CMSB v3.67 Beta (MySQL Sessions)

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Last Post: April 12   (RSS)

By Dave - April 1

Hi all, 

We've just released another beta of CMS Builder.  Here's what's new: 

  • MySQL Sessions: PHP has a great feature where you can store user data in the $_SESSION variable and it will automatically make it available on the next request.  It does that by setting a user cookie such as PHPSESSID=7a2a88b7f6f8c2e5f22e4 and then storing the session data in files on the server such as /var/lib/php/session/7a2a88b7f6f8c2e5f22e4.  The problem is that some hosting environments automatically "clean-up" (erase) these files sooner than we'd like.  So if you've ever had login sessions expire sooner than expected or "CSRF token missing" errors that might be what was happening.  We're now storing this session data in MySQL so we should be able to have user sessions last as long as we want and resolve many of the support issues that came from this.  This is a step towards our next big update which will introduce user access groups.
  • Ace HTML/PHP editor: We're trying out this new inline editor for HTML and PHP content.  It does syntax highlighting, a bit of syntax checking, and generally makes it much easier to see and edit PHP and HTML content.  To start we've implemented it in the field editor for "Separator" field types.  Try creating or editing a separator field and try it out.
  • New Upload Sorting: You can now specify in the field editor if you want new uploads to be added to the top or bottom of the upload list.
  • Live SQL Monitor: Under Admin > General > Server > Database, you can now filter results and add keywords for when you only want to see MySQL queries for a specific type of query or table.
  • And much more, see the changelog below.
*** April 1, 2024 - Version 3.67 (MySQL Sessions)

SERVER REQUIREMENTS: PHP 8.0+ and MySQL 5.7+ (or MariaDB 10.2+)

- Database Editor: Separator fields now use inline Ace HTML/PHP editor for HTML content
- Database Editor: Upload fields have a new option to add new uploads at the top or bottom of the list
- Live SQL Monitor: Added keyword searches and filter buttons for easier query monitoring
- Database > Quick Add Fields: Added "Field Position" option to insert fields at top or bottom of table
- Admin > General Settings: Reorganized and improved the layout of settings for better usability
- CMS Internals: PHP Sessions are now stored in MySQL instead of the filesystem for improved security and performance

- Admin > General Settings > Advanced: "session.cookie_domain" converted to pulldown with valid options
- Uploads: Display helpful message when uploads exceed PHP 'post_max_size' limit (in php.ini)
- Uploads: Improved SVG detection to prevent false positives on non-SVG files
- Checkbox: Fixed SQL error for new checkboxes with both "Unchecked" and "Update all records with this value" selected
- Database Editor: Fixed issue where "Add Field Here" added field in the wrong position
- Install: Build number in settings file now updates on each install
- Viewers: Fixed MySQL Error "Column in order clause is ambiguous" when using getRecords and left joins
- Settings: Added "set_innodb_strict_mode" settings.ini.php to set/unset/ignore innodb_strict_mode setting as needed
- Removed: Admin > General Settings > Advanced: "Use Datepicker" setting removed (now enabled by default)
- Removed: Admin > General Settings > Advanced: "session.save_path" setting removed as it's no longer needed with MySQL sessions
- Removed: Admin > General Settings > Advanced: "Disable HTML5 Uploader" setting removed (not required and rarely used)
- Removed: Viewers > Turbo Cache: Removed old "Turbo Cache" option that is seldom used and not optimized for modern servers
- Misc Code and other minor improvements.

You can download the latest beta here:

Please feel free to ask any questions or post any feedback, questions, concerns, or bugs you find! 

Thanks, we look forward to your feedback! :)

Dave Edis - Senior Developer

Really like the sound of "user access groups"! Keep up the great work! After 16 years of use, this is still my favorite CMS by far! :-)


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By Dave - April 3

Hi All, 

We've uploaded beta 2 with fixes for all the reported issues as well as some other code improvements.

Thanks to Deborah, Djulia, and everyone else who gave feedback or tested the betas so far.

Let us know if you find anything else.  Thank you! 

Dave Edis - Senior Developer

Hey, Dave.

The Database Editor and Code Generator are working again - everything looks great.

Now that I can create a separator, I see the purpose of the inline editor. The editor will make it much easier to indicate instructions above a field!

Looking forward to the release - thanks!


By Dave - April 4

Hi Deborah, 

Thanks, yea we use the separator fields a lot when we want to add instructions or UI elements to an edit/view page. 

They also support PHP tags and the following variables:  $TABLE_PREFIX, $ESCAPED_FILTER_VALUE, $CURRENT_USER, $RECORD.  So it's possible to show calculations or other custom code.  In fact we use separator fields with PHP code for the Media Library menu to show the list of "Media Used By" records.

In future, we'll add some documentation below that field so it's easy to know what's available, but a number of the field editor fields allow for PHP code.

Dave Edis - Senior Developer

By Dave - April 8

Hi everyone,

We've released beta 3 with bug fixes and a new feature: the "Use Code Editor" option that can be toggled on for text boxes in the Field Editor. This allows you to edit content with code formatting and highlighting, making it easier to work with fields containing raw HTML.

If no further issues are reported, we plan to officially release this version in the coming days. You can download the latest beta here:

Thank you for your valuable feedback and contributions. We have many exciting features and updates planned, so stay tuned!

Please let us know if you encounter any issues, thanks!

Dave Edis - Senior Developer

By Dave - April 12

Hi All, 

We've released the official version and you can't download it here:

Thanks everyone for your help!

Dave Edis - Senior Developer