What's Coming in 2.3

April 30, 2013
Will Ezell

After releasing dotCMS 2.2 in October, we will soon be releasing dotCMS 2.3 the first week of May of 2013. There are a lot of new features, improvements and fixes in this upcoming release, here is a sneak peek of some of them:

Remote Publishing - Beta

Remote Publishing allows users to remotely publish content, folders, pages, files, structures and hosts to predefined end-point servers. Asset dependencies are published as well, for instance if a folder is published, all files, pages and assets associated with the folder will be published too.

Template Designer and Themes

The Template Designer can be used to create dotCMS templates without any knowledge of HTML code.
The Template Designer uses Themes, which are a collection of CSS files, images, and velocity files.
You can use an existing theme, create your own theme, or download a third party theme to create a new design template.

External Link Checker

The new Link Checker workflow action automatically checks links in WYSIWYG content before saving it, to avoid external link errors. Also there is a new portlet called Broken Links that can run an external link check on all content structures and creates a report of all broken links. This process can be scheduled using a cron expression, which then sends an email with the errors found to the content editors.

Time Machine

Time Machine allows a user to browse older static snapshots of how a site has looked historically. It also allows a user to take a snapshot, or static copy, of selected hosts and save it as a "bundle" in dotCMS. This bundle can then be used to run a static copy of your sites on a non-dotCMS web server. Multiple snapshots can be taken for any dotCMS managed host.

New Navigation Tool

Create custom navigations with your own HTML and styles. This tool will build a navigation given a path and return a list of items. Here's how to call the Navigation Tool to obtain a list of items under a given path:

${esc.h}set( ${esc.d}list = ${esc.d}navtool.getNav("/") )

Multilingual URLMap Content

Multilingual content will be able to have its own translated urlmaps such as:{ContentTitleSpanish}{ContentTitleFrench}{ContentTitleEnglish}

Default Widget to Default Language

You can now set the variable: DEFAULT_WIDGET_TO_DEFAULT_LANGUAGE to true. This will allow to create a widget only in the default language which will display on all languages defined on your site.

Wiki Tool

This viewtool provides a series of methods that will allow you to display your content as wiki pages. You can choose among 5 different markups: MediaWiki, Confluence, Textile, TracWiki, and TWiki. You can find more information on how to build a Wiki in dotCMS on our documentation site.

"How To" Documentation

We also added a new section "How To - Tutorials" to our documentation. This section features "how-to" tutorials and examples designed to instruct users on how to take advantage of Web2.0 concepts while building a dotCMS managed website.

Salesforce Plugin

This plugin can set connections to a Salesforce Server, retrieve role keys stored on a field and sync the roles for the logged-in user. This is done using OAuth 2.0 User-Password flow as an authorization method. This plugin will be included under plugins/com.dotcms.salesforce.plugin.

Will Ezell
Chief Technology Officer

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