I'm happy to announce the release of mojoPortal 18.104.22.168, available now on our download page.
New Related Sites Mode
mojoPortal has for a long time had the multiple sites feature which enables you to host multiple sites on a single installation using a single database. The feature was carefully designed to keep the sites and users completely independent so that each site is isolated from the others from a security perspective. But for some scenarios its desirable to host multiple sites but use the same users and roles in all of them. For example, maybe you want to have different versions of your site for different languages bu you want the same users in all of the sites. Or maybe a university wants to create separate sites for different departments but they want the students to have the same sign in credentials in all of them. This is now possible with simple configuration settings as indicated in the documentation. Multiple sites can be configured either based on host names or by folders beneath the root site. With the folder based sites, since they share a common cookie, once the user is signed into any of the sites he is signed into all of them.
New 301 Redirect Manager
When you create pages in mojoPortal, the page gets a friendly url based on its title, like /fun-stuff.aspx would be the url for a page named Fun Stuff. Now if you change the name of the page later it will get a different url, so for example if I change the name to Really Fun Stuff, its going to get a new url /really-fun-stuff.aspx.
Now from an SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) point of view, its not a good idea to be changing your urls willy nilly. If someone bookmarked your old url you don't want it to be broken, or if its already popular in search results, you don't want it to be a broken link. So ideally, you need to have the old page do a 301 redirect to the new page. The 301 status code tells the browser that the page moved permanently. Now mojoPortal will create the 301 redirect for you automatically when you re-name a page or blog post. However, its still not a great idea to be renaming your pages frequently, you should avoid it generally but if you need to its ok to do it. You can also see the 301 redirect mappings and manually manage them from Administration Menu > Advanced Tools > 301 Redirect Manager. You need to be very careful with this feature, you do not want to create circular redirects where 2 urls redirect to each other.
This is the last Release Targeting ASP.NET 2.0
This release as previous ones targets the 2.0 ASP.NET runtime. I requested feedback in my previous post about changing to target the 3.5 ASP.NET runtime and everyone who responded was in favor. I've already changed it in my svn sandbox and will change it in trunk soon. I find that on a machine with VS 2005 I am still able to build and run the solution as long as .NET 3.5 is installed. Using the Mono 2.0 release I could still get it working if I swaped out the Web.config so it used 2.0 version of System.Web.Extensions. Using the latest Mono built from svn I see that the Mono version of System.Web.Extensions has changed to 3.5, but I'm getting an error running it and will have to investigate further.
So the next release will target .NET 3.5. If someone needs a 2.0 build it will be possible for them to change the build target back to 2.0 (in Visual Studio 2008) and rebuild, because I'm not really planning to use 3.5 specific features in the core projects for a while yet. I just need to use the 3.5 version of ScriptManager to support features like Silverlight that I will use in external projects. Just like our other features, the external projects will copy the needed files up to the main Web project so it can work at runtime. This allows us to move forward and take advantage of new things in 3.5 while keeping general compatibility with Mono and 2.0 .NET. Changing the target to 3.5 NET on the core projects only changes the Web.config file and the .csproj file
I'm very excited to start working with Silverlight 2 and RESTful web services using the REST toolkit. I'm just beginning to do exploratory prototyping now but I'm seeing some very cool possibilities.