There's a new beta release of Textpattern out today. For those who are unaware, Textpattern is a great little CMS that has been around for many years. It's a great alternative to WordPress and other more common CMS / blog platforms out there.

You can give it a try on their website with their free demo and I recommend checking it out if you haven't already done so.

Some of the headline changes in 4.7.0 are:

  • Support for website themes, stored within the database and available as flat file templates for easier versioning, portability and installation.
  • Support for Nginx web servers and for automated installation from the command line.
  • Smoother and simpler integration for running multiple sites from one code base.
  • Interface revamps including:
    • AJAX behaviour in more places for a snappier admin side.
    • User-selectable column list options in tables to replace the outdated ‘Show more detail’ checkboxes.
    • Ctrl+S/Cmd+S keyboard shortcuts for Submit buttons on any admin panel. Sticky Save on Write panel.
    • Multiple files upload with progress meter.
    • Automatic TOC generation for well-structured plugin help text.
    • Usability and accessibility improvements throughout.
    • More languages added, with greater support for RTL languages.
  • Complete overhaul of language management. No more reliance on the RPC server: languages and help contents are installed from file only. And the UI language can be set per user, independently of the public site language.
  • Massive tag and parser improvements:
    • Valueless attributes.
    • Optional short tags.
    • Global attributes: ‘breakby’, ‘breakclass’, ‘class’, ‘escape’, ‘html_id’, ‘not’ and ‘wraptag’.
    • New tags <txp:evaluate />, <txp:header />, and <txp:if_logged_in />.
    • Ability to use <txp:output_form> and <txp:yield> to process forms via user-definable attributes.
    • <txp:article_custom /> can count pages as well as extract content via a richer set of date- and time-based criteria.
    • More than ten other tags tweaked and improved.
  • There are many other changes in 4.7.0 too, please see HISTORY.txt for an exhaustive list!

Learn more here: https://textpattern.com/

Mike Johnston
Mike is the founder and editor of CMS Critic. He consults with vendors and the public to help them find the right products for their websites and businesses. When he's not working here, he's off mixing cocktails for his wife's website, The Kitchen Magpie. You can check out some of his great cocktail shots over on Instagram.

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