SilverStripe v2.3.3 has just been released! This is now the best version of our software to use. This version solves a number of bugs both at the code level for those working with Sapphire, and solves a few CMS interface bugs.
A big round of thanks go to community members who identified bugs and contributed fixes to them!
Join us in innovating with government data! Later this month, a group of motivated individuals in technical, business, and policy roles are getting together for a single purpose: to collaborate on making government-held data more freely available for others to access and re-use.
Today we hit a really cool download milestone that illustrates the growing interest in SilverStripe! We'd like to thank everyone who has discovered SilverStripe and help spread the word — it is thanks to you that we've now reached the 200,000 mark!
(Statisticians note: The download figure was determined by counting downloads from the main SilverStripe website. It excludes downloads of daily builds, subversion, or from external websites like SourceForge. It also excludes the tens of thousands of copies that have been bundled on magazine cover discs and with the German SilverStripe book. And downloads of SilverStripe modules, themes, widgets, etc, are also excluded from this figure, as you should expect.)
We recently released a major update to the User Forms module. We mentioned the features earlier, but these features are now ready for production websites.
An exciting feature added to this version of the User Forms module is that it supports custom fields. These extensions are created by writing PHP code that can sit in their own folder, making them easy to share and reuse. Technically, you extend the EditableFormField PHP class; see the Google Maps Selection Field source code for an example. We're looking forward to seeing the community contribute useful types of fields, and we are also happy to know that the core module does not need to bloat with all sorts of rarely used field types.
Come to a SilverStripe event in London on Thursday 3rd September! SilverStripe Partner GPMD is hosting the after-work event from 6:45pm at The Worship — see the new SilverStripeUK meetup group that GMPD has created for further details. GPMD plans to make this a regular event in London.
Anyone interested in using—or currently using—the SilverStripe CMS is welcome, and it doesn't matter if you are technical or not. So if you're in London, we'd love for you to come to this informative and interesting evening.
Two weeks ago SilverStripe featured at the world's largest open source software conference, OSCON. We gave a talk to a crowded room of software developers titled, Ten Usability Epiphanies for Your Open Source Web-app. The slides are available in PDF and you can watch the entire session online. This will give you insight into how SilverStripe thinks about usability.
Today the world's major open source CMS awards opened for 2009. Run by the UK publisher PacktPub, these annual awards provide a $24,000 prize pool and exposure to winning CMS projects. Winning helps to fund new features in our software, and helps us grow our developer and user community.
By nominating or voting for your favourite CMS, you go into a draw to win Apple gear. Three people from the nomination phase will be drawn by PacktPub to win an 8GB iPod Nano, and three people from the voting phase will get an 8GB iPod Touch!
A global survey to profile users of open source CMS software has just been launched. If you've used or implemented SilverStripe software, we'd love for you take 10 minutes to complete the survey.
The survey asks questions about how satisfied you are with various products, your budget, and the features you feel are most important. It's being run by CMSWire and Water and Stone, and the results will be available as a public report on the state of the CMS industry. You go into a draw to win $100 iTunes gift certificate by completing the survey.
We've released updates to five modules today. The set of releases focuses on giving more power to non-technical people in managing website forms.
Today's release of the User Forms module is a significant update and near-rewrite of version 0.1.
Last month, SilverStripe spoke about what we consider to be the future trends and features of council (local government authority) websites. We also asked council staff what they wanted to add to their websites. You can watch our presentation and read council views below.
All of this took place at an annual conference of council web managers and developers. The same conference also featured a panel discussion on content management systems, and the new website we produced for the council of Gisborne won an award.