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By on Mar 08, 2016 at 2:01 PM

Looking to update to PHP 7 to take advantage of improved speed and memory management? WSN 9.2.44 Beta 4 introduces preliminary compatibility with PHP 7. Be advised that PHP 7-specific bugs are likely to be popping up for a while, so it's probably best to keep stable production sites on PHP 5 for now.

The main issues with PHP 7 so far have been the new requirement that method prameters be the same on child classes as parent classes, and a change to the behavior of assigning array indexes as proprties of objects (it used to assign to the property name indicated by the array index, now in 7 it creates an array as an object property instead). I've updated my development PC to PHP 7 and am fixing these issues as I encounter them.

By on Feb 19, 2016 at 12:21 AM (Edited Feb 19, 2016 at 12:25 AM)

A new theme, 'downloads', is now available for all of the WSN scripts. To install it, go to Admin Panel -> Themes -> Add Themes and find it in the list. It was initially made for WSN Software Directory but is adapted for the others. Best used with the 'left side category menu' switch turned on.

Demos: WSN Links, WSN Gallery, WSN KB, WSN Forum, WSN Classifieds, WSN Software Directory, WSN Directory

By on Feb 04, 2016 at 10:37 AM (Edited Feb 04, 2016 at 10:39 AM)

Sometimes, especially in WSN Gallery, you may want to overlay text on top of an image. Today while working on a custom theme I applied this simple CSS to overlay the image titles over the top of the image thumbnails (in category and search results) and the tool links over the bottom of the thumbnails:

.gallerylink .linkbitinfo .linktitle, .gallerylink .linktools { text-shadow: -1px -1px 0 #FFFFFF, 1px -1px 0 #FFFFFF, -1px 1px 0 #FFFFFF, 1px 1px 0 #FFFFFF; }
.gallerylink .linkbitinfo { position: relative; top: 25px; }
.gallerylink .linktools { position: relative; top: -45px; }

The text-shadow line puts a white outline around the dark text so that it'll be readable on any color of image. The other lines move the title down and the tools up, respectively, using relative positioning CSS.

By on Feb 01, 2016 at 10:59 AM (Edited Feb 01, 2016 at 11:00 AM)

The newest feature this week in the 9.2.41 beta releases is draggable resorting of attachments. When ordering your file uploads on submitting or editing a listing, you no longer need to set sort order numbers manually -- just drag a file's row to above or below other rows and the sort order numbers will automatically update accordingly. There's a small new column with an icon to help indicate draggability. This uses jquery UI's sortable under the hood. If you've customized your file uploader template, you'll need to update it to get this feature.

Also, the file uploader tool and ckeditor WYSIWYG editor tool have been updated to their latest versions in the latest WSN beta. Nothing significantly altered there.

By on Jan 21, 2016 at 8:25 PM

Big release tonight, 9.2.40. It includes 5 fixes:
- Fixed unparsed {BUMPSTODAY} in autobumping field description. This affects you if you have the bumps system on, normally used for classifieds websites that order by submission time.
- Fixed lightbox on validate attachments page. Just cosmetic and only the admins see it, but it makes the process of validating attachments a bit easier and prettier.
- Fixed display of attachments from other members on previewing editing listing. Previously, if you were an administator editing a regular member's listing, the preview frame would not show the images they uploaded. Now all images are shown in the preview.
- Fixed theme packager option to include custom fields. Previously, selecting to include custom fields was causing an error -- now you can use all the options as intended, though in most cases you won't want to.
- Fixed autodeletion of old abandoned file attachments. This was an odd old bug

One change that's halfway between a fix and a feature:
- Ads no longer show in the admin panel. This change arose from the realization that some people are putting ad slots in the redirect template. The redirect template is used after submissions, but it's also used various places in the admin panel like the importers, and javascript junk from those ads can break the automatic redirects that you need for the importers. So I decided that ads shouldn't be visible in the admin panel, which means you can safely place ad slots in the redirect template now.

And three new features:
- Added wsn_makeconfirmdialogajax and wsn_makeconfirmdialog for easier confirmation dialogs. These are just developer tools making it a lot easier to leverage jqueryui, but if you're an advanced user it'll be quite handy -- see last week's blog about making confirmation dialogs for deleting files for an exampel of how to use it.
- Added play/pause for slideshows. Covered this in the last blog.
- Added Dutch language pack. Got Dutch-speaking visitors? Copy /la...

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