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    Default AV Blog Script - A first look at AVCMS

    Hi everyone,

    Today I want to give a first look at the content management system I've been building for well over a year that will form the foundation of all AV Scripts in the future.

    AVCMS

    AVCMS is the name of the base content management system that all the scripts will run on. It's built in a way that means all my scripts will share 90% of the same code. Meaning that if I update or tweak the comments system for example, any new features and updates will automatically work with all of my scripts.

    The shared codebase also means that translations, templates and add-ons will also work across scripts. So a template for AV Arcade will work just fine with Wallpaper Site Script.

    The Code: PHP

    The underlying code of AVCMS is entirely new and coded in a vastly different way to anything I've released before. While I am still using PHP, I'm using a much more modern coding style that is entirely object-oriented rather than procedural. At the foundation of this are components from one of the biggest and most popular PHP frameworks around, Symfony.

    Symfony is a very powerful framework that can be used as individual components. These components are used in some of the biggest PHP projects around including the upcoming Drupal 8 and in future versions of PhpBB. This includes a templating language called Twig which will allow for huge customisability of templates by template designers. Absolutely every template can be overwritten by a template without modifying the original files.

    The Code: Frontend

    On the frontend, AVCMS uses Bootstrap. This means both the main website & the admin panel are responsive and work great on both desktop and mobile devices.

    The Admin

    The responsive admin panel works great on mobile and desktop, meaning you can manage your site on the go. It features an entirely new interface for managing and editing content that works as a split-pane on desktops, a UI never really seen in CMS admin panels. The best way to really understand the new admin panel is to give it a go!

    Menus & Modules

    A couple of core features of AVCMS is customisable menus and modules. Modules are small blocks that can be added to certain sections of the site. Most obviously in places like the sidebar throughout the site, but also in places like the admin dashboard and user profiles. These modules come with customisable settings & templates plus the ability to hide/show them to certain users and order them as you wish.

    You can also now create, edit and re-order items in the menus throughout the script. These menus are totally dynamic so they won't show features that have been disabled or items a user doesn't have permission to view.

    Users, Groups & Permissions

    Users can belong to groups and those groups can be allowed/denied permission to do certain activities. So you can have an admin that is only permitted to edit blog posts or a moderator who can only manage comments. The full customisability of groups and permissions is still in a work in progress so for now as the groups are pre-set with only a few permissions. This will be expanded later.

    AV Blog

    To test out the work I've completed so far, today I'm releasing a blog script. The blog is what will replace the "News" sections in AV Arcade & Wallpaper Site Script. The blog features a number of aspects that are reusable throughout future scripts such as comments, reporting, tags, scheduled publish time, custom URL slugs and more.

    Give it go

    AV Blog requires PHP 5.4 or above and an Apache-based web server with mod_rewrite enabled.

    To install:

    1. Download AV Blog.
    2. If you can, upload the zip file to your site and unzip it on the server. If you cannot unzip after uploading, unzip before uploading.
    3. Visit the site in your browser and you should be redirected to the installer to being the install process

    That should be it

    Hopefully everything works, though there's a chance you may face permissions issues. Make sure the script has write permissions to the /blog, /cache and /web folders and all their sub-directories.

    This is early software and really intended for testing so I can find out if there's any issues with the script so far. So you are very likely to experience issues. Don't use the script on anything that really matters.

    2015 will be full of many new things and will be an exciting year for AV Scripts.

    Thanks for all your continued support,
    Andy
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    No demo link?

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    I'll put up a front-end demo soon, although the real story is in the admin panel. From the frontend it's a very minimal blog system but in the admin you can more clearly see where I've put the work Maybe I'll make a video or something.
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    wow just seen this on twitter. sounds great i cant wait! im a boostrap web developer so cant wait to build a few templates for it!!!!

    @Andy could you provide a copy of the cms system to test ECT? PM Me

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    @Andy

    when you click on add module in admin it says error 500
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    Hi Andy
    I am receiving this error
    Parse error: syntax error, unexpected '[' in /home/content/xxx/xxxxxxx/xxxx/xxxx/front.php on line 12
    when visiting the blog and this error when I add install.php
    Parse error: syntax error, unexpected '[' in /home/content/xxx/xxxxxxx/html/xxxx/install.php on line 11

    Daronna

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    working fine for me make sure you have permissions set correctly

    thanks
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    Thanks Walagames
    Is there another cache folder other than the one in /src/AV folder?
    Because my permissions are set properly AFAIK, yet I still get the above error.

    Thanks
    Daronna

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    hi,

    yes in the root folder create a folder called "cache" (without quotes) and chmod 755
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    BUGs:

    Hi Andy i have a bug. when you go to manage the frontend links, when you arrage them in order it does not save the link order

    Thanks,
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    Hi, thanks for the reports so far I'll look into them.

    @Daronna - The new system required PHP 5.4 and above, it looks like you're running an older version of PHP (probably 5.3).
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    Nice job Andy! I get the 500 error also when clicking on add module and some other things...but if you click again the link will go where it is supposed to. Sometimes it is extremely slow to open your website. Sometimes you get a white page but again if you reload it will take you to your website. Same here on the not saving links if you re-order them. I have one question for you. When you go to add an image to your blog post you have to have a url to add for the image. Wouldn't it be simpler and more convenient if you had a upload from your computer button? Just a thought. Looking forward to see what everything does when you change the scripts to this. I will do more testing and get back to you if I find more bugs.Thanks Andy.
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    Hi, thanks for the feedback. If your site is on the web somewhere would it be possible for you to create an admin account for me and I'll see how it's running for you?

    Thanks for all your help,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy View Post
    Hi, thanks for the feedback. If your site is on the web somewhere would it be possible for you to create an admin account for me and I'll see how it's running for you?

    Thanks for all your help,

    Andy
    Sure Andy I will pm you the info. Found two more bugs. First one is that when you make a blog post the text does not wrap. Just goes on for miles. The second bug is that the logo url does not work either. It does not save or show up. That's it for now. I am sending you a pm now.
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    Another bug.... When you add a link to the main menu there is a url for an image for the icon. The icon does not show. Url does save however. Using 16 x 16 icon.
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    You have a page in the admin to check for reported posts but there is nowhere to report a post when viewing a post.
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    There isn't the ability to report posts it's only for reporting comments. Where do you see the option to find reported posts?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy View Post
    There isn't the ability to report posts it's only for reporting comments. Where do you see the option to find reported posts?
    I meant the comments.... I did manage to find it though.
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    A blog? Wow i never seen this coming from AV Scripts.
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    Hey,

    It's not really a proper project, just a first step in creating my new scripts. But the blog will be a part of the new Wallpaper Site Script & AV Arcade, replacing the news section.
    Wherever possible, please use the forum to ask for support rather than sending me a PM
    I help where I can with code changes/modification but overall: if the script doesn't do something you want it to do, please suggest it for a future update.

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