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5 Pack Sale, New CMS Builder, New Add Ons - Newsletter #120 - Feb. 2013


1. Save $500 on CMS Builder 5-packs (until Feb.27th)
2. Permalinks Add On Released
3. CMS Builder v2.51 Released
4. Add On Updates: Website Membership, Facebook Login, Twitter Login
5. Add Ons Directory Updated
6. News from the Forum
7. Developer Resources & Useful Links
1. Save $500 on CMS Builder 5-packs (until Feb.27th)
Save $500 on CMS Builder 5-packs

Save 50% on any 5-pack purchase of CMS Builder for one week. Don't miss this sale, buy now and Save on purchases of 5 (each license for only $99.97!). Take advantage of a total savings of $500 off the regular CMS Builder price.

As always, this price includes free support and our 90-day, unconditional money-back guarantee. Place an order or if you have any questions, give us a call (toll free 1-800-752-0455), send an email, or post in the forum. We're always here to help you out!

2. Permalinks Add On Released
Permalinks Add On Releaseed

Imagine being able to create completely custom SEO optimized URLs for your content just as easily as you can edit a product name or article title, or automatically doing it for your users. The Permalinks plugin does just that. It gives you complete control of the web address for every bit of CMS content allowing you to decide exactly what is displayed in every URL.

Key Features Include:

  • Users can optionally enter custom permalinks
  • Automatically have permalinks generated from field content
  • Developers can setup optional Permalink "prefixes" for each section
  • Permalinks never break, always redirect to the latest one if renamed
  • Completely customizable "Not Found" 404 page
  • Automatic SEO rule-filtering including removal of SEO-unfriendly words (a, as, an, the, etc)

We use the Permalink add on on our site. Here are some example links created with the Permalink Add On:
http://www.interactivetools.com/you-can-put-whatever-you-want-here/
or here:
http://www.interactivetools.com/keyword-rich-permalinks-are-easy-and-effective/
and here, which is the most recent Permalink (old Permalinks will forward to the most recent Permalink):
http://www.interactivetools.com/add-ons/permalinks/

3. CMS Builder v2.51 Released
CMS Builder v2.51 Released

We've released v2.51

The major new features are:

  • Configurable Login Timeouts - This controls how long users stay "logged in". You can now set the login timeout under Admin > General to anything from 5 minutes to 5 years (or more). We've set our website to 3 months, so if you leave yourself logged in and come back 2.5 months later, you won't have to login again.
  • CMS Restricted IP List - For added security, you can now specify a list of IP addresses that can access the CMS. All others will be denied. If you make a mistake you can manually update the list in the settings data file: /data/settings.ini.php. And note that this doesn't affect the website (we're using this feature now) - only the CMS Admin.
  • TinyMCE Security Patch - Tinymce announced there was a security patch with the spellcheck component of the wysiwyg editor and we've updated their code to the latest release.
  • Programmers - Lots of enhancements for programmers and plugin authors:
    • New function emailTemplate_addToDB() for adding custom "email templates" to the CMS (to be used by plugins).
    • New function htmlPurify() filters and cleans untrusted HTML so you can accept HTML from users without worrying about malicious content (we use this in the forum).
    • Background Tasks (Cron jobs) now send you email alerts when a task fails.
    • Display all the registered background tasks, and a more detailed status dashboard.

For a full list of changes, please visit the CMS Builder changelog.

CMS Builder users can upgrade by donation.

4. Add On Updates: Website Membership, Facebook Login, Twitter Login
Add On Updates: Website Membership, Facebook Login, Twitter LoginWe've just released 3 minor plugin updates. If you already have these plugins you can download the here:
http://www.interactivetools.com/add-ons/my_purchases.php

Note that all 3 plugins require CMSB 2.51 and Website Membership 1.09. Also note that updating Website Membership takes a little work, as you need to check all the pages. Unless you're curious or need the new features, we suggest saving the update until you have a new project that requires membership.

Website Membership v1.09

  • Users can login with either username or email (if you support usernames).
  • Username support can now be disabled with a single setting in login and profile).
  • All email templates are now stored and modified under: Admin > Email Templates.
  • All example forms are now generated under: Admin > Code Generator.
  • If you switch the account table to another name that doesn't already exist, that table is now created automatically.
  • The plugin is now set as a "Required System Plugin" so it can't be accidentally disabled, which could potentially break a site.

Facebook Login v1.02

  • Facebook login window is now a popup, instead of redirecting you to Facebook and back.
  • The plugin is now set as a "Required System Plugin" so it can't be accidentally disabled.
  • We're using this on our site here: http://www.interactivetools.com/add-ons/login.php

Twitter Login v1.01

  • Twitter login window is now a popup, instead of redirecting you to Twitter and back.
  • Twitter connect form is now generated under: Admin > Code Generator.
  • The plugin is now set as a "Required System Plugin" so it can't be accidentally disabled.
  • We're using this on our site here: http://www.interactivetools.com/add-ons/login.php

Let us know any questions, comments, or feedback.

Up next: The Simple Forum Add On has seen lots of updates and changes as we live test it in our own forum. It will be up next for a beta build and some final testing before being made available.

5. Add Ons Directory Updated
Add Ons Directory Updated The Add Ons directory has been updated:
  • Easier to find the Add On you need.
  • Categories for Add Ons have been created.
  • Sort by Featured, Official, Last Updated, Name, Price.
  • Star icon identifies official Add Ons wherever they appear.

Now when you are looking for Add Ons related to Admin Utilities, Social Networking or Website Features, or any other category, they are quicker and easier to locate.

You can also ask Damon (that's me) or anyone else on the team what feature you are looking for and we can suggest an Add On for the job or even write a custom plugin through our consulting department.

6. News from the Forum
News from the ForumCMS Builder 2.5 contains function explained by Greg:
http://www.interactivetools.com/forum/forum-posts.php?v.2.5-Contains-function-info-78411

Use this simple MySQL query to only show events today and in the future:
http://www.interactivetools.com/forum/forum-posts.php?Show-Future-Dates-74011

7. Developers Resources & Useful Links
Developers Resources & Useful LinksOur friend Kevin from Vixsoft sent over this list of trends to watch in the coming year:
http://mashable.com/2013/01/04/web-design-trends-2013/

Chrome 25 beta has Loads of New features, including Web Speech API:
http://techcrunch.com/2013/01/14/chrome-25-beta-now-supports-the-web-speech-api-will-let-developers-build-voice-commands-into-their-web-apps/

Some of the strangest innovations at CES 2013:
http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-57563615-1/from-ipad-toilets-to-alien-apps-ces-brims-with-oddities/


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