Creating websites and software is always a never-ending journey with a constantly expanding task list. It’s a world of infinite possibilities with limited resources. Gathering feedback through focus groups can be a great tool to prioritise the improvements that result in the biggest impact for our users. Recently we’ve been gathering feedback from content editors to improve SilverStripe CMS. The editors we spoke to worked in SilverStripe CMS for 10-25 hours per week. That translates to over 1,250 hours a year! It is easy to see how small improvements can have massive effects on the efficiency of web teams.
We’re often told that editors love SilverStripe CMS because the intuitive interface allows them to get started quickly with minimal training. Retaining and building on this advantage can help guide development within the open source community. Feedback from the community identified that page states are an existing pain point we should improve on. The ambiguity of the current language can create confusion or fear especially when deleting pages. The editor research will help us refine page state labels to make the CMS even easier to use.Read full post
This years' open source developers conference (OSDC) was held in the sunny Gold Coast, at the Griffith University Campus. Three solid days of open source discussions covering an extensive range of subjects were boasted this year, with plenty of room for discussion, getting to know one another, and good food to keep the engines of all participants well fuelled and running at full blast.Read full post
Coding the open seas
All SilverStripe developers started out in the same place. We were explorers — outsiders looking in on the unknown. With meager skills and only our curiosity and passion for discovery filling our sails, we navigated uncharted waters, leaning on whatever documentation we could find, and engaging helpful members of the community who had once upon a time been in our position. When things got especially challenging, we may have waded through thousands of lines of source code, desperately seeking an answer, but happy to find just a clue.Read full post
Behind the scenes at SilverStripe we've been busy growing our team. In fact, over a third of our staff joined us during 2014! This meant we were quickly running out of space in our Wellington office. To accommodate our expanding numbers we are on the move this weekend (1 & 2 November 2014).Read full post
When we relaunched silverstripe.org last month we introduced a new featured showcase section. However, we weren't quite happy with the showcase archive section so we rolled out the new site without it with the intention to carry on the work and get this out in the next release to ensure it was really useful to highlight the communities great work.Read full post
Entwine is a jQuery library which allows you to add functions to groups of DOM elements, instead of passing elements as function arguments or storing them as global variables. Entwine powers the entire back-end of the SilverStripe framework and CMS, and is very useful for writing custom functionality in the CMS, so that's what this article will focus on. You can download the completed example code here.Read full post
A front-end utility menu featuring administration and development tools.
Back in the era of SilverStripe 2 the default template BlackCandy included SilverStripeNavigator - a handy menu utility shown to CMS users when browsing the front-end site that let them quickly edit a page, logout, and switch between viewing the draft and published version of a page.Read full post