Textpattern Notes 5 - Release Candidate 3

16 Apr 2005

When RC3 came out a few months ago, I decided to hold off before I implemented it here. I knew it wouldn’t be straightforward to upgrade this time, as I have so many little hacks here and there, and several older plugins might cause problems. The final version v1 was supposedly only a week or so away, but of course that week has turned into months.

So spurred on by how easy it was to update Pimp My Safari to RC3, I finally decided to bite the bullet and upgrade sooner. RC1 to RC3 was a bit of a leap, but I imagine it’ll be a little smoother from here on.

These were the things that attracted me to upgrading:

There are also some features I haven’t delved into yet, such as sticky articles and the diagnostics panel, but lets hear it for these two new-for-RC3 stellar plugins:

glx_gravatar – Finally, no more hacking, a simple plugin to display Gravatars and show a default icon if the commenter doesn’t have a gravatar yet.

sgb_url_handler – This expands the new clean URL options by including elements such as catgegories! Now I can have /about/colophon/ rather than /about/?c=colophon! It also redirects other urls. So if you’ve used /blog/345/how-to-eat-cheese in the past, and you’ve changed your clean urls to be just /blog/how-to-eat-cheese, it still lets older URLS work! Superb!

Its not without a few problems of course. The low_nav plugin no longer works (this created back/next links within a category, as used in the portfolio), and I haven’t got around to re-hacking the commenting system to avoid the preview-before-submitting scenario. As such, I haven’t re-introduced live previews yet.

To summarise – RC3 is worth it, especially if you don’t rely on a lot of plugins or hacks. Textpattern is growing up, and becoming a fast and powerful CMS suitable to offer to clients, as well as blog use. There is another on the horizon that I’m keeping a keen eye on (I’m looking at you Symphony), but for me, there’s still nothing that beats Textpattern.

(Final wee note – I’ve also taken the opportunity to re-organise a little. Browser news is now found on the Browser Resources page, although the feed URL stays the same.)

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