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Serendipity Styx 2.5-beta1 release is on the road

Styx 2018/1 - The 2.5-beta1 release is ready for attention! Check the ChangeLog for details! Styx should now be PHP 7.2.x ready and requires PHP from 5.5+!

Styx 2.5-beta1 runs (…some highlights)

  • Various changes for encryption and hash generation were sorted out. In example, PHP 7.1.3+ now uses a GCM SSL encryption, which forces to create a new login cookie, if in use.
  • Multi cleanup for old bundled PEAR-libs and compatibility modes vs. update external libs (Paragonie, simplePie, Pear, Smarty).
  • Various bug fixes, alongside with improvements like for the PLAIN TEXT Editor.
  • Set default Standard Backend ‘template_backend’ to Styx (2styx).
  • Add new “bootstrap 4” theme.
  • Multi changes and fixes for the Backend comments list, likewise the new moderate on/off buttons, or the new pending comment hideaway.
  • Regarding the European General Data Protection Regulation Act, taking action in mid-May, all plugins and themes were changed to collect “legal impact” information data for the newly added serendipity_event_dsgvo_gdpr plugin, which adds “legal consent” actions to user forms or even the blog.
  • Themes changes were made for consistency (serendipity message selectors), for GDPR (in clean-blog, skeleton, timeline) and real improvements for post comment author owners (in 2k11, next).
  • The NL2BR plugin found a bad interpretation of the ISO-lation tag option and improved the NL2P (experimental) option. Please review your settings on upgrade!
  • Again some improving changes in the language constants.
  • Last, but not least, a new option arrived, to run secured HTML comments. This option allows having coding example parts in comments and comments generally displayed more nicely. Since being a heavy change with “security impact”, this requires CHECKED comments, which should be your owners interest anyway!

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The new Serendipity Styx website - finally

This January I started my new years 2018 Styx revision of the Serendipity Book, which finally needed a handy place and mockup to be presented to the readers.

For this I created this shiny new

  • Serendipity Styx Edition Home website, to document what needed to be documented for Serendipity and Serendipity Styx.
  • There is no need to hop-over to S9y origin any more. Everything is in place and hopefully well organized.
  • The revised documents have been placed into the Styx [en] help center pages.
  • The german Styx Book is outside of this but bound into the same site environment.
  • Even Spartacus found a sparkling new home and you will now be able to enjoy outstanding and well cared Styx Plugins and origin Serendipity additional Themes here.
  • Since the last 2.4 release, the Styx development has slowed down a bit, but I am sure that 2018 will see some outstanding releases again.

Enjoy Styx !

PS. Please give me a note if you found something to tweak or make even better. Thanks.

Serendipity Styx 2.4.0 was released

The Styx November 2.4.0 RELEASE brings exiting news for MySQLi users, “finally” fixes the MediaLibrary and adds some new widgets. And certainly much more. Check the ChangeLog for details! Styx is PHP 7.1.x ready!

Styx 2.4.0 runs (…some highlights)

  • Set minimum required PHP version to 5.4+.
  • Adding the migration task for full UTF8MB4 unicode support on MySQL server databases >= v.5.5.3
  • Installing new MySQL systems already UTF8MB4 ready, if supported
  • Adding a new spamblocklog CLEANUP widget for SPAM-blown-up log database tables
  • Adding and moving certain core plugins to the “additional_plugins” Spartacus repository. One of it is the new responsiveimages event plugin, which creates an easy way for authors to upload differently sized images and to scale images to the visitors viewport width.
  • Fixing some more old and odd bugs in the MediaLibrary and its tasks (see changelog for details)
  • Preparations for translated theme info strings in the theme info layer, already done for [de]
  • Lots of optimising for the lang constants and others made translatable
  • Important upgrade task fix for plugins out of sync. This is important to not have untouched and famished plugins lying around.
  • Other optimized (backend) handlers and bugfixes
  • Latest Smarty lib
  • SQLite optimizations
  • And more…

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Serendipity Styx 2.4-beta1 was released

The Styx October 2.4-beta1 release brings exiting news for MySQLi users, “finally” fixes the MediaLibrary and adds some new widgets. And much more. Check the ChangeLog for details! And remember, Styx is PHP 7.1.x ready!

Styx 2.4-beta1 runs (…some highlights)

  • Set minimum required PHP version to 5.4+
  • Adding the migration task for full UTF8MB4 unicode support on MySQL server databases >= v.5.5.3
  • Installing new mysql systems already UTF8MB4 ready, if supported
  • Adding a new spamblocklog CLEANUP widget for SPAM-blown-up log database tables
  • Adding responsiveimages event plugin, which creates an easy way for authors to upload differently sized images and to scale images to the visitors viewport width
  • Fixing some more old and odd bugs in the MediaLibrary and its tasks (see changelog for details)
  • Preparations for translated theme info strings in the theme info layer, already done for [de]
  • Lots of optimising for the lang constants
  • Other optimized (backend) handlers and bugfixes
  • And some more…

See download

Serendipity Styx 2.3.0 was released

The Styx September 2.3.0 release brings another bunch of fixes for the MediaLibrary and adds the new gallery widget. And much more. Check the ChangeLog for details!
Styx is PHP 7.1.x ready!

Styx 2.3.0 runs (…some highlights)

  • Adding the new Gallery Widget for simple and easy gallery entries
  • Fixing old bugs in the MediaLibrary and refactored image processing
  • Lots of optimising for the comments, ping- and trackbacks
  • Latest Smarty
  • Strengthens Maintenance Mode handling
  • Enhance and optimise $serendipity[‘logger’] log/* files usage
  • Theme changes and security
  • Preparations for the future
  • And certainly a lot more…

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