e107 v2.0 Bootstrap CMS Released

02 Sep 2015 : 12:35PM
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Official Release of e107 v2 Available for Download.

It’s been a long journey

In 2014, e107inc was pleased to announce and to release the open public beta of a new e107. After many years of faithful service, it was time to retire e107 v1 and to allow a new version to come in its place. With the advent of social media, with the acceleration of new ways of using websites and connecting them with all sorts of new services, v1.0 simply wasn’t cutting muster.

We needed something new, something bolder, a new companion to assist you in managing your web-based content and presenting it in the best light possible.

We’ve journeyed a long way since that announcement of the V2 Bootstrap and many of you have been right there alongside us, helping us to spot bugs found underneath the coding rock, helping us test the limit of the new code. We’ve been delighted to have you join us for it.

Announcing the first public release of e107 Bootstrap

We’ve been given the green light to announce that there’s a new e107 in town, and it’s called e107 Bootstrap (or for tech geeks: the e107 v2 Bootstrap). This new platform has been put through its paces over the last year in order to increase its stability and we are confident that for users upgrading to this version, you will find it to be even more stable than v1 ever was. It’s an exciting time for our community as it’s been many years since we’ve seen a new e107 community. It brings e107 bang up to date against many alternative offers available on the open-source market. Enjoy the experience, we are certainly you will never look back after you’ve upgraded.

For our developers it’s a triumph of months and months of efforts, the developer community of e107 is extremely small but they have surmounted hundreds of bug reports, have tried to prioritise the most promising feature requests, in order to bring us to this stage.

Let us walk through some of the key reasons why we think you might just want to give our new CMS a trial:

Easy to install

With our step-by-step wizard, you’re going to find it easy to upgrade. Don’t forget to back-up your website and your system just in case your configuration makes our wizard hick-up, but we’ve dealt with all the issues we detected during our live tests. The upgrade should therefore be an “easy peasy” experience for most e107 users. And that’s a running thread in the new e107, making your experience as a website administrator easier.

A website that somehow feels more alive

This e107 Bootstrap interacts with you in a way that the previous e107 did not. You’ll find the user interface somehow more reactive, more alive and working in synch with you. Through our integration of in-line editing, of improved batch operations, and various other improvements to make the management of your content a fast and smooth process, we have no doubt that you’ll find the user experience hugely improved and right in keeping with some of the top commercial service offerings out there for webmasters.

There are a whole range of features and improvements to core plug-ins which will fundamentally change the way you and your users interact with your website. They’ll be pleased you’ve made the choice to upgrade!

A CMS that’s up to date and future proof

e107 has a built up a long, decade-long experience of delivering quality, flexible, and powerful content management systems that are able to answer to the most complex of website needs, and with Bootstrap, that tradition continues to live on. We’ve brought the CMS up to date using the latest CSS, html, JQuery, and Font Awesome to improve the experience and to provide you with feature sets you’ve come to expect in 2015. As a result we’re confident that e107 can become your stable, future-proof platform to manage all your website needs.

Designed for the social media-driven world

When e107 was first launched, social media wasn’t even a speck on the technological world map. And now could we imagine a world with-out it? That’s why our e107 system has been designed to integrate with social media in a way that our v1 could never have achieved. Your users will find it easy to use their social media logins, to share content to their friends across the social media spectrum. In short your content management is ready to go to help spread the word about your website and your community across all the major social media platforms.

So what are you waiting for? Experience the new e107!

There are so many more reasons that we can think of to upgrade, but you’re going to just have to discover them yourself. Grab a copy of the latest version of e107 Bootstrap and start the experience. Don’t forget to post on our Facebook site pictures and comments of your upgrade experience and first encounter… And if you have any other suggestions just post them on the e107 Help Community. You might just end up becoming one of our featured websites!

 The future plans

Our many thanks to all users, developers, and supportive fans of the e107 venture. Without your contributions and your enthusiasm we probably would have called it quits long ago! But through our perseverance, we’ve made it to the Bootstrap station.

At the moment we cannot say what the future will hold for e107, getting to Bootstrap has been a real battle because our development community is so small. We’re always on the look-out for skilled coders who would like to volunteer and help us out to accelerate roll-out processes. If you think you’re that woman or man, then head on over to GitHub, hub of all our coding activities, and get stuck in!

Let’s celebrate together, and spread the world!

Until then, let’s spread the world with e107 Bootstrap websites and show the rest of the world why we are all part of the great e107 community!

Open for Plugin/Theme Contributions

08 Feb 2015 : 02:01AM


e107.org is now accepting plugin and theme uploads from developers wishing to contribute.

I have just added the new developer contribution area to e107.org which you can find here: http://e107.org/developers
If you were wishing to make your v2.x plugin or theme available to others (both via the website and admin area of v2.x), this is the place where you can finally do it.
You will need to be logged in on Github to enter and then have your account manually upgraded after your initial visit.
It's just the initial version of this custom contribution plugin, so please don't expect any fireworks, but it does its job.
Those of you who have uploaded in the past for v1.x will find this area to be vastly simplified and incredibly easy to work with - without any requirement to fill in a long list of form fields as you would have done before.

Please don't forget that the "Plugin Manager' and "Theme Manager" also have some tools to assist you in the creation of various files, such as theme.xml for theme developers and plugin.xml and admin_config.php for plugin developers. There's also a new language-file scanning tool in the Plugin Manager which can help with upgrading old plugins and finding unused LAN definitions. As a developer, please do create a repository on Github of your project, it's an invaluable tool for receiving feedback and tracking bugs, issues and feature requests, as well as having others contribute to your code via pull-requests.

If you happen to have any issues with the plugin/theme upload area on e107.org, please do let me know by mentioning your particular issue here: https://github.com/e107inc/e107/issues/854

I know it's been a long time coming, so thank you for all of your patience and thank you in advance to those of you who will choose to give something back, by sharing your plugins and themes.


Announcing the new e107 Support Desk

02 Aug 2014 : 04:42AM
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A distinct support desk by community leaders for the e107 community

e107help.org: a new peer-to-peer Question & Answer platform

In our last blog post, we announced some changes with regard to the support framework we instituted as part of the shift of focus to e107 v2 Bootstrap. Behind the scenes, a new platform has been setup and thoroughly tested to ensure that the community has access to an area where they are able to interact with the community by asking and answering questions about e107.

e107.org is pleased to announce a community-led initiative for the community:e107help.org. This website will serve as a platform for the e107 community (separate from e107.org) to ask questions about e107 while at the same time, the platform encourages users to answer each other questions as well (so-called “peer-to-peer” support). Through a points and reputation system, users are encouraged to become experts in e107 and help each other out as much as possible.

Q&A: Questions and Answers

The setup of the new platform is somewhat different compared to what most people were used to when the forums were used as a support platform. The main focus lies on asking concrete questions which allow for objective answering. There will be less focus on discussions (ie. regarding the development process), as such questions are far more suitable to be asked (and answered!) through other platforms (such as Github, our main development platform).

The e107help.org Q&A platform is meant for general support questions which allow for concrete answers. Sharing your progress on your theme or plugin, for example, is currently outside the scope of this platform (but still in our minds for future plans!) and is therefore discouraged at this time. Similarly, asking for people's opinions or recommendations for certain themes and plugins is currently also outside the scope of this platform.

Currently questions can be sorted in either of the following categories: Core, Plugins, Themes, Installation and Updating. Please be sure to categorise your questions accordingly. In addition, the Q&A system allows for adding ‘tags’ to your questions. Tags are important keywords which summarise your question. Adding tags will help to associate similar questions which makes it easier for other users to search through and find answers to their own questions.

When asking questions, you will also be asked to enter which version of e107 you are using. Please pay attention to this as questions may concern either e107 version 1.x or version 2.x (development version).

Reputation: points, badges and permissions

The Q&A platform uses a points and reputation system to encourage high-quality participation. For each contribution users are awarded with points (and badges). Contributions include but are not limited to: asking a question, adding an answer, being selected as providing the best answer, voting on questions and answers, authoring your personal profile and so on.

High-quality contributions, as determined by the community, will be awarded more points, whereas low-quality contributions will receive less or even remove points from this user. The more points one has, the more valuable this user is to the e107 community, and the more permissions this user will be awarded. Permissions are for example the possibility to edit other questions, answers and comments (to re-categorise them, clarify them, or even close them if needed).

When asking and answering questions, please reward your fellow community members for their time and effort in contributing the community by voting on their questions or answers. The more you contribute to the platform, the better.

A break-down of the points, badges and permissions awarded to each contribution will be published on the e107help.org website in the near future.

Future plans

The current state of the platform is not final. Over the coming weeks and months, the Q&A platform will be tweaked and improved based on your feedback. We are eager to hear what you think, please share your thoughts through the feedback form here: http://e107help.org/feedback.

See you there.



Image credit: Kyle James