October 4th, 2007 No comments


SilverStripe is a relatively new entrant in an already crowded market. SilverStripe 2.x coding began in late 2005, the code base was released under the BSD open source license in October 2006, and the stable 2.0.0 version was released in February 2007.

To differentiate itself from other systems, SilverStripe focuses on providing a simple, intuitive interface to content authors, and a flexible object-based framework to developers.

As core features SilverStripe offers, besides the administration interface, a WYSIWYG editor with links, images and tables, versioning and workflow capabilities, page hierarchy and navigation generation.

Additional modules include the forum module, the blogging module allowing multiple blogs, the event management module (commercial extension) and the e-commerce module (commercial extension).

SilverStripe requires PHP 5.2.0 or higher, MySQL 4.1 or higher, and an Apache or lighttpd web server; as already noted, it’s available under the terms of the BSD License.

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SilverStripe 2.1 released

October 2nd, 2007 No comments


After 3 release candidates, SilverStripe 2.1 has been released.

The new features include a comment administration and moderation section, a security system allowing to selectively restrict view and edit access to a page, and a new blogging module with multiple blogs, theme support, and drag and drop widget system.

Please note that beginning with this release, SilverStripe warns you that you need PHP 5.2 or higher. While it should work with some earlier versions, this allows us to move to requiring PHP 5.2 in future versions.

For additional information, please read the release announcement.

Categories: News

Xoops Cube Legacy 2.1.2

September 29th, 2007 No comments

[Xoops Cube]

Xoops Cube Legacy (or Package Legacy) 2.1.2 is a bug fixing release with minor changes from 2.1.1.

The release announcement contains the upgrading instructions, the changelog, the contributors list, and a tentative roadmap:

* release 2.1.3: October or November;
* release 2.2.0: December or January.

The article then explains the project decentralized structure “if you want to watch the hero who exercises leadership in this project, you need to go to other projects” and how to take a part in Xoops Cube development.

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MDPro 1.082 released

September 29th, 2007 No comments


This version adds some new functions, optimizes performance, and fixes some security issues. “We invite all admins to update all sites ASAP, all versions prior to MDPro 1.081 are now unsupported, in special mode MDPro 1.076, its code is now too old and unsecure, you must upgrade!

What’s new in MDPro 1.082:
– improved media files management;
– tinymce updated to last version;
– added horizontal menus with MDMenus;
– moved all manuals online;
– default theme now W3C compatible.

Additional details are posted in the release announcement.

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WordPress 2.3 is ready

September 25th, 2007 No comments


WordPress 2.3 is a much awaited release including many new features. The most significant are native tagging support, WP and plugin update notification, and URL handling improvements.

Native tagging support allows you to use tags in addition to categories on your posts, while update notification “lets you know when there is a new release of WordPress or when any of the plugins you use has an update available. It works by sending your blog URL, plugins, and version information to our new service which then compares it to the plugin database and tells you whats the latest and greatest you can use.

There are also many new features for developers, e.g. full Atom 1.0 support, use of the new jQuery, and new hooks and filters to override things like the update system, the dashboard RSS feeds, or the feed parser.

For full details, please refer to the release announcement by Matt Mullenweg.

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Simple PHP Blog 0.5.1

September 23rd, 2007 No comments

[Simple PHP Blog]

This version not only has the fixes for the exploits recently discovered, but it also contains other partially completed functions and plugins.

The changelog:
– New options to show specific category as initial page (unless user picks another category);
– Fixed specific security vulnerabilities found in upload_img and themes;
– Added center button and support to editor per forum requests.

For details, please refer to the release announcement.

Categories: News

b2evolution 2.0.1

September 18th, 2007 No comments


b2evolution version 2.0.1 has been released.

Basically, there’s been no major show stopper bug in 2.0.0 but we have fixed a lot of little annoying things. If you’re happy with 2.0.0, no urge to upgrade. But no real reason to hold back either.

b2evo 2.0.1 contains a fixed Movable Type importer, display and CSS improvements, and internationalization (fr and de languages are included).

More information is available in the release announcement.

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Tikiwiki 1.9.8 released

September 13th, 2007 No comments


Tikiwiki 1.9.8 is possibly the last of the 1.9.x series before release 1.10. It contains more than 1000 commits which include many bugfixes, minor feature enhancements, better translations, etc.

This release contains also security fixes, specifically it solves an HTML EMBED object injection issue, so update from previous versions is strongly recommended.

To learn more, you can read the release announcement or the changelog included in the download archive.

Categories: News

OpenCms 7.0.2

September 12th, 2007 No comments


Version 7.0.2 of OpenCms is available for download.

The release contains several new features and other improvements, especially for writing JSP templates. A number of issues reported by the OpenCms community since the release of 7.0.1 have also been fixed.

For more information and a changelog, please read the release announcement.

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Interview with Philippe Archambault

September 11th, 2007 No comments


Frog is a very young but promising project, aiming to port Radiant CMS, a Ruby on Rails application, to the PHP world. Its project leader is Philippe Archambault, who has kindly agreed to a virtual interview with

BW: Philippe, thank you very much for your time. First, can you tell us a little about yourself?

PA: Hi Andrea! I’m a 25 years old freelancer from Canada. Before starting freelance, I worked at a Linux consulting company in Montreal for about 2 years. It is there that I gained expertise as a project manager and PHP/MySQL developer.

BW: When and why did you start the Frog project?

PA: I started this project for one reason, to port Radiant CMS to the PHP language. The first line of code was written in December 2006, and the first public beta was released in January 2007.

Now that I receive more and more emails about issues or feature requests for Frog, I realize that Frog is more used than I was thinking and this is why I am taking this project more seriously; but I’m still doing it for my own pleasure, when I have time and if I’m feeling for it.

BW: What advantages and features will Frog offer over the other systems currently available?

PA: First it’s the simplicity and the flexibility of the administration backend. The concept is really simple, with hierachical pages, flexible parts (body, sidebar, summary, …), flexible layout and a professional administration layout. To this, I have added a really simple file management that is also very easy to use.

Secondly it’s the easy customization and adaptation to user needs. The important thing is that you don’t need to learn a new template language. Frog lets you write PHP code anywhere in a page, and in general this is what almost any webmaster can do.

BW: What improvements can we expect in the next Frog release? Do you have an estimated 1.0 release date?

PA: Frog will have new core features like a caching system, more flexible user roles and permissions and maybe a skin mutation to make Frog more unique.

The 1.0 release will be ready next year, and I hope to celebrate the first Frog birthday, in January 2008, with all those core features in it.

BW: Is there anything else you wish to add for BlogsWeek readers?

PA: Thanks to all open source CMS (Typo3, WordPress, Joomla!, …) to let me know the importance of sharing knowledge. And thanks to all of you who use Frog and report issues on it, or just send me an email saying thanks. It’s all those little things that make me happy when I work on the Frog project, for myself and for the whole user community.

BW: Philippe, thank you for the interview and all the best for your projects!

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