glFusion v1.0.0 Release Candidate 1


The glLabs Team is pleased to annouce the first is now available for download. glFusion v1.0.0 is built on the foundation of Geeklog v1.5.0 (RC2).  glFusion brings news style and functionality, using Noveau as the default theme and including several pre-installed plugins.  Pre-installed plugins include; CAPTCHA, Bad Behavior2, Media Gallery, Forum, and FileMgmt.  glFusion doesn't just stop at packaging things together, there are several enhancements under the hood that bring improved performance, scalability, and usability.

Additional features of glFusion are:

  • Template Caching Library - significantly improves the performance of your site.
  • Instance Caching - This caches items such as What's New and the Forum Centerblock, greatly reducing the number of SQL queries needed to load a web page which allows your pages to load faster and provides a much smaller server load.
  • Integrated MooTools JavaScript library, bringing new Web 2.0 features to glFusion.
  • Improved FCKeditor integration, now your theme's styles are available in the editor giving you a true what you see is what you get editor.
  • Improved HTML filtering - You no longer need to define each and every HTML attribute that is allowed, instead you can use the pre-packaged 'use_safe_html' which provides all the necessary vulnerability removal without the hassle of defining all the allowed HTML styles.
  • Full XHTML compliant site - This includes all the pre-installed plugins too!
  • Improved upgrade experience, reading the old config.php to pre-populate site name, slogan, DB, etc.
  • Calendar and Links plugins integrated with CAPTCHA.
  • Site Tailor Customization Plugin - Exclusive to glFusion, Site Tailor allows you to edit and customize your navigation menu, including colors.  You can also manage your header logo with the online logo management screen.

For more information on installing or upgrading to glFusion, please Read More...

Installation

glFusion deviates from the Geeklog standard of including configuration files in the distribution.  Instead, glFusion includes copies with a .dist extension.  This ensures that you will not overwrite your existing configuration and customization files during an upgrade.  It also means that you must manually rename db-config.php.dist to db-config.php the first time you install glFusion.

Upgrading

Upgrading to glFusion is a very simple and straight forward process.  Simply upload the distribution files to your site, rename the db-config.php.dist to db-config.php and run the automated installer.  But, before you upgrade, make sure you check the Pre-Upgrade Checklist to ensure your site meets the necessary requirements.  Also, if you have made any customizations to your site's core Geeklog files, be sure to save a copy.

Always make a full backup of your existing site, including the database tables before performing an upgrade!

glFusion includes several bundled plugins, if your site is already running some of these plugins, they will automatically be upgraded to the latest versions during the glFusion upgrade process.  If your site did not already have these plugins installed, they will not automatically be installed during the upgrade. Instead, the files will be copied to your server, but you must go into the Plugin Manager to install them. 

The Site Tailor is an exception to this rule, it will be automatically installed during the upgrade process.

Will My Theme work with glFusion?

Probably not.  Geeklog v1.5.0 made several changes that will break all the existing themes.  gl Labs will be publishing a complete guide to these changes when the final version of glFusion ships.  For now, your choices are to stick with the bundled Professional or Nouveau theme.

Will all my existing plugins work with glFusion?

Probably.  There are only two plugins that we are aware of that have issues with the underlying Geeklog 1.5.0 base; GL-Utils and glMenu 2.6.  GL-Utils' administration screen is broken with Geeklog v1.5.0.  glMenu v2.6 integrates with the Links plugin and due to changes in the Links plugin database structure, glMenu v2.6 is not compatible and will cause SQL errors if your site uses the Links plugin integration (display's any links from the plugin).  You should disable glMenu v2.6 prior to upgrading to Geeklog v1.5.0 or glFusion 1.0.0.

Can I change back to Geeklog after loading glFusion?

Absolutely!  One of the main design goals of glFusion is to maintain 100% database compatibility with Geeklog.  This ensures that you can change back to Geeklog at any time with no risk of data loss.  You will loose all the value added features that glFusion provides, but your site will still be 100% functional.

I found a bug, what should I do?

If you find a bug in glFusion, please visit the support forums at gl Labs for assistance. You can also file bug reports in the gl Labs Issue Tracker too.  Please do not use the Issue tracker for general support requests.

Is there any documentation?

Yes!  The gl Labs wiki is the home of the glFusion Documentation.  During the Release Candidate phase the documentation will be completed.  We are close, but there is a little more work to do.

 


by Mark

Mark is the main developer on glFusion. When not doing his real job and playing with his family, he really enjoys working on glFusion and the collaboration with the glFusion community.

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