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Steve 2012/1/1

ImpressCMS (www.impresscms.org) has published stable releases for both branches of ImpressCMS - the 1.2 LTS branch (for long term support) and the 1.3 branch - suitable for use on live sites.

 

Everyone is advised to update to one of these latest versions - they contain security updates that will protect your sites from malicious attacks.

 

Steve 2011/10/23
Tags: download ImpressCMS 1.3  

ImpressCMS logoThe developers of ImpressCMS (www.impresscms.org) have produced a major update and have released version 1.3 as a stable version, ready for live websites. This release is a major revamp of the underlying code, designed to be faster, smaller and better. This also continues to keep pace with the developments in other open source tools - ImpressCMS 1.3 is fully compatible with PHP 5.3 and MySQL 5.2 and above.

Version 1.3 is a transitional release for ImpressCMS, as it is the leading towards the removal of a majority of legacy functions. Most of the modules and themes currently supported by earlier versions of ImpressCMS do work in the new version and that was a major consideration in this release. But, not all modules will be able to make the leap. You are well advised to do some testing before you apply this upgrade. There are some new messages in the developer debug area to assist with the transition.

Steve 2011/7/13

The ImpressCMS Project (www.impresscms.org) has released an updated version of their community management system - version 1.2.6. This was a minor update, addressing an issue with the included content module and TinyMCE WYSIWYG editor. This update also is fully compatible when being run on MySQL 5.2 or higher.

This will most likely be the last release in the 1.2 series for ImpressCMS, as the next release, version 1.3 is nearing its final stages.

Steve 2011/5/7

ImpressCMS (www.impresscms.org) has released an updated version of their content management system to provide a more secure environment for the sites built on their platform. The default settings allowed anonymous access to the image upload folders. This could happen even if you do not enable the WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editors for any group.

It is strongly recommended you take action to reduce the risk of your sites being compromised.

Steve 2011/3/24
Tags: PHP 5.3  

The latest update to the PHP (Hypertext Prepocessor) programming language has recently been released, without a corresponding update to the older version. The PHP team (www.php.net) has released PHP 5.3.6 without any corresponding updates to the 5.2 series of PHP, indicating it truly has ended support of 5.2. If you are managing your own web server, you are strongly urged to move to the 5.3 release of PHP. If you maintain a website that uses PHP, as most content management systems do, we recommend you make sure your web platform will run on PHP 5.3, as Internet service providers are likely to be upgrading PHP on their servers.

A new module has been released for ImpressCMS (www.impresscms.org) - Podcast. It is a module for publishing audio tracks and it also handles video quite well. What makes it interesting for churches and ministries is the possibility to use it for publishing sermons and videos on your website.

Posting sermon texts to your website has a multitude of options - a news module, a blog module, an article module, a download module, or even a wiki module are all valid alternatives for publishing text. But, when it comes to publishing and sharing audio or video, the choices are limited.

Steve 2010/12/22

In a quick turnaround, the ImpressCMS Project published a new release today in response to a vulnerability report racing around the Twitter-verse. They also closed an authorization gap in the plugin used by the TinyMCE editor that connected it to the image manager of ImpressCMS.

A few of the improvements already in the upcoming version of ImpressCMS were also back-ported to this release, making for a much more polished product for your web sites.

Steve 2010/11/19

The ImpressCMS Team is proud to present the final release of ImpressCMS 1.2.3. With this release, PHP 5.3 support has been added to the system core and there have been a few bug fixes and a security patch added.

Since the initial release of ImpressCMS 1.2, PHP 5.3 support has steadily gained ground in hosting solutions. Based upon user feedback, the ImpressCMS team decided not to wait for ImpressCMS 1.3 in order to support PHP 5.3 officially. No new functionality has been added in this release, but it is highly recommended you upgrade to this version.

Steve 2010/8/8

An updated version of ImpressCMS 1.2 was released to address a vulnerability in TidyCSS, 1 of the external libraries included in ImpressCMS. If you are using any of the 1.2 series for your site, you are urged to upgrade to 1.2.2 immediately. You can also remove the vulnerable file manually, since it is not used by ImpressCMS

Steve 2010/3/21

3 months after the release of ImpressCMS 1.2, the ImpressCMS developers have released 1.2.1 Final. This release addresses several issues discovered as users began upgrading their existing sites. This is the 35th release from the ImpressCMS project in just over 2 years. 41 issues were fixed in this release, the majority of which focused on the upgrade of existing sites. The other fixes were related to new features added in 1.2

Issues were resolved in these areas -

  • Control Panel
  • Core Functionalities
  • Design & Templates
  • Installation Process
  • Registration Process
  • Upgrade Process

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