Last Updated on Friday, 15 February 2013 07:02 Written by Carole Bennett Friday, 15 February 2013 12:00
When working with an open-source CMS (content management system) like mojoPortal, it’s a joy to be able to access functionality to configure your mojoPortal-based solution to the specific needs of your clientele. However, when it comes time to update the site to incorporate the latest features and enhancements for mojoPortal, it can be a bit scary to test changes that may break your customizations. We’ll review a simple technique today that’ll allow you to test your current site’s configuration, without causing “live site” breaks.
First, we’ll define the prerequisites needed for testing: a local version of your database of choice (default is MSSQL, which is what we’ll cover today), and a localhost version of your current site (either leveraging IIS, or Visual Studio – it’s easy to download a copy of Visual Studio Express, or with a little bit of initiative, sign up for one of the programs that will allow you access to a free copy of Visual Studio Developer Edition).Learn More
Last Updated on Friday, 5 October 2012 01:41 Written by Ken Griffith Wednesday, 10 October 2012 12:00
For years, CMS Made Simple used a Pretty URL system that embedded module parameters such as the detail page number and template into the URL as numbers. The Apache mod_rewrite logic would convert the URL into a php parameter string that the modules could parse to get the details they needed to display the page correctly. This system worked well, but was never fully satisfactory to many SEO practitioners who wanted to-the-letter control of the URL for any content or module detail page. So in CMS Made Simple 1.10 the Dev Team completely rewrote the URL path registration system to please the SEO gurus. But this removed the ability to pass module parameters via the URL.
There are two ways to work around this. First, many modules allow you to specify a default summary and detail template to use. This will work for most applications.Learn More
Last Updated on Wednesday, 8 February 2012 02:58 Written by Carole Bennett Friday, 10 February 2012 12:00
Developers and designers who leverage the Artisteer tool for creation of mojoPortal skins sometimes have a love/hate relationship with the application, due to format changes that impact any updates to mojoPortal. However, there are some amazing features with the latest version of Artisteer that definitely come out on the side of “love it!”.
One of the most intriguing new features of Artisteer is the ability to extract color schemes from an existing image. This is great if your client already has a logo or branding that they want to leverage, or if they’ve given you a swatch they’ve chosen from a site like Design Seeds. You’re not locked into the color scheme it generates for you, but it can give you a head-start in configuring all your colors for the elements within your design, such as background, menu, buttons, etc.Learn More
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