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Hot on the heels of SilverStripe 2.3.0, we're working to release an update that resolves some bugs, adds support for six more languages in the CMS, and adds two great new features.

We want developers to test this release so we can label it ready for general consumption.

Mollom support to combat website spam

Flow chat of how Mollom protects websites against spamMollom is a smart and cheap way to reduce unwanted comments and other website spam. It uses a combination of bayesian filters and CAPTCHAs to protect forms on your website. This release allows you to protect:

  • Page comments in the core product
  • Blog comments in our blog module
  • User Registrations in our forum module
  • If your forum receives a lot of abuse, you can optionally enable that all forum posts be protected by Mollom.
  • Hand-written (PHP) forms can be protected with a new field type called MollomField

To make use of Mollom, you must use SilverStripe 2.3.1, and install the just-released spamprotection-v0.1rc1.tar.gz and mollom-0.1.0rc1.tar.gz modules. The existing blog module will work as is, but to use it with our forum, you must upgrade to forum 0.2rc2. See our Mollom installation instructions.

(Note: The user forms module will be released later with Mollom support.)

Installing SilverStripe without a URL rewriter

A very common problem raised in our Installation Forum is trying to get a URL rewriter working, such as Apache's mod_rewrite. This is what provides SilverStripe with one of its popular features: human readable or "friendly" URLs. In the past we have been stringent about enforcing this, because we disagree strongly with websites that have complicated URLs. Without a URL rewrite, a SilverStripe address would look like website.com/sapphire/main.php?page=about-us.

Sam, however, recently committed some code that provides a great fallback strategy which means you can still get pleasant URLs without a URL rewriter. This will mean that a URL rewriter remains strongly encouraged, but is no longer a requirement.

With a URL rewriter Without
website.com/ website.com/
website.com/about-us website.com/index.php/about-us


We would like people to install this release candidate on Microsoft IIS 6.0, Apache, and Lighttpd, ensuring you have no URL rewriter installed. Post URL Rewrite bugs and feedback at this ticket. All going well, we will have happier installation experiences while preserving our desire for clean URLs on the internet.

New languages

Thanks to great work by our community of translators, this release updates most of the CMS interface translations. In addition, it adds these new languages:

  • Catalan (Andorra)
  • English (United Kingdom)
  • Spanish (Mexico) 
  • Indonesian (Indonesia)
  • Bokmål (Norway)
  • Serbian (Serbia)

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