Log of Events (2) 2021

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What has been happening in the build

( 1-1-2021 thru 1-1-2022 )

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(01-02-2021) Theme Import/Export Tool -  This tool will let users export themes that they have designed and want to share with other users.  It will also import other users' themes.

(01-16-2021) Languages - I started the language install today.  I think this is going to take a long time to finish.  So far I am working on English and Spanish.

(01-17-2021) Install Process - I tested the installer today and everything went really well.  There were a couple of minor glitches but nothing serious.

(01-19-2021) Install Process -  I spent today going through the install.  I had to change a couple of things but overall everything went fine.  I spent a lot of time designing the install and am glad everything went as planned.

(01-24-2021) PHP 8 - I finished doing the edits to get Spectra compliant with PHP 8 today.  It is uploaded here and running on PHP 8.

(01-24-2021) Alpha Testing - I have alpha testers telling me that I should post a beta version for download.  But I think it is too early so I am going to ignore those calls.  Hopefully, by the year's end (2021) I can feel comfortable with releasing the first beta edition.

(1-25-2021) Megamenu - Finally quit putting it off and built the megamenu.  I'm using it for external links here but, it can be used for all types of content as well as links.  It is a single menu item that, if turned on, is displayed in the menu bar and has 4 columns inside but the user can decide how many of those 4 they want to use.

(1-27-2021) elFinder -  About two weeks ago I switched from CKFinder to elFinder to use as the media library.  CKFinder required a registration code to use it and elFinder does not.  I like using elFinder and I think it is better than CKFinder in a lot of ways.

(1-30-2021) Pages Auto Menu - Added the ability to choose which menu you want to add the page to when it's created.  You don't have to go to the menu system to add it - it can be done in the page builder.

(2-16-2021) Languages - Still working on the language files.

(2-17-2021) Menu System - I noticed today that the top-level menu isn't showing properly on this site when viewed using a mobile phone.  This is the only site out of 4 others that is having this problem.  The menu is hiding behind the page's content.  I may add a sidebar menu as an option if I can't find the cause of this.

(2-28-2021) Megamenu System - I decided to replace the top-level menu with a full mega menu. This will solve the problems I was having with the previous menu system.

(3-6-2021) Downloads Module - Finally got the downloads module working right.  I really hadn't spent much time working on it but today I sat down and finished the things I had been wanting it to do.  Users will be able to add new downloads in the dashboard and they will automatically show on the downloads page.  There is a log where the downloads are recorded.

(3-29-2021) Alpha Testing - The alpha testing of Spectra CMS has ended. In a couple of months, I plan to open a Closed Beta. Go HERE to learn more.

(4-27-2021) Busy - I have been busy correcting the problems found during the alpha test but I feel confident that I have corrected them all.  The closed beta will start on 1 May 2021.  If you are interested go here to sign up.  The emphasis will be on security.

(4-27-2021) Private Messaging and Adding Articles - I have decided to add Private Messaging and the ability for members to submit articles in the user account home pages. More to come on this.

(5-12-2021) Member Submitted Articles - I am actively working on the issue of allowing members to submit articles from the member's account panel.  I am almost finished then I will test it.  Once it's ready I will install it here on Coders Junction.

(5-18-2021) Member Submitted Articles - I placed the article submission feature in the member's account panel and also added a method to contact the staff. These 2 features can be turned on/off by the site owner.

(5-20-2021) New Member Registration - I am working on a way where the site owner can choose if they want to allow new member registration. If they choose No to that feature it can be turned off.

(6-2-2021) BETA Updates - I am constantly making updates. The initial version number was 1.0.0.0 BETA and now each time I make an update I am going to reflect that in the version number. Each update will change the version number by 1.  Today the version number is 1.0.0.5 BETA. When I change from BETA to Release Candidate (RC) I will change the version to 1.0.0 RC dropping the fourth digit. Once it is out of RC status the version number will be 1.0.

(6-10-2021) Print Articles - I gave the admin the ability to choose if articles will be available for printing. If the admin chooses Yes for an article,  then a printer image will appear in the title of the article so people can click on it and print that article.

(6-13-2021) reCAPTCHA - I added a ReCaptcha to the contact form.  Admins will be able to decide if they want to use it or not. I added instructions in the dashboard on how to get the site key.

(6-14-2021) Downloads System - I moved the downloads system to the member's home page.  Membership is required to download files.

(6-21-2021) Users Block - Designed a Users Block with login/registration features and user recognition.

(6-25-2021) Users Avatar - Created the ability for users/members to add their Gravatar avatar to the profile page and users block. If they already have a Gravatar avatar then it will show automatically.

(7-1-2021) Partial Open Beta - was started today with Bri as the lead.

(7-14-2021) Language Files - I will be building Spectra's language base during the remainder of this month and into August.  Once the initial English language base is set other languages can be added without much difficulty.

(8-2-2021) Comments - I have added comments to the articles for registered members. But, I still have one error to work through. Admins decide which article can be commented on.

(8-13-2021) In General - This month I have been working to get the articles commenting system up and running. I have also better integrated the member submissions so that they will be displayed in the center with all of the other articles. Partial Open Beta is still ongoing and I lost my lead tester due to illness.

(8-16-2021) Comments System - I think I have gotten the comments system functioning properly. I have tested it and thus far haven't run into any problems.

(8-31-2021) Administrators Articles/Messages - Added the ability for the admin to create as many articles/messages as they want.  These show on the index page above all other articles and all paginated pages. They do not show on pages that the admin creates individually. The admin can decide to allow for printing of the article.  I also added a quick edit link to the article/message that is only available to the admin(s).

(9-5-2021) Sidebars - Added the ability for admins to create sidebar content that is different from standard sidebar content.  It will be displayed above standard content.

(9-6-2021) Sidebars - Added the ability to add a font awesome icon or graphic icon to the title bar.

(9-9-2021) Page Layout - Admins who set their sites for a 2 column layout can choose if they want the sidebar on the left or right. Before the only option was on the right.

(9-9-2021) Editing Articles - The article editing option now gives the admin the ability to edit an article from the homepage.

(9-17-2021) Styles - I have introduced styles into Spectra.  This will provide the admin with different layouts.  I created Newspaper, Magazine, and Media styles which each have different layouts. I am using Magazine here on the index page.

(9-20-2021) Content Slider - I added the ability to choose where to position the slider on the index page.  Top, or Bottom, and with the styles, there is also a Middle position.

(9-23-2021) Styles - I added a new style to the build. The gallery style is for those users who want to display their overall website as a gallery.  They will still have to option to create pages and all of the other things that come packaged with Spectra. Once a visitor arrives at the site they will be in the gallery directly.

(10-15-2021) - I spent the last week getting Spectra Gallery ready for release.  It is part of CMS Spectra and it runs really well on its own. Although most people use a social media platform for their websites these days there are still people who prefer building their own.

(10-24-2021) - The beta testing is still slowly progressing and as I get suggestions from the testers I add things. Usually, they are small things like adding icons to the sidebar blocks. Every one of the testers seems to work all the time at their paid jobs.  Well everyone but me I'm retired.  So that is the reason things move slowly here.

(11-1-2021) -  CMS Spectra.com I have shut down this website until I get the time to finally release the software.  When I do get ready to release CMS Spectra I will redesign the website.  Hopefully early in 2022.

(11-1-2021) - Wrap-up - I am going through the designer dashboard correcting some things identified by the beta team and I think it will be ready for beta release.

(11-2-2021) - Name Change - I changed from Spectra CMS to CMS Spectra.

(11-13-2021) - One Column Plus layout is finally finished.  Admin will be able to build a one-column website with a header video. The articles can have a background with images or gradient colors or solid colors. See it here.

(11-14-2021) - Off-Canvas menu - I added an off-canvas menu to the build. The admin can choose to use it or the menu bar.  With the off-canvas menu, the admin can also choose to have it open on the left or right side. Other configurations allow for setting a background image/color and also adding a picture to the head (above the links). The colors will match the theme that is chosen for the site.  See the one I have turned on on this site for a demo.

(11-15-2021) - Responsive Styles - Checked all of the styles to make sure they are responsive.  Made some minor changes in the code.

(11-20-2021) - Articles Backgrounds - I added the ability to add either a background image or solid color or gradient backgrounds to the articles.

(11-22-2021) - Editor Fonts - Added additional fonts to the editor.

(11-27-2021) - Additions Made -

   -- Share articles on Facebook
   -- Choose between menu bar or off-canvas menu in the Designers Dashboard and on the website
   -- Add background colors/wallpaper images to articles
   -- Users/admin area theme is the same as the website

(12-4-2021) Drag-n-drop - I have spent some time understanding the drag-n-drop concept.  I added content cards to the build and they can be repositioned using ajax.  I will display them on the website here once I am finished coding them into the build.

(12-6-2021) Carded Content - I finished coding and testing the content cards that if used will be added to the homepage. I designed three categories: Full displays 1 card in a row, Half displays 2 cards in a row, Third displays 3 in a row, and Quarter displays 4 cards in a row.  The admin can choose and also set a height so that all cards will look the same.  Admins can also turn a card on or off and set a background image or color to the cards. Cards are repositioned using drag-n-drop inside of the Designers Dashboard.

(12-9-2021) - Sidebars, Blocks, and Articles - Added drag-n-drop to the sidebars and articles.  Now it's simple to reposition both of these by dragging either an article or sidebar block to a new position. I limited the sidebar blocks to only repositioning the block within the sidebar and not being able to drag a block into another sidebar, say from Left to Right.  To move a block into a different sidebar the admin has to go to the sidebar builder and change it there. At least for now, I may change this later to allow it.

(12-9-2021) - Admin only Quick Editing - The amount of things that the admin can edit directly is growing.  There are 2 now, direct content editing where the admin can click on the edit icon on an article or sidebar block and have a popup window open from the home page or other pages and edit the content directly.  And now the admin has the ability to click on the reposition icon and move a sidebar block or article from the homepage.  Both of these options were added to ease the time it takes to make updates.  In other words, if the admin is on the home page and sees a typo in an article he/she clicks on the edit icon at the bottom of the article or block and a window pops up and the error can be corrected right there without having to go to the dashboard.  And the same for repositioning, click the icon, a window pops up, and then just click on the card and move it to its new position.

(12-14-2021) - Tabbed Content Module - I scrapped the Content Stepper and replaced it with a Tabbed Content Module.  The tabbed module will display a lot of content and doesn't take up near as much space as the stepper did. Also, the Tabbed module can have a lot more tabs than the stepper.  I just finished coding it and it can be seen on the homepage.

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