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The Textpattern CMS gets theme supported
Just ask anyone new to Textpattern what their only shortcoming is in comparison to the rest, and the usual response is "Where are the topics? With Textpattern, it's about creating web pages with great love for detail, mostly from scratch or based on the superior, fully annotated standard templates that come with it.
However, the greatest power of Textpattern - a neat pallet to rely on - has historically kept away those who are not already designer. This is no longer the case with Textpattern CMS 4.7. However, before we get into these topics, here is a brief backdrop to our approaches and how they compare to other CMS utilities.
You can try out theme suport in the coming version of Textpattern CMS 4.7 for yourself. A major drawback of a utility like WordPress has always been that it has always been about taking something someone else has done and inserting your contents into it and then using it to base your website on it.
Text patterns have always avoided it. That' s in part due to its architectural design; exactly what makes it straightforward and stylish - a section of articles has a page and a stylesheet assigned to it - makes it straightforward to repeat or replace sections of side pieces of paper, but it is very hard to try anything new on the side.
The majority of the reasons that have been put forward for over a century against our shortage of issues tended to return to some key concepts: Topics in other platforms are delivered with plugins: What about interoperability with the current website? Sometimes themes have to adjust them for usability. What are the reasons for having "essential" pieces of furnishings such as standard and commentaries?
Importing a topic overwrites the sections and contents of the persons. Previous efforts to address this system have fallen by the wayside because they have tried to take everything into consideration, and Textpattern is just not designed to do so from an architectural point of view. Return to the basics: What is a topic? Inspired by Bert Garcia, one of the most important representatives of topics, and creator of the plug-in "hcg_themes", which has been the main pillar of many people's websites over the years, we took a look at what a topic actually is and, more seriously, what it is not.
What our actual delineation of a topic is: There are no plug-ins, no sections, no contents, no settings. We' ve put together some awesome gaming gods for the eager under the bonnet for plug-in writers to create full-fledged themes plug-ins with all the above mentioned functions. So, if a subject is nothing more than a few scaffolds, why the trumpet?
Make it go live, create counterfeit sections and contents to test (with all the associated risks), and then move sections to the new look. Stage everything on one site, get it up and running, then load it all up and find out how to synchronize what's in the databases that's changed since the beginning of the remake.
The Textpattern CMS 4.7 solution. In this sense, you will see very little change when upgrading to the above release, apart from the launch of a new presentation panels called Themes, which is not surprising. Initial fitters can choose between the standard themes or an "empty" design (or at least as empty as Textpattern knows!) during the installation procedure.
When you visit the Topic window, you will see a topic (default) and this is your actual website. Joy begins when you design a new design or copy your old one. Then a new selection button will appear above the object list in the Pages, Forms, and Styles areas, so you can change the topic.
Once you have done this, you will edit all your selected theme's asset files and the one you are working on will be saved from pane to pane. An important function is that throughout the entire process of processing an asset in a design that is not used by your Web site, nothing is affected on your existing publicly accessible Web site.
Fiddle with your new look and feel and change pages, forms, and styles to your heart's desire, right in your living text sample install, without affecting your current website. Unless you begin modifying plug-ins or settings that apply to the whole site, no one is smarter.
It wouldn't be good to work in the darkness, so Textpattern now has another gimmick in its back. When you edit a topic, you - and only you - can get a glimpse of what that topic looks like by displaying the published website as usual. Whatever topic you're working on, it transiently overwrites the actual topic used throughout the site.
One of the big advantages of your system is that all your contents are still available. You don't need to synchronize your information with other installs to get the latest item contents; you can see what your website will look like right on the spot. Create a set of concurrent themes and give your clients appropriate permissions.
You can then toggle between topics from the administration page and update the published website to see what it looks like in-situ. Copy, modify, and previeve your designs with real-time information in an isolating enviroment without affecting your basic population. And when the time comes to present the new designs to the whole planet, it's as easy as going to the sectionals.
Either click on a section as usual to work on it, choose a topic, page, and stylesheet for that section, and click Save. Or, use the multi-edit utility to add a topic, page, and stylesheet to all the sections you choose. There is another extraordinary advantage to this approach: you don't have to design your whole website.
Simply reassign a different topic to this section. Only use a different topic for the affected sections. The Textpattern shows you which topic is used for each section and the number of items used by each section. It will not be possible for you to erase a used topic by mistake, so no anxieties.
If you click the number that represents the objects of this kind in the Sections pane, you'll be directed to the appropriate Pages, Forms, or Styles pane and you' ll go to the associated topic so you can immediately modify the presentation aspect. Last good thing is that you can pack any topic and send it to the filesystem.
Every page, every form and every stylesheet in the design takes its own place under the topic index. Allows you to easily create and save your design, process it under revision and then import it again. Any topic can be imported by dragging it completely into the Topic folder and then opening the Topic window to do so.
And indeed, most of the themes import/export codes were in fact created by Nicolas Morand of oui_flat, so you can be sure that he is built on the extensive knowledge he has acquired through the maintenance of his superb plug-in. First, the option to configure settings is not available. Second, the Auto-synchronize-if-Live feature is removed: If you want to bring a topic into Textpattern, you must do this in the topic area yourself.
The Textpattern design is not operated from the file system, but only from the data base. Exporting and importing is only a convenient function for controlling the versions, saving or releasing topic contents. Our most widely used text pattern allows you to purge idle qualifiers before import/export, removing all qualifiers and using a whole new asset instead of consolidating the contents.
Whilst the capability to handle topics and their asset management is quite cooling, these functions alone would be very limited. Not only have we given plug-ins full control over the entire range of import/export operations, allowing plug-in writers to extend the topic creation approach, but we have also pooled some great enhancements in the back.
Within the name space of our manufacturer, plug-in writers will find an almost full system for importing XML-data. Customize your articles contents, categories, sections, pages, forms, styles, preferences, links, annotations, and even your definition of databases tables with the help of your own custom definition of your own HTML file. Techniques allow you to drag contents from shallow data onto the data base. Using this libraries, plug-ins are able to perform the process of importing contents in a native and easy way.
If someone wishes, it is now possible to create a plug-in that will replace all the "import from another CMS" that was discarded in the last one. It may be necessary to find out how to get files and images imported, and create a concomitant exports lib that unifies the whole topic coding so that it uses the import/export lib instead of its own.
Initially, our idea of a subject will stay strict on pages, forms and styles. Who knows, in the near term we could expand the idea to cover presets and plug-ins or sections, all of which pose their own challenge and call for a wizarding solution because the import of such contents has the ability to rewrite existent datas.
Topic pages, forms and stylesheets. Models for the above, plus sections, plug-ins, and settings, if any. Parcels with all the above, plus page contents. We will probably still use the themes folder, but the decision to choose to embed would ask you which parts you want to package, and the decision to embed would ask you which parts you want to include and possibly override.
Overall, we are very eager to see how Textpattern will be able to incorporate topic management capabilities. Hopefully it will be a useful function that stimulates a variety of common themes - we will strive to accommodate everything humans build so that the communities can profit and grow - and you can update and develop your current websites with less effort than before.