Calling All Adventurers: Plone 5's Newest Pre-Release!
Who it's for and what to expect in this test version.
What is a pre-release?
Pre-releases are alpha quality and not intended for deployment on production sites. Alpha quality software is released into the wild for testing and experimentation only. A typical development cycle includes several alpha versions before the software is released to the wider public for deployment on production sites.
Who is this for and how will Plone 5 make my life easier?
Plone 5 pre-releases are for Plone community members interested in:
- Discovering what’s new in Plone 5
- Quality Assurance (QA) testing and reporting bugs or other issues
In Plone 5 will make your life easier with enhancements—in many cases, complete overhauls—that allow greater flexibility and control over:
Listed below are what you will see in the current Plone 5 pre-release.
Barceloneta is the name of the new basic theme. Out of the box it is accessible, responsive, compiled with LESS, and can be edited through the web. It features:
- Diazo theming by default
- HTML 5
- Hooks for your Diazo rules with new selectors and cleaner HTML
- New toolbar that stays outside the theme and can be repositioned
- Ability to choose your front-end framework (ex. Bootstrap )
- Fuzzy date formatting (like “yesterday” and “last Tuesday”)
- Customizable registration/membership forms
- Chameleon rendering engine that serves pages 20% faster
Absent from the new design are:
- Plone Classic theme
- Presentation mode
- Base tag
- Layout tables
- Deco Grid
- Inaccessible selectors like <dl> and <dt>
- Faculty Staff Directory
- Client-side date formatting
New for TinyMCE
- More accessible
- Mobile friendly
- Drag/drop uploads
New for Folders
- Bulk edits to add/remove tags, properties, and workflow
- Drag/drop content reordering
- Bulk drag/drop uploads
- Archetypes will not be enabled by default
- All current content types have direct replacements that consume less memory
- Event settings now include all day, open-ended, or recurring
- Content migrations can be customized, use schema extender, and/or type-by-type
Migration, Tags, Related Content, Widgets
- Tags are added by search and find, can be reordered
- Related Content is added through an improved search and find
- Widgets function independently from content
- Customizable security levels based on your needs
- Automated Cross Site Request Forgery (CSRF) protection
- Automated click-jacking protection
- Automatic server-side rotating key rings
- Integrates documentation for your version of Plone
- Extends your site without breaking it when migrating to the next version
- More than 2,000 pages have been rewritten, more coming
- Will be geared toward different audiences, from end users to core developers
- Are versioned, translated, and include (automated) screenshots
- Easy for Plone Community members to contribute
If you’re not up to testing the pre-releases, no worries! It won’t be long before you can start using some of the features from Plone 5. Beginning with Plone 4.3.4 (coming soon), version pins will be available for the Dexterity-based content types, widgets, and the Chameleon rendering engine.
For those feeling adventurous or curious, the Plone 5 pre-release is available at plone.org/try-five. We want—no, we need!—to hear from you. Please report bugs, quality assurance (QA) issues, and general feedback in the Feedback on Plone 5 Pre-release Versions forum in community.plone.org.