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Nginx for fun and performance


Are you already using nginx ("engine-x")? If the answer is no, why not?!

Why nginx

It is the cool little brother of Apache httpd. Launched in 2004 from Russia, its popularity has been ever growing and depending on whose statistics you trust, it is now the second most popular webserver of all active sites and leading for the most popular ones. Many well known sites are using it, such as GitHubWordPress.com, or NASA.

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Site downtime scheduled ahead of upgrade


In September last year we launched our new community site with an updated design and improved functionality. Since then we've been keeping extremely busy here in SilverStripe HQ with countless community events, introducing online lessons and, of course, opening our first European office. In the meantime, our company site didn't get much love and was in dire need of attention. Over the past couple of months our internal Community and Education team "The Storytellers" have been burning the midnight oil to redevelop this site. We wanted an online presence that would better reflect our global focus, explain clearly how SilverStripe Ltd contributed to the open source ecosystem and could promote our partners. 

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Battleship Minecraft! Fun and games at the Dutch PHP Conference


Last week the SilverStripe team headed to the Dutch PHP Conference. Sponsoring meant were able to set up a booth; with t-shirts, stickers, chocolate, and a Minecraft version of the game Battleships! Chris shares how we created the game...

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Reducing user management headaches with new Active Directory integration


For the New Zealand Government Common Web Platform we needed a way for government agencies to authenticate users with their existing on-premises directory. For SilverStripe Platform we needed a way of managing a large number of users and their access rights to sites that make up the platform, such as Gitlab for code hosting, and Deploynaut to deploy that code. Users that are authorised on the platform need to login to all of them, but users may have different access rights than others. Senior Platform Developer Sean Harvey explains our recent work to integrate SilverStripe with Active Directory and some of the technical challenges that arose. 

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Sean Harvey Sean Harvey, 2 July 2015

What it's like to intern at SilverStripe


blogimagesotTaking part in the Summer of Tech (SoT) was an unexpected road of learning and opportunities for me – a graphic design student with a background in freelance web design and testing.

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Luke Edwards Luke Edwards, 25 June 2015

Transforming SilverStripe's accounts through Agile


So how do you become Agile when it comes to accounts? Day to day, week to week and month to month there are jobs that are always the same, that always need doing. On first thought it might seem odd to decide that Agile was the best approach.

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SilverStripe 3.2 beta now available


Announcing... the first beta for SilverStripe 3.2! It’s an exciting time for us, and we want to share some of that excitement with you. Beta means that we are satisfied with the features we and the community developed, and are ready to release it to officially open it up to begin the polishing and bugfixing as we head toward a stable release. We'll be running this first beta phase for approximately 4 weeks before any additional beta phase we might need to run.

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Chris Pitt & Cam Findlay, 23 June 2015

A 5 minute UX history of SilverStripe CMS


The last SilverStripe Wellington Meetup had a focus on UX and open source projects. I gave a 5 minute lightning talk about the history of the SilverStripe CMS project's design and UX. From its beginnings as proprietary software for Totally Digital (now SilverStripe Ltd) to what it is today.

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Where are all the open source designers?


I was pleased SilverStripe hosted a Design and UX focused Meetup, it covered lots of things I’ve been thinking about recently, including where are all the OSS designers? So it was great to see a room full of people interested in the topic. I covered some big picture definitions of the difference between open design process, open source design and designing for OSS. You can find some more about those topics in this blog post.

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SilverStripe London's first monthly meetup


The London SilverStripe community had their first monthly meetup on 11 June. It was a great event with many new faces and interesting talks and discussions. 

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