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Welcome to Geeklog Tuesday, January 17 2017 @ 10:05 am EST

Geeklog 2.1.2 BETA 2

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The second beta version of Geeklog 2.1.2 is now available for download.

This version of Geeklog supports PHP 7 and the default install of MySQL 5.7. The minimum requirements have changed slightly and now are:

  • PHP 5.3.3 or higher
  • MySQL 4.1.2 or higher (MySQL 5 recommended)
  • Postgresql 9.1.7 or later

We have also dropped support of MSSQL and have removed the Professional and Professional_CSS themes from the install.

This beta release contains over 100 new commits which fixes numerous bugs found in the first beta including displaying of duplicate articles, OAuth issues, a mailing issue, and missing configuration tabs in the Admin Configuration.

The complete list of features and bug fixes for Geeklog 2.1.2 can be found on Github and in the history text file located in the docs directory of this release.

We would also like to put a request out there for translators. If you speak and write another language besides English or Japanese and would like to contribute to Geeklog please join the geeklog-translations mailing list. Translating Geeklog isn't complicated. Instructions can be found on the Geeklog Wiki or simply ask on the translation list.

We would like to encourage you to download this beta version, try it out, and give us your feedback. This is a beta version and it may still contain bugs. If you find any please report them in our Bug Tracker on GitHub. Depending on what issues are found the development team hopes to have the final release of Geeklog 2.1.2 out early in the new year.

Remember if you would like to chat with any of the community one of the best place to reach us is on Gitter in the Geeklog room.

Geeklog 2.1.2 BETA 1

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The first beta version of Geeklog 2.1.2 is now available for download.

This version of Geeklog supports PHP 7 and the default install of MySQL 5.7. The minimum requirements have changed slightly and now are:

  • PHP 5.3.3 or higher
  • MySQL 4.1.2 or higher (MySQL 5 recommended)
  • Postgresql 9.1.7 or later

We have also dropped support of MSSQL and have removed the Professional and Professional_CSS themes from the install.

New features and fixes in this version include:

  • [Feature] Added Language override feature
  • [Feature] Added an Admin page for comments maintenance
  • [Feature] Added URL-routing feature which enables you to use public_html/index.php as a pseudo-front controller
  • [Feature] Added an ability to change article template file with the topic
  • [Feature] Added GitHub OAuth Login
  • [Feature] Added $_CONF['theme_oauth_icons'] option to allow theme to use own OAuth icons
  • [Feature] Reduced block lists in Block Manager
  • [Feature] Added ability for Geeklog to detect device type (mobile or computer) of visitor
  • [Feature] Blocks can display based on visitor device type
  • [Feature] Geeklog Database Backup now works without using a external program to backup
  • [Feature] Re-factored Geeklog install
  • [Feature] Geeklog Install files can now be deleted on successful install or upgrade
  • [Feature] New Denim Curve them which replicates the older Modern Curve theme. The Denim Curve theme is a child theme of the Denim theme
  • [Bug] Geeklog can now handle emoji icons and 4-byte characters. They can either be removed from the input or saved (depending on website setup)
  • [Bug] Daily Digest URLs in articles are converted into absolute URLs.
  • [Bug] Topic Ids and Names reduced to 75 characters to support utf8mb4_xxx_ci MySQL character sets.

... as well as a lot of other improvements and bug fixes. The complete list can be found on Github and in the history text file located in the docs directory of this release.

We would also like to put a request out there for translators. If you speak and write another language besides English or Japanese and would like to contribute to Geeklog please join the geeklog-translations mailing list. Translating Geeklog isn't complicated. Instructions can be found on the Geeklog Wiki or simply ask on the translation list.

We would like to encourage you to download this beta version, try it out, and give us your feedback. This is a beta version and it may still contain bugs. If you find any please report them in our Bug Tracker on GitHub. Depending on what issues are found the development team hopes to have the final release of Geeklog 2.1.2 out early in the new year.

Remember if you would like to chat with any of the community one of the best place to reach us is on Gitter in the Geeklog room.

Geeklog on Gitter

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We have recently opened a Geeklog room on Gitter as a replacement for IRC. Gitter allows developers to chat together online as a group, or in private conversations one on one. Gitter integrates well with Github (which Geeklog recently swithed too)  including the repositories, issues and activities. You can access Gitter via their website and apps (iOS and Android).

The Geeklog room on Gitter is open to the public for viewing but you will need to create a free account if you wish to participate, ask a question or answer someone's query. If you are an aspiring programmer or seasoned developer and wish to particpate in developing Geeklog or coding a plugin, come and introduce yourself.

Geeklog has Switched to GitHub

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Back in September of 2008 Geeklog made the switch from CVS to Mercurial to take advantage of a distributed version control system. Geeklog had used CVS for about 7 years. Source control has kept improving and after another 7 years The Geeklog Team has decided to move from using Mercurial to Git, and to using GitHub as our web-based Git repository hosting service.

This change really only affects the developers of Geeklog. Normal web masters who use the Geeklog CMS will not notice any changes.

We decided on the change since GitHub offers all of the features our older setup had plus many more and, it is one of the largest source hosting services in the world. It also means we don't have to worry about maintaining our old systems and we can concentrate more on coding. GitHub offers many social networking type features along with the ability to track issues, access control, teams, fork projects, wikis, and task management. Plus currently a large number of Geeklog Plugins use GitHub as well.

The new Geeklog CMS and related code repositories can be found at the GitHub Geeklog Core Organization.

The Geeklog Team also have decided to switch from using our current Bug Tracker (called Mantis) to the Issue tracker which GitHub provides. We have updated the links on Geeklog.net and the Geeklog Wiki to reflect these changes. We have imported all the open and closed bug reports and feature request from our old Bug Tracker to GitHub. Some information we could not automatically import so the issues in the new tracker need some updating which we will get to in time. Information which needs updating includes labels, milestones (which version it is for) and descriptions. For this reason the old Mantis Bug Tracker will still be accessible but, please do not add any new information to it.

For all new bug reports and feature requests, please submit them to the new Geeklog Issues Tracker.

Geeklog 2.1.1

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Geeklog 2.1.1 is now available for download .

There are a number of new features and fixes with this version of Geeklog. The major ones include:

  • [Security] Log parameters for 404 errors & make filtering in 404.log work like in error.log
  • [Security] Removed the code used for File Manager demos and tests shipped with WideImage to prevent an XSS
  • [Security] Updated File Manager to version 2.2.0 (fixed security issue with file upload check)
  • [Security] Configuration string input sanitizing overhauled
  • [Security] Fixed a possible OS command injection with database backup
  • [Update] CKEditor to version 4.5.4
  • [Update] jQuery to version 1.11.3 and jQuery UI to version 1.11.4. jQuery Timepicker Addon updated
  • [Update] OAuth class to version 1.141
  • [Feature] Integrated the UIkit framework version 2.24.0 into Geeklog
  • [Feature] Denim theme now uses UIKit
  • [Feature] Plugins can now include default templates and css files along with ones for different themes
  • [Feature] Schema.org article, author, and Breadcrumb markup added to Denim and Modern Curve themes
  • [Feature] Allow xmlSiteMap Plugin to Ping Search Engines when new content is added
  • [Feature] For XMLSitemap Plugin added dedicated API
  • [Feature] Added first part of developer mode which adds extra error logging for any template errors. See siteconfig.php to enable feature
  • [Bug] Added email check to Com_mail to prevent plugins from sending email to users who don't have an address (Oauth users)
  • [Bug] Cached Articles Sometimes do not Display on website
  • [Bug] Current LDAP module doesn't work properly - new Simple_LDAP Authentication provided
  • [Bug] Duplicate Blocks
  • [Bug] Remove hardcoded checks for TLD in domain names

The complete list of features and fixes can be found in the history.txt file located in the release under the docs directory.

Please note: If you are upgrading from Geeklog 1.8.2 or older please make sure all of your 3rd party plugins support at least Geeklog 2.1.0. If you are not sure, please check with the plugin developer to confirm compatibility before upgrading Geeklog. If you still wish to upgrade your Geeklog website then either disable the plugin(s) or uninstall it. All Core plugins have been updated and support Geeklog 2.1.1. Please See this story about the changes to Geeklog 2.1.0 for more information on non-compatible plugins.

Geeklog 2.1.1 BETA 3

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The third beta version of Geeklog 2.1.1 is now available for download.

For the original full list of features and bug fixes found in Geeklog v2.1.1 Beta, please read the Geeklog v2.1.1 Beta 1 release post.

Fixes in this Beta 3 version include:

  • [Update] The UIkit framework has been updated to version 2.24.0
  • [Feature] Added first part of developer mode which adds extra error logging for any template errors. See siteconfig.php to enable feature
  • [Bug] Fixed a possible OS command injection with database backup
  • [Bug] Fixed bug which prevented Com_Mail to send email to addresses that has had the COM_formatEmailAddress used on them

The complete list of new features and fixes can be found in the history.txt file located in the release.

We would like to encourage you to download this beta version, try it out, and give us your feedback. This is a beta version and it may still contain bugs. If you find any please report them in our Bug Tracker. Depending on what issues are found the development team hopes to have the final release of Geeklog v2.1.1 out by mid December, 2015.

Geeklog.net also has been updated and is now running Geeklog 2.1.1 Beta 3.

Geeklog 2.1.1 BETA 1

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The first beta version of Geeklog 2.1.1 is now available for download.

New features in this version include:

  • [Security] Log parameters for 404 errors & make filtering in 404.log work like in error.log
  • [Security] Removed the code used for File Manager demos and tests shipped with WideImage to prevent an XSS
  • [Security] Updated File Manager to version 2.2.0 (fixed security issue with file upload check)
  • [Security] Configuration string input sanitizing overhauled
  • [Update] CKEditor to version 4.5.4
  • [Update] jQuery to version 1.11.3 and jQuery UI to version 1.11.4. jQuery Timepicker Addon updated
  • [Update] OAuth class to version 1.141
  • [Feature] Integrated the UIkit framework version 2.23.0 into Geeklog
  • [Feature] Denim theme now uses UIKit
  • [Feature] Plugins can now include default templates and css files along with ones for different themes
  • [Feature] Schema.org article, author, and Breadcrumb markup added to Denim and Modern Curve themes
  • [Feature] Allow xmlSiteMap Plugin to Ping Search Engines when new content is added
  • [Feature] For XMLSitemap Plugin added dedicated API
  • [Bug] Added email check to Com_mail to prevent plugins from sending email to users who don't have an address (Oauth users)
  • [Bug] Cached Articles Sometimes do not Display on website
  • [Bug] Current LDAP module doesn't work properly
  • new Simple_LDAP Authentication provided
  • [Bug] Duplicate Blocks
  • [Bug] Remove hardcoded checks for TLD in domain names

... as well as a lot of other improvements and bug fixes. The complete list can be found in the history.txt file located in the release.

We would also like to put a request out there for translators. If you speak and write another language besides English or Japanese and would like to contribute to Geeklog please join the geeklog-translations mailing list. Translating Geeklog isn't complicated. Instructions can be found on the Geeklog Wiki or simply ask on the translation list.

We would like to encourage you to download this beta version, try it out, and give us your feedback. This is a beta version and it may still contain bugs. If you find any please report them in our Bug Tracker. Depending on what issues are found the development team hopes to have the final release of Geeklog 2.1.1 out by the end of November, 2015.

Geeklog.net also has been updated and is now running Geeklog 2.1.1 Beta 1.

Geeklog Demo Site Update

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As of today (November 17th, 2014), the Geeklog Demo Sites will be moved to a new hosting provider. This change will take up to a day to complete. During this move, the old Geeklog Demo version 1.8.2 will be depreciated and no longer be available. The current demo of Geeklog 2.1.0 can be found at http://demo.geeklog.net.

The demo site has all the core plugins installed plus the forum plugin. A number of Geeklog themes are installed along with the Theme Switcher plugin which makes it easier to check out the more popular themes available for Geeklog. Remember, the demo site is reset on an hourly basis with the default settings. This means any changes made to the site will be lost in an hour or less.

If you have any questions, please comment on this article or, post your thoughts in the General Geeklog Discussion forum.

Thanks

Michael (Ironmax)
Geeklog Demo Administrator

Updating your Geeklog CMS

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Updating one or many Geeklog sites do not must be an issue. This is how I do the job: I prepare the files with the necessary modifications for a single site, then I upload all files by ftp for a first site. I updated this site using the dedicated script and I check everything works perfectly. Then I repeat this process for each site.

Steps to update your Geeklog CMS

Geeklog 2.1.0

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Geeklog 2.1.0 is now available for download.

There are a number of new features and fixes with this version of Geeklog. The major ones include:

  • Integrated Caching Template Library original developed by Joe Mucchiello
  • Speed increases by added configurable caching support for blocks, staticpages, the topic tree structure and articles
  • New OAuth login methods supported (Google, Microsoft, Yahoo)
  • New Advanced Editor System that allows developers to easily to add new javascript editors. The CKEditor 4.3.2 is now the default advanced editor for Geeklog
  • Updated to jQuery 1.10.2 and jQuery UI to 1.10.3
  • Added a Filemanager

The complete list of features and fixes can be found in the history.txt file located in the release under the docs directory. You can also read this article for more information.

Please note: With Geeklog 2.1.0 plugins developed for Geeklog 1.8.2 or older which install and/or access blocks, or access article topics, most likely will be not compatible. If you use any plugins that perform these functions please check with the plugin developer to make sure they are compatible before upgrading Geeklog. If you are not sure about 1 or more plugins and still wish to upgrade your Geeklog website then either disable the plugin(s) or uninstall it. All Core plugins have been updated and support Geeklog 2.1.0

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