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  1. MongoDB Driver

    MongoDB is fast and would suit the class inheritance we've got going already. I expect it would speed things up a lot as it would mean fewer joins and complex queries.

    Ideally, the whole CMS could run on Mongo but a second best would be to allow some DataObjects to use it and some to remain on another driver.

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    • Filesystem Abstraction

      Allow for different filesystems to be added using a common Filesystem Interface.

      The includes AWS S3 and other cloud storage.

      This should separate the filesystem from the database layer.

      18 votes
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      • Make internal core search system more extensible

        Advanced internal search system, without plugins or complicated requirements on the server. FulltextSearchable and SearchForm provide a basics approach to implementing search over MySQL, it would be easy to modify those classes to be more dynamic and allow MySQL based FulltextSearch index on custom columns.

        6 votes
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        • Column or block content editing

          Right now Content in the core CMS is either "a big lump of HTML" or "a set of carefully defined fields".

          There are lots of modules that try and add content modules / blocks / columns to SilverStripe CMS, but none have really taken off.

          We should add the ability for Content to be managed in a more modular way than just "big lump of text".

          35 votes
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          • Ability to submit user feedback from the CMS

            As part of this usability document (http://www.silverstripe.org/assets/2014/Reports/Usability-report-on-SilverStripe-CMS-Main-actions-and-page-states.pdf), it has become clear that users are keen to voice feedback about the CMS but are unsure how to do this, so I would love to see a feedback form inside the CMS which will allow users to submit their pain points and then have a hosted area for everyone to view and sort issues based on popularity etc. or other metrics. This could be used to create future uservoice issues especially for CMS users. Their email would be optional and would have to be hidden from the feedback but could…

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            • Have SilverStripe classes be in namespaces

              Right now all SilverStripe classes are just in the global namespace. We decided 5.3 would be a reasonable requirement too late in the 3.x cycle to change this.

              However it's holding us back, and we can't really wait for 4.x to fix it.

              We should move all cms & framework classes into appropriate namespaces (ideally PSR-0 compliant, although this wouldn't include making PSR-0 actually work, we'd still need the SilverStripe bootstrap, at least for now).

              We'd need to include a tool that scanned projects for class usages & automatically added the use statements to the top of all files for…

              44 votes
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              • Simultaneous editing support

                Currently there's no good support for two editors editing the same Page (or other Data Object).

                We should at least allow locking a page, but better would be adding simultaneous editing a-la Google Docs, etc. If we couldn't get totally simultaneous editing working (TinyMCE might be tricky) we could at least allow simultaneous viewing, with a single person being the current "editor".

                17 votes
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                • Replace extensions with traits

                  Extensions are quite slow, and PHP 5.4 introduced traits which does a lot of the same stuff but as a language feature (so is much faster).

                  One caveat is the event-like methods in Extensions (onAfterWrite, etc), but they can be replaced with an event system (see http://silverstripe.uservoice.com/forums/251266-new-features/suggestions/6425842-add-events-system)

                  Once that's done it'd be easy to replace extensions with traits.

                  It will require upgrading the minimum PHP version to 5.4, or doing some dynamic class compilation in the autoloader in 5.3 to maintain compatibility

                  17 votes
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                  • Themes should be more powerful

                    They should be able to inherit from other themes, and define codeless page types

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                    • iOS / Android App

                      Would be a great selling point to have an iOS / Android app for using the CMS.

                      It would pretty much be a wrapper to launch the web-based CMS as it would never be able to cater for the endless possibilities, but it would be nice to be able to store multiple websites with logins to make it feel like it was an actual app.

                      Would tie in with the Responsive CMS suggestion here http://silverstripe.uservoice.com/forums/251266-new-features/suggestions/6196153-responsive-cms

                      4 votes
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                      • Make CSV importing more user/developer friendly

                        Bulk loading currently requires users to create a spreadsheet that exactly matches the import fields. I have seen systems where you instead just map the headings before doing the actual import.

                        http://aws.cachefly.net/1Password3/images/faq/Generic_CSV_Import_Fields.jpg

                        Also for developers the following would be useful:
                        * Use DataObject default values if values are missing
                        * Provide ability to skip incomplete/invalid records

                        Semi related issue:
                        https://github.com/silverstripe/silverstripe-framework/issues/2542

                        4 votes
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                        • Add events system

                          Currently we have a few ad-hoc events (like preRequestFilter and postRequestFilter), and a few event-like methods that are caught by extensions (onBeforeWrite, etc).

                          These are both un-ideal from a performance point of view. Both the event raiser and all event handlers need to be loaded at all times, and the event-like behaviour of extensions is one of the things stopping us from replacing them with traits.

                          Important to this working would be the ability to bind event raisers to event handlers in the config system, while still being able to specify some level of filtering (for instance be able to…

                          33 votes
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                          • Make it easier for new developers to work with composer

                            Its safe to say that learning composer is now on the list of things to learn when developing with SilverStripe. Its a great tool, but I'm sure its pushing away new developers who just want to get something up and running out of the box.

                            It appears the drupal community is addressing this issue:
                            https://www.drupal.org/project/composer_manager
                            https://www.acquia.com/blog/using-composer-manager-get-island-now

                            4 votes
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                            • Ability to put Layout templates into subfolders

                              Currently all page templates have to be at the root of the Layout folder. When a site gets really large there can potentially be 30+ templates in that folder. It would be awesome to be able to add subfolders so that there can be clearer groupings of page templates.

                              Currently this is possible for Includes.

                              9 votes
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                              • Make it optional if a page is added to top or bottom of the site tree

                                When using the SiteTree for news and other stuff, it would be usefull to be able to define if a new page should go in to the top of the structure, or if it should be added to the bottom (std).

                                Could also be an option when rigtht clicking a page -> Create subpage at top / create subpage before / after or something like that.

                                5 votes
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                                • Rework the "unpublish / delete" CMS controls to be clearer

                                  Currently we have "unpublish" and "delete from draft", but these aren't very self explanatory or really do what people want.

                                  They should be replaced with "Undo most recent publication", "Discard changes since last publication", "Remove page completely from site", "Remove all public versions of this page", etc

                                  11 votes
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                                  • Files should be stored in DataObject fields

                                    Right now Files are DataObjects that have a 1 to 1 correlation to files / directories in the assets folder, and when using them we just hand over a URL to the location in the assets folder.

                                    This makes it hard to: use other storage backends that don't necessarily have a folder structure; have Files that are not shared between the whole system; version Files (since filesystems don't support versioning); have Files with restricted access

                                    We should instead have "File" as a field type for $db (like String, Int, etc). We wouldn't store these in the database - instead we'd…

                                    17 votes
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                                    • Add a Debug Toolbar

                                      Look at how we can integrate PHPDebugBar http://phpdebugbar.com/ for better and prettier debugging. Symfony & Laravel has it - I think SilverStripe should too.

                                      This can replace the use of URL variables to show debugging information.

                                      10 votes
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                                      • Core Classes should inherit from Object class

                                        I know most classes inherit from the Object class now. But some classes are still stand-alone (Debug, DB, etc.). Inheriting from Object will allow devs to use Object::useCustomClass() for any core SilverStripe class.

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                                        • Improve REST/API support

                                          There's two existing modules, both of them fall short of designing a modern API: https://github.com/silverstripe/silverstripe-restfulserver
                                          https://github.com/nyeholt/silverstripe-webservices

                                          The number of API consumers is rising due to increased usage of frontend libraries like Backbone/Ember/Angular, and SilverStripe can be a powerful tool to drive those frontends if it had better API development support.

                                          Specifically, add the following:
                                          - More modularity (RESTfulServer is one monolithic class for all content types)
                                          - Content negotiation
                                          - Caching headers
                                          - More powerful field mapping
                                          - HAL to describe relationships and references
                                          - Pluggable authentication (ship with OAuth by default?)

                                          Alternatively, we might look into creating adapters for…

                                          12 votes
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