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New Features: Global Elements, New Responsive Design, Secure Sign In, and More.

This release of LightCMS brings you a couple of often-requested, awesome new features! Global Elements give you the ability to share an element across pages by adding the element token to the template, and the secure login feature is now controlled at the site level instead of the account level.

Keep reading to learn more about these features and the other things you’ll find in this release.

Global Elements

In the past, the only way to share an element was to set the shareable attribute on the element and then share it on each page where you wanted it to appear. This is still a good method for sharing elements on your site, but it can also be a time consuming task, if your site has a large number of pages and you want to share the element on every page.

With global elements, account owners and administrators now have the option of sharing an element across pages in a fraction of the time that it took previously. Global elements are made possible by two new enhancements in this release:

  • Global ID assigned to each element
  • Element token

For example, you may want to display the calendar on every page on your site, instead of creating a calendar, setting the shareable attribute, and then manually adding the calendar to every page, all you need to do is create the calendar on one page, retrieve the element's global ID from the element’s settings, and then add the token to the template file. 

Global ID

Each element on your site is now assigned a unique Global ID. You can locate the ID on the Advanced tab of the elements settings. This ID is set as the globalID attribute in the element token. 

 

Element Token

Place the element token in the template file for the pages where you want the global element to appear. If you want it to appear on all of your site pages, Than you need to place it in each page template file, for example, the home page template, inside page template, etc. You can use the code editor to make this modification or make the change locally to your template file and then upload to the server.

The format of the element token is as follows:

<$element globalID='916c12dd-f338-43c0-9e88-75f2d1dcf463'$><$/element$>

Simply place this token in the region where you want the element to appear, and the element will be displayed on each page based on the template.

There are a few things that you should be aware of:

  • If you delete the original element, then it is removed from the other pages on the site as well, although the element token is still included in the template file.
  • You cannot use the element token to share a product listing or a login element.

New Template: Flight

This release also introduces a new responsive template that achieves some awesome effects with a large featured image that you can update in the code with your own image. Theme Flight is fully responsive and is available for use on any LightCMS website. Click one of the following thumbnails for a full screen view of the page.

 Home Page Inside Page
 

 

You can use this design as is or download the design source code to use as a starting point for a new custom design.

You can see the design in action for yourself here, or you can log in to LightCMS and go to the Design section on the toolbar. Choose the Gallery and look for featured designs. You can apply the design to your site or download the source files. You can also see the design in the LightCMS Design Viewer.

Secure Sign In by Site

Secure sign in means that users sign in over an encrypted connection and that the website’s publishpath.com domain is displayed in the URL after sign in. When secure sign in is disabled, the connection is not encrypted and the publishpath.com domain is not displayed.

Previously, enabling or disabling secure sign in was controlled at the account level by the account owner. Consequently, secure sign in was either enabled or disabled for all sites under that account.

With this release, secure sign is now controlled at the site level. To enable or disable secure sign in click settings on the admin toolbar to display the Website Settings. Select the Advanced tab and in the Secure Sign In area of the page, Check the Secure connection for user sign in box to enable secure sign in or clear the box to disable secure sign in.

 

 

Look for these exciting new features and enhancements July 28th. To see what else this release holds, see the following release notes.


2015.7 Release Notes

New Features

  • Each element on the site is now assigned a unique Global ID. You can view each element's Global ID on the element settings Advanced tab.
  • The new element token enables you to share elements across multiple pages by specifying the Global ID of the element. To use this feature you place the token in a template file and set the globalID attribute to the Global ID of the element you want to appear in that location. The specified element appears on every page that uses the template. 

Enhancements

  • Previously secure sign in was controlled by the account owner at the account level. Account owners now have the ability to enable or disable secure sign in at the site level. This feature is set on the website settings Advanced tab. The feature is enabled by default for newly created sites.
  • This release includes several minor UI enhancements to the calendar Add Event page to make its UI consistent with the rest of the admin UI.
  • Pages that are marked as hidden are no longer included on the sitemap.aspx page. Since the page does not appear in the sitemap, it will not be visible to search engines and not be listed on search results pages.

Resolved Issues

  • The subscription link is once again generated correctly for administrators on trial websites when the associated account has allowed administrators to upgrade trial websites.

 

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