Finally, Silverstripe CMS 4.5 has arrived, focussing on enhancing content management experience. It has also shown outcomes of the ‘Experience Debt Initiative’.
You must be expecting new features for upgrading from CMS 3. CMS 4.5 has fixated up with improvised general content editing tasks and file management, to boost the convenience of content. This time as well release has been followed by semantic versioning, so now you can enjoy using it in the current Silverstripe CMS project right now.
Let's take a look at the new features carefully. This time Silverstripe came up with loads of minor elements in this latest version to ensure content managers get the finest experience of what they expect.
Notable bug fixes have been made apart from the minor features.
There are some more security changes in Silverstripe CMS.
They have cleared the space for some areas of Silverstripe CMS, rather than focussing on headline features. So that they can improve user experience, this is always a focus of the product development team. This time it turned out to be as consolidated efforts, and something content managers are looking forward in the CMS tool. Let's take a glance at them.
The feature of anchor links has been missed in Silverstripe CMS 4. It’s been a while but now they made anchor as a default behaviour.
To ensure if images are accessible to the audience, a new 'tip' component has been added to provide guidance to content managers. It could also be added from the developers' end by any custom react-based fields, a longer description may be needed or a 'tip' on completing.
The download link for files in CMS was never an easy task. To quickly share link and to directly download a file, steps for individual files includes the download link.
Silverstripe CMS now makes it easy and prompt to scale images with high resolution to default resolution whatever best fits the website page. This default setting can lead the small images being scaled up and then pixelated. Now it is made more accessible to remove the default setting.
The slight feature added, now blocks inline of existent ones. The heavy users of content blocks will surely acknowledge this improvisation.
For all new and existing sites, a unique login form is generated. This new form comprises an option to add a custom logo, and it also replaces login forms that have been already embedded in website them.
In cases where more information is needed for completing a form field, the feature of the new tip component is introduced for that purpose. The more added merits are with this new tip component is, now you can also set icon and add different colours to imply different levels of importance. This feature is disclosed in React-based text fields.
The default image size has been created for content managers to knob between ‘Best fit’ and ‘Original size’ while editing the image in WYSIWYG. Developers do have the competence to extend this functionality to create other presets for matching requirements of ‘small fit’ or ‘match font-size’.
Before the update of the site make sure to review the CMS 4.5 changelog, it includes depreciated PHP support and also provides the extension of password expiration middleware. It may alter custom implementations.
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