SilverStripe 3.0 alpha 2 is here

Posted by Kerstin Schuman on 11 January 2012

The last step before beta; SilverStripe CMS 3.0 alpha 2 is ready to download and test.
We have come a long way and we are half way there!

Here is what’s new in alpha 2:


  • CMS JavaScript performance and perceived rendering improvements
  • New dedicated "Add page" interface with page type descriptions
  • Improved "Insert Link" dialog with cleaner styles
  • Selected tabs and collapsed panels are now stored in a Cookie for a more consistent interface when returning later to the CMS


  • Support for multi-byte page URLs (e.g. with German Umlauts). Flexible URL filtering through new URLSegmentFilter API
  • Customisable HTML attributes on Form and FormField (which allows better usage of HTML5 and data attributes)



Download the CMS and Framework here.

And as a side note, 3.0 alpha 1 will be no longer available to download.

If you test it, please report any bugs you find to

Thanks a lot to everyone who made this happen. To everyone who joined the Hackfest or submitted pull requests over the last few weeks.

If you want to be part of 3.0 beta, join the next Hackfest. Otherwise tell us what you think and feel free to help out where you can.

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  • Love the new UI on version 3.0, really looking forward to further releases of this version. Kudos to the SilverStripe team for doing a pretty awesome job on 3.0 so far.

    Posted by Feldene, 2 years ago

  • @Paul, I am sorry that you are disappointed about the SS 3 performance so far. Please note that the current version is only an alpha version and we are far from stable with alpha. Beta is coming out soon and should be quite an improvement in comparison. Also where would you expect a better response?

    Posted by Kerstin, 3 years ago @silverstripe

  • I was impressed by SS2 and I was looking forward to SS3. This alpha has been a huge disappointment so far. The backend performance is dismal! The SS team seems to be fairly unresponsive, and that alone is enough of a reason for me to look elsewhere. Goodbye SS!

    Posted by Paul, 3 years ago

  • I originally hoped that the new SilverStripe CMS 3.0 would be a breeze to use. After reading all of the comments, I am hopeful that the things mentioned will be fixed. I am hoping that the page navigation will become easier as well as changing page file names/urls to make them more SEO friendly. I'm hoping that all of this can easily be done and easily redirected via a 301 redirect.

    Posted by Indianapolis SEO, 3 years ago

  • Please enlight me: why are things loading so slowly in the backend? Always loading something, always waiting… (testing locally. mem set to 64mb) Now that I picked up some interest in SS3, I really hoped for a quicker and more responsive backend. I still feel the whole MVC approach is a good thing but things gotta get more responsive/quicker and also more intuitive.

    Posted by Zabba, 3 years ago

  • Hey MirrorBall, please have a look at our upgrading guide in case you're overwriting an existing (earlier) SilverStripe version:

    Posted by Ingo, 3 years ago @chillu

  • I install it, but can't go to the admin page because of the following error:

    "[User Warning] None of these templates can be found in theme '':,"

    Posted by Mirrorball, 3 years ago

  • Hi,

    I'm playing around with the alpha2 release. I try to extend the cms with new pagetypes, adding fields to the cms etc (like in the 2.4days). But that code doesn't seem to work anymore (creating new pages with the new pagetype fails, custom fields don't show up in the cms etc). Is there any information available on what has changed...


    Posted by guy van bael, 3 years ago

  • As others have mentioned adding, navigating around pages has become a chore. One of the strengths of SS over alternatives e.g. Wordpress was how quick it was to move around the site and get things done.

    Posted by Andrew, 3 years ago

  • I'm developing a lot for designers and there clients. they decided to leave typo3 cause of silverstripes light backend-ui...
    i know they will go somewhere else... if this ui won't change

    Posted by someone, 3 years ago

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