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IP.Content 2.1 Dev Update: Template Updates

Posted by bfarber , in IP.Content 02 September 2010 · 2,981 views

Improvements to Template Management

Development of IP.Content 2.1.0 is well underway, and we've reached the point where we are ready to start sharing with you some of the things you can expect to see updated in IP.Content 2.1.0. We hope you are as excited as we are about the upcoming update, so without further ado, let's cut to the chase...

Revision Support

Have you ever been editing your page templates and made a change that you wish you could undo, but weren't sure what the template was like prior to making your change? Or maybe a helpful admin on your site made a change to a database template that you later discovered broke some functionality that you had previously added? There are often times when you may wish to review, or possibly even restore, a previous version of one of your templates. With IP.Content 2.1.0 this will be possible through the administrative interface.

Anytime you edit a template in IP.Content 2.1.0, a backup of the template is saved in the database. A new menu option available for each template allows you to easily review all of the stored revisions.

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When you click on "Manage Revisions" it brings you to a new page that will list all of the stored revisions for a given template in reverse chronological order.

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From this page, you can edit and delete any previously stored revision. You can also restore a revision from this screen. If you restore a revision, the current copy of the template is stored as a revision for future reference. You can also compare a revision from this page against the currently active version of the template, allowing you to pinpoint exactly what has changed.

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In addition to all template types (page, database and article templates), revision support is also available for pages! That means if you need to restore an older copy of a page, you no longer have to worry about finding a backup somewhere - just use the revision manager to keep track of all your changes, and backtrack through them as needed.

Sharing Made Easy

Many of our users have asked for an easy way to share templates, and we are pleased to announce that IP.Content 2.1.0 will now include the ability to import and export any of your page, database and article templates.

From the template listing screens, you can now export both individual templates AND entire categories of templates

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If you export an entire category of templates, the category and ALL templates in the category will be included with the export. Of course if you export a single template, only that template will be included in the export.

After you export the template, you can then import the template into any IP.Content template screen.

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If you import an XML export that contains a category, the category will be inserted if it does not already exist. All templates that do not exist will be inserted as well, otherwise templates that already exist (based on the "template key") will be updated.

We hope that the ability to export and import templates will help customers in 2 primary ways

  • It should now be much easier to transfer templates from a development site to your live site. After setting up your database, article or page templates how you want, you can export them and import them into your live site.
  • Skinners can now create IP.Content templates and share them easily through the resource site. This allows for skinners to share free and paid IP.Content templates with users, and allows users who are not as familiar with HTML and CSS an easy way to install templates without having to code them from scratch.

We hope these template manager updates provide you with useful tools to help you better manage your website. We also hope that the import/export functionality is utilized to build a robust collection of community-contributed templates that everyone can benefit from. If you have any questions or feedback, we'd love to hear from you! Otherwise, stay tuned for our next IP.Content development update blog entry...

Love the revision feature.

Thanks a ton.
    • Darken likes this
Great <3 Thanks! I've been using IPC since 1.x and looooooooooving it more every day <3
    • sebastian3288 likes this
A Walk in Faith
Sep 10 2010 07:12 PM
Great News! I love the revision bit, this will be very helpful for those like myself that generally break things four or five times before getting it right. :)

Keep up the great work and thanks for the update!

Great to see this, this is excellent.

On the subject of revisions, what about revisions of records, is this being looked at too? :)
Great job, looking forward to the import/export feature, will make life so much easier :)
Sep 11 2010 02:32 AM
I would be interested in announcements on fundamental problems with the software. Like for example, is there any way to edit comments other than going into the database tables directly?
    • glorify likes this
I look forward to community-contributed (and professional) templates :)
Is there databases import/export too? :)
Amged Osman
Sep 11 2010 08:51 AM
Love the share feature.. will make it a lot more easier for skinners to crete one template that works with their skin and then be able to share it with their clients

Have you ever been editing your page templates and made a change that you wish you could undo, but weren't sure what the template was like prior to making your change?

Yes, this should there much more soon. I overwritted my template and lost half-day work :-/
The Old Man
Sep 11 2010 12:08 PM
Excellent, really useful updates. Thank you!
The revision feature is awesome :)
It has long been waiting for this!

I would be interested in announcements on fundamental problems with the software. Like for example, is there any way to edit comments other than going into the database tables directly?

Yes, you can edit comments from the ACP by finding the record, clicking the button next to it, and choosing Manage Comments.
Some great features there! :)
I'd love to see a feature then that allows you to export the database structure/setup itself (with or without data included). Besides being great for backup purposes, if you can export the database and templates then with the flexibility you have to create things with IP.Content you almost have the ability to create distributable "apps" without making a full application.
Please post feature suggestions and other feedback not related to this specific blog entry on the IP.Content forum. Thanks :)
Charles, everyone's just voicing their support for the updates. :blush:

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