Hi everyone. I thought I’d take some time to blog about the new features in the upcoming release of Interspire Website Publisher 5.0. We’ve been working on version 5.0 since March 2008 and it’s easily the biggest upgrade we’ve ever worked on.
Most of the core engine has been rebuilt from the ground up, the entire system is modular and if you thought design mode was great you’ll love the new features we have that allow you to create and position items on your website.
Content types allow you to create your own forms with configurable fields. Of course there are built-in content types such as articles, blogs and news, but you can use the drag and drop designer to create as many content types as you like, each with their own tabs, field groups and fields.
You can choose from one of the built-in content types (which are of course fully customizable) or you can create your own. In the screenshot above I’m creating a new blog post from the “blog” content type I created above. Notice the fields and tabs are exactly the same?
If you look closely you’ll notice that we’re now using TinyMCE as our default WYSIWYG editor. After testing all of the commercial and open source WYSIWYG editors we felt that TinyMCE had the best performance, the best support for customizations, undo/redo, etc.
Uploading and Managing Images
The built-in image manager is separate from the WYSIWYG editor and includes a nifty flash component which allows you to upload multiple images at once. As you can see above, images are listed in grid format and can easily be renamed just by clicking on the name.
Menus and Lists
Menus and lists allow you to easily create a group of items (such as a list of web pages or recent press releases) and position them anywhere on your website. You can choose one of the default positions (such as “on the left of my website”) or you can customize the exact location of the menu/list using the new and improved design mode.
In this example I’ve created a list which contains the 10 latest blog posts. I’ve also created another list which contains the top 20 most recent posts from an RSS feed:
Now that I have two lists, I can use design mode to place them on my web site. In the example above I’m editing the layout of my home page. I’ve selected a 3 column layout for the home page but I can just as easily change it to a 1 or 2 column layout.
Notice the list of available “blocks” down the left of the page? I can simply drag and drop them onto any page on my website. If a specific section of my site is locked (notice the padlocks in the screenshot) then it will inherit the layout of the master template, which is also editable.
As I mentioned earlier, everything in the upcoming release is modular. As you can see above, the modules section allows you to toggle and configure specific modules such as podcasts and attachments. You can even write your own modules if you know PHP.
Of course along with a new release there are new templates. The new templates only contain 1 HTML file – no more panels or snippets. Anyone can customize an existing website design to work with the new version in about 20 minutes. If you’re a designer then I’m sure you’ll appreciate this.
So there you have it – a quick overview of what to expect in the upcoming release of Interspire Website Publisher 5.0. Of course I’ve only skimmed the surface with the features I’ve mentioned above, and we will be releasing a sneak peek video in a few weeks to show off the other new features. We’re in final testing stages at the moment and we’re hoping to have a release for you soon.