Blog - News, interviews and lots more
1 October 2010 | |
It's here, the moment we've all been waiting for! Welcome to the new SSbits! Have a look around and make yourselves at home. Over the coming week I will be bringing you a new post every day, from a completely new Tutorial on using DataObjects as pages, to a Snippet on adding Gravatars to your site and an exciting new monthly contest. Read on to find out about the great new features and some exciting plans for the future!
So you've seen the new design (what do you think?) and are wondering what else is new? Well here are a few of the major changes to the site:
- Submit and Manage your own posts. In addition to submitting your own posts, you now have full control over them. Save them and make changes to them before submitting, upload images and source files, insert syntax highlighted code blocks and preview then in proper page context.
- Spread the love! You can now show your appreciation for a post by liking it, just click the in the top right corner of each post (while logged in).
- Be appreciated. Each time you contribute to SSBits, be it submitting a post, leaving a comment or having your post liked by another member, you will receive points boosting your score in the new member leaderboard.
- Member only comments. As you probably noticed, comment spam was a major problem on SSbits, so now comments can only be left by members. This has two advantages: firstly you no longer need to input your name, website or spam answer, only your comment. Secondly, author comments are now clearly highlighted allowing you to easily find important replies and updates. Authors now also receive an email when somebody comments on their post, allowing them to keep up to date with questions and corrections.
- Find posts faster. You can now filter posts by tags and sort by the number of comments or likes. There is also a new search which gives you much more detail on the results.
Existing content: It's fresher than you think!
Each and every post was transferred by hand. In the process I re-wrote, corrected and updated large portions of them. Most posts now work with 2.4 (they also now say which versions are supported) as well as providing more detailed descriptions. However as I went through the posts there were a few that I felt were no longer relevant, or would be shortly superseded by new posts. For this reason some posts have been left behind. If you find that a post you valued is no longer present, let me know as I am open to new arguments for their inclusion.
Going forward: new types of content
So what's the grand plan for this shiny new feature list? Well over the coming months, SSBits will be bringing you more types of content. Instead of just code, you'll be able to find news, interviews, competitions and screencasts! The first of these will be surfacing next week with the first of a monthly 'Member site of the month' competition, allowing members to show off their SilverStripe handy work and gain recognition from the community.
More content for those just getting started
For me the best thing about SilverStripe was how it allowed me to gradually learn the fundamentals of good website development along side the actual Sapphire framework. Some of you may have noticed a new section to the site: Newbies. Although currently nothing more than some re-factored tutorials from the old site, this section will become a place for those who are not only new to SilverStripe, but also new to web programming and PHP. The tutorials posted in here will help to introduce people to the concepts of website development and Object Oriented PHP as they relate to SilverStripe. It will also provide tutorials on creating basic websites features with SilverStripe.
The bad news.....
Well, of course there was bound to be some. Unfortunately due to the way the commenting system has been developed as well as all the spam, it proved too much to port over all the comments from the old site. However, I did read through every one while re-writing each post, so much of the useful suggestions and corrections have been incorporated into the content. However, if you feel an important comment from the old site is needed, please repost it (and get your SSbits score a jump start!). You can access the old site here: archive.ssbits.com.
So there you have it
Your new SilverStripe community site has lifted off. What do you think? Let me know in the comments or by sending a message!