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This week in eZ - #47, 2015

Friday 20 November 2015 12:54

by Robin Muilwijk  | 3 comments

With this post, I am introducing a weekly blog, to capture the news from our community and beyond. Have you been working hard on your eZ Platform code all week, and missed out on all the news? Just make sure you tune in on Fridays for ‘This week in eZ’!

I will be covering news, coming from our bloggers within the community, social media, the eZ Community on Slack, and more. With this first post, we are off to a great start, as there is lots of news to share.

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Sorting search results by date-based relevance in eZ Find

Thursday 19 November 2015 06:57

by Peter Keung  | 3 comments

The eZ Publish search extension eZ Find offers many sorting parameters for its search results, the most common being by relevance / score, and by date. On large sites, sorting by date can lead to non-relevant results showing up first. What if you want to sort by date and relevance, essentially boosting newer content but still giving you relevant results?

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Building a development environment from a production website with Vagrant and VirtualBox

Monday 16 November 2015 10:36

by Philipp Kamps  | 2 comments

When it comes to local development environments, in a lot of cases Mugo uses VirtualBox images and manages them with Vagrant. These environments are sometimes created after the production environment has been set up. To make a local development environment as similar to production as possible, one approach is to actually copy the production server.

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eZ Community Board meeting minutes - October 7, 2015

Monday 26 October 2015 10:09

by Robin Muilwijk  | 2 comments

Here are the minutes of the latest Community Board meeting, October 7 2015. Our previous minutes can be found here.

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Image aliases and filters in eZ Publish 5.4+

Thursday 22 October 2015 05:10

by Thiago Campos Viana  | 0 comments

As of eZ Publish 5.4 / 2014.11, there is a new way to define custom image filters and image aliases. This is because image alias generation is now using LiipImagineBundle, with the underlying Imagine library from avalanche123. In this post we will review the old and new ways of configuring image aliases and filters along with a useful example.

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JavaScript and CSS caching best practices with ezjscore and eZ Publish

Tuesday 20 October 2015 05:29

by Peter Keung  | 0 comments

A good caching system keeps elements in the cache as long as possible, but clears them as soon as the elements are updated. For content pages in eZ Publish and most content management systems, "purge-on-publish" features are well documented. When it comes to JavaScript and CSS files, there are usually different caching systems involved, and these are important to configure. Otherwise, you'll end up with the all-too-familiar problem of a broken front-end on deployments, where the only fix is to have users do a "hard refresh" (CTRL+F5) in the browser.

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Integrating the Dropbox Chooser with eZ Publish

Monday 19 October 2015 03:36

by Benjamin Kroll  | 1 comment

When working with a CMS, you might decide to store some files in Dropbox rather than in the CMS for several reasons, including storage, workflow, and performance considerations. The Dropbox Chooser is one of 2 Dropbox Drop-ins. The "Chooser" enables users to generate a file link from a Dropbox account, and the "Saver" enables users to save a file to a different Dropbox account. The Chooser is often most useful for CMS editors.

Using the Dropbox Chooser with the eZ Publish Administration Interface saves editorial staff a lot of time by giving them direct access to the file links they need without having to jump between Dropbox and eZ Publish. The Chooser UI also allows you to upload files to a Dropbox account, making it even easier to get everything done within one operation.

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Multi-language sites in eZ Publish: requirements analysis

Tuesday 29 September 2015 02:55

by Peter Keung  | 0 comments

eZ Publish has had multi-language features (also called "internationalization") built into its core for over a decade. If you're considering building a multi-language eZ Publish website from scratch or to add additional languages to a single-language eZ Publish site, there are many technical details to be aware of. However, before you begin, it's important to develop a list of requirements for how end users and editors will use the languages on the site.

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eep in action: eZ Publish command line operations

Wednesday 23 September 2015 12:13

by Benjamin Kroll  | 0 comments

eep (Ease eZ Publish) is a command line tool we introduced in a previous post, which in combination with other command line tools like awk, grep and xargs makes for powerful one-liners. The examples in this post will highlight its versatility and show just how quickly and conveniently eZ Publish related tasks can be accomplished using eep. Get ready for some command-line fun!

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VirtualBox virtual machines with Vagrant and Ansible for website development

Tuesday 22 September 2015 04:09

by Betsy Gamrat  | 6 comments

Vagrant and Ansible are tools to efficiently provision virtual machines (also called VMs or simply boxes).

This blog post will begin with a short discussion of why one would invest the time to use these tools, then cover the required software, an overview of how Vagrant works with VirtualBox and the use of Ansible to provision a VM.

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