CMS Lite Release Notes

The following section describes what's new in the latest CMS Lite product release and, where applicable, links to additional information and functionality.

Visit the Enhanced Search page for release notes regarding enhancements and fixes.

Product: CMS Lite, 2017

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Product: CMS Lite

Release Number: 2.7.5

Release Date:  Nov 14, 2017

What's New?

  • The ability to review and revert to a previous asset from the Asset History tab is now available
  • Table properties now include: Sort and Search, and Pagination options
  • The Content Status Grid on the CMS Lite home page now shows the page type (rather than an icon), and indicates if the page has children
  • Unused vocab terms can now be deleted
  • Various CSS changes have been made to the CMS Lite application to enhance the look
  • Other back-end changes have been implemented to improve the application

Product: CMS Lite

Release Number: 2.7.4

Release Date:  Nov 7, 2017

What's New?

  • When developing vocabularies, you can now import (upload) a CSV of terms. Subsequently, you can export out uploaded terms, add more terms to the CSV, and re-import
    • The file being uploaded must be: in CSV format, contain a HEADER value in the first column and TERMS listed in the first column below the HEADER
  • Expanded the Page types which can be queried in the Content/Assets Status Pane on the CMS Lite homepage
  • Fixed a bug which prevented terms from being moved from one vocabulary to another
  • Corrected the method used to update the Usage tab for pages and assets. The batch process wasn't saving the information some times
  • Other back-end changes have been implemented to improve the application

Product: CMS Lite

Release Number: 2.7.3

Release Date:  Oct 10, 2017

What's New?

  • History information is now recorded on actions performed on Assets and Asset Folders
  • Site-wide Notifications (shown in the header) are available to SYSADMINs (or users of a specific group) for posting on gov.bc.ca. Notifications will be used to broadcast information deemed necessary or appropriate, in the public interest
  • Other back-end changes have been implemented to improve the application

Product: CMS Lite

Release Number: 2.7.2

Release Date:  Sep 19, 2017

What's New?

  • The Help menu, found in the CMS Lite Banner, now lists the links in alphabetical order
  • You can delete a page or asset from the Content/Asset Status Pane of the homepage
    • Existing deletion rules apply. If you attempt to delete a page which contains children pages, the deletion action will not occur. You need to ensure all of its children pages are deleted before the page you are deleting can be done
  • For CMS Lite system administrators, the User screen now shows if someone is set as a Manager of a particular group
  • If an existing page path value exists in PROD, and a user attempts to publish a page or an asset with the same human-readable URL, an error will be displayed, and an email will be sent to the user
    • Use case 1: Page 1 exists in PROD, using page path "abc". The user unpublishes page 1, and subsequently updates and saves the page with page path "xyz". The user then creates page 2 (at the same level as page 1), and uses the page path "abc". This will work. However, if the user attempts to publish page 2, it will fail, since page 1's page path, "abc" still exists in PROD
    • Use case 2: Page 1 exists in PROD, using page path "abc". Page 1 is moved to another location. Page 2 is created at the same level/location where page 1 existed, and is created with page path "abc". This will work. However, if the user attempts to publish page 2, it will fail, since page 1's page path, "abc" still exists in PROD
    • Use case 3: A published asset exists in Folder 1 as file 123.pdf.  File 123.pdf is subsequently moved to Folder 2, but it is not republished.  If the file 123.pdf is re-uploaded into Folder 1, the publish action will fail. The file that was moved to Folder 2 must be published from its new location folder first
    Other back-end changes have been implemented to improve the application

Product: CMS Lite

Release Number: 2.7.1

Release Date:  Sep 14, 2017

What's New?

  • The default value for External Links has been updated to say "URL goes here"
  • When creating tables, the ability to apply row (zebra) striping has been added
  • The check-mark check-mark indicating a node is selected will no longer remain on the selected node used to perform the following actions from the Action menu. The check-mark will be placed on the node displayed in the right-pane
    • Content - New page(s).  If multiple new pages are created at one time, the check-mark is placed on the last page in the series
    • Content - Clone Page(s). If multiple clones of a page are created at one time, the check-mark is placed on the last page in the series
    • Content - Cloning a page with children.  The check-mark is placed on the parent of the cloned pages
    • Content - New External Link. The check-mark is placed on the parent of the new link
    • Asset - New Folder. The check-mark will be placed on the new folder
      • Note: When creating multiple folders you will need to re-select the parent folder each time
    • Taxonomy - Creating a new taxonomy
    • Taxonomy - Creating a new vocabulary
      • Note: If you create new terms in a vocabulary, the check-mark will remain on the parent vocabulary node
    • Tag Collection - Creating a new tag collection
    • Tag Collection - Creating a new tag collection folder
    • Tag Collection - Creating a new metadata tag collection
    • Tag Collection - Creating a new metadata tag collection folder
  • For Tag Collections, the main Description field has been updated to accept 512 characters (an increase from 256)​
  • SYSADMINs now have the ability to inactivate (and subsequently, reactivate) a users CMS Lite account. In addition, SYSADMINs can delete the users account. These actions are based on the service request of the Web Manager
    • All actions to the account are logged in the History tab. Placing a user in the inactive state retains their current security group membership (e.g.: the person has gone on a temporary leave). Deleting a user removes all security groups (e.g.: the user has left the ministry or government). Both actions will not allow the user from accessing CMS Lite, until their account is reactivated (or re-created), based on a service request
  • Other back-end changes have been implemented to improve the application

Product: CMS Lite

Release Number: 2.7.0

Release Date:  Aug 22, 2017

What's New?

  • From the Content/Asset Status Pane of the homepage, you now have the ability to filter by page type, for example, Topic, Theme, Enhanced Search, OLR Policy, etc.
  • Using the page and asset pickers, you may now link to items that are not in your security group.  Only pages and assets published to production will be displayed, along with all items within your security group.
  • Help text has been added to Content Metadata and Asset Metadata fields.  A (?) icon will appear next to each field. Hovering over the icon will provide details
    • Back-end functionality has been added to the main metadata schema to allow the metadata fields to be broken into sections  The final changes to the schema will be completed in the future by the GCPE/GDX, and CMS Lite users will be notified of the change.
  • Only secure (https) content will be allowed when embedding videos, Flickr, maps and data visualization.  An error message will be generated if non-secure content is entered into the URL field of any of the associated plug-ins
  • On pages which use multi-language content, you can "tag" blocks of foreign language content. This further supports our efforts in making content more accessible for people using screen readers
  • The CMS Lite Security Groups and Users screens are available for view only.  A specific role has been created (GROUP_USER_VIEWER), and access to role will be limited. Please discuss with the Internet Advisory Council (IAC) and your ministry web team if you feel you need access to this
  • Other back-end changes have been implemented to improve the application

Product: CMS Lite

Release Number: 2.6.0

Release Date:  Jul 4, 2017

What's New?

  • Disallow the Google Search Appliance (GSA) on gov.bc.ca, as well as Google and other search engines from indexing page content. To set this flag, you will find a checkbox in the Settings tab called "Exclude from Search Engines?"
  • The ability to embed WordPress Event Calendars (from https://events.gov.bc.ca/)  into a page has been implemented
  • "Call to Action" button links now work within web accordions
  • A [View PROD] button has been added to the Asset Settings Pane
  • Links to "CMS Lite Videos" and "Visual Design Guide" has been added to the Help menu in the CMS Lite Banner
  • The display of historical information about users and groups has been added (screens used by SYSADMINs)
    • This will help triage changes to users and groups
  • Other back-end changes have been implemented to improve the application

Product: CMS Lite

Release Number: 2.5.9.1

Release Date:  Jun 20, 2017

What's New?

  • Fixed an issue with the Upload Assets process which was preventing multiple assets and large asset files from being uploaded
  • The Display External Links filter in the Content Status Grid of the homepage is again returning results
  • Image Description field in the Promo Box has been increased to 128 characters

Product: CMS Lite

Release Number: 2.5.9 and 2.5.8

Release Date:  May 30, 2017

What's New?

CMS Lite - Two upgrades

2.5.9

  • An enhancement has been implemented to improve the efficiency and storage for Human Readable URLs (HRU), for CMS Lite-based sites that utilize HRUs
  • User Interface (UI) and functionality enhancements have been made to the Users and Groups screens (accessible by SYSADMIN users only).

2.5.8

  • Implemented a fix to help make the CKEditor load more efficiently in CMS Lite
  • The Data Visualization placeholder (previously not displaying) is now loading in CKEditor for Chrome
  • When a page is moved, the History Tab will keep track of the old and new location
  • Other back-end changes have been implemented to improve the application

Product: CMS Lite

Release Number: 2.5.7

Release Date:  Mar 28, 2017

What's New?

CMS Lite

  • Only the title field is now mandatory for Embed Map and  Data Visualizations
  • Strike-through text icon has been added to the Rich Text Editor toolbar
  • Status of a page/asset is automatically updated using the publish now action
    • status updates will appear next to Page Title in the Content Pane when using the [Publish] action button for that page
  • Fixed - after clicking the [Save] action button on the Asset Settings Pane you will no longer get a 404 error when you click the [View QA] button
  • Minor fixes and back-end changes have been made

Product: CMS Lite

Release Number: 2.5.6

Release Date:  Feb 16, 2017

What's New?

CMS Lite

  • To support the incorporation of multi-lingual content within our English-language website, various labels on the gov.bc.ca presentation templates (including search) have been translated into five languages.
    • The five languages (plus English) supported with this release are: French, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Japanese and Korean
    • Only hardcoded labels found within the body of content (including the right column) will change to the language selected. The labels/links found in the header and footer area are NOT translated
    • To use this feature, obtain officially translated content, and copy & paste it into the various page fields. Select the corresponding language (found in a drop-down) in the Settings tab. Click save and view in QA. When you are done your edits, publish the page to production
    • Note that all non-English content should be vetted by an official translator, and not obtained from an auto-translation service to ensure content quality and accuracy.
  • Image Maps with anchor links will now link down to the page section where the anchor resides
  • Minor fixes and back-end changes have been made

Product: CMS Lite

Release Number: 2.5.5

Release Date:  Jan 31, 2017

What's New?

CMS Lite

  • A Revert action has been added to the History tab, providing the ability to revert content back to a previous version or recently saved change
    • A version of content is one that has been PUBLISHED; content that is recently saved is from the most recent save down to the most recent version (published content)
      • When a page is published, access to previously saved changes will be removed
    • Important dates:
      • Access to revert previous versions: July 26, 2016
      • Saved, but not published:  November 1, 2016
  • You can now clone a page with children (parent page and all of its descendants)
    • Note: due to the number of pages you attempt to clone, the action may take too long, and time out. You may need to clone a content area in smaller sections
  • When creating a link to an asset, you now have two options:
    1. Force the asset to be downloaded (saved to the computer)
    2. Do not force the asset to be downloaded (and have it open/rendered in a browser window)
    • Note: When clicking on a link that uses the force download option using the Chrome browser, the action may not work (due to settings within the users browser)
  • Other (general) fixes and back-end changes have been made

Product: CMS Lite

Release Number: 2.5.4

Release Date:  Jan 10, 2017

What's New?

CMS Lite

  • Removed unrelated fields from the Intranet Theme template
  • Link properties has been fixed to allow the type Email (mailto)
  • Text fields which include spaces at start/end of the text, are removed
  • Updated the footer to include 2017
  • This release includes a patch that fixed an issue which stripped table formatting when used within accordions