Webvanta Blog: Creating Effective Websites

New Release: Toolbar Fixes, Performance Improvements, Thumbnail Generation

Earlier this week, we deployed a new version of the Webvanta system that fixes the problem many of you have experienced with the toolbar not appearing unless you manually clear the caches. We’re pretty sure we’ve licked this problem, but please let us know if you encounter any issues with the top bar.

In case you’re interested, this involved a complete rewrite of how we inject the toolbar. Previously, we were inserting it into the HTML for your pages. Now, we instead inject a little bit of JavaScript at the end of your pages, which checks to see if you’re logged in as an admin, and if so, uses JavaScript to insert the toolbar. We’ve taken pains to ensure that the JavaScript we’re using shouldn’t conflict with anything on your pages, but please let us know if you see any issues.

This release also adds several other enhancements:

  • Previously, whenever you were logged in as an admin, when viewing your pages they were not cached. Now, if the page is cached, you’ll see the cached version, making things much faster. Keep in mind, however, that whenever you make any change to the site, the cache is cleared, so the first access, whether in admin mode or not, will be slower, and will fill the cache for that page.
  • Generation of pages that use custom item types is much faster.
  • You can now choose to have thumbnails (or even multiple sizes) automatically created when you upload images. See Creating and Accessing Image Renditions for details on how to use this feature.
  • Bugs related to select elements in database forms not showing the selected items have been resolved.

Coming soon: an enhanced rich text editor for articles and other content. We’ve been using the YUI editor, and we’ve found that it’s not up to the task. We’re currently hard at work on implementing a derivative of the FCK editor, with a variety of enhancements to support WebvantaScript embedded in the page (which wreaks havoc with unmodified rich text editors). We’re also working on syntax highlighting for code views.

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