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Wellington's August Meetup


Thanks to everyone who came along to our August Wellington Meetup. We hope you enjoyed the chatter and presentations over drinks and nibbles. The evening kicked off with a brief introduction from our CEO Sam Minnee, followed by informative presentations by SilverStripe CTO Hamish Friedlander and community member Simon Welsh. For those of you who were unable to make it, or those that would like a refresher, we have included a video and slides below. See you all in October!

Hamish Friedlander

Our CTO spoke about how to integrate search in order to help users find what they want more efficiently. His presentation also included some of the libraries available to do this with SilverStripe.

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Brooke Penny, 30 August 2011

Open Source Awards 2011


Here we go again! Show your support by nominating SilverStripe CMS in PacktPub's annual Open Source Awards.

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Kirsten Moodie, 5 August 2011

Interested in helping us usability test our sites?


In order for websites to remain relevant and useful, we believe it's important to usability test them on a regular basis. We don't only recommend this to our clients, but we practice it too.

It's been just over a year since we redesigned silverstripe.com and the best way to check whether it's meeting the goals of our users is to usability test it. We're planning to do this over the next couple of months, initially via a short questionnaire and then with face-to-face interviews in Wellington.

In late July we'll be asking interested users the reasons why they visit both silverstripe.com and silverstripe.org and for details of what they're looking for when they're there. In August we'll be inviting test users to come into the SilverStripe office in Wellington, where we'll run through a series of scenarios to test how they navigate through our sites, and we'll then explore areas that could be improved.

After collating and reviewing all the results we're hoping to better understand exactly what our users (you guys!) want from our sites and how they should be structured to make them as user-friendly as possible.

We're interested in talking with a range of users, including developers, designers and clients. If you're keen on participating then please contact Julian (J) Meadow, our resident usability testing expert, and he'll send you more details. Those that participate in both stages will be rewarded with an iTunes or book voucher.

Of course, anytime you have feedback on our sites you are always more than welcome to let us know by filling in a feedback form, which can be accessed via the the footer on both sites. We really appreciate your comments, so keep them coming!

We'll keep you posted on progress over the next couple of months.

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Julian Meadow, 14 July 2011

Wellington's June Meetup


Thanks to everyone who came along to our June meetup in Wellington. We hope you enjoyed your well-deserved beer and learnt a thing or two! We were treated to two excellent talks from Sam Minnée and John Milmine. Here's a quick rundown of what they spoke about, with slides and videos for those of you who weren't able to make it.

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Kirsten Moodie, 8 July 2011

Covenant Solutions use SilverStripe as a social media gateway


This is a guest post from Aaron Brockhurst at Covenant Solutions, who have been doing great work connecting SilverStripe to Facebook.

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Joanna McLeod, 9 June 2011

Upgrading SilverStripe to 3.0


There are a lot of questions we're asked quite frequently about SilverStripe, so we thought it might be a good idea to start addressing some of these through blog posts. This is number two in an ongoing series.

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Joanna McLeod, 24 May 2011

A new SilverStripe book


It's wintertime (at least here in the Southern Hemisphere), so the ideal time for reading a good book by the fire – or at the beach for the lucky ones north of the equator. And of course it's hard to find a more thrilling topic than SilverStripe!

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Ingo Schommer, 19 May 2011

A Sapphire framework for OceanBrowser


With the release of SilverStripe 3 preview 1, Sapphire is to be independent of the CMS, to really unleash the full power of the framework. We believe that Sapphire can be used to build much more than just traditional content managed websites - and we're not the only ones who are thinking that way.

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Joanna McLeod, 17 May 2011

Winners at the CMS Expo SilverStripe Awards


As part of the recent CMS Expo in Chicago, we held SilverStripe Awards to celebrate the amazing work being done by our community. We encouraged everyone to enter, and were thrilled that there were nearly sixty entrants for the eight categories.

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Joanna McLeod, 6 May 2011

SilverStripe 3.0 preview 1 is here!


It is with an enormous sense of pride, excitement, nervousness and relief that we are able to announce that SilverStripe 3.0 preview 1 has been released. This release is mainly focused on the separation of Sapphire as a framework from the "cms" module, as well as starting the new user interface implementation for the CMS. While most of the work is "under the hood", you should get a feel for how we plan to improve the authoring experience with the new interface.
Note: This release only supports the latest versions Google Chrome and Firefox, we’re in the process of adding IE support.

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Joanna McLeod, 2 May 2011