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3 Years of Week in Review

3 years of Week in Review

3 years ago, we wrote and published the first Week in Review. It has since evolved in a format with regular sections such as news, resources, social media and events. Also, over time, the blog posts moved to our corporate website. You can view all past editions through the Developer Insights category blog.

We’ve shared some great news through this blog, from releases to the introduction of our mascot Pulley, new resources like eZ Platform Bundles and a lot more. Do let us know in the comments below if you have feedback on the Week in Review!

Security Advisories

Two security advisories have been published this week. Make sure to check out the details and take the necessary actions. Get notified in time through RSS.

eZ Platform Bundle List Redesigned

Bundles for eZ Platform are shared on the Bundle list, available on the eZ Platform developer hub. The design of this list has been improved, one notable improvement is filtering on categories, in which the Bundles are provided.

If you created a Bundle and made it available on Packagist, do let us know and have it added to the Bundle list!

American Museum of Natural History Launch

Congratulations to the American Museum of Natural History and eZ Partner Mugo Web on the launch of the new https://www.amnh.org! It serves the many needs of 9 million online visitors per year (from visit planning to showcasing exhibit objects and important scientific research) and also power apps and in-gallery kiosks for this engaging and iconic New York museum.

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GraphQL Bundle v0.3.0

Bertrand Dunogier from eZ’s Product team has released the GraphQL bundle v0.3.0: “This is the 3rd release of the eZ Platform GraphQL integration. It makes the repository based, generated schema the main one, and completes most of its features.” Learn more about GraphQL in this article by Jani Tarvainen.

Looking for a bundle compatible with eZ Platform? Check out: https://ezplatform.com/Bundles.

Social Media

Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, or YouTube, and join our Community for any help with eZ Platform or community-related questions.

Find eZ at These Events

For more events, make sure to check out this list.

Each week we publish a roundup of highlights from the eZ ecosystem. If you have any news or events to share, please contact me.

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11/23/2018 09:21 am   eZ Systems News   Mirror   Link  

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eZ Platform 2.3.2 released

eZ Platform 2.3.2 has been released. Check out the release notes on GitHub to see which improvements and/or bug fixes are included in this release.

Sneak Peek eZ Platform v2.4

Amit Golan-Gutin, Product Marketing Manager at eZ Systems, takes a sneak peek into the Rich Text Block.

“With v2.4, editors will be happy to discover that they will be able to easily create a rich body of text, including text, images, and videos, directly in the Page Builder. Our goal is to make editors life easier when they are thinking of creating new content on to the page that is not planned to be reused anywhere else.”

Read the full article here.

Doc Landing Page Makeover

Have you visited our documentation site recently? If not, have a look! You will notice a makeover of the landing page, providing a clear overview of available topics.

Did you know you can contribute to our documentation? The source of our documentation lives on GitHub. Both user doc, and developer doc. And we welcome you to submit pull requests. Or, simply leave a message on our dedicated doc channel on Slack, in case you spot something incorrect or incomplete. Suggestions for improvements are also welcome.

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Webinar Bridging the Gap Between Commerce and Content

Last week, eZ Systems hosted a webinar on the topic of bridging the gap between commerce and content. The recording of this webinar is available on YouTube.

 

Looking for a bundle compatible with eZ Platform? Check out: https://ezplatform.com/Bundles.

Social Media

Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, or YouTube, and join our Community for any help with eZ Platform or community-related questions.

Find eZ at These Events

For more events, make sure to check out this list.

Each week we publish a roundup of highlights from the eZ ecosystem. If you have any news or events to share, please contact me.

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11/16/2018 11:53 am   eZ Systems News   Mirror   Link  

Why we created the Rich Text Block

When working in eZ Platform with the Page Builder, two main scenarios occur:

  1. An editor assembles pages from pre-existing content (i.e. article, blogs, galleries, you name it)
  2. An editor needs to create new content for the page they are working on

While the second scenario is possible up through v2.3 of eZ Platform using the Embed block and “content on the fly” feature in the Universal Discovery Widget, it’s still a bit tedious for editors.

We thought there was room for substantial improvement here and decided to reduce the amount of time and steps required for editors to achieve this goal.

That’s where the Rich Text Block comes in. The Rich Text Block lets editors create new content for pages built within the Page Builder in a quicker, easier way, without ever leaving the Page Builder.

We aim at improving the editorial experience wherever we can in eZ Platform. Following many discussions with customers and partners around this new feature, we’re pleased to finally ship the Rich Text Block in eZ Platform v2.4.

How does the Rich Text Block work?

Creating content should be a natural and simple process that does not require too many steps.

The Rich Text Block is a very simple new block for the Page Builder. It lets editors edit the content of the block freely by using the Online Editor, the same as the one used by the Rich Text field type. The user just needs to drag and drop the block onto the page and can then jump straight to using all the features available in the Online Editor.

The content editors create is only available on the page they are working on. (Please note that content created using the Rich Text Block will not be stored as a content item and therefore cannot be reused in different locations).

This means editors can produce content for pages without dealing with additional content items or choosing which content type to use and where to store them. Instead, editors can work directly on the page, without all the extra steps or questions.

As based on the already existing Online Editor, The Rich Text Block comes with all the editorial capabilities that are included with it such as styling, images, links, custom tags and tables. This allows editors to achieve much more than just simple headings or body text.

Let’s take a quick look at how the Rich Text Block works.

Creating content in the Rich Text Block

It is important to note that the Rich Text Block can be customized and extended by developers. All customization regarding the online editor (i.e. configuring custom tags and styling) are done within the editor itself, which means it will be customized for the Rich Text Block but also for any field using the Rich Text field type.

When to use the Rich Text Block

It is helpful to use the Rich Text Block when you do not want to reuse the content you’ve created in different places across your website or elsewhere using APIs. In other word, it’s good for content that is purely and only made for one specific page.

Conversely, if you do want to reuse the content you’ve produced, then we recommend using the Embed Block, which stores all content created as a content item in the content repository.

What to expect in the future

We are very excited about the upcoming release of eZ Platform v2.4. We believe that the Rich Text Block and other features will significantly improve the overall editorial experience. The Rich Text Block will be a great addition to the Page Builder, which was first introduced in v2.2.
In the upcoming weeks, we’ll release a sneak peek at the workflow that is also expected to be shipped with v2.4. Until then, if you’re interested or have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment here or on discuss.ezplatform.com and reach out to us, too, at productmanagement@ez.no.

11/15/2018 11:22 am   eZ Systems News   Mirror   Link  

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Phasing out projects.ez.no

The community contribution corner, or better known as projects.ez.no, has been around for years. As a place for contributions e.g. extensions built for eZ Publish. With the development of eZ Platform, the successor to eZ Publish, this resource is at a point that it is no longer getting any contributions.

For this reason, eZ Systems is preparing to phase out projects.ez.no. We are currently at the stage of reaching out to individual project owners, to inform them through email about these plans. Part of phasing out this resource, is moving all of the project code to GitHub.

Note: projects.ez.no will be discontinued as of December 31, 2018. A month before this date, the site will be put in read-only mode to make sure no projects will be added anymore. Stay tuned for more news.

Security Advisories

This week, two security advisories have been published. For details such as severity, affected versions and more, please check each advisory individually:

eZ Publish legacy releases

eZ Publish legacy v2017.12.4 and v2018.09.1 are released. One recent change worth noting to all is slight change to versioning. These 2017/2018 releases have until now had the internal version number v5.90.0-alpha1, as this was confusing this has now changed to make it easier to know roughly what version people are on (for exact versions always check with composer show).

Check the full details and overview of current version on our forum.

Feedback wanted: GraphQL and APIs, entry points into content?

Bertrand Dunogier from the Product team is looking for your feedback on GraphQL and APIs: “I'm working on our GraphQL API, and I'm currently researching about the entry points used to retrieve content. I'm mostly thinking of mobile or independent frontend apps (e.g. React or similar). If you have use-cases of what you would (like to) retrieve, and using which criteria (set of location ids, types...), I'd be very interested.”

If you are interested in this topic, please leave your feedback on our forum, or on Slack.

Bertrand has a demo running, which is available here. This is running on a version referred to on GitHub. For documentation, please check:

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Product Feedback

A few weeks ago we introduced a new channel on Slack where you can provide product feedback, apart from the existing channels. We are adding another way for you to provide product feedback, through the newly launched Product Feedback Portal, available at ezplatform.com/Product-Feedback.

This new Portal provides insight to what is already on the radar for Product Management. You can leave feedback to items already on this roadmap, or you can suggest something new.

How does it work? On the Portal, you will find ‘tiles’ with a topic title and description. Click on a tile and select ‘Nice-to-have’,’Important’ or ‘Critical’. Once you select one of these options, you can also leave a comment, and finally your email. Or you can use the button on the top-right to provide feedback for something not listed on the Portal yet.

Question of the Week

Serhey Dolgushev posted on Slack, that they “are upgrading eZ Legacy 4.3 to latest eZ Platform.” His challenge, and question, is which path to follow for upgrading eZ Publish 4.3 to the latest eZ Platform. Check the thread on Slack for details.

Looking for a bundle compatible with eZ Platform? Check out: https://ezplatform.com/Bundles.

Social Media

Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, or YouTube, and join our Community for any help with eZ Platform or community-related questions.

Find eZ at These Events

For more events, make sure to check out this list.

Each week we publish a roundup of highlights from the eZ ecosystem. If you have any news or events to share, please contact me.

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11/02/2018 10:53 am   eZ Systems News   Mirror   Link  

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[Webinar] Bridging the Gap Between Commerce and Content

Join us on October 24th, 2018 at 10:00am ET/ 3:00pm CET as eZ's Product Marketing Manager, Amit takes us on a tour of eZ Commerce.

What you'll learn: Live demo of eZ Commerce and its new features. Learn about the limitations of commerce solutions on the market possess and how a unified solution can be ideal for complex B2B projects. Who should attend: CMO, CTO/CIO, Marketer/Editors.

You can register here.

Support Open Source and eZ Platform, join Hacktoberfest 2018

Hacktoberfest is open to anyone in the open source ecosystem. You can sign up any time between October 1st and October 31st. What do you have to do? Sign up, and make five pull requests (PRs) between October 1st - 31st in any timezone, on any public repository.

Of course we welcome you to search for issues on our issue tracker, work on a solution, and make a pull request on one of our repo's on GitHub.

eZ Platform 2.3.1 released

eZ Platform 2.3.1 has been released, fixing several bugs. Check out the release notes to find out which bugs. As always, update your current installation using Composer, or download the release from our developer hub.

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Discover eZ Platform v2.3

Last week we presented eZ Platform 2.3, the latest Fast Track release. The recording of this webinar is available on our YouTube channel.

Looking for a bundle compatible with eZ Platform? Check out: https://ezplatform.com/Bundles.

Social Media

Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, or YouTube, and join our Community for any help with eZ Platform or community-related questions.

Find eZ at These Events

For more events, make sure to check out this list.

Each week we publish a roundup of highlights from the eZ ecosystem. If you have any news or events to share, please contact me.

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10/19/2018 10:13 am   eZ Systems News   Mirror   Link  

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eZ Platform 2.3 Available

The autumn release of eZ Platform v2.3 has arrived! This release introduces updated and new features, such as, a Content Scheduler Block, Image Asset field type, Form Builder, Personalization block and much more. Read the full announcement here.

Other notable releases include XmlText field type for eZ Platform and Legacy:

Webinar: Discover eZ Platform v2.3

Join us on October 10th, 2018 at 10:00 am ET/ 3:00 pm CET as Product Marketing Manager, Amit takes us on a tour of eZ Platform v2.3. What you'll learn:

  • Live demo of eZ Platform v2.3 and its new features
  • New features such as scheduler block, form builder manager, asset field type, and more.

Register now, and learn all about the new release!

Product Feedback

A few weeks ago we introduced a new channel on Slack where you can provide product feedback, apart from the existing channels. We are adding another way for you to provide product feedback, through the newly launched Product Feedback Portal, available at ezplatform.com/Product-Feedback.

This new Portal provides insight to what is already on the radar for Product Management. You can leave feedback to items already on this roadmap, or you can suggest something new.

How does it work? On the Portal, you will find ‘tiles’ with a topic title and description. Click on a tile and select ‘Nice-to-have’,’Important’ or ‘Critical’. Once you select one of these options, you can also leave a comment, and finally your email. Or you can use the button on the top-right to provide feedback for something not listed on the Portal yet.

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Symfony 3.4.16 Conflict

Symfony 3.4.16 has been added as conflicting version to ezplatform meta for composer updates as of October 2. Reported by Felix Laate on Slack, running a composer update can leave you with the following error:

"Type error: Argument 1 passed to Twig_Environment::addExtension() must implement interface Twig_ExtensionInterface, boolean given"

The solution is a downgrade with the following command: composer require symfony/symfony:3.4.15

Looking for a bundle compatible with eZ Platform? Check out: https://ezplatform.com/Bundles.

Social Media

Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, or YouTube, and join our Community for any help with eZ Platform or community-related questions.

Find eZ at These Events

For more events, make sure to check out this list.

Each week we publish a roundup of highlights from the eZ ecosystem. If you have any news or events to share, please contact me.

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10/05/2018 01:56 pm   eZ Systems News   Mirror   Link  

Building and reusing Forms anywhere on the website

The first feature we are excited to introduce is the Form Builder. The Form Builder is making its much-anticipated return after being excluded in v2.2. The new Form Builder has been significantly improved. The user interface has been totally redesigned, offering better usability, and being decoupled from the Page Builder. The approach has also been changed, letting editors create forms outside of a page and reusing them in many ways, in many places. Finally, the new Form Builder embraces the eZ Content Repository in a way that developers should love; forms are built on top of a dedicated Field Type providing immediate benefits when it comes to things such as versioning, translations and more. Forms can still be embedded within the Page Builder using the Embed Page, even if we don’t offer a dedicated Form Block (yet).

Let’s take a quick look at how editors can create a form using the Form Builder interface:

Building a Form

To learn more about forms and how editors can create different versions and translations for forms, we suggest you read the following blog post: [Sneak Peek] How to create forms with the new Form Builder.

Plan, schedule and preview your content

Content planning for any type of website is never an easy task. Here at eZ, we try to simplify this process by providing editors with the capability to plan, schedule and preview their content. To help with this we are bringing back the Content Scheduler Block. We hope that this feature will assist the editorial team to program content updates more easily to their websites, whether they are online or offline. As you may recall, this block allows editors to schedule a collection of content and determine when it will appear in the block. Once editors define when they would like their content to air, they can manage the planned content using the content flow. The Content Scheduler Block is typically used by websites which feature many stories and content on their front pages. These types of websites also want a very granular and advanced way to manage this flow of content. This could be, for instance, a list of headlines on a magazine website, or a curated list of products on a commerce website.

Compared to the previous versions, this new Content Schedule Block provides much more flexibility for the editors to better control the flow of content. Let’s take a quick look at how Content Scheduler Block works:

Content Scheduler Block

Defining the Visibility of Blocks

Scheduling changes is important, but you don’t always need something as sophisticated as the Content Scheduler Block to do it. For instance, content items may not be changing all the time, but you may want to decide to activate or deactivate a major part of a page, let’s say a call to action to a specific campaign, or the access to a very time-sensitive feature. For that, we have decided to introduce a new and simple feature to v2.3, called the Block Visibility Scheduler. The feature is available for any type of block (ex. Gallery, Embed, Personalization and more, including your custom block). The scheduler tab allows editors to configure the visibility of a block in advance, by selecting the dates when they want it to become visible or hidden on a page.

Here is a quick preview of the Block Visibility Scheduler:

Defining the visibility of block

To learn more about how we have improved scheduling changes on eZ Platform, we recommend you read the following blog post: [Sneak Peek] Improving scheduling changes on your website with eZ Platform Enterprise 2.3.

Navigate through the timeline to preview various website renderings

Scheduling content is only the first step to executing a great content strategy. For the editorial team to be productive in building high performing websites, they need to have the ability to control and manage events scheduled for the future. The Timeline can be looked at as a navigation tool in which editors can see all the events and actions scheduled. Editors can use the calendar or the timeline to preview how the page will look like at a specific date and time.

Here is a quick look at how the timeline function works:

Navigating on the timeline to preview events

Reusing images using the new Image Asset Field Type

Until now, it was not possible for an editor to reuse an image uploaded to the system when using the image field. This was a known limitation of eZ Publish and eZ Platform, which could be worked around by using the Relation Field Type, but this was very detrimental to the editorial experience. The new Image Asset Field Type is a new field type that can be used in any content type instead of using the old Image Field Type. Once an editor uploads an image to the Image Asset Field, it will automatically be stored in the media library as an Image Content Type and ready to be reused in different locations.

Let’s look at how to upload an image to the Image Asset Field:

Creating a new Image Asset

This feature will be included in the open source edition. If you would like to learn more about the capabilities of this feature, then we recommend you read the following blog post: [Sneak Peek] Making Image Fields reusable.

Deliver personalized content defined by different scenarios

The Personalization Block is another feature for the Page Builder, that is making its return in v2.3 after missing out on the v2.2 release and the revamp of the Page Builder. . The functionality is the same as previously, but simply embracing the new Page Builder and embedding a few usability improvements. It allows editors to place into pages personalized content list delivered by eZ Personalization, our behavior-driven personalization service. To do that, the editor can select from a list of personalization scenarios in the service to decide which content should be proposed to the end-user.

Here is a preview of the personalization block:

Supporting multiple Time Zones

Often editors are distributed across different time zones and in the previous version of eZ Publish and eZ Platform, constant feedback was that all dates and time displayed within the tool were displaying the server time. This was very annoying for editors who were in different time zones than their server! We decided to remove this user experience flaw. Now editors can simply set the time zone they are working in and they will see any date and time adjusted for that time zone. To do this, editors can easily access this feature via the user preferences tab and select the time zone they are located in.

Here is a quick preview of the feature:

Changing a time zone

Improvements to the Universal Discovery Widget (UDW)

An additional improvement with eZ Platform V2.3, that may seem small but provides a great benefit to editors, is the multi-selection of content items in the Universal Discovery Widget (UDW). In the past, editors needed to add content items separately. This made the editorial experience both tedious and annoying. Editors will be happy to learn that this improvement will reduce both the number of clicks required to select and add a content item, and the amount of time needed to build a webpage. In addition, we also improved the mono-selection of content by removing several clicks.

Here is a quick preview of this improvement:

Selecting Multiple Content Items

A few more worthy mentions

There are few more features that are worth mentioning which could be beneficial for editors and developers. First, I would like to thank our partners, Novactive, who have contributed a feature they developed named the Style Selector, inspired by eZ Publish capabilities. With this feature, editors will be able to apply various styles (predefined by their developers) to textual content within the Online Editor.

We also made some improvements to the U.I. consistency across the application and especially in the Content section in both View and Edit mode. We have updated breadcrumbs positioning across the UI, reinforcing navigational patterns for users. Regarding the Editing view, we have improved the layout interface in the Content section by improving the spacing among field types, as well as, styled form labels, and labels for Editing views within the Admin section.

As you may recall, in the last release we had begun the effort to add as many translations as possible to eZ Platform. We would like to thank everyone who has contributed to this initiative. Since launching this three months ago, we have added approximately 18 translations which are expected to be merged in v2.3. If you would like to take part in this translation effort, you can simply sign-up to Crowdin, a simple service offering a very helpful in-context translation interface. Feel free to contribute to our efforts here: https://crowdin.com/project/ezplatform.

eZ Platform v2.3 is available on ezplatform.com and via composer update. eZ Platform Enterprise Edition v2.3 is available for customers in their support portal. eZ platform Enterprise Edition v2.3 is available as a trial for partners in the partner portal. It is of course also available in eZ Platform Cloud. To see the full list of our new features, check out our release notes, as well as, the link to the list of changes on Github for open source and the enterprise edition.

If you have any questions, please feel free to drop us a comment on discuss.ezplatform.com or write us at productmanagement@ez.no.

10/04/2018 02:31 pm   eZ Systems News   Mirror   Link  

Why this feature?

Until now, image fields within content types were managed using the Image field type. Honestly, this field type wasn’t the most intuitive. It would store images in the content item and the image would not be reusable by the editor for any other mean than the original content item. This feature was something we needed to update, to allow users to reuse content. That is what the Image Asset field type aims at doing.

Now, let’s dive in and discover more about the capabilities of the Image Asset field type and how it could be used in different user case scenarios.

Here is a simplified diagram of a use case of an editor creating an article with an Image Asset Field, to understand how this field type works.

[Diagram] - Creating an article with an Image Asset Field

Creating a new Image Asset

As you can see in this use case, editors will be able to add an Image Asset Field definition to any content type to manage images instead of using the old Image field type. In this example, the editor used the Article content type. The image uploaded in the field will be stored as an Image content type in the media library (or elsewhere, but the media library is the default), instead of in the article itself, and immediately available to others. Editors will then be able to easily reuse the image in other places. This will save editors time and will not require them to upload the same image twice. Note that the image is stored as an Image content type as a default configuration, but the system can be configured to store into different content types (as long as they use the Image field type), providing developers with more flexibility.

Selecting images from the content repository for image fields.

An additional benefit of the Image Asset field type that comes as a way of consequence is that, when users create new content, they won’t always need to upload an image from their computer but will be able to browse and select an image directly from the media library, hence reusing content more easily. Let’s have a look at how the interaction looks like:

Selecting an image asset from the content repository 

What to expect in the future

In the future, we plan to create similar field types, such as Media Asset and File Asset. This will become a standard for managing field types based on binary files in eZ’s content repository. The updates will be beneficial for both developers and marketers as this will become a consistent manner to upload, reuse and search assets.

We are also planning to create additional capabilities to this feature in further releases. One of them is a service that will identify potential duplicates and prevent the user from creating several copies of the same image. As mentioned previously, once an image is uploaded, it will be stored in the content repository under the media library. If an editor attempts at creating another image from the same image file, the system will be able to identify it and suggest the editor reuse an existing image instead of creating a duplicate in the media library. The benefit will be the repository that is better organized and content simpler to manage and reuse. Is that something that would be useful for you?

This Friday we will ship eZ Platform v2.3. We are very excited for this release and believe it will provide value both to our community and enterprise users. If you have any need, opinion or idea, of what would be helpful for you in the future, please drop us a note. Until then, if you’re interested or have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment here or on discuss.ezplatform.com. Feel free to reach out to us, too, at productmanagement@ez.no.

09/25/2018 01:32 pm   eZ Systems News   Mirror   Link  

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How to create forms with the new Form Builder

In an earlier sneak peek, Amit Golan Gutin, Product Marketing Manager at eZ, introduced improvements around scheduling changes on your website. This week Amit provides an insight into the new Form Builder which will also be part of eZ Platform 2.3.

“eZ Platform v2.3 is a mere two weeks away and is expected to reintroduce many useful features that were missing in the previous release. One of those prominent features is the form builder. The form builder will allow users to easily create, manage and reuse forms anywhere on their website. One of our goals was also to continue improving the editorial experience by enabling users to easily edit forms.”

Read the full article on our blog.

Slack Channels Archived and Renamed

This week several unused channels on our Community Slack Workspace have been archived. Some channels were renamed, for instance #ezstudio-use to #ezplatform-enterprise and #i18n to #ezplatform-i18n. Finally, missing or incomplete channel Topics and Use descriptions were also corrected.

Reminder: Help us Translate eZ Platform

eZ Platform 2.3 will be released at the end of this month. If you are using eZ Platform in a multilingual environment, now would be the time to join our translation effort. Get your own language ready and shipped with 2.3!

We have setup a server running the demo, based on the latest version of eZ Platform. This server is shared with the public and enables in-context translation. All you need is an account on Crowdin.com and follow the tutorial shared here.

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How to contribute to our documentation

With our Developer Documentation moved to http://doc.ezplatform.com, it is now easier for everyone to contribute through GitHub. So let’s have a look at how to do this.

You can visit the Documentation repository on GitHub, find the corresponding *.md files and make your suggestions there. Or follow your regular Git workflow cloning the repository and contributing to the documentation. Other methods could be submitting a Jira issue, posting your suggestions on our dedicated Slack doc channel or contacting the Doc Team via email. To get the full details on all these options, check out our contributing to documentation page.

Looking for a bundle compatible with eZ Platform? Check out: https://ezplatform.com/Bundles.

Social Media

Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, or YouTube, and join our Community for any help with eZ Platform or community-related questions.

Find eZ at These Events

For more events, make sure to check out this list.

Each week we publish a roundup of highlights from the eZ ecosystem. If you have any news or events to share, please contact me.

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09/21/2018 01:15 pm   eZ Systems News   Mirror   Link  

What problems are we trying to solve?

Our previous Form Builder was a part of the landing page manager from 1.7 LTS to v2. When we introduced our Page Builder with v2.2 to replace the landing page manager, we on-purposely decoupled the Form Builder from it and did not redevelop it. Now is the time to bring back this feature as a standalone part of our product, while improving some of its weaknesses the previous version possessed.

The first limitation was that editors did not have the ability to reuse forms at different places. Each time editors needed to create a new form for different pages, which can be very annoying and time-consuming. This was due to forms being thought of as blocks within pages, without the ability to reuse them across different pages.

Re-using forms was identified as an important need for editors. Hence, we decided to build a user interface dedicated to that purpose. Users now have a full-screen mode, which will make it easier for them to edit compared to when they needed to edit a form as a block within a page in the Page Builder.

Besides removing this limitation, we also wanted to allow editors to manage translations, versions, and submissions. We will dive into these new capabilities later in the blog post. But until then let’s better understand better the benefits that the Form Builder manager will provide to marketers, editors, and developers.

Developers will be pleased to discover that with the new form builder they will be able to easily customize and extend form fields. More importantly, they should be delighted to discover that we decided to re-use the content repository and build forms on top of it, as a field type. This way, they can easily create different form content types with different fields and then save/publish them at different places within the repository (even if we provide a default location, such as the Media library for media, they have full freedom on their repository organization).

Moving forward marketers and editors will have a much more intuitive and simpler interface to create forms. Since forms are decoupled from the page, users can now create forms ahead of time and reuse and embed them in different locations. They can quickly create a form by dragging and dropping different fields resulting in collecting information within seconds.

Creating a Form

Form Builder Interface

Drag and Drop Form Fields

Now let’s dive in and discover more about the different capabilities of the Form Builder manager block:

Versioning forms

Since forms are now attached to a content type and managed as content items in the repository, users will be able to restore a previous version of a form or preview a draft before publishing the form.

Translating forms

Another great benefit of using content types for forms is that editors can now translate their forms into different languages when working on a multilingual site. They will also be able to manage form submissions by language.

Using content relations and other perks from the content repository

Now that forms are content items, editors can create relations between forms and other content items in the repository. It can help see how and where forms are used. This simplifies the process of embedding forms within the online editor. Editors can benefit from all the other perks coming along with the content repository, such as placing a form at multiple locations, using the flex workflow to get approval before publishing a form or publishing a form in the future.

Managing form submissions

We keep form submissions separate from the content repository. The data collected is stored in a separate database table. Submissions data is available to the editor or site administrator from the user interface, on the "submissions" tab, to let him view or download this data. The interface is simple and fast, and makes it handy when working with a lot of forms. In the future, we plan to create more capabilities that will allow editors to search and delete collected data, to improve further the way to support GDPR.

Stored Submissions

Form Submission

What to expect in the future

We are very excited for the upcoming release. We believe that the Form Builder and other features will significantly improve the editorial experience. The Form Builder block will also be a great addition to the page builder which was introduced in v2.2. It is important to remember that this is only the first iteration of this new feature, there are still many things we could improve and new capabilities we could add. In the future we have more updates in the plan, such as, “developing more out-of-the-box GDPR capabilities, providing webhook and potential connectors to integrate the form submissions with 3rd party systems, providing extension and customization capabilities to let users customize the Form Builder to build advanced features such as polls, surveys or others, and to include more fields. If you have any need, opinion or idea, of what would be helpful for you in the future, please drop us a note.

Next week we will provide a sneak peek at the image asset field type that is also expected to be shipped with v2.3. Until then, if you’re interested or have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment here or on discuss.ezplatform.com. Feel free to reach out to us, too, at productmanagement@ez.no.

09/20/2018 10:05 am   eZ Systems News   Mirror   Link  

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Help us Translate eZ Platform

eZ Platform 2.3 will be released at the end of this month. If you are using eZ Platform in a multilingual environment, now would be the time to join our translation effort. Get your own language ready and shipped with 2.3!

We have setup a server running the demo, based on the latest version of eZ Platform. This server is shared with the public and enables in-context translation. All you need is an account on Crowdin.com and follow the tutorial shared here.

Improving our Product Feedback Channels

This week a new channels was added to our Community Slack workspace, called #product-feedback. If you have feedback on current features available in eZ Platform, or think we should add a feature on the roadmap which is not yet available in eZ Platform, do leave a message in this channel. Adding a clear use case will help!

This new channel is monitored by the Product team of eZ. Your feedback will become available within an internal tool used by the Product team. Stay tuned for more news on this topic, as we are planning more additions to our feedback channel in general.

Reminder: CMS Critic Award Nominations

The CMS Critic Award nominations are open again. In 2016 we won the award for Best Enterprise CMS, and in 2017 we were runner up in the same category with eZ Platform. Head over the the CMS Critic website to vote for eZ Platform!

All you need to do is enter your e-mail, put “eZ Platform, Best Enterprise CMS” under solution and provide the reason for which you think we deserve this award.

In Other News:

Resources

Simple RSS and Translation Command

Nothing better than Community Members sharing their work. This week Rémy shared two pieces of his work. The first one being an RSS Bundle which allows you to get the X most recent Articles under the content.tree_root.location_id of the siteaccess.

His second work is a script that allows you to create translations of content in a tree structure. Sébastien Morel replied to this with an existing Bundle by eZ Systems that lets you translate content using Google Translate

Looking for a bundle compatible with eZ Platform? Check out: https://ezplatform.com/Bundles.

Social Media

Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, or YouTube, and join our Community for any help with eZ Platform or community-related questions.

Find eZ at These Events

For more events, make sure to check out this list.

Each week we publish a roundup of highlights from the eZ ecosystem. If you have any news or events to share, please contact me.

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09/07/2018 01:48 pm   eZ Systems News   Mirror   Link  

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CMS Critic Award Nominations

The CMS Critic Award nominations are open again. In 2016 we won the award for Best Enterprise CMS, and in 2017 we were runner up in the same category with eZ Platform. Head over the the CMS Critic website to vote for eZ Platform!

All you need to do is enter your e-mail, put “eZ Platform, Best Enterprise CMS” under solution and provide the reason for which you think we deserve this award.

Sneak Peek eZ Platform 2.3, Scheduling

eZ Platform 2.3 is due end of September. Amit Golan Gutin, Product Marketing Manager at eZ Systems, takes a sneak peek into one of the improved features, scheduling changes on your website.

“Previously, the Content Scheduler Block was called the Schedule Block. We decided to rename this feature to avoid any confusion of its purpose and functionality.

The Content Scheduler Block is for the Page Builder. When placed on the page, the Content Scheduler Block allows the editor to schedule when and which content will appear and move in the block, whether that be a news headline, new marketing campaign, new product release, or anything time sensitive.”

Read the full article.

Feedback Requested

How can we avoid issues with Siteaccess settings on defaultValue() & defaultNull() usage?

"Currently in SiteAccess config system in eZ Platform, when out of the box bundled and thirdparty bundles define their own config which should be siteaccess aware, eZ Platform reuses Symfony’s NodeBuilder system for allowing us to express the config we want to expose as siteaccess settings."

André Rømcke, VP Technical Services & Support at eZ Systems, poses the question: how can we improve DX and avoid this issues completely?

Read the full scope and explanation of these issues on our forum, and do leave feedback if you have an opinion on this!

Community Survey Closed

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Community Survey! We received a fair amount of response which will provide us with more than enough data to finalize the eZ Community Strategy. Stay tuned and read more on this topic in the Week in Review soon.

In Other News:

Resources

New to our Community?

If you are new to our Community, check out our Open Source page and learn which resources are available, how to join, and also how you can contribute to eZ Platform.

Looking for a bundle compatible with eZ Platform? Check out: https://ezplatform.com/Bundles.

Social Media

Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, or YouTube, and join our Community for any help with eZ Platform or community-related questions.

Find eZ at These Events

For more events, make sure to check out this list.

Each week we publish a roundup of highlights from the eZ ecosystem. If you have any news or events to share, please contact me.

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08/24/2018 11:00 am   eZ Systems News   Mirror   Link  

Content Scheduler Block Capabilities

Previously, the Content Scheduler Block was called the Schedule Block. We decided to rename this feature to avoid any confusion of its purpose and functionality.

The Content Scheduler Block is for the Page Builder. When placed on the page, the Content Scheduler Block allows the editor to schedule when and which content will appear and move in the block, whether that be a news headline, new marketing campaign, new product release, or anything time sensitive.

The Content Scheduler works very similarly to a regular content collection block. The main difference is when editors add content to the block, they can now choose when to add that content, whether that be right now or sometime in the future.

When content is added right away, it’s added to the list of active content for the block. When content is added in the future, the editor needs to establish a date and time for when that content should “air,” otherwise known as the “airtime.”

When we reach airtime, the content will then be moved from the queue to the active list, pushing other content items further down in the block. To avoid an overflow of content, editors can now define a limit for the number of active content items.

For example, if an editor limits the number of active content items to 3 and the active list already shows 3 content items, then once a new content item is added, the last piece of content at the bottom of the list will be automatically pushed out of the list.

One thing we heard from eZ Platform 1.x users is that they wanted a simpler way to reorder items in the active list. We’ve now implemented a simple drag and drop function, like what can be done with the collection block.

Define block name and number of items in the Active list (display limit)

Add a content item to the queue with a specific airtime

Add several content items and some immediately visible (in the active list)

In the past, eZ Flow/Schedule Block users have utilized this feature in many ways. We received lots of feedback regarding different improvements that could be made. We plan on adding 2 new capabilities to the Content Scheduler Block in the future: pinning and swapping. Although we won’t add them as part of v2.3, we hope to include them in v2.4. We also continue to welcome any feedback you may have about the Content Scheduler Block.

Looking ahead, what does “pinning” mean? Pinning a content item is when the editor forces a content item to stay in the same position and remain displayed on the website. If new content items are added to the block, then only the unpinned items will either move down the list or be pushed out.

The other future capability is called “swapping.” Swapping is when the editor schedules a swap between one active content item and another inactive content item at a specific time and date. The new content item will then be placed in the queue until the scheduled time and date of the swap arrives.

Thanks to our users’ feedback, the Content Scheduler Block features are now much simpler than previous versions. Specifically, the “overflow” feature (which let editors connect two Schedule Blocks together) has been removed.

Simply put, this feature was not very popular, and our users told us it was not bringing them much value. As ever, our goal is to always optimize as much as we can whenever and wherever we can.

Pinning a content item

Block Scheduler

The Block Scheduler is a new feature we’re also introducing in v2.3. Unlike the Content Scheduler Block, which is a specific block, this feature will be available to every block configured on your project, including custom blocks.

With the Block Scheduler, an editor will be able to define the visibility of a block in advance by configuring the dates they would like the block to be visible or hidden from the page. The main benefit of this feature is that it makes things simpler for editors and saves them time when scheduling events.

Configuring the visibility of a block 

In the future, we plan on introducing additional capabilities to the Block Scheduler. One capability we’re thinking of developing allows editors to specify recurring visibility events. Just like you can define recurring events in a calendar, editors will also be able to define recurring visibility time slots on their site.

For example, an editor would be able to schedule a block so that it would be visible every day between 9 AM and 12 PM for the duration of one week.

Since we’re waiting until after v2.3 to prioritize its development, we would love to hear any feedback about this feature or any other possible enhancements to block visibility.

Scheduling block to be visible from 9 AM - 12 PM

Timeline Feature

Similar to the Content Scheduler Block and the Block Scheduler features, the timeline is a unique feature that none of our competitors currently offer. This tool gives control to editors by providing information on what events are scheduled for their different pages.

The timeline functionality is simple, requiring the user to just select a date and/or time on the timeline or timeline calendar, in order to see all the events and actions that are scheduled. Users can also use the timeline to preview how the page will look at a specific time and date.

Compared to previous versions, the page timeline feature has been greatly improved. The timeline not only reacts to Content Scheduler Block events, but also to other scheduled events.

In other words, the timeline can indicate the following actions for editors:

  • Addition of content to the Content Scheduler Block (as it previously did)
  • Visibility changes of any block
  • Change of content for pages that have been modified and are scheduled for publishing

In order to avoid a cluttered UI, the events’ information is disclosed progressively, only showing the most relevant information (what and when). For more detailed information, we use tooltips, so that users can check with ease about the specific details of the event scheduled.

Finally, from the Developer Experience perspective, the timeline is also designed to provide developers with the ability to add custom events to the timeline when customizing and extending eZ Platform.

Page Timeline

Custom events on the timeline

Page timeline on the page builder

What to Expect Next?

We’re confident that these new features will allow your editorial team to manage their content more efficiently and effortlessly.

We look forward to unveiling many more exciting features in this upcoming release at the end of September. We hope to include the new Form Builder as well as the new Personalization Block in the upcoming Enterprise Edition.

When it comes to the open source edition of eZ Platform, we are currently improving the Universal Discovery Widget (UDW); developing a new Image Asset field type that lets editors reuse images from Image fields; and continuously fixing bugs.

In the meantime, if you’re interested or have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment here or on discuss.ezplatform.com. Feel free to reach out to us, too, at productmanagement@ez.no.

08/17/2018 09:59 am   eZ Systems News   Mirror   Link  

Website conversions and traffic are most important to marketers, so they need to be able to use their content dynamically. For example, a schedule can be created for the automated publishing of various content using the eZ Platform Enterprise Edition. You can also customize this workflow in a few easy steps at any time.


We would like to tell you more about how you can increase your editorial productivity and reduce IT costs. Our portfolio also offers solutions in the areas of personalization, cloud hosting and e-commerce. In this previous blog post, we covered the whole overview with benefits for you.

Take the chance and meet us personally. Meet us and our partners comwrap, DIA and rocket-media on 12th and 13th September at dmexco, Cologne.

Hall 7.1 Stand D-060 

Our partners will support you in the project implementation and together we will find your individual solution for your business success.
Some customers who already trust eZ:

Schedule your appointment with us here

08/08/2018 04:40 am   eZ Systems News   Mirror   Link  

eZ Platform as the Content Management Platform (CMS)

Learn more about the eZ Platform as an Open Source Edition and the premium version eZ Platform Enterprise Edition. You will learn how our partners comwrap, DIA and rocket-media use these solutions successfully for their customers so that they can offer a harmonious and conversion-optimized user experience at any time and across all devices. You will find us in Hall 7.1, Stand D-060 from September 12-13.

Your advantages: 

  • Easy content management for marketers and editors with drag-and-drop, flexible workflows, content planning and in-page editing.
  • Flexible work and reduction of time-to-market.
  • CMS, which is multichannel, multilingual and multisite capable.
  • Benefit from an Enterprise CMS, with which we guarantee your project and minimize the security risk.
  • Implement complex projects with the powerful Full-Stack Symfony CMS and the right technology partner.

eZ offers you the possibility to arrange an individual meeting at dmexco: Here you can directly schedule your personal appointment.

Download the eZ Platform Enterprise brochure now


eZ Personalization - Relevance is everything  

Whether you run an online shop or simply want to increase your content engagement: providing relevant experiences to your visitors is fundamental to your business. With eZ Personalization your website visitors get:

  • Relevant product recommendations & personalized content based on the usage behavior.
  • Targeted email alerts to increase conversions.
  • Personalized search that makes your products easier to find.

Download the eZ Personalization brochure for merchants now or download the eZ Personalization brochure for publishers now


eZ Commerce - Improve your customer journey: From the first interest to the final order 

eZ Commerce seamlessly adds e-commerce capabilities to eZ Platform, providing a more content-driven e-commerce solution for B2B and B2C businesses. This all-in-one platform features an easy to use interface for your content team that supports all the monetary and transactional aspects of an e-commerce website. And from your buyer’s perspective, they are continuously engaged with relevant content for wherever they may be in their journey with you.

  • Manage all your ecommerce and content management needs in a single system.
  • Personalized customer experience that supports the sales strategy with rich, relevant and exciting content.
  • Personalize your customer's experience and get insights into your business performance.

Download the eZ Commerce brochure now


eZ Platform Cloud - Accelerate your development 

Improve your company's goals by accelerating development, reducing time-to-market, and providing an agile and flexible environment for developers. eZ Platform Cloud is a cloud hosting solution that offers our leading content management software eZ Platform in a platform-as-a-service approach.

  • Reduce DevOps' work: increase productivity and scalability while reducing deployment time by providing a continuous development workflow process.
  • High performance and high availability: The application is deployed on a triple-redundant architecture for web and storage servers, and the infrastructure adapts to your workload.
  • Fast and better testing: Quickly and seamlessly test new features on an exact copy of the master environment.sich an Ihre Auslastung an.

Download the eZ Platform Cloud Brochure now


As you can see, our portfolio offers a great variety. This wide range gives us the opportunity to find an individual and suitable solution for your project success.

Let's talk about your business needs together with a coffee or cold drink and we will discuss how to successfully implement your project.

Customers who already trust us:

 

08/06/2018 03:15 am   eZ Systems News   Mirror   Link  

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Participate in the eZ Community Survey

Participate in the eZ Community Survey and by doing so, contribute to the eZ Community Strategy 2018-2020. The Survey will only take 5 minutes of your time. Your feedback is used to help us build a strong strategy for community activities, to further improve the ecosystem you are part of. Thank you!

Survey: https://goo.gl/forms/MdELdukAyFzGiz2I2

Symfony security advisories

Symfony has published two security advisories which also affects the version eZ Platform runs on. Keep that in mind, in case you spot (new) unexpected problems. Do report them on Slack or our Forum, or even better on jira.ez.no when you are able to pinpoint the problem to these patches.

Symfony security advisory details:

There is one known issue, see https://jira.ez.no/browse/EZP-29492. The Symfony update removes support for two old headers, if you depend on them you may have to change your code.

eZ Platform v2.2.2 released

Today, eZ has released eZ Platform v2.2.2. This release brings Symfony from 3.4.11 to 3.4.14. It also includes many improvements and bug fixes. Check the changelog on GitHub for the full details.

Meetup, London UK?

A few weeks ago a few community members suggested a local Meetup, location London UK.

As it is, André Rømcke will be speaking at Symfony Live UK on September 28. What about a Meetup on the 27th, with or without PHP London? Any ideas or feedback? People interested to join a Meetup? Leave a reply on our Forum.

Win a ticket to SymfonyLive Berlin

Do you want to be part of the most important Symfony event in the DACH region, one of the most important and popular PHP developer conferences in Germany and beyond.

eZ Systems is giving away a ticket for the SymfonyLive Conference Day Berlin on October 26, 2018. Complete the form, and with a little luck you get to travel to Berlin. Conditions for participation can be found here, the raffle giveaway runs until September 25, 2018. (Be aware that SymfonyLive Berlin is for a good part of it a German speaking event, some talks and workshop being in English others in German)

Become a certified Editor

The French office has organised a free training for Editors on October 18, 2018 in Paris. Do you use eZ Publish or eZ Platform in your daily life or plan to do it? So this day is for you.

Not only will you be able to discover the new features of the back office, increase the skills to facilitate your daily life, you will also meet our experts and share questions and knowledge with them. You will get a certificate proving your skills at the end of the day. Join us in a friendly setting, on the rooftops of Paris, in the 9th arrondissement of the capital. If you are interested, check out more information including a form to sign up.

In Other News:

Resources

Share your blog on ezplatform.com

We love content at eZ. If you want to share yours, for instance a technical write-up of how you realized a project on eZ Platform, we welcome you to share this with us. We can publish you blog on ezplatform.com and also mention it in the ‘Week in Review’. E-mail us with any content ideas you have.

New site by The Cocktail

The Cocktail has launched a new website based on eZ Platform Enterprise Edition. Have a look at https://www.bellota.com/ if you are curious.

This projects runs on eZ Platform Cloud technology, powered by platform.sh It provides the infrastructure and the tools to develop, test and run eZ Platform projects with speed and confidence.

Looking for a bundle compatible with eZ Platform? Check out: https://ezplatform.com/Bundles.

Social Media

Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, or YouTube, and join our Community for any help with eZ Platform or community-related questions.

Find eZ at These Events

For more events, make sure to check out this list.

Each week we publish a roundup of highlights from the eZ ecosystem. If you have any news or events to share, please contact me.

(Lead image credit: Oriol Lladó, CC)

08/03/2018 12:06 pm   eZ Systems News   Mirror   Link  

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Event News

This week, we have some interesting news on upcoming events for you.

DMEXCO

eZ Systems will be at DMEXCO September 12-13, 2018 in Cologne, Germany. Joining us, are  our partners comwrap, DIA die.interaktiven and rocket-media.

“Anyone who knows us or follows our activities knows that we have always been present at this TOP event in the industry in the last years. 2018 is a year of change and growth. We want to use this opportunity and friendly invite you to our booth which is more than twice as big as last years!”

Read more in our separate blog post. More information is also available on our Event page, or on the DMEXCO website.

Web Summer Camp eZ Track complete

Netgen announced this week that the Web Summer Camp eZ Track was complete. You find more information on the Web Summer Camp website. For the 7th time around, Netgen will host experienced eZ experts with topics on the newest developments in the field. This includes speaker from Netgen, Contextual Code and eZ Systems.

CFP SymfonyLive Berlin

The call for papers is open for SymfonyLive Berlin. If you‘d like to present technical stuff around eZ Platform, Symfony or any adjacent technology , submit  your talk before July 31, 2018.

Symfony 4 compatibility

eZ’s Product team has put Symfony 4.x compatibility on the roadmap targeting end of year possibly in sync with 3.0. But it has started taking feedback in the form of an Epic on our Issue tracker, with a few identified issues already. If you are developing on eZ Platform, and you spot compatibility issues, do let us know, and register an issue on our tracker.

In Other News:

Resources

Releases and documentation

Did you know that our Fast Track releases are supported for 5-6 months now (since eZ Platform 2.0), and that our release schedule changed to a 4 month release cycle (instead of 3), To better support this for our developers, the documentation team will keep documentation of these releases available longer on https://doc.ezplatform.com.

Question of the Week

A current question in our Community is the support for workflows in eZ Platform. The most recent discussion can be found on our forum. Have you developed a workflow in eZ Platform already? Consider sharing your solution and reply in that forum thread.

Note from the Product team: `Flex workflow` (basic send for review and approval feature) is already available on eZ Platform for all enterprise customers. We plan `Advanced workflow`,a more complex editorial workflow allowing administrators to create a workflow with multiple steps and users responsible for every steps. So far, this feature is targeted for 2.4.  We are currently on the specification phase. `Advanced workflow` will also be available for enterprise customers but some components might end up in the open source version.

Looking for a bundle compatible with eZ Platform? Check out: https://ezplatform.com/Bundles.

Social Media

Congratulations for the new eZ Platform certified developers. Next round Friday 19 September 16-17h or just contact us at hashtag #ezsystems.

Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, or YouTube, and join our Community for any help with eZ Platform or community-related questions.

Find eZ at These Events

For more events, make sure to check out this list.

Each week we publish a roundup of highlights from the eZ ecosystem. If you have any news or events to share, please contact me.

(Lead image credit: Dafne Cholet, CC)

07/27/2018 02:20 pm   eZ Systems News   Mirror   Link  

Why you should visit us - your benefit

Together with our partners comwrap, DIA die.interaktiven snd rocket-media, we are not only present as a "CMS provider with implementation partners", but we are more interested in meeting your specific needs and show you which success you can achieve with our CMS marketing solution with segmentation, the personalization solution eZ Personalization and eZ Commerce, so that you can maximize your future business potential.

Goals eZ pursues

If we are new to you, we would like to provide you a short overview about eZ Systems -which is a global content management platform provider founded in 1999 in Norway. With more than 18 years of commercial open source experience, we support more than 500 business clients in over 25 countries. Our ecosystem consists of more than 80 business partners and a community of more than 45,000 members. We also have more than nine offices in North America, Europe and Asia.

Our vision is to help companies maximize the value of their digital content and deliver digital experiences that foster growth.
Our software eZ Platform supports developers, editors and marketers to create content-rich websites and apps - from corporate presences, e-commerce and native apps to intranets, web portals and the Internet of Things (IoT). eZ also offers additional personalization, cloud hosting and e-commerce services through its innovative content management solution to meet the needs of your business. Find out more about our products here.

The expertise and the added value

Every company has its strengths and special focus. As specialists in their field, our partners can respond specifically to your business needs. Therefore you do not only get to know the product, but also the provider and supplier eZ Systems. Also, you can talk to one of our partners about the project implementation - a true support that is also available to you during the project.

Partner Overview

comwrap designs the digitization of B2C, B2B and D2C business models with a determined focus on the needs of users and customers. They focus on companies in Finance and Fintech, Pharma & Healthcare, Industry and Publishing. The company currently employs 65 people and offers holistic strategic consulting, creative conception, design and development, technical implementation as well as the marketing of sophisticated digital projects and the optimization of digital platforms.

Some customers, who put their trust in comwrap:


Today’s world is digital. For brands and companies to be successful as well as sustainable, a new kind of management consulting is needed – and a new kind of agency. People at DIA, are extremely motivated and enthusiastic planners, graphic artists, copywriters, web developers and -designers, solution architects, administrators, brand managers, marketing specialists and they accompany their customers along their journey into a successful digital future.

Some customers, who put their trust in DIA:


rocket-media GmbH & Co KG develops future-proof and scalable web and software solutions for its customers in medium-sized businesses and industry. This creates the basis for highly efficient, digital business processes and successful online communication. Their portfolio include the realization of international corporate websites and e-commerce platforms, the integration of Product Information Management systems as well as the conception and implementation of mobile applications and customized individual developments. Targeted online marketing or SEO concepts complete the package.

The success of all projects stands and falls with the acceptance of the users. Therefore, they always pay attention to a consistent user-centered conception and design. Complex IT projects, reliably controlled to the target: that's rocket-media.

Some customers, who put their trust in rocket-media:

 


Do you need support in your online projects, are you about to relaunch your website or your strategy needs an optimization or even new option?
Then use the meeting point of the global digital economy as your personal meeting point with us and our partners - we will gladly advise and help you with the implementation.

07/25/2018 09:15 am   eZ Systems News   Mirror   Link  

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eZ Platform 2.2.1 available

eZ Platform 2.2.1 has been made available. This release includes several bug fixes for our most recent Fast Track Release, eZ Platform v2.2. You can view the changelog on GitHub.

Facilitating the migration path to eZ Platform

In conjunction with the release of eZ Platform 2.2.1, we released ezplatform-xmltext-fieldtype 1.6.0. This package notably contains the XmlText to RichText converter for migrating to eZ Platform's RichText format.

This release includes several improvements, further facilitating and improving the migration path to eZ Platform. Full details are available on GitHub.

Discover eZ Platform v2.2

Learn more about eZ Platform v2.2, our summer release in a recording of the Webinar accompanying this release. This release includes both major and small improvements. Recently documented is one of these small improvements, setting the pagination limit in Admin UI.

Local Meetups

There is an interest by the Community to organize an eZ Meetup in London (UK). If you are interested in this, do leave a messages in the Slack thread.

If you want to help organize, or just attend. If you have ideas, or think we should link up with existing Symfony or PHP Meetups in the area, we would love to hear from you.

Winner of the eZ Connector May Competition

“We wish that all could win! However, like the World Cup, only one can be left to raise the eZ Connector trophy. The winner of the eZ connector May competition is the Mailchimp connector. MailChimp is an email marketing solution that allows you to build customizable email campaigns as well as automate your email marketing initiatives. Emmanuel, who is working as a senior consultant at our partner Smile, developed the connector on his personal time (and name).”

Read the full announcement on our Blog. This announcement also includes a demo video and news about two more connectors.

In Other News:

Social Media

Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, or YouTube, and join our Community for any help with eZ Platform or community-related questions.

Find eZ at These Events

For more events, make sure to check out this list.

Each week we publish a roundup of highlights from the eZ ecosystem. If you have any news or events to share, please contact me.

(Lead image credit: Thomas Hawk, CC)

07/13/2018 11:52 am   eZ Systems News   Mirror   Link  

We wish that all could win! However, like the World Cup, only one can be left to raise the eZ Connector trophy. The winner of the eZ connector May competition is with the Mailchimp connector. MailChimp is an email marketing solution that allows you to build customizable email campaigns as well as automate your email marketing initiatives. Emmanuel, who is working as a senior consultant at our partner Smile, developed the connector on his personal time (and name). As the winner of the competition, Emmanuel will receive $2,500 and an additional $5,000 prize if he is able to build an additional connector in the “Build with eZ” phase.

The MailChimp connector provides a range of cool features that seamlessly integrate eZ Platform with MailChimp. A few notable features are:

  • Subscription list: Create mailing lists from the eZ platform interface that are automatically defined in the MailChimp account and linked to the eZ Platform application. 
  • Campaigns: Create a marketing campaign linking content from your eZ Platform content repository to be shared in your campaign. Similar to the mailing lists, the campaigns are automatically defined in the MailChimp account and linked to eZ Platform.
  • Subscription form: Create a specific form for a campaign on a page generated by eZ Platform.

Click here to view a demo of the connector and to learn more about its capabilities.

In addition to the MailChimp connector, we had two other connectors that are a great addition to eZ Platform:

Creemedia created a Contentbird connector. Contentbird is a content marketing platform where you can create optimized content for your website.

The connector lets you sync the content from Contentbird to eZ Platform and vice versa. For example, choose which of your eZ Platform user is the author of the article, which type of content should be created and in which category the content should be placed. The package is open source and available on Github: https://github.com/creemedia/eZcontentbirdBundle.

Watch the video below to learn more about the eZ Contentbird Connector capabilities: 

Another connector in the running was inwebco’s Google Analytics (GA) connector. The connector lets editors and administrators of eZ Platform access the web analytics from GA directly within eZ Platform user interface. The connector adds a new tab on the administrator interface and makes it possible to view further information from Google Analytics without having to access the Google Analytics application.

To learn more, read this blog post.

As a reminder, the eZ Connector Marketplace expansion program was launched this past February at eZ’s Barcelona partner meeting. The eZ Connector initiative consists of two programs: eZ Connector Competition and Build with eZ. These programs are an opportunity for partners, developers, and third-party software vendors to build connectors that extend eZ Platform’s capabilities.

The next competition will kick off on August 1st. Registration for next month’s competition is already open.

Copyrights and intellectual property requirements: The connectors must be open source and follow the GPL license (version 2). For the eZ Connector Competition phase, participants are welcome to host the codebase of the connector anywhere, be it on their personal Github repository or their company Gitlab account. We, however, ask that they grant eZ Systems with the right to use the connector following the eZ Contribution License Agreement (CLA) , During the Build with eZ phase, the participant must agree on the same CLA, and, as it will be a collaboration with eZ Systems, we ask the codebase of the connector be hosted on eZ Systems GitHub organization (https://github.com/ezsystems/). eZ Systems will create a dedicated repository for it when launching the phase. To learn more visit our Build a Connector for eZ page.

07/13/2018 09:49 am   eZ Systems News   Mirror   Link  

News

eZ Platform 2.2.0 available

The summer release of eZ Platform v2.2 has arrived! This release introduces features such as page builder, bookmarks, roles and permissions and much more that benefits editors, website administrators and developers. Read the full announcement on our blog.

eZ Platform v2.2 is available on ezplatform.com and via composer update. eZ Platform Enterprise Edition v2.2 is available for customers in their support portal. eZ platform Enterprise Edition v2.2 is available as a trial for partners in the partner portal. It is of course also available on eZ Platform Cloud. To see the full list of our new features, check out our release notes as well as the link to the list of changes on Github for open source and enterprise edition.

Join us on July 3rd (Webinar), 2018 at 10:00am ET/ 3:00pm CET as Product Marketing Manager, Amit takes us on a tour of eZ Platform v2.2.

eZ Platform internationalization

With the introduction of the localization feature in eZ Platform 2.2, you can now contribute to an existing translation or create an entirely new translation, if need be. If you’d like to take part in this effort, consider signing up with Crowdin, a simple service that offers a very helpful in-context translation interface. Feel free to contribute to our efforts here: https://crowdin.com/project/ezplatform. You can find documentation on ezplatform.com and GitHub.

Big thanks to all contributors. The 2.2.0 i18n packages have been deployed. We have 10 languages above 50%: 

  • French & Polish (100%)
  • Norwegian Bokmal (89%)
  • Spanish (71%)
  • German (65%)
  • Portuguese (63%)
  • Greek (60%)
  • Hungarian (60%)
  • English US (58%)
  • Italian (51%)
  • Russian (38%)

More translations are of course available, you can check them on the Crowdin project.

Note on Symfony 3.4.12

We have received a few messages where a Composer update brings your Symfony install to 3.4.12, causing small problems. One example results in an infinite login loop. You can read about that on Slack. The Symfony 3.4.12 version has been added to the ‘conflict’ section of ‘package.json’ for eZ Platform.

In Other News:

Resources

New Bundles

Emmanuel Drouet share another bundle through his ‘One Monday One Bundle’ effort, the eZ Platform UI Tree content browse menu bundle. This bundle is available on Packagist, you can watch a demo on YouTube.

Gaetano Giunta shared the Abacus Advance Bundle by Kaliop. This bundle is also available on Packagist.

Question of the Week

Carlos Revillo: Do we have something similar in eZ Platform v2 to "RemoveSiteAccessIfDefault" which was available in Legacy? Edi Modrić provided a working example which you can check on our Slack Workspace.

Looking for a bundle compatible with eZ Platform? Check out: https://ezplatform.com/Bundles.

Social Media

Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, or YouTube, and join our Community for any help with eZ Platform or community-related questions.

Find eZ at These Events

For more events, make sure to check out this list.

Each week we publish a roundup of highlights from the eZ ecosystem. If you have any news or events to share, please contact me.

(Lead image credit: Edward and Caroline, CC)

06/29/2018 11:08 am   eZ Systems News   Mirror   Link  

With the release of eZ Platform v2.2, we’re continuing our efforts to make eZ Platform simple and easy to use for editors. When we created features such as the page builder, bookmarks and copy subtree, we specifically had marketers and editors on our minds.

What’s in for editors?

Faster, better and friendlier Page Builder

The first major feature of eZ Platform v2.2 is the new and revamped Page Builder, available solely for Enterprise Edition customers. The Page Builder is replacing the previous module Landing Page Manager.

The Page Builder has been completely rebuilt on the new architecture introduced with eZ Platform version 2. This new architecture is a big win for editors, because it’s enabled the Page Builder to be way faster than the previous Landing Page Manager, making the page building experience faster and more enjoyable.

The Page Builder is also much more elegant and comfortable to use thanks to the new design relying on the UI guidelines introduced with version 2. It’s also more powerful, allowing for advanced operations such as switching layout on an existing page and using different page content types with different fields. Editors can now easily switch from the page view to the field view, whether they are in View mode or Edit mode, to view or edit fields.

We look forward to hearing the user feedback on the new Page Builder feature.

Quick access to your favorite content with Bookmarks

Bookmarks is another feature that will simplify work for editors. Bookmarks allow editors to save different content items (articles, images, video, etc.) both from the main content view in the repository and from the Universal Discovery Widget (UDW). Editors can then access these bookmarks from multiple places, including the main dashboard, user menu and UDW.

Editors can now simply bookmark a specific content item, which might otherwise be tedious to find in the content tree, and quickly access it again without needing to browse the entire content repository. This will save time and make it more pleasant to work with large collections of content.

Bookmarks will also allow editors to streamline their work and assemble a list of future tasks to work on. Bookmarks are personal, so each user has the ability to manage, create or delete their own unique list of bookmarks. To learn more about bookmarks, check out the blog post “Bookmarks Feature Overview.”

Localized versions of the administrative interface

Another big improvement with eZ Platform v2.2 is that the administrative user interface, is now localized into several different languages. And it’s simple to add new localization, too, if need be.

Editors can now use the language they want to use eZ Platform with. All they would need to do is configure their browser, which in many cases will be automatic. The default language for the interface is English, but the interface for v2.2 has been shipped with several translations, including French, German, Norwegian, Polish, Spanish, and Russian. More languages can be added, hassle free, thanks to the contributions of our community.

More editorial experience improvements and good surprises

Some additional improvements with eZ Platform v2.2 may initially seem small, but actually provide a great amount of benefit to users. One example is the enhanced search filter capabilities that we first introduced in v2.1. For eZ Platform v2.2, we’ve decided to add a new filter so that users can search for content via content creators.

Here’s a quick preview of the improved search filter capability:

Another small, yet much needed improvement relates to the trash. Users are now able to permanently delete single content items without having to purge everything in the trash.

What’s in for administrators?

Along with editors, website administrators will also be happy to hear that eZ Platform v2.2 has a number of features that will both save time and improve their day-to-day lives.

Simply knowing what users can and cannot do

Understanding which permissions are assigned to users can be quite complex and time consuming. To simplify this process, we’ve included two new tabs in the user and user group views called Policies and Roles. These tabs allow administrators to easily view the policies and roles assigned to a given user or user group.

Using permissions in the Admin Panel more effectively

Previously, although permissions were applied to the system, the admin panel user interface was not adapted accordingly. This meant that users with limited permissions could try to access features they weren’t permitted to use and get error messages in response. Now, if a certain user does not have the permission to access a certain function (i.e. access admin panel, create content type, etc.) then they will simply not see that particular feature. This simple change makes the permission system much more powerful and effective.

Saving more time by setting limitations for policy

When adding or creating a new policy, the administrator will now have the ability to define a limitation. Depending upon the policy, a limitation can be anything from content type, order, to location of the subtree. This new capability will reduce the time and resources required to maintain a certain policy.

Improved content type management interface

One interesting improvement relates to the content type management interface. The content type view functionality is now more user friendly and provides direct access to edit the content type. We’ve also added a sticky toolbar on the edit interface of the content types. This toolbar will make it simpler and faster to add field definitions to content types, eliminating repetitive scrolls up and down. The content edit has also been improved by letting the user fold or unfold the different field definitions.

What’s in for developers?

Another priority for the release of eZ Platform v2.2 was to continue improving the developer experience. This has been taken into account with all features of the release, starting with the new Page Builder.

First of all, the new Page Builder lets developers create custom blocks for their pages in a much simpler way. For that, they only need PHP and Symfony skills—no need for advanced JavaScript knowledge anymore. All that’s needed to create custom blocks is Twig templates, YAML configuration files and, optionally, some PHP code into controllers.

Another major update for developers is they can now use the page field type in any content type, giving them much more flexibility in how to build websites using different sets of fields for different pages, e.g. to manage metadata or specific business logic.

Customizing the design of your Page Builder blocks with ease and flexibility

All blocks have a redesigned configuration interface, but more importantly, there are two new fields to give some control over styling to the editor. They can now customize the CSS class to be used or even the CSS code. And this is all done in a safe way, as it only applies to the block. These two new class and style fields are for advanced editors only, so we allow administrators to decide in a configuration file if they should be enabled or not.

Customize admin UI with the design engine

Previously, we introduced a design engine in eZ Platform for the development of websites. Now we’ve decided to use the same design engine for the admin interface itself. The design engine provides developers with a simple way to override any template, graphic asset or CSS styles of the admin interface.

For example, developers can now easily customize the look and feel of the admin interface’s top menu. This is just one of many examples, and developers can customize any part of the interface, whether it be a menu or just change an action bar.

URL pattern definition

Based on developer feedback, we introduced a way to define/customize the URL pattern used by the websites. This provides flexibility to customize the type of URLs for each site. By default, eZ Platform will now use lowercase URL with dash separators, as that was requested by most users and customers. While the direct impact on SEO is still to be demonstrated, this updated URL pattern definition will still save time and stay in line with the mainstream. For existing eZ users upgrading to v2.2, there will be the ability to configure the URL pattern to what was used prior to the upgrade, resulting in a transparent migration that doesn’t imply any SEO struggles.

Using image placeholders for local dev environments

One of the last features we want to highlight will definitely improve the developer experience. Developers can now use image placeholders on their local installations. This feature is useful when working on large projects where it’s challenging to have all the images and files present in production environment on the development environment. By saving time and resources (not having to synchronize every files), this feature is a great way for developers to preview their work without using the production image data.

A few more worthy mentions

There are few more features that are worth mentioning that can be extremely beneficial for developers. First of all, bookmarks are also accessible and manageable through the REST API. Also, moving forward we will be using Symfony 3.4.11 for v2.2, keeping us up-to date with Symfony’s path.

When it comes to the localization feature introduced above, developers can contribute to an existing translation or create an entirely new translation, if need be. If you’d like to take part in this effort, consider signing up with Crowdin, a simple service that offers a very helpful in-context translation interface. Feel free to contribute to our efforts here: https://crowdin.com/project/ezplatform

Last but not least, we’re very excited to finally share our new UI guidelines as a new part of our documentation. The UI guidelines reflects the components, features and patterns that underpin eZ Platform user interfaces and will help all developers better customize and extend eZ Platform user interface. In these guidelines, you will have access to recommendations for styles, color usage, icons and typography. To learn more about UI guidelines, read the blogpost “Why you might need UI guidelines” or the following documentation.

eZ Platform v2.2 is available on ezplatform.com  and via composer update. eZ Platform Enterprise Edition v2.2 is available for customers in their support portal. eZ platform Enterprise Edition v2.2 is available as a trial for partners in the partner portal. It is of course also available on eZ Platform Cloud. To see the full list of our new features, check out our release notes as well as the link to the list of changes on Github for open source and enterprise edition.

If you have any questions, please feel free to drop us a comment on discuss.ezplatform.com or write us at productmanagement@ez.no.

06/29/2018 09:26 am   eZ Systems News   Mirror   Link  

Why did we decide to (re)create this feature?

Bookmarks is not a new feature for eZ. In fact, if you all recall, bookmarks was present in eZ Publish. We knew back then that this was a popular and useful feature for our clients. Unfortunately, this feature was missing both in eZ Platform v1 and v2 because we needed to focus on improving our software architecture and user interface. We also needed to prioritize the most used features and decided to migrate the missing features as we progressed. We are excited now to reintroduce the bookmarks feature.

Bookmarks Capabilities

Bookmarks is a simple yet very useful and powerful feature that will improve the editorial experience. Editors can easily create, access and delete their bookmarks directly from the administrator interface. It's important to note that bookmarks are personal. This means that the bookmarks are directly related to an editor’s account, so up to each editor to have his own list. This feature will speed up the editors' work by providing them a shortcut to the content items they need in their work and ultimately letting them do their work faster and better. 

Bookmarks can be used by editors to streamline their work and quickly see and access what they are working on. For example, imagine your editors are working on a blogpost and have assets in different folders and locations. Your editors can now bookmark all these different assets and have them organized and on display on the administrator interface bookmark view for a quick re-use.

As you don't always know when editors will need your bookmarks, bookmarks can also be accessed through the universal discovery widget, to be used "on the fly".  At any time when they work within content, editors can now rely on their bookmarks, be it for embedding content in the online editor, adding a new relation with a content item or placing a media asset on a landing page.

We have no doubt that this feature will allow your editorial teams to be more efficient and save time as they deal with multiple content items. There will be many more exciting features in the upcoming release that we look forward to unveiling next Friday. In the meantime, if you are interested or have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below, on discuss.ezplatform.com or productmanagement@ez.no.

06/22/2018 01:17 pm   eZ Systems News   Mirror   Link  

We have looked at how we can support our customers better. We identified that we need to work more closely with our partners and customers to understand and learn their needs and requirements. Based on that we have decided to introduce a dedicated Customer Success team (CS) at eZ . In short, the CS team will work closely with our customers to actively collect feedback that we can use to further improve our products and services. This also helps us to better understand our customers business, strategy, vision and end goals. Consequently, this will put us in a much better position to help our customers get the most out of their investment in our products and services.

What will this mean for you as a customer?

Enterprise customers will have a set number of meetings:

There will be a clearly defined number of meetings with each of our customers depending on the subscription level. For our larger customers we will have core meetings that focus on the following three categories; business, editorial and technical.

Trusted advisor

We will listen to you and collect information that allows us to provide more value to you as a customer. Our goal is together with the implementation partner to better understand why you have chosen eZ and how we can offer better return of investment to you. Our goal will be to educate you as a customer, by showing you how our products can be used in an optimal way. In our meetings we will offer hands on sessions, both for marketing and editorial use cases. We will be more than just a vendor! 

Customer driven roadmap

It is important for us to be able to identify if there are common features that many of our customers ask for. The CS team works closely with product management to ensure that your voice is heard. We will collect these feature requests and when it makes sense push to have these features added to our platform.

Honest feedback is welcome

During our meetings we want to understand what we are doing right, but even more importantly we want to hear your honest opinion on the product. If you are not happy, we will not be!, it's that plain and simple.

Improved dialog

We will have regular touchpoints with you where the overall goal is twofold. We will make sure to understand your needs and plans for working with our platform and at the same time make sure you also know what our platform has in store for you. This means you should in the same way as our partner have a clear understanding of the direction of our products and be familiar with functionality we introduce in the coming releases.

As mentioned, projects on eZ are implemented by our great partners who are well versed in seeing where eZ is a great fit for the customers. With the Customer Success initiative, we do not only focus on the end customers, but also on improving how we work with our partners. We truly recognize that the customer will get the best experience from our software if the partner and eZ think collectively about how the products can be made more attractive in all ways.

How will you as a partner benefit from these changes?

Actively supporting you in your projects

We will make sure to follow your projects more carefully. Make no mistake, you will implement the projects, but we want to offer you our best practices. Customer Success will also make sure you can get the support you expect by involving the right people at eZ. Because you have real experience from driving implementation projects we are eager to learn how you can become more efficient in solving your tasks with our products.

Working together with our customers

Our mutual customers today deal with projects that most often do not have an end date. The idea is to have you continuously work with our customers and pair their business needs with new functionality of the platform. We believe this will be a great combination for all three. As all our implementation partners know it is of course much easier and risk reducing to keep a digital solution evolving through many smaller implementation tasks then having to start with new big bang projects every time. If eZ can show customers the core functionality of the platform, we want to see you take advantage of this to solve challenges the customers may have.

Meetings together with the customer

We will invite you to participate in meetings with our mutual customers. This is key to be able to show how we work together with the focus of making projects powered by eZ software a success for the customer.

I hope you now have a better understanding and see how the customer will receive more attention from us. As Director Customer Success at eZ, I am truly excited to learn even more about how our platform is used to meet the requirements of organizations today. Looking forward to the next chapter.

Welcome to Customer Success @ eZ.

06/22/2018 10:13 am   eZ Systems News   Mirror   Link  

Developer Training Day

The first day, June 5, was a full day of training for developers in both basic and advanced levels.

eZ Conference Day

Morten Ingebrigtsen, new eZ’s CEO initiated the conference in the morning with a keynote. He shared updates on where eZ stands today and where it will be heading tomorrow. We also heard about eZ strategy and vision, as well as the product roadmap for the rest of 2018 and beyond.

The agenda consisted of 1 round table, 3 keynotes as well as 12 talks, and closed with the famous eZ Awards Party that has recognized the most engaged participants in the eZ Systems ecosystem.

Digital Experts Round Table

eZ Dev Bar

This year: throughout the day we had the eZ Dev Bar—a section in the main conference area where an eZ engineer or eZ Platform expert was always around to answer questions or give demos.

eZ Awards

During the ceremony, eZ ecosystem participants were entertained by our famous Master of Ceremony and moderator during the conference day: Pierre Manu.

The Winners:

  • Contributor of the Year - Douglas Hammond for his contribution to the support of “Object States” in eZ Platform v2 (Director of IT at TravelOnly)
  • Connector of the Year - eZ Slack connector by Sébastien Morel at Novactive
  • Blogger of the Year - Ivo Lukač from Netgen
  • Best User Experience - Movistar (http://originales.movistarplus.es) For Movistar’s attempt at competing with Netflix (eZ partner: The Cocktail)
  • Best Project of the Year - Groupe Atlantic (http://www.groupe-atlantic.com) Groupe Atlantic’s goal was simplification, higher quality and productivity (a collaboration by various eZ partners)
  • Best New Partner - Comwrap
  • Partner of the Year - Arithnea

See the recap here : https://ez.no/Blog/2018-eZ-Award-Winners-Congratulations

Announcements: eZ Commerce

eZ Conference was also a good time for the release of eZ Commerce, our new e-Commerce solution built on top of eZ Platform. eZ Commerce is a solution that transforms eZ Platform Enterprise Edition into a full-featured platform to meet your e-Commerce and content management needs. Thanks to eZ Commerce, you can now build websites with eZ Platform that combine very rich and complex content with integrated commerce capabilities.

Read the blog post from Amit Golan-Gutin: https://ez.no/Blog/Announcing-the-Launch-of-eZ-Commerce

DigiNight

eZ conference came to conclusion with Diginight, a digital theme party held on a cruise boat over the Rhine and organized in partnership with t3n, the leading German digital magazine.

eZ and t3n were excited to invite digital professionals from all over Europe to attend DigiNight Cologne. An evening of learning, networking and professional growth with two keynote sessions and one discussion panel, all focusing on CX and content technology. All DigiNight Cologne attendees were invited to stay for dinner and an open bar after-party.

Partner Meeting

In the morning of 7 June, we gathered our partners for a breakfast meeting to share the latest product updates as well as share information about the developments in the partner channel.
It was fantastic to end the conference in Cologne together with our partners, and we are already excited to the next big partner conference that has been set to 24-25 January, 2019. Place and program will be announced soon.  
As announced during our partner meeting, Camilla Unger has stepped in as Global Partner Manager with a global and strategic focus, working close together with our regional partner managers, to optimise and further develop eZ´s partner channel.

eZ Conference remains an event with the goal of bringing the eZ community together to match faces to names and learn about developments in eZ’s software, all while enjoying a great venue location and plenty of networking. For more tweets from eZ Conference 2018 search #ezconf2018, view pictures on Flickr and check out presentation slides from some of our speakers, we are adding them still continuosly.

We'd like to thank all speakers, participants as well as sponsors that made eZ Conference 2018 possible: Novactive, Arithnea, Siteimprove, ComwrapKaliop, SensioLabs and Symfony.

We’re grateful for all who attended this year and for those who couldn’t, we hope to see you next time. Stay tuned for a video recap plus location and date announcements for eZ Conference 2019 coming soon!

06/21/2018 03:08 am   eZ Systems News   Mirror   Link  

News

eZ Conference recap

Last week we held our annual event, eZ Conference. We had a record number of visitors, from Community members and developers to partners. A great time to meet, share and have fun at an excellent location -  next to the Rhine River in Cologne, Germany. Congratulations to all eZ Award Winners!

Check out our photo album on Facebook to get an impression of the conference. Some of our partners also wrote a recap, look for them in the ‘other news’ section below.

Extending eZ Platform 2.x on the frontend side

Based on his presentation at the conference last week, on extending eZ Platform 2.x with Symfony and React, Piotr Nalepa (Senior UI Developer eZ Systems) provides insight into the evolution of eZ Platform v2.

"With this technology stack, we are sure we're following the best modern app development trends enabling us and our community, partners, and customers to build superb features without being hindered by the lack of experts in a given technology."

Read his full article which includes some practical examples and code, and learn how to extend eZ Platform v2 on the front end side.

In Other News:

Resources

The Open Source Way

We recently updated our Open Source page on our corporate website, listing all resources for our developer community. Are you new to our Community? Make sure to check out that page and learn everything about available resources and how to contribute to eZ Platform.

Question of the Week

Hubert Fongarnand asked how to implement an infinite ajax scroll pagination of a list of content. If you are interested in this solution, read the replies on our forum which also include code examples available on GitHub.

Looking for a bundle compatible with eZ Platform? Check out: https://ezplatform.com/Bundles.

Social Media

Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, or YouTube, and join our Community for any help with eZ Platform or community-related questions.

Find eZ at These Events

For more events, make sure to check out this list.

Each week we publish a roundup of highlights from the eZ ecosystem. If you have any news or events to share, please contact me.

(Lead image credit: duncan c, CC)

06/15/2018 11:08 am   eZ Systems News   Mirror   Link  

Why you might benefit from eZ Commerce?

At the age of customer centricity and when it’s now crucial to ensure a streamlined user experience along the customer journey, many organizations are struggling with different technologies to get both their content management and e-commerce needs addressed. It is more important than ever to rely on a single technology platform to build your digital experiences—from engaging with potential users discovering your products and services to managing a delightful buying experience, and beyond. With the unified technology that eZ Commerce and eZ Platform offer, organizations can optimize how they build the customer experience from when they first engage with the customer to when a product or service is purchased and delivered. As a result, organizations increase engagement, deliver more personalized experiences and accelerate their sales. Let’s dive deeper into the features that make this solution powerful but simple to use.

Top eZ Commerce Features

Unified site management

One of eZ Commerce’s biggest strengths is that it is one single platform for both editorial content management and e-Commerce operations. No longer will you need to work with two different systems that do not integrate properly. This benefits the developer building your solution as much as the marketer and editor managing both the content and commerce parts of the buyer’s journey.

Content rich product pages:

With eZ Commerce you can leverage eZ Platform’s Page Builder capabilities and embed various types of content to your pages. For example, you can embed into your product pages different blog posts, articles, documents, videos and images. This allows you to keep your consumer engaged and on your website for an extended time period.

eZ Commerce dashboard:

Another cool capability that your marketers and editors will fall in love with is the eZ Commerce dashboard. It allows your team to track, analyze and assess sales performance for your bestsellers, last ordered products, top customers and pending orders. Marketers will be able to identify top selling products and craft a promotion strategy to continue to drive sales.

Frictionless checkout process

The top worry that most e-commerce businesses have is the gruesome journey a customer needs to take before he completes an order. Our goal was to create a frictionless checkout process. We want your consumer to have a fast and smooth checkout process from anywhere on your site. The fast checkout process reduces cart abandonment and allows you to focus on creating campaigns that promote your products.

Drag and drop product comparison

A trait that is valuable to generally every consumer is the ability to compare products. With the drag and drop product comparison feature you will be able to keep your customers on your website when they want to compare products, rather than going to outside sources. This feature is simple to use and allows your consumers to add products to the comparison list on a click of a button. They can then compare products side by side by just dragging and dropping them.

Unified search

Customers will be able to take advantage of our fast and easy-to-use search engine feature for both their editorial and e-Commerce sections of the website. In an instant, shoppers will be able to quickly find products, articles, documents, images and other media. This feature can also auto-suggest search results.

Personalized Customer Experience

Organizations will enjoy our personalization and recommendation capabilities brought by eZ Personalization, which can help generate more sales. This feature allows your business to deliver relevant and personalized content based on customer preferences and behaviors. Businesses can seamlessly provide targeted promotions that fit customers’ needs. eZ Personalization is an additional cloud service that we offer on top of eZ Commerce and eZ Platform.

How will eZ Commerce benefit different stakeholders in your organization?

eZ commerce provides value for different stakeholders in an organization. CTOs and CIOs will be happy to hear that they can drastically lower operational costs as they will have one application that covers both content and commerce. Additionally, the application’s performance will be faster since eZ Commerce is built on the Symfony full-stack framework.

On the other hand, a Chief Commerce Officers will be pleased that eZ Commerce helps them reduce shopping cart abandonment and improve conversion rates, overall sales performance, and naturally build ever evolving commerce capabilities faster and better.

Finally, marketers and editors will enjoy customizing and personalize content pages by dragging and dropping banners, blog post images and other types of content from one single tool. As a result, organizations will be able to increase engagement, boost their sales and build a loyal customer base.

Engineered by experienced e-Commerce and eZ Platform experts

eZ Commerce is engineered by silver.solutions for eZ Systems. silver.solutions is a software company and service provider who focuses on facilitating B2B e-Commerce for companies in technology-oriented industries worldwide. silver.solutions offers profound business process knowledge, a strong analytical approach and more than 18 years of experience in building e-Commerce solutions on top of eZ Systems technology. One of silver.solutions' core competencies is the integration of ERP, CRM and PIM systems with e-Commerce solutions to ensure a seamless user experience. If you are interested in scheduling a demo with one of our sales representatives, please fill out the form on this page.

If you have comments, questions concerning eZ Commerce, be sure to leave a note in the comments section below.

06/12/2018 12:50 pm   eZ Systems News   Mirror   Link  

Contributor of the Year

Douglas Hammond for his contribution to the support of “Object States” in eZ Platform v2 (Director of IT at TravelOnly)

Connector of the Year

eZ Slack connector by Sébastien Morel at Novactive

Blogger of the Year

Ivo Lukač from Netgen

Best User Experience

Movistar (http://originales.movistarplus.es) For Movistar’s attempt at competing with Netflix (eZ partner: The Cocktail)

Best Project of the Year

Groupe Atlantic (http://www.groupe-atlantic.com) Groupe Atlantic’s goal was simplification, higher quality and productivity (a collaboration by various eZ partners)

Best New Partner

Comwrap

Partner of the Year

ARITHNEA

06/08/2018 06:43 am   eZ Systems News   Mirror   Link  

News

2018 eZ Awards finalists

Thank you to all who voted for this year’s eZ Awards, and congratulations to those that made it to the finals. As Global Marketing Manager Lia Pinto writes: "It’s great to see so many great projects happening in the eZ community." Winners will be announced at the eZ Awards ceremony on June 6 in Cologne, Germany during eZ Conference 2018.

eZ Platform v2.1.1 released

eZ Platform v2.1.1 has been release this week. Have a look on GitHub for the release notes. This release includes many improvements and bug fixes for ezpublish-kernel, repository-forms, ezplatform-admin-ui repositories, and more.

Pulley becomes famous, again

Pulley, our mascot, became famous last year by getting listed in the Bézier book. And he isn’t stopping there. He made it to the ‘Drawn - Leaders in contemporary illustration’ book. Well done to our Graphics Artist, Hakan Ertan!

Mascot Pulley in Drawn
Mascot Pulley in Drawn

Symfony 3.4.10 released

eZ Platform is running on the Symfony 3 full stack. This week Symfony 3.4.10 is potentially solving some issues you might have experienced in using eZ Platform. Note: at the time of publishing, Symfony 3.4.11 has been released.

In other news:

Resources

eZ Platform MailChimp Connector bundle

Emmanuel Drouet has released the EdgarEzCampaignBundle bundle. This bundle allows you to interact with MailChimp marketing automation using eZ Platform interface and content. Watch the bundle demo on YouTube. Read more about the Connector bundle in an article by Emmanuel.

Note: check out the Tweet by Novactive below for another great bundle!

Question of the week

This week, Rémy asked a question on our forum about how to administer the configuration of each site in eZ Platform, compared to how this was done in eZ Publish. Have a look on the forum for the answer.

Looking for a bundle compatible with eZ Platform? Check out: https://ezplatform.com/Bundles.

Social Media

Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, or YouTube, and join our Community for any help with eZ Platform or community-related questions.

Find eZ at These Events

For more events, make sure to check out this list.

Each week we publish a roundup of highlights from the eZ ecosystem. If you have any news or events to share, please contact me.

(Lead image credit: Sela Yair, CC)

05/25/2018 11:56 am   eZ Systems News   Mirror   Link  

The problems we had to solve

eZ Platform version 1 offered not only a way for editors to manage and create their pages in a visual way using the Page mode, but also to assemble blocks and content, take control of their landing pages and more. All this was great on paper, and worked OK for some projects but being honest, customer feedback has shown us that the Landing Page Manager was somehow falling short of what some users need and expect.

First, the editorial experience could be severely degraded because of performance flaws, mostly due to the technical U.I. framework we used. I hate to say it but we were unable to deliver the speed that a modern user expects.

Second, and also related to the underlying technology, the Landing Page Manager was extremely tedious and difficult to work with for developers when it came to customizing or extending it.

Both issues have long been identified, and with eZ Platform version 2 we laid the foundation for a new U.I. architecture that could solve this (read here to know more). This required quite a bit of rewrite and we had to phase out the work by migrating the Landing Page Manager rewrite into 2.1 and 2.2.

Lastly, aside from the flaws mentioned above, the Landing Page Manager was a relatively new tool and we learned a lot from partners and users on how to improve it. So with this major overhaul we decided, beyond solving the initial problems, to make significant changes on how it works—gathered from customer feedback.

So let’s have a look into what’s coming out of this rewrite:

The Page Builder, a new name for a major upgrade

First, let’s start with the name. This new version comes with a new name: RIP “Landing Page Manager,” welcome “Page Builder.” The new name allows us to clarify: we are not only allowing to build landing pages, but we are allowing to build any page with eZ Platform. “Landing” was misleading. And then, more than managing it really is about building pages, assembling content, creating. So welcome Page Builder!

Built for speed

Forget about the slow loading of the old Landing Page Manager, as well as its slow reloading when jumping from Content to Page mode. Thanks to the new architecture, there is no more need for such a long preloading that was especially annoying for 2.0 and 2.1 users who already had been benefiting from a fast system on other parts of the application.

Then, once loaded, the new Page Builder takes care of making every interaction significantly faster, with no latency and always keeping the user updated with what’s happening in the system.

Speed is one of those things you never get enough of. We’ll continue to try to improve speed further BUT with that significant boost, users will get enough to impact their productivity and to switch from a painful to a pleasant experience.

Editorial comfort and usability

Besides speed, the new Page Builder comes with better usability and comfort in general. It follows the new eZ user interface guidelines introduced with eZ Platform version 2, which bring more consistency and make the usage of the tool more intuitive.

Some other usability gains are delivered at different places, such as having the ability to create content “on the fly” when adding a block to a page, removing the tedious requirement of having to prepare your content beforehand in the repository. This will typically save many clicks, remove frustration, and speed up the operation of content editors. Other improvements of the same sort will be present, such as better managing versions, translations and draft conflicts.

Translation Management in Page Builder (prototype)

More power

The new Page Builder will not only be faster to use, but it will open many possibilities in the future because it is designed in a very different way. First of all, it better embraces the underlying content model of eZ Platform. With the new Page Builder, site developers will be able to create different “Page” content types. It will be as simple as adding the Page field type to any content type. From there the content type will behave like a page and will be manageable from the Page Builder

The big benefit of this is that it will give freedom to site architects and developers to define different content types with different field definitions that fit their needs. And all the fields will be one click away for the editor in Page mode—both in View and Edit.

Content type field definitions in Page Builder (prototype)

This can be used for different purposes. For instance, on some pages information architects might want to give access to SEO data with some dedicated fields for that (potentially using Nova SEO Bundle). On other pages though, architects might not want to give any editorial control over this and not have this field definition in the content type. Or, in multisite setups developers might simply want different field definitions for pages on different sites.

Beyond this, the underlying data structure of the page field type has been redefined too. It is now much more structured. This will allow us to better provide features dealing with blocks in the future, such as:

  • Ability to remotely access a block and its content via REST endpoint
  • Ability to have knowledge and control of which content is on which block, as it could be done using content relations. For instance, to warn users when deleting a content that it is used on other pages
  • Ability to remotely push content into a block, without the editor having to edit the page
  • Ability to reuse blocks
  • ..

A much better developer experience

I won’t go into much details here as we’ll post more about this later on. We collected valuable feedback from developers using the Landing Page Manager in version 1. We learned about what is needed in terms of customization and extensibility for developers, and we tried to bring many of these lessons learned into Page Builder v2, hopefully to improve developer’s daily tasks. The main point about those improvements is that we better stick to the Symfony framework, and like for the rest of version 2, it will be possible to extend the Page Builder using the power and simplicity of Symfony Forms and TWIG template system. JavaScript knowledge won’t even be required! Stay tune for more on this soon.

Please be aware - we saved some features for later!

You should also know that we won’t ship all features of the Landing Page Manager v1 into this first iteration of the Page Builder coming with version 2.2. The reason for this is simple, this was a major overhaul and we decided to focus on building something solid and powerful rather than rushing and carrying debts or design flaws. We prioritized the most used features, and we’ll finish the migration of the few missing features with the improvements that were necessary in the next fast track release.

There are two specific features that won’t be provided in the Page Builder v2.2: the Schedule Block and the Form Builder.

So if you’re looking to using either the Schedule Block or the Form Builder and looking to upgrade, it is likely that you’ll have to wait for our next release in September, but please reach out to our customer success team to discuss the topic.

For now, we are working hard to finish this version 2.2 and look forward to this release, which is scheduled for a little over a month from now. If you are interested or have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below, on discuss.ezplatform.com or productmanagement@ez.no.

Finally, two of our lead developers working on the Page Builder will be speaking at the eZ Conference on June 6 in Cologne. It’s a great one-day event packed with knowledge (this year tickets are free!). Don’t miss this opportunity to learn and discuss with our product and engineering teams about the Page Builder.

05/22/2018 11:54 am   eZ Systems News   Mirror   Link