New Features

Please add your suggestions for new SilverStripe CMS & Framework features (Note: bugs should be logged over in GitHub).

A new feature for SilverStripe should be ...

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  1. 18 votes
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    • Have the /admin/ url as a setting

      Currently the admin URL needs swapping manually in the following places. This should be more easily changed.

      cms/_config/routes.yml
      cms/code/controllers/AssetAdmin.php
      cms/code/model/SiteTree.php
      cms/code/model/VirtualPage.php
      cms/code/reports/Report.php
      cms/javascript/AssetAdmin.js
      cms/tasks/RemoveOrphanedPagesTask.php
      framework/_config/routes.yml
      framework/admin/code/AdminRootController.php
      framework/admin/code/LeftAndMain.php
      framework/admin/javascript/LeftAndMain.BatchActions.js
      framework/admin/templates/Includes/LeftAndMain_Menu.ss
      framework/filesystem/File.php

      86 votes
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      • Use composer to load thirdparty libraries

        Currently thirdparty libraries (e.g. Zend Cache/Translate) are included as part of the framework.

        There would likely be some work around getting SilverStripe to work with the latest versions of these packages.

        Might also be a chance to decouple some of the dependencies, right now the cache code seems quite tightly coupled and inflexible.

        16 votes
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        • Asset Abstraction

          (See https://github.com/silverstripe/silverstripe-framework/issues/3792 for full details).

          *Motivation*

          The driver for this change is solving the following problems we keep encountering in practice:

          * changing root path for asset storage
          * support Amazon S3 as a backend
          * support backends for sites residing on multiple servers (clustered sites)
          * have files versioned
          * have files with workflow
          * be able to model private files that do not appear in the Files & Images section

          *Proposal*

          To solve these problems we propose to:

          1. Create a backend-independent way of referring to files in the Framework.
          2. "Degrade" files from entities in their own…

          92 votes
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          • Themes should be more powerful

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

            42 votes
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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…

              77 votes
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              • Update TinyMCE to 4.x

                Update TinyMCE to 4.x. This will bring a far more modern user experience for content authors and general CMS users.

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                • Responsive CMS

                  Make the CMS responsive so users can update content or manage their app on any device.

                  This would be great selling point for silverstripe.

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                    We’ve made the CMS UI useable in smaller screens now, the last major piece of the puzzle was creating a mobile menu (for smartphone screen sizes). There’s always more work to do, and Paul is still fine tuning actions to fit better in the available space, but overall I’d say it can be considered “responsive” now.

                    Next goal: Create action-focused mobile views (e.g. quicklinks to “edit recently visited pages”), and improve performance on mobile. But that’s scope creep for this card.

                    See beta1 announcement: https://www.silverstripe.org/blog/the-first-beta-release-of-silverstripe-4-is-here/

                  • Improve UI for media insertion / management

                    When using file manager or inserting media from CMS, a more visual approach would be more user friendly.

                    Wordpress is a great example of how media insertion and management should be handled, the kickassets module is another good example (just for the file management side of things).

                    60 votes
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                      I think we’re in a much better place now, with a React-powered UI that’s the same between the dedicated “assets” management section, and the “insert media” dialog. Including a more powerful search, list filtering/sorting.

                      There’s been a few related announcements:
                      https://www.silverstripe.org/blog/shining-bright-silverstripe-4-0-alpha-2-is-released/
                      https://www.silverstripe.org/blog/the-first-beta-release-of-silverstripe-4-is-here/
                      https://www.silverstripe.org/blog/shining-bright-silverstripe-4-0-alpha-2-is-released/
                      https://www.silverstripe.org/blog/better-than-a-trilogy-silverstripe-4-0-0-alpha4-released/
                      https://www.silverstripe.org/blog/the-sixth-alpha-enter-the-territory-of-dead-bugs/
                      https://www.silverstripe.org/blog/its-our-lucky-seventh-alpha/

                      We’ve also made progress on the “insert link” panels, see https://www.silverstripe.org/blog/the-first-beta-release-of-silverstripe-4-is-here/.

                      So while these improvement cards are never really done, I think we’re on a good path.

                      Will, do you want to file more specific feature requests for the usability issues you’ve raised here on Uservoice, and link them here?

                    • Make the framework more modular

                      You should be able to easily swap out certain aspects of the framework, so instead of being tightly coupled together, the various aspects of the framework, ie ORM, caching, templating, should be loosely coupled together so that one aspect can be swapped out for another.

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                        Core is now composed from nearly a dozen smaller modules. There’s still inter-dependencies (e.g. the ORM can’t be used standalone), but let’s pick up those discussions in more detailed uservoice submissions. Anyone keen to review the state of SS4 and create new submissions on what’s still missing? Refer to our beta1 announcement (as well as the older announcements linked in there): https://www.silverstripe.org/blog/the-first-beta-release-of-silverstripe-4-is-here/

                      • Apply versioning and draft/published to files

                        Right now, the draft/published system doesn't apply to files: any files that you upload are available straight-away, and file replacements can't be staged and tested.

                        For many people, this is acceptable as the draft/published system is kind of an optional, bonus feature. Others don't realise this limitation is there and are shocked when they find out. And for some people it makes using SilverStripe a non-starter.

                        Admittedly, this is generally only an issue to larger organisations, however, SilverStripe has always been designed to let web developers create more tailored systems, and so thinking about the needs of people who care…

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