SilverStripe Blog

SilverStripe 2.3.3 released

Posted by Sigurd Magnusson on 6 August 2009

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!

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Help New Zealand Government be more open

Posted by Sigurd Magnusson on 6 August 2009

Logo for Open Govt Data Barcamp

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.

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200,000 downloads

Posted by Sigurd Magnusson on 5 August 2009

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.)

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User Forms 0.2 brings new ease to managing forms

Posted by Sigurd Magnusson on 5 August 2009

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.

Screenshot of Userforms module

  • Improved user interface for editing fields, with more descriptive labels and improved layout.
  • You can now configure simple conditional logic. When someone answers a question in a form, that answer can be used to hide or show other fields on that form.
  • Both the editor and the public-facing form now use jQuery. All of the prototype JavaScript library code has gone, more than halving the lines of JavaScript through a better architecture.
  • The code at the PHP level has also been substantially rewritten. The model has been optimised and this drops the number of database tables from 12 to 3. We hope you like the speed and architecture improvements!
  • The web-based report of form submissions is more powerful. The report is now paginated, and you can remove individual submissions or clear them all out.
  • You can set custom messages for when fields are not filled out properly, overriding the SilverStripe defaults.
  • Instead of sending a submission to a single email address, you can send to multiple email addresses. For each recipient you can customise the To, From, Subject, and Body content.
  • Thanks to updates to the Mollom module and Recaptcha module last month, you can limit the amount of unwanted spam coming through your forms.
  • Note: As yet there is no data migration strategy from forms built in the previous version to the new one. Also, this module currently has bugs when used on multiple-language websites.

Custom Fields open up a new form of SilverStripe extensions!

Example of Google Maps Selection FieldAn 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.

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London SilverStripe Community Meetup

Posted by Sigurd Magnusson on 5 August 2009

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.

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Our ideas on usability, shared.

Posted by Sigurd Magnusson on 4 August 2009

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.

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Help SilverStripe grow by nominating us at the Packtpub CMS awards

Posted by Sigurd Magnusson on 3 August 2009

Packtpub 2009 CMS Awards LogoToday 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.

We'd love your support, by...

  • Nominating SilverStripe for the awards, now.
    You can nominate from now until September 11. You may both:
    Nominate us for Best Overall Open Source CMS.
    Nominate us for Best Open Source PHP CMS Award.
    The rules allow you to nominate SilverStripe in both of these two categories.
  • Voting for us, soon. The most nominated projects are presented to the public as finalists to vote on. Assuming we get enough votes to be a finalist, you can vote for us from late September until the end of October. A category winner is selected by a judging panel.
  • Spreading the word! Tell others to nominate now, and later vote, as described above. You can share the following banner to help with this:
    Nominate your favour CMS now! Banner image for 2009 Packtpub Awards

Apple iPod NanoWin an Apple iPod Nano or Touch for helping out

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!

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Share your SilverStripe experience in global CMS survey

Posted by Sigurd on 3 August 2009

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.

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5 module updates provide a real field-day

Posted by Sigurd on 10 July 2009

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.

Screenshot of Userforms moduleUser Forms v0.2rc2

Today's release of the User Forms module is a significant update and near-rewrite of version 0.1.

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What should be on council websites of the future?

Posted by Sigurd Magnusson on 30 June 2009

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.

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