Subrion CMS 3: Now More Powerful & Flexible Than Ever Before

Subrion is an open-source PHP content management system which has always aimed to be as comprehensive as possible in terms of functionality, whilst holding true to it’s user-friendly ethos.

The development team behind Subrion CMS – Intelliants, have recently announced a major update for their flagship content management system, calling it Subrion CMS 3.
Key features such as full source editing, per-page permissions and extensive plugin options have always been part of the platform, but now with a host of improvements recently launched along with Subrion CMS 3, users are in for a far more powerful Subrion experience. Let’s explore how.

Enhanced Admin Dashboard, Plugin Installation & Fields Management

The most obvious improvement introduced by Subrion CMS 3, is the enhanced admin dashboard. The core version comes in a selection of 5 different colours by default, making it easy to customize your experience right out of the box.

The brand new dashboard, along with its 5 bundled colours, is extremely easy on the eyes, and even simpler to use, thanks to bold menus and logically grouped tools and features which makes managing content a breeze.

This new user interface is sleek and organized, allowing you to access different areas of your Subrion admin panel with ease, whilst also displaying key content such as Twitter news and recent activity via the main dashboard.

Remote Plugin installation

Subrion CMS 3 also brings about remote plugin installation, which scraps the need for manual downloading and uploading of plugins via FTP.

Instead, a simple three-step process is all you need to worry about. Once you navigate over to the Plugins page on your admin panel, you can select the Remote Mode filter for your available plugins, and then click install. It’s that easy.

Improved Fields Management

You can also look forward to improved fields management features for item listings. Whether the fields relate to members, auto listing, real estate listing, coupons, or anything else, you can easily extend your listings with the additional fields.

Fields can be created in many different forms, including, text field, WYSIWYG, checkboxes, radios, pictures, attachments, and much more.

The best part is, there is no need to make any PHP/HTML changes, as you can have complete control over your fields right from the admin panel.

Built-In Blogging & Professional Templates

With Subrion CMS 3 also comes bundled with a built-in blogging functionality, which means there is no need to combine Subrion with any other blogging platform or content management system in order to create a blog.

The latest version of Subrion also introduces a new iaBootstrap template framework, which is based on Twitter Bootstrap 2. The framework simplifies new template development for Subrion CMS, providing all templates with a responsive nature.

Speaking of responsive design, Subrion CMS 3 ensures that both its templates and admin dashboard can be viewed via mobile browsers, so you can manage your content easily – anywhere you go.

Premium Extension Packages, Major Re-factoring & a 20% Discount

With version 3 of their platform, Subrion were aiming to make their software more scalable, reliable, and stable than every before – and they did just that.

This is due to some major re-factoring work, with improvements to nearly 90% of Subrion’s core code. Major improvements include improved PHP 5 support, and the addition of MySQLi support.

Along with all these Subrion CMS 3 enhancements, you can also extend the default functionality of the platform instantly, with 6 premium extension packages.

These paid premium packages allow you to add further functionality in terms of article publishing, coupons, real estate listings, directory listings, and more.

There is also some great news for Softaculous & Webuzo readers. Subrion have kindly offered a 20% discount off all orders, including on their Premium Extension Packages which are detailed above.

To claim your discount, simply use the discount code, “SOFTACULOUS” upon checkout.

Soruce : www.intelliants.com

What’s new in Joomla! 3

Joomla has released the Joomla 3 branch in September 2012 with significant updates and major developments. Joomla 3 brings a whole new interface and lots of new features. The latest version of Joomla 3 branch is available for auto installation via Softaculous.

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Here is the list of new features in Joomla! 3

1. Mobile Ready

Joomla! takes a big leap into the mobile space with a total overhaul of both its frontend design and administrator interface. With the adoption of the Bootstrap framework, Joomla! has become the first major CMS to be mobile ready in both the visitors and administrator areas. Now every website can have mobile friendly content for visitors and mobile friendly tools for administrators.

  • Fully Responsive Site Template
  • Fully Responsive Admin UI
  • Fully Responsive Core Output

2. User Friendly

Joomla administration has a brand new look and feel, built with the power of Bootstrap responsive framework, along with a touch of the awesome UI/UX work of the Joomla JUX team. Joomla comes ready to go and fully responsive for mobile devices, tablets, and normal computer screens. The entire backend of Joomla has a brand new look and feel that will improve your workflow with any type of device.

  • New User Friendly Interface
  • Streamlined 30 Second Install
  • Refined Admin User Experience

3. Developer Tools

Spend less time coding and building interfaces with Joomla 3. The Joomla User Interface (JUI) library gives you a standardized backend & frontend interface via CSS and Javascript Frameworks. LESS CSS and jQuery means you can write less code and the Icomoon font icon library provides a wealth of retina-optimized icons.

  • Build a Component with Zero CSS
  • Style a Site with 1 CSS File
  • Icomoon Font Icon
  • jQuery & Mootools

4. Whole Lot More

Joomla 3.0 is a whole new exciting world. We took a little from the top, bottom, and side to create a whole brand new look and feel, along with many features under the hood features that bring Joomla to the forefront of the content management system world.

  • Extensive work on code style standardisation and consistency
  • Incorporation of Bootstrap into a jui media package.
  • A new responsive administrator template Isis and interface.
  • A new frontend template Protostar built using Bootstrap and updated accessible template called Beez3
  • PostgreSQL Driver. You will be able to run Joomla 3.0 sites using the PostgreSQL database.
  • PHP Memcached Driver
  • Use of JFeed for feed management rather than SimplePie
  • Installation of language packages directly from the extension manager
  • Guest user group present by default
  • Saving blank articles allowed
  • New administrator statistics module
  • Update TinyMCE to version 3.5.6
  • Continued clean up of older unused code, files and database fields and tables and improved standardization of tables.
  • Improvements to Smart Search
  • Unit testing in the CMS
  • Updated system tests in the CMS

Source : http://docs.joomla.org

Getting Started with Concrete5

Concrete5 is a CMS made for Marketing but built for Geeks. When your website is built with concrete5, you can easily change content right from your web browser. When you see something you want to change, simply click edit and make your changes. It’s that easy! SEO is a breeze! Simply add meta data to any page or image live right in your browser. Get started with Concrete5 by installing it with one click via Softaculous.

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1. Edit Mode

See a typo you want to fix? Put the page in edit mode and start changing content right there! Changing around basic content and functionality with concrete5 is simple.

  • Login to the CMS. This url will always get you to a login page: yoursite.com/index.php/login
  • Go to the page where you want to make an edit, just as you normally would.
  • To start making changes to your page, click Edit in the editing toolbar.
  • Once you are finished with making the changes click on the Editing button, you now have 3 options i.e. Discard, Preview, Publish.
  • Preview your changes and once you have the page looking the way you like, click Publish.

2. Add Functionality

Need some interactive functionality like a survey or guestbook? You can add a new block to any page. The Form Block gives you a fast way to make forms. All data can be found collected by the form can be accessed in the Dashboard.

How to Customize your form :

  • The Add tab allows you to add questions.
  • Edit tab allows you to change your questions or the order they are presented in. You can change the order with the up and down arrows.
  • Preview tab allows you to see how the form with look.
  • The Options tab adds contains some additional choices.
  • You can see all the results of your forms in the Dashboard. Just type “form” into intelligent search.

3. Add a Page

Wondering how to get a new item in that main navigation? Simply add a page. With concrete5, your whole site is organized in a tree. You can see what your site’s architecture looks like by going to the Dashboard > Sitemap

To add a new page to your site :

  • Pick where you want it to live. If, for example, you want to make a new page in the About area, you should first navigate to the About page and then roll over the edit button and click “Add a Sub Page”.
  • Choose your Page Type
  • Select a Page Type that includes the editable areas you want, you’ll be able to reskin this page later using Themes.
  • Click Add Page. Now you can select page information including title and description.
  • Click Add Page and voila you have a new page and you are dropped into edit mode.
  • You can add Blocks and get this page looking just right before hitting Exit Edit Mode and committing your changes.

4. Design Tools

Customize your theme or get a new one from the marketplace. Style content as you go. The Design button lets you select the Page Type and Theme that the page you are on will use.

  • Every page in your site must have a Theme and Page Type defined.
  • Page Types point to Template files in your Theme directory.
  • Frequently Page Types are used to define the look of a page (ie: left sidebar, right sidebar)
  • Sometimes Page Types are used to define the functionality of a page (ie: Product Page, Press Release). When you define Page Types this way, it’s easy to do things like get ALL of the Product Pages from across your entire site and put them in a single list.
  • Your site can use multiple Themes. Once you change a theme on a page, all new pages created under this page will follow that type.
  • If you want to change the Theme you’re using across your entire site, type “Themes” in intelligent Search and click Activate next to the Theme you like from that Dashboard > Themes page.

5. Reuse Elements

Page defaults and Stacks let you quickly make changes across your whole website. Stacks let you reuse a block or a combination of blocks in multiple places on your site.

How to Create a Stack :

  • Simply type “Stacks” into intelligent search to get to the Stacks Dashboard page.
  • Enter the New Stack name in the text box under Add Stack and click on Add button.

Add an Existing Stack to a Page :

  • Just put the page in Edit Mode, mouse over a block area and click.
  • You’ll get this add block interface.
  • Select the stack you would like to use.

Manage a Stack :

  • To update the contents of a stack put the page in edit mode and click on the stack, a popover menu will offer the option to Manage Stack Contents (if you have permissions to do so).
  • An overlay with the Manage Stack options called “Editors contents” will open.
  • Placing the stack in move mode will also open an overlay with the Manage Stack options called “Editors contents”.
  • After you move a block or add a block, you will have the option to Approve Changes to your stack.

Source : http://concrete5.org

Steps to create a photo gallery using ZenPhoto

Zenphoto is a standalone CMS for multimedia focused websites. Zenphoto is easy to use and having all the features there when you need them (but out of the way if you do not.) Zenphoto features support for images, video and audio formats. This makes Zenphoto the ideal CMS for personal websites of illustrators, artists, designers, photographers, film makers and musicians. You can get started by installing ZenPhoto with just one click via Softaculous.

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Steps to create a photo gallery using ZenPhoto :

  1. Login to your ZenPhoto installation and click on the upload tab which is located at the top.
  2. Here you will see a “upload to” section with a drop down list, where you can select the album you want to upload the images to or create a new album. To create a new album you can select “/” and give the title name and album name.
  3. Once the album is created click on the browse button and select your file(s) which you want to upload. To upload multiple files you can again click on browse button again and select your image.
  4. Once you have selected the file(s) which you want to upload you just need to click on the upload button at the end. After the upload is complete you will automatically be redirected to the albums page where you can further edit the album details.
  5. That’s it your image gallery is now ready.