Product Updates :
What's New in QuantumCMS 4.1?
What's New in QuantumCMS 4.1?
With QuantumCMS 4.1 we decided to rock the boat, but we didn't tip it over. Below is a breakdown of the changes and new features that you will find in the latest release.
1. Design & Layout
The most obvious change in this major point release is the new interface. The basic layout remains the same as previous versions, but we have polished up the overall look and feel and made subtle changes to improve usability.
A. New and Improved Dashboard
We have turned the Dashboard into a reporting tool, a gateway to access recent work, and a help center all rolled into one clean interface, and it's customizeable to boot.
There are currently 7 different widgets that you can choose from to display on your personalized Dashboard: Recently Added Pages, Recently Edited Pages, Page Drafts, Custom Form Submissions, Tips & Tricks (from QuantumCMS Community), Recent Discussions (from QuantumCMS Community), and Recent Orders (if Commerce is enabled).
B. Restructured Navigation
We pushed the main navigation menu over to the right to make room for a nifty new site title, but we also reorganized it to make it easier to find the tools that you are commonly looking for. Please note: you will now find "Site Configuration" under the "Settings" option. Formerly, this page was accessed by clicking the Edit Site icon in the Site Tree.
Several of the options in the main navigation now conveniently open in dialog boxes that overlay the interface rather than open full pages or pop-up windows.
D. File Manager
You will no longer find the Files tab at the bottom of the Content frame in QuantumCMS 4.1. Instead, you can add, rename, or delete folders by pressing the icons above the folder view and you can preview images and videos in a new dialog box that displays above the Content frame.
2. Security & Permissions
A. Page Security
We have completely overhauled the Page Security interface in favor of a clean yet robust solution that allows you to easily differentiate between vistors (Public users) and authors (Authoring users).
To simplify a complex logic structure, we've broken the interface into four tabs: Public Users, Public Roles, Authoring Users, and Authoring Roles. Within each tab, you can Filter results, choose how many results display, and sort columns alphabetically.
Once you are Overriding Permissions on a page, you can add or remove permissions by simply clicking the appropriate checkboxes. If you make a mistake, you can reset changed permissions for a user, role, or the entire page.
Ever wonder how a user or role ended up with its current permissions? You can expand the permission history (what we like to call inheritance) to see where the permissions were assigned.
B. Users & Roles
Like on the Page Security screen, we have separated Public and Authoring Users and Roles to help make them easier to manage.
Both Public and Authoring Users screens now automatically list out all users of that type. When assigning a role, only roles of the appropriate type (Public or Authoring) will be available to choose from.
When setting up new Public Roles, you do not need to assign permissions. Public Roles automatically are restricted to only the "View" permission.
3. New Features
In addition to enhancing many existing features, we have also added a few new ones.
A. Publish Date/Time
Pages may now be published or unpublished on a specific date and time.
At any point while editing a page, you may save it as a Draft. Additionally, a Draft is automatically saved if your session expires while authoring a page. You can access Drafts in two ways: using the Drafts widget on the Dashboard or on the History and Drafts screen that is available under "Properties" on each page.
On the History and Drafts page, you can preview, edit, or discard Drafts.
Editing a Draft is just like editing a page. When you are ready to activate the Draft, you can choose "Save to Current Version" under "Save Draft" and it will replace the "live" version of the page.
C. Site-wide Linked Pages
Site-wide Linked Pages allow you to create links or generate content that will appear on every page of your web site and are added just like their page-wide predecessors.
D. Title Breadcrumbing
Each page displays the current page title as well as the title of any previous pages to provide context for your current location. The titles of previous pages are also links that allow you to easily navigate back without clicking the Exit button.
We hope you enjoyed the tour of QuantumCMS 4.1. Please let us know what you think!