
Streamlining the installation process is important for making the product more accessible.
“It is important to dotCMS that users of all technical levels are given the tools to get dotCMS up and running in a timely manner, “ said Will Ezell, CTO and principal of dotCMS. “We are working hard to meet the growing and evolving expectations of our marketplace, and will continue to do so.”
The Windows installer can be downloaded from the dotCMS website downloads page. The download includes all you need to get started, including the Java runtime environment, Postgresql database, Tomcat and the dotCMS system itself.
ocPortal, one of the upcoming web content mangement systems has released its new version 4.2. This release has huge number of new features and bug fixes. If you haven’t tried ocPortal yet, you might want to check a personal demo here.
New features include:
- Online store (shopping cart)
- Big cleanup of blogging/news features
- Tidy-up of galleries
- Posting-rate graph
- True multi-language support – virtually all content (news posts, forum posts, CEDI pages, etc) can be translated.
- More data-conversion choices – importing from CSV files, RSS and JPEG meta-data, and ocPortal’s new XML format for synchronization of data between sites
- Google Sitemap generation
- Twitter and Facebook syndication
- A new weather block to show the current weather in a given location
- Refreshed forum driver support (IPB3, vBulletin 3.8, SMF 2)
- All the menu templates and CSS have been rewritten to be far easier to understand and modify
- About 30 new config options, to allow greater flexibility
- Error messages are now much more thorough, providing solutions on how to resolve the errors
- Performance improvements, particularly to reduce memory usage
- Search-friendly URLs (URLs with keywords in, rather than ID numbers)
- Reviews support (e.g. people can post reviews for a catalogue entry)
- MkPortal import, and feature parity: Slide-shows and eCards from galleries, Top-sites support
- New ‘carousel’ Comcode tag
- Overhaul of the support ticket system, including SMS alert support
- Encrypted custom profile fields (CPFs) and privacy settings
- Flash and Java based uploaders
- Further improved best practice compliance for web standards, and support for the semantic web (“Web 3.0″) – Microformat support, Dublin Core support, and more.
Check out other features about the ocPortal version 4.2 here.
- Wikis (like in Wikipedia)
- Forums (like in phpBB)
- Blogs (like in WordPress)
- Articles (like in Yahoo News)
- Image Gallery (like in Flickr)
- Map Server (like in Google Maps)
- Link Directory (like in DMOZ)
- Multilingual (like in Babel Fish)
- Bug Tracker (like in Bugzilla)
- RSS Feeds (like in Digg)
- Free Open Source software (LGPL)
Tiki version 3.2 can be downloaded here.
For the list of major enhancements since Tiki2, check out the TikiWiki docs.
Zimplit, an easy-to-use content management system, has released a new version of its fully rebrandable content management system for hosting companies who want to provide easily editable websites for their customers.
Briefly, Zimplit is the easiest Open Source Content Management System. It is extremely lightweight, simple and customizable. It’s easy to install, and easy to use via a simple web interface. Zimplit doesn’t need a database and it consists of only a one core engine file.
The motivation behind Zimplit is that most private users and companies are using the hosting service for website hosting and it seems obvious that a client can get the hosting service as well as website creation tools from the same place. It seems also apparent that most hosting companies don’t provide any website creation tools at all.
Zimplit allows hosting companies to set up website creation tool in minutes and provide full service for the client. It allows hosting providers to keep and promote their own brand - meaning that the entire software’s interface can be modified to suit hosting provider’s own branding.
It provides not only a content management system, but also ready made and custom templates. The system also allows end users to choose suitable design templates. It will work on most hosting control panels like Plesk, cPanel, etc. It has a solution even for the small hosting companies who have a self made control panel. Apart from the installation process, it features a new updating process. Zimplit allows updating the whole service from one place and all hosting provider clients will get the updates instantly.
It’s very search engine friendly and helps you setup your website in few minutes without having to setup a database.