ProcessWire Weekly #176

The 176th issue of ProcessWire Weekly brings in all the latest news from the ProcessWire community. Modules, core updates, sites, and more. Read on!

Welcome to the 176h issue of ProcessWire Weekly! This time we've got some interesting core and module news from Ryan, a weekly poll related to the setup you folks use to host your ProcessWire websites, and a new site of the week for a UK based company providing safety related services.

In other news this is probably our final chance to remind you that the voting period for 2017 CMS Critic Awards ends 1st of November – or, in other words, in a little over a week from now. If you're reading this from the newsletter, you've probably got only a few days until the voting is closed. If you haven't already voted, click here to vote now.

Thanks to all of our readers for being here with us again, and as always, any feedback is most welcome – please don't hesitate to drop us a line if there's anything in your mind you'd like to share with us. Enjoy our latest issue and have a great weekend!

Latest core updates: ProcessWire 3.0.76, some module updates, and more

In the latest post at the blog Ryan finally gets to introduce that new, free module we've been hinting at for a few weeks now. We've also got a new version of ProcessWire, 3.0.76, available via the dev branch at GitHub – and also some pretty neat updates to both the commercial ProCache module and Admin Theme Uikit.

We'll take a closer look at the new LoginRegister module in just a few moments, but first let's take a quick look at the other goodies we got this week.

ProcessWire 3.0.76

The latest dev version of ProcessWire, 3.0.76, is a bugfix release. Among other things this version updates CKEditor from 4.7.0 to 4.7.3, fixes minor Repeater, RepeaterMatrix, and FieldsetPage issues, corrects some minor usability problems within the Admin, and improves the handling of URLs with unrecognized characters.

3.0.76 is all about resolving the issues reported via GitHub, and as such another small step towards a whole new stable master release. If you're using the dev branch, it is a good idea to update to this new version when you get the chance.

Admin Theme Uikit

Admin Theme Uikit has been on a hiatus while we're waiting for Uikit 3 to come out of beta. Though there's no stable release available quite yet, we now feel that it is stable enough for us to shift more of our focus towards getting the admin theme ready. The latest version of Admin Theme Uikit, now available via GitHub, includes the latest version of Uikit 3 along with various small improvements.

At this point Admin Theme Uikit is quite stable already, but looks a bit bland. Keeping that in mind, our next logical step involves diving into the skinning process. First of all we're going to focus on an Admin Theme Reno type look, so expect to hear more about that in the near future.

ProCache 3.1.7

The latest version of ProCache brings in a feature that we believe plenty of users should find useful: automatic compilation of SCSS and LESS files. In a nutshell you just provide ProCache with links to SCSS and LESS files, and during the minification process they are automatically compiled into plain old CSS.

This feature works with the API level calls $procache->css() and $procache->link(), but also when you've configured ProCache to automatically identify stylesheets. In the latter case you simply create a link tag pointing to a SCSS or LESS file, and ProCache automatically compiles the target file to CSS.

Next we'll take a closer look at the new Login and Registration module that Ryan has been working on. For more details about the latest core and Pro module updates, don't forget to check out Ryan's latest post at the blog. Thanks!

New module: Login and Registration

Login and Registration is the new module from Ryan that we've been hinting at on a few occasions. In his latest blog post Ryan introduces this module in detail. Here's a brief summary of the key points:

  • Login and Registration is a new free module that adds support for front-end login, registration, and profile editing. Though it is developed by Ryan, it is not part of the core.
  • You can easily choose which features of the module you want to enable via module config settings. This means that specific features like front-end registration, profile editing, or password recovery can be enabled or disabled based on your needs.
  • There are plenty of customization options available: the look and feel of the module can be modified to match your site, you can choose which fields to include on the registration form, you can choose whether users login with username or their email, etc.
  • Many of the features of this module are hookable, which provides even more room for customization. You can also hook into the Inputfields themselves to customize the way they look or behave on your front-end forms.

One important thing to note here is that the main intent of this module is to provide a rock solid foundation for front-end login and registration related features. As such, the module will likely continue to evolve past its current state, and users are welcome to extend it either by hooking, or by creating new modules that extend it's main class.

Though front-end registration in particular opens the door to various potential issues, Ryan if anyone is the right person to set this thing in motion and, in the long run, keep it as safe as humanly possible. In case you've got a front-end registration and/or login related need, this is definitely the module you should check out.

Big thanks to Ryan for making this module and sharing it with the community. Absolutely fantastic work, as always!

Weekly poll: which PHP version are you hosting your ProcessWire sites on?

This week's poll was a suggestion from a reader, and we were quite happy to make it happen. In this poll we're asking about the PHP version's that you folks run your production sites on, i.e. which version of PHP you are hosting sites on.

As developers we have the tendency to work with the latest software versions locally, partly because it's easy to configure your dev environment just the way you like, but also because it's fun to work with the latest and greatest stuff. Hosting is often more challenging, and has various limitations that we are unable to circumvent.

  1.   PHP 7.2 (10.9%, 15)
  2.   PHP 7.1 (32.6%, 45)
  3.   PHP 7.0 (28.3%, 39)
  4.   PHP 5.6 (21%, 29)
  5.   PHP 5.5 (2.9%, 4)
  6.   PHP 5.4 (2.2%, 3)
  7.   PHP 5.3 (2.2%, 3)
  8.   PHP 5.2 or anything older than that (0%, 0)

Total votings: 138

Note that you can choose more than one option here. If there's anything else you'd like to add to your answer, feel free to add a comment on this issue. Why are you using this particular version, is there a reason you're not using a later version, do you always go with the latest release as soon as it is out, and so on – the word is free and any input you can provide is very much appreciated.

Feel free to check out the poll archive for results of our earlier polls. All suggestions for future polls are more than welcome too. Thanks in advance for both your answer here and any additional suggestions or feedback you might have!

Site of the week: Safety Management

Our latest site of the week belongs to a Daventry, UK based company Safety Management.

The consultants working for Safety Management deliver a hands-on, common sense approach to health and safety for companies working on engineering, manufacturing, retail, construction or logistics sectors. Their services include – among other things – risk assessments, audits and inspections, policy development, and health and safety training.

The responsive, beautifully designed website of Safety Management is the handiwork of Suspire Media, an UK based company specializing in affordable responsive websites for non-profit organizations, charities, and small businesses. The implementation – which, mind you, works great on all sorts of devices – is based on Suspire Media's own set of tools, but also makes use of some popular front-end projects, such as SlickNav, jQuery lightSlider, and Owl Carousel.

Big thanks to the folks at Suspire Media for sharing their work with us, and congratulations to Safety Management for having such a great website!

Stay tuned for our next issue

That's it for the 176th issue of ProcessWire Weekly. We'll be back with more news, updates, and content Saturday, 30th of September. As always, ProcessWire newsletter subscribers will get our updates a few days later.

Thanks for staying with us, once again. Hope you've had a great and productive week, and don't forget to check out the ProcessWire forums for more interesting topics. Until next week, happy hacking with ProcessWire!

This post has 1 comment:

Mike Rockett on Thursday 28th of September 2017 18:41 pm

Thanks for running the poll, Teppo. Results are pretty much what I’d imagined, with 5.6-7.1 being most prominent on production systems. With 5.6 support having been extended to the end of next year, I think its worthwhile for module developers continue to support it. Pity though: really wanted to make good use of all the new goodies in PHP7. Perhaps the poll can be run again around the middle of next year to see if things have changed (many shared hosting environments are making 7.0 and 7.1 the defaults already).

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