mojoPortal Released

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

Important Upgrade Information

After upgrading to the new version, you will need to delete the following files from your /bin folder.

  • PollFeature.UI.dll
  • PollFeature.Business.dll
  • PollFeature.Data.dll
  • SurveyFeature.UI.dll
  • SurveyFeature.Business.dll
  • SurveyFeature.Data.dll

The reason these need to be deleted is because the Poll and Survey have been combined into these dlls:

  • mojoPortal.Features.UI.dll
  • mojoPortal.Features.Business.dll
  • mojoPortal.Features.Data.dll

The good news is that the Poll and Survey now work for all the different databases, MS SQL, MySql, PostgreSql, Firebird Sql, and SQLite. Previously we only had support for MS SQL and MySql for those features.

Everyone who purchased Event Calendar Pro (and I mean both of you ;-D), will also need to upgrade to version (a free upgrade, just download the product again). There were changes in mojoPortal that required small changes in this feature, there are no functional changes to this feature right now.

Feature Improvements

  • Blog - I added an Excerpt option due to popular demand in the forums. Improved support for Persian localization, thanks to Asad Samarian.
  • RSS Feed Module - Walter Ferrari added options for showing and hiding various things, an Excerpt option, and Ajax paging.
  • Forum - I added a captcha if anonymous posting is enabled to reduce spam.
  • Image Gallery and Shared Files - I added some ajaxiness

New Multi Site Configuration Options

Its now possible to use different SMTP settings in each site of a multi site installation. To enable this, set this setting to true in your Web.config or user.config file:

<add key="EnableSiteSettingsSmtpSettings" value="false" />

after doing this a new Mail Settings tab will appear in Site Settings.

New Global Options

These settings are not site specific so they will affect all sites in a multi site installation.

There is a new config option to email site administrators if a new user registers. Set this to true if you need that functionality:
<add key="NotifyAdminsOnNewUserRegistration" value="false" />

The following config options were added based on a request in the forums to make it possible to show more information on the member list page for an intranet site:
<add key="ShowEmailInMemberList" value="false" />
<add key="ShowLoginNameInMemberList" value="false" />
<add key="ShowUserIDInMemberList" value="false" />

Accessibility and Usability Improvements

FCKeditor now works with Safari and Chrome, so we have enabled it for these browsers in mojoPortal.

All site management features should now work even if javascript is disabled. Previously most of the features could function even with javascript disabled but we went through and found a number of places where we were using <asp:LinkButton and replaced it with <asp:Button. We did this because the ASP.NET LinkButton is the only button type in ASP.NET that doesn't work if javascript is disabled. We added some new css to style the new buttons to look like links instead of buttons. Fortunately, other than the LinkButton, almost everything in ASP.NET is built to degrade gracefully but remain functional if javascript is disabled. So, with a little care its not difficult to build accessible applications and sites.

We replaced the use of ExtJs Tabs with YUI Tabs in Site Settings, Page Settings, and other places where we have settings grouped on tabs. This change was made partly because the YUI tabs are a bit more accessible, but also because we have been running into issues where the ExtJs tabs don't work right. I've hadd issues in Firefox 3 where if there was an FCKeditor on more than one tab, changing between the tabs doesn't show the correct editor. Others have reported interaction bugs with ExtJs tabs when using the new 3.5 Ajax Extensions. Since the ExtJs project changed their license to GPL, which is not compatible with mojoPortal, we can no longer get upgrades to ExtJs and can only use the old version under a compatible license. So, it seems better to switch to the YUI tabs. The only downside is that the ExtJs tabs had a few better looking skins for the tabs but YUI only has one. So some of you may not find the new YUI tabs to be as good looking as the old ExtJs tabs, but since the YUI tabs are also skinnable, we may be able to come up with better looking skins in the future.

New Extensability Point

There is a new plugin system for UserSignInHandlers that allows developers to plug in their own handlers that can fire after a user signs into the site. People have asked for this so that they could implement custom redirect logic depending on user roles and other criteria.

New Translation

Resource files have recently been translated into Spanish thanks to Manuel de la Pena

Seems like a lot has been accomplished since the last release only 33 days ago. Lots of exciting things going on in the pipeline that I will blog about later.

As always be sure and backup before upgrading and if you have any troubles post in the forums and we will try to help.

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


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Friday, October 10, 2008 3:10:09 AM


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