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Party Time! Total CMS v1.2 with Blog

This is not your typical update, in fact it may be my largest update ever for any of my products. Total CMS v1.2 brings in 45 new stacks into the CMS. That is nuts! Most of these new stacks are for powering the revolutionary new Blog.

While the Blog is just getting released to the world today, its already a highly mature product. It has gone through a highly active public beta for the past 6 months. The sites that users are building using the new blog have been blowing me away. These are no longer your typical RapidWeaver sites.

Sites built with Total CMS and Blog can now stand toe-to-toe with any website built with Wordpress. I am even proud to say that Total CMS based sites have replaced at least (that I know of) 3 Wordpress sites out there already. And the clients are in love with them. They are reporting that the admin interface is much easier to use that they ever had with Wordpress.

Total CMS Blog contains all of the features that you would expect to see in a blog.

  • Fully customizable blog layouts
  • Multiple blogs on a single site
  • Search and filter posts by category, tags and author
  • RSS Feed generation
  • Sitemap.xml generation for SEO
  • SEO and Social meta tags are automatically generated for each blog post
  • Every blog post can have its own image gallery
  • Add images inline with your post content
  • The feature list can go on and on…

The blog isn’t the only thing amazing about this update. The rest of the CMS components saw a ton of bug fixes and enhancements as well. Here are some highlights.

  • There are now 50 macros that you can use to integrate CMS content inside your favorite 3rd party add-ons.
  • New Date Admin stack allows users to control dates. Example: Users can now control the dates used inside the Tardis stack from within the CMS.
  • Hipwig has been improved with colors, fullscreen edit, code view, character counter and more.

Last and definitely not least is that Total CMS now has an official API that 3rd party developers can leverage to easily integrate into Total CMS. There have already been some amazing stacks released. Check out the CMS Integrations page for details.

We have already done a bunch of great video around this Total CMS update. Here are a few that you may be interested in watching.

I am so excited today to announce a side project that I have been working on: The Weaver’s Space. Its a new online community for RapidWeaver users. 

Over the years I have used many platforms to communicate with my users. The first successful one was Glassboard. It was a great platform but in the end had to close its doors. After that we tried a few others but ultimately landed on Google+. Our Google+ group has been a massive success. So why move? Well Google has been changing things around and the new interface is not going in the direction that many of us like. 

By using a service for my community, I am giving up control of both the data and the future existence of the community. What is to say that Google closes down groups and my community and all of its history is gone. 

So I embarked on a journey to host my own community, where I have full control over the interface and have the peace of mind that it will be around for years to come. At first, this community was only going to be for my customers. However, I came to the conclusion that was a selfish point of view. If I were going to take the time to build an online community, I should make it available to everyone. This is when Weaver’s Space was born. 

Over time, I hope that more of the RapidWeaver developers come aboard. Once I feel that the server and applications hit a stable point, I will start allowing other developers to create their own spaces inside Weaver’s Space. 

I am really excited to to have this new community. I have a lot more things planned for it in the future. So head on over, sign up and help us make this new community great!

Foundation v1.6 is here

I released Foundation 1.6 (Theme + Stacks) last night and many of you have already been playing around with it. I have even released a v1.6.2 that resolved some issues that were not caught during testing.

Speed

Foundation 1.6 tries to focus on some small speed improvements again. The Page Speed options in SEO Helper have been really optimized for the Foundation theme. You should see small jumps in your Page Speed scores (because I know that you all love that so much). The Font Awesome rocket loader that was removed in v1.5 is back as well!

Duplicate Page Checker

We all have wasted time figuring out why our nice new website updates are not displaying when we publish. When the problem was that our webpage switched from html to php. Foundation now has a very convenient checker that will alert you when this happens.

Theme

The Foundation framework was updated to v5.5.3. This brings us tons of bug fixes and improvements for free. The CSS was also moved back into the theme. This means that you can use the Foundation theme without stacks again. Obviously, that means you would need to hand code your entire site.

Impact Integration

If you own the Impact stack, you will now see a new slide option when Foundation 1.6 is installed. This new Foundation slide allows you to use the features from the Foundation image stack so that you can define different images for mobile, tablet and desktop.

Full Release Notes

Theme

  • Foundation Framework updated to v5.5.3. We have many hundreds of fixes that come with this.
  • Foundation CSS loaded in the theme again, instead of via stacks.
  • Performance optimizations

Site Styles

  • Duplicate page checker now warns you inside RapidWeaver when you have both index.html and index.php files on your server.
  • P size settings now also affects lists

SEO Helper

  • Page Speed: Font Awesome rocket loader is back! It utilizes the Stacks Font Awesome version to prevent multiple versions from loading on the page.
  • Page Speed: More page optimizations to improve your Google Page Speed rankings
  • Twitter Cards: New twitter card options: Large Summary Cards, App Cards, Product Cards

Columns

  • You can now apply a color scheme to the contents of the column stacks. You can choose from the Alt and Swatch color schemes

Top Bar

  • Parent Link now shows when mobile menu is used on Tablet or Desktop
  • Mobile back link color now inherits from link color

Forms

  • Forms now have a small spinning in-progress indicator when the form is submitted

Impact Integration

  • You will now have the option to use an Foundation image inside the Impact stack when you have Foundation installed. This will allow you to define separate images for mobile, tablet and desktop.

Misc

  • Thanks for finding even more typos in my tooltips!

(This will probably be the last 1.x release of Foundation. Here comes Foundation 6!)

I want to wish you all a very Happy Holidays from all of us on the JW Team. We hope that you have a wonderful holiday and new year. 2015 was jam packed full of great things and I know that 2016 will be even more spectacular.

I want to thank all of you that help made this year such a success! You have all help build such amazing community here. I feel blessed everyday that I get to continue doing with I love. I hope that this video brings a smile to your face.

I also want to take the time to single out +Robert Ziebol and +Andrew Tavernor for all the hard work and dedication that have done, not just for me, but for all of us in this community. I feel lucky to have them both on my team. 

Cyber Monday! 50% Off All RapidWeaver Add-ons

This has been an amazing year for RapidWeaver, right? We have access to so many amazing tools that we have wanted for years. To celebrate, I am going to be doing my biggest sale ever on all of my products. This is a special event. I have not done a sale in over 2 years…

How to get the discount?

For any order over $50, you will automatically get 50% off your order. You do not need to enter any coupon codes, the discount will be automatically applied at checkout.

When is it?

You have 36 hours to capitalize on this great sale… don’t miss this window!

Starts: Sunday 12:00pm (US/Pacific GMT-8) Ends: Monday 11:59pm (US/Pacific GMT-8)

What can you get?

There are no limits! This sale applies to everything in my store. Here are some suggestions on huge savings…

Thank you for being an awesome and loyal customer. I hope that you are able to pick up some more awesome tools to help make your websites great.

Cheers, 

Joe

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