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ContentBox v3.6.0 Released

Luis Majano
Jun 08, 2017

 

Today we are very excited to bring you ContentBox version 3.6.0. This release was all about improvements to the core, localization and internationalization for sites, many bug fixes, UI improvements and updates to our containerization strategy. Please see below the major areas of improvement and our full release notes.

New Installer Module

The installer module is now available as a standalone module using the slug contentbox-installer-module. This will improve our container and your container strategy as now you can bring in the installer on demand via CommandBox.

install contentbox-installer-module

Ability to contribute CSS to CKEditor

Thanks to the Computer Know How guys you can contribute your own CSS files to the CKEditor instance so the content has your theme's look and feel. Please note, this is mostly usable for theme developers and module developers.

The event is called cbadmin_ckeditorContentsCss and it will receive a struct with one key called contentsCss which is an array. You can then append CSS style sheets to that array that CKEditor will showcase.

function cbadmin_ckeditorContentsCss( event, interceptData ){
// Add css
interceptData.contentsCss.append( "/path/theme.css" );
}

Site Localization Updates

Thanks to the Computer Know How guys, this release sports many i18n improvements.

Changing Site Locales

A ContentBox application depends on the ColdBox i18n module which gives you the ability to serve any content in any language, use resource bundles and use the resource utilities. However, we have now exposed the ability natively for users to change locales via the UI module using our URL of: http://site.com/__changelang/en_US. The route expects an ISO valid language code in the format of code_variant.

Note By default, visitor locale's are stored in the cookie scope. You can change this via the config/Coldbox.cfc configuration CFC.

Generating Locale Links

The CBHelper object can now produce these links for you in your layouts, themes and views by leveraging the following method:

/**
* Link to the __changeLang route, this is where the fwLocale is changed
* @lang The iso language code
*/
function linkLanguageChange( string lang = "en_US" ) {
return getRequestContext().buildLink( '__changeLang/' & arguments.lang );
}

Locale Content Caching

All caching strategies have now been updated to allow for locale to determine its key. This way, every visitor's language will be cacheable and performant.

Release Notes

Bugs

  • [CONTENTBOX-442] - Emails sent out to be approved or point back to the dashboard are not adhering to SSL rules of the site
  • [CONTENTBOX-814] - Blog counts in category list include non-published entries.
  • [CONTENTBOX-880] - Admin actions are note multi-tenant, regression
  • [CONTENTBOX-896] - markdown converter not accounting for null markups from upgrades
  • [CONTENTBOX-897] - Importer does not import cbox package
  • [CONTENTBOX-898] - Error on update patch for additonal non-existen argument on log.append()
  • [CONTENTBOX-899] - missing variable exception on module config for environment variables and setting service
  • [CONTENTBOX-901] - On HTTPS reload link are not ssl enabled
  • [CONTENTBOX-909] - Adobe ORM Incompatibilities
  • [CONTENTBOX-910] - bug on maintenance mode when user not logged in, null exception

    New Features

  • [CONTENTBOX-878] - Admin > Settings On/Off toggle
  • [CONTENTBOX-881] - Create new installer slug: contentbox-installer-module
  • [CONTENTBOX-905] - New __changeLang/:lang UI route to allow for User locale changes
  • [CONTENTBOX-906] - New CBHelper method for creating links to change UI locale languages linkLanguageChange()
  • [CONTENTBOX-911] - New ContentsCss interceptor for CKEditor module in order to allow for custom css to be loaded
  • [CONTENTBOX-912] - Add getNumberOfContentStore and PublishedContentStore formulas to categories

Improvements

ColdFusion, ContentBox CMS, Releases 0

Portainer Docker Support for CommandBox and ContentBox

Luis Majano
May 23, 2017

 

We are very excited that the Portainer.io crew has added support for CommandBox and CommandBox docker image deployment. If you have not heard of Portainer, then let's start there first.

What is Portainer


Portainer is an open-source lightweight management UI for easily managing your docker host or a swarm cluster. It is available as a docker image or a standalone binary for any operating system. I was quite impressed with all the functionality out of the box with portainer, and the ease of use of the interface. It really made, for me, put all the questions I had about docker to rest thanks to finally visualizing them. I also found useful their live demo, which is great as well and got my appettite ready for delving into it.

Starting Portainer

To do a quick start for portainer just use the following commands:

docker run -d -p 9000:9000  \
   -v /var/run/docker.sock:/var/run/docker.sock portainer/portainer

This will run the docker container for portainer on port 9000 and it will manage the local Docker engine.

Please note that you can manage any docker endpoint or swarm cluster. Pelase refer to their documentation for further instructions: https://portainer.readthedocs.io/en/stable/deployment.html#quick-start

Application Templates

Portainer has the concept of quick application templates for easily deploying applications and trying them out. From here you can navigate their great collection and you will find our two docker images: CommandBox and ContentBox. We will use them to launch CFML applications with CommandBox or a full fledge CMS instance using ContentBox CMS. Below are the screenshots for each template so you can get started with ColdFusion (CFML) and ContentBox CMS with docker:

CommandBox Template

Using the CommandBox template you can fill out the following information:

  • The name of the container
  • The type of networking
  • Ownership in Portainer (Portainer supports multi-user access and runnable rights)
  • Port Mappings for HTTP and HTTPS
  • Volume Mapping for the running ColdFusion application

You can run the template as is and it will generate the sample ColdFusion page which is not very fancy. So we would encourage you to point it to a ColdFusion application so you can see your application being dockerized!

Please note that once the image spins up you can add more environment variables and further configuration settings by visiting the containers area.

ContentBox CMS Template

Using the ContentBox CMS template you can fill out the following information:

  • The name of the container
  • The type of networking
  • Ownership in Portainer (Portainer supports multi-user access and runnable rights)
  • Port Mappings for HTTP and HTTPS
  • Volume Mappings for the following:
  • The storage of the in-memory database (Express edition is the default in portainer)
  • The media location for assets

You can run the template as is and it will generate a new ContentBox CMS site with its very own in-memory H2 database and clustering capabilities. However, you will need to follow the installer and then remove it via environment variables so it does not recreate the image on each startup. Please refer to our docker image documentation for further information.

Please note that once the image spins up you can add more environment variables and further configuration settings by visiting the containers area.

What's Next!

In coming tutorials we will be demonstrating how to use Portainer to leverage a docker swarm with our images. From service creations, to on-the-fly modifications and much more. So stay tuned!

ColdBox MVC, ColdFusion, CommandBox, ContentBox CMS, Docker, Tutorials 0

ContentBox Docker Image 3.5.1 Released

Jon Clausen
Apr 18, 2017

 

ContentBox + Docker



We are pleased to announce the release of the official ContentBox Docker image. As with the CommandBox image, the [major].[minor].[patch] versioning mirrors the upstream product version, so it's easy to pull deploy a specific version, should your application require it.

ColdBox MVC, ContentBox CMS, Docker, News, Releases 0

ContentBox v3.5.1 Released

Luis Majano
Apr 12, 2017

 

Today we released a patch for ContentBox Modular CMS v3.5.1 to address 1 critical bug fix and managed to squeeze some minor improvements along the way. So either do an automatic patch via the ContentBox admin or issue a CommandBox box update contentbox and you will be patched. Enjoy!

Bugs

  • [CONTENTBOX-879] - Theme widgets regression due to update of layout to theme services

Improvements

ColdFusion, ContentBox CMS, Releases 0

ContentBox v3.5.0 Released

Luis Majano
Apr 04, 2017

 

What's New in 3.5.0

This release we're focusing on feedback from ContentBox 3.x customers and the ability to containerize ContentBox. Building on top of the SEO updates in ContentBox 3.1.0, we're continuing to make ContentBox more SEO friendly, Search Engine Friendly and Social Media Friendly. This update has a tremendous amount of updates and bug fixes for your current installations. So let's start investigating all the major areas of improvement:

ColdFusion, ContentBox CMS, Releases 0

ContentBox 3.1.0 Released

Gavin Pickin
Jan 12, 2017

 

ContentBox 3.1.0 is a minor release with over 40 issues, improvements and new features addressed. Below you will find the detailed release notes about this release but also the major areas of improvement and new features introduced. Enjoy!

ContentBox CMS, News, Releases 0

The 12 Tips of (ContentBox) Christmas - Day 12 - Installing ContentBox in seconds

Gavin Pickin
Dec 26, 2016

 

As we continue with our 12 Tips of (ContentBox) Christmas, we at Ortus Solutions are giving you a gift of developer productivity, we will share a few tips and tricks that will keep giving all year around. Brad Wood is also doing 12 Tips of (CommandBox) Christmas.

How do I get started with ContentBox?

12 Tips of (ContentBox) Christmas, ContentBox CMS, Tutorials 0

The 12 Tips of (ContentBox) Christmas - Day 11 - Migrate to ContentBox

Gavin Pickin
Dec 25, 2016

 

As we continue with our 12 Tips of (ContentBox) Christmas, we at Ortus Solutions are giving you a gift of developer productivity, we will share a few tips and tricks that will keep giving all year around. Brad Wood is also doing 12 Tips of (CommandBox) Christmas.

If you have been following along, we have provided a lot of solid tips for using ContentBox, but one of the big ones, is how to migrate to ContentBox. Luckily, we have you covered. You can import from WordPress, Mango, MachBlog and BlogCFC from the Import Tools.

12 Tips of (ContentBox) Christmas, ContentBox CMS, Tutorials 0

The 12 Tips of (ContentBox) Christmas - Day 10 - Content Import and Export

Gavin Pickin
Dec 24, 2016

 

As we continue with our 12 Tips of (ContentBox) Christmas, we at Ortus Solutions are giving you a gift of developer productivity, we will share a few tips and tricks that will keep giving all year around. Brad Wood is also doing 12 Tips of (CommandBox) Christmas.

Whether you have a website with a lot of traffic, or not, it pays to have a test / staging site setup to test out changes to your website. One of the biggest problems with having a staging and production website, is moving data from one environment into another. This need inspired the Content Import and Export features in ContentBox. This handy feature is today's tip. Let's learn how it works.

12 Tips of (ContentBox) Christmas, ContentBox CMS, Tutorials 0

The 12 Tips of (ContentBox) Christmas - Day 9 - Menu Manager

Gavin Pickin
Dec 23, 2016

 

As we continue with our 12 Tips of (ContentBox) Christmas, we at Ortus Solutions are giving you a gift of developer productivity, we will share a few tips and tricks that will keep giving all year around. Brad Wood is also doing 12 Tips of (CommandBox) Christmas.

ContentBox's default navigation is based on your Pages. You can add edit and delete pages in the admin under Content > Site Map. Sometimes you need more than page to make your website. The menu manager allows you to create 'Menus' to be used in a variety of ways in your ContentBox Website. A Menu can contains several Items, which can be from a range of Item types, Content like Pages and Blog posts, Media, Submenus, URLs, JS or Free type. Menus are easy to create, and give you a lot more options that relying on pages inside your traditional Sitemap structure.

12 Tips of (ContentBox) Christmas, ContentBox CMS, Tutorials 0
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