CMS Awards 2009 - Don't Forget to Vote For mojoPortal

Hey mojoPortal friends, tomorrow (October 30, 2009) is the last day of voting in the 2009 CMS Awards by Packt Publishing.

If you haven't already voted please vote, we need your support!

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Results wil be announced on November 10.

Gravatar Joe Audette is the founder of the mojoPortal project and was the primary developer until February 2017.

mojoPortal Released

I'm happy to announce the release of mojoPortal, available now on our download page.

Whats' New

Easy content animation/slide shows

Our Html Content feature now has content animation built in. You can enable it in the settings of an Html Content instance and it will create a slide show based on the content using cool transitions that you can also configure in the settings. The animation uses the jQuery Cycle Plugin. It can rotate images paragraphs or any html content. People often ask how to rotate images in their custom skins, so I've also added image rotation in the andreasvicklund-02-alt2 skin to give an example how to do this.

Integrated Image Cropping

We now have easy to use image cropping built into the image browser/uploader in our editors. We also have image cropping integrated into the user uploaded avatar system so users can upload a larger image then crop it to create their avatar. We used the jQuery jCrop plugin to implement the user interface for cropping.

screen shot of image cropper

Integrated Twitter Widgets

We now have built in widgets that can be used to show your tweets or twitter search results.

screen shot of twitter search widget

New Configuration file for TinyMCE

Due to community requests to have more control over which plugins and toolbar items are displayed, I've implemented an xml config file that gives you control over these items. The file mojoTinyMCE.config located in the root is used by default. To customize it you should copy and rename this file then change the setting in Web.config to point to your custom file.

Bulk Image Upload in the Image Gallery

We added bulk upload to the Folder Gallery in the last release and users have been asking for the same thing in the other Image Gallery so we have added it there as well.

Usability Improvements

Also due to community feedback and my own observation from support questions, the use of the gear icon for feature instance settings was changed to use a text link by default. Those who prefer the icons can add this to their user.config file to override the new default.
<add key="UseTextLinksForFeatureSettings" value="false" />
I wanted to make the same default change to use text links also for the main administration links but I found that forcing it globally could affect the layout of existing custom skins, so I kept the default to use the icons but added an option that can be specified on the StyleSheetCombiner control in the layout.master file of a skin to specify whether to use icons or text links:
<portal:StyleSheetCombiner id="StyleSheetCombiner" runat="server" UseIconsForAdminLinks="false" />
The default setting is to use icons, but for most of the included skins I changed it to use text links and updated the skin layout so that the text links could render without affecting the layout. Note that if you are upgrading and want to use the latest versions of the skins you will need to copy them from /Data/skins to /Data/Sites/1/skins after upgrading because we only update the skins in the library not in individual sites.


Updated Italian resources thanks to Diego Mora

Updated Spanish resources thanks to Matias Molleja

Various bug fixes for things reported in the forums since the last release.

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Gravatar Joe Audette is the founder of the mojoPortal project and was the primary developer until February 2017.

mojoPortal Is a Finalist in the 2009 CMS Awards

I'm happy to announce that thanks to your nominations, mojoPortal is a Finalist in the 2009 Open Source CMS Award sponsored by Packt Publishing.

So now we are in the voting stage and we need your vote. Don't be confused and think you already voted, that was just the nomination phase.

Vote For mojoPortal in the 2009 CMS Awards

The Voting Stage ends on October 30, 2009 and winners will be announced on November 9, 2009, so please vote today. The award will be decided partly by voting and partly by judges who will vote based on their own evaluations.

We are competing for the "Best Other Open Source CMS Award", where "Other" means non-PHP technology. We won this category in 2007 and were a finalist in 2008. mojoPortal has improved so much over the last 2 years that I hope we can do well again this year, but to the extent that voting is involved its an uphill battle competing against projects with larger communities who may be able to generate more votes. So I hope you all will take a minute to cast your vote.

Gravatar Joe Audette is the founder of the mojoPortal project and was the primary developer until February 2017.

mojoPortal Released

I'm happy to announce the release of mojoPortal, available now on our download page.

More Editor Improvements

The File Browser/Uploader that we implemented previously in TinyMCE is now also working in FCKeditor and CKeditor so that users have a common browse and upload experience in each of these editors. So we now have equivalent functionality in TinyMCE and FCKeditor but in CKeditor we do not yet have integration with our content template system or content style system.

New User Avatar System

We've had a lot of requests for an avatar system that allowed users to upload their own avatar. There is a new setting for Avatar System in Site Settings where you can choose User Upload or Gravatar. If user upload is enabled then an upload button will appear on the user profile page allowing them to upload an image. The image will be resized according settings in the Web.config file for AvatarMaxHeight and AvatarMaxWidth.

Image Gallery Improvements

We now have support for the Vertigo Slideshow which uses Silverlight to create a really nice slide show of images in the gallery. You can enable it from settings in the gallery. Since the Vertigo Slideshow can also consume images from your Flickr account, we also added a new Flickr Gallery  Feature which also uses the Vertigo Slideshow.

silverlight slide show screen shot

Blog Improvements

We've added support for using IntenseDebate or Disqus for the comment system in the blog. For the moment I recommend IntenseDebate because there are some issues I encountered with Disqus. Specifically, I could not get it to work correctly n IE 8 though it works reasonably well in Firefox and Chrome. But even when using Firefox or Chrome it does not work correctly if you try to post a comment as an anonymous guest. The integration steps are trivial so I don't think I've done it wrong but believe the problem can be fixed on their end. I've let them know about it and hope they can resolve it. Give it a try if you like but be aware about these issues since at the time of this writing they are not resolved. I'm now using IntenseDebate in this blog. I implemented it such that if you have existing posts with comments in the internal comment system those posts will continue to use the internal comments but new posts will use the current setting.

Its now also possible to post future posts from Windows Live Writer. Previously it was ignoring the publish date passed in from Live Writer.

Its also now possible to require users to sign in to view the full blog post when using excerpts in the main blog page.

Re-Organized Css In Included Skins and a New Skin

Based on community feedback I've re-organised the css for included skins to make it easier to find what you are looking for. Previously we had things separated a little too cleverly with colors in one css, borders in another and text related settings in another. This made the css a little less approachable and less intuitive. I've combined those files into one style.css file and renamed some other css files so they sort together in the file system and are easier to find. You can of course organize the css files in a custom skin any way you like by listing which file to include in the style.config file. Ultimately they are all combined and minified into one request by our CSSHandler. The style config file for included skins now are including the following files:

<file csswebconfigkey="YUITabCss" imagebasewebconfigkey="YUISkinImagePath">none</file>
<file cssvpath="/ClientScript/oomph/oomph.css" imagebasevpath="/ClientScript/oomph/">none</file>
<file cssvpath="/Data/style/cluetip/jquery.cluetip.css" imagebasevpath="/Data/style/cluetip/">none</file>

so we still have some separation but the main style.css has most of the common css.

We also have a nice new skin with a cool menu style thanks to Joe Davis of i7MEDIA

What Else?

Updated Polish Translation - thanks to Przemyslaw Luniewski.

Updated Italian Translation - thanks to Diego Mora.

A number of bug fixes for things reported in the forums since the last release.

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Gravatar Joe Audette is the founder of the mojoPortal project and was the primary developer until February 2017.

Some Cool New mojoPortal Sites

Just a quick post to highlight a few cool mojPortal sites that have com to my attention recently.

12th Street Sports Bar - Tim Cartwright of US Interactive did a great job with this site for the show on Fox College Sports TV Channel.

12th Street Sports Bar

b square, a site designed by TEAK. Notice that they implemented multiple languages and a cool language switcher and this was done with no changes to the core of mojoPortal.

Bsquare designed by David Dean, as David describes the site, " is a new concept that allows anyone who is an expert in a field to easily post course descriptions, and deliver live content in unique virtual rooms. The site is not even at an alpha stage, but early adopters can register and launch instant meetings or schedule online meetings for free. It's a webex like experience (that part is not mojo), with enhanced meeting rooms that allow for visual, non-verbal feedback coming soon."

Antioch Community Church designed by Joe Davis of i7 Media. I really like the menu design with 2 levels of horizontal menus. Joe has even made a free skin available to the community with a menu design like this.

Antioch Community Church

Adamson UAE, submitted to our Success Stories Forum just this morning has a very nice design.

Adamson UAE is a site brought to my attention recently. The most interesting thing is that the site is running on Linux using Mono.

If you're doing cool things with mojoPortal let us know, we'd love to hear from you.

On a side note, this site is running the latest code testing new features for the coming release. As you'll notice for this blog post I'm now using IntenseDebate for the comments. I've also implemented support for Disqus so you will have a choice to use that as well though I'm currently finding some issues with Disqus that I'm hoping they can fix on their end or advise me on what I can do. I've added a new setting in the blog where you can choose the comment system with options Internal, IntenseDebate, and Disqus. I also implemented it such that if you have existing posts with comments already made using the internal comment system, those posts will continue to use the internal comment system but new posts will use the currently selected comment system. So this is my first post using IntenseDebate. I look forward to seeing if this increases the amount of comments or not. 

Gravatar Joe Audette is the founder of the mojoPortal project and was the primary developer until February 2017.