Exponent's Latest News

Upcoming Patch #2 for V2.6.0

October 2, 2021 Tags: patch, bugs, preview

A final patch for Exponent CMS v2.6.0 is being prepared for release before the end of 2021. This patch fixes support for MySQL v8.0.x for the new 'rank' keyword which may have prevented content from displaying and increases PHP v8 compatibility, in addition to many other fixes and tweaks, and some security fixes. It also allows running (instead of crashing) under PHP v8.1 though full support will not be final. It also updates several 3rd party libraries. (read more)

Patch #1 Released for V2.6.0

February 23, 2021 Tags: patch, release, bugs

This patch fixes support for MySQL v5.7.x 'strict' mode which may have prevented new customers from logging in to checkout and increases PHP v8 compatibility, in addition to many other fixes and tweaks. It updates several 3rd party libraries. (read more)

Version 2.6.0 Released

December 18, 2020 Tags: release, bugs

Version 2.6.0 or 'Quarantined Quandary' is now under the tree in time for Christmas! We added support for PHP v7.4 and initial support for PHP v8.0 and Twitter Bootstrap v5 (optional download required). We also fixed quite a number of issues since the last patch especially with MySQL v5.7 'strict' mode., and some other things have been tweaked. We've also added an optional simplified permissions system and optional support for CDN links to our major libraries. If your server PHP version supports it (v5.6.0 or later), we strongly encourage all Exponent installations be upgraded to v2.6.0 as soon as practical! (read more)

Merry Christmas 2020 from Exponent CMS!

December 5, 2020 Tags: release, preview

Merry ChristmasThough 2020 has left most of us longing for something better, the majority of us have made it through the year. To celebrate, we'll be releasing a new version of Exponent CMS shortly.. Version 2.6.0 will add support for PHP v7.4 and MySql 'strict' mode. It will also add initial support for PHP v8.0 and Twitter Bootstrap v5. Additionally it adds a new optional Simplified Permissions system to help speed up large (eCommerce) sites by reducing every user to either an Admin or a User...you either have permissions or you don't! We've also added optional support for loading most of our main libraries (jQuery, Bootstrap, YUI, and Font-Awesome) by CDN link to help speed up some sites. Several of those features had crept out in patches to v2.5.1, but have been robusted quite a bit since the last patch was released back in the spring. While PHP v8 support has been tested, there may still be some unidentified quirks, but it will allow your site to run under PHP v8 which Exponent v2.5.1 will not allow. Additionally, the Twitter Bootstrap v5 support requires an additional, optional package which will include a sample theme. This will initially be an 'beta' level release since Bootstrap v5 is still beta and there may be some breaking changes before it reaches 'stable' in the next months.  (read more)

Bootstrap 5 Integration Coming...

June 19, 2020 Tags: theming, preview

Now that Twitter Bootstrap v5.0.0 alpha 1 has been released we have begun integrating support into Exponent CMS. The next release (v2.6.0) will include optional support for the new framework. Though it will initially be shipped as an optional addon, the basic support will be included in the main package. Just as with the initial integration of Bootstrap 4 there will be a separate 'beta' package to add the additional files including a sample theme. Please bear in mind that until Bootstrap 5 reaches a release stage there may be breaking changes with their implementation. (read more)

Patch #3 Released for V2.5.1

May 20, 2020 Tags: patch, release, bugs

While a patch, this is another large one (8 MBytes) and adds some new features such as dismissable News Announcements with persistence in the session. This patch fixes support for MySQL v5.7.x 'strict' mode, in addition to many other fixes and tweaks. It updates several 3rd party libraries. (read more)

Patch #2 Released for V2.5.1

May 3, 2020 Tags: patch, release, bugs

While a patch, this is the largest one we've released (over 6 Mbytes) and adds some new features such as Simple Permissions and CDN links for major scripts. (read more)

Exponent Forums Back Online

March 28, 2020 Tags: forums

The Exponent CMS Forum site is now back online at http://forums.exponentcms.org/(read more)

Patch #1 Released for V2.5.1

March 28, 2020 Tags: patch, release, bugs

NOTE: DO NOT INSTALL THIS PATCH ON A SERVER RUNNING PHP v5.5.x!!! Your web site will no longer run! PHP versions older than v5.6 are very obsolete and we do not support them. The next version may also remove support for PHP v5.6 and v7.0 since they are considered obsolete. (read more)

Version 2.5.1 Released

March 4, 2020 Tags: release, bugs

Version 2.5.1 or 'Eclipsed Etouffee' is now in the wild! We fixed a number of issues, and some other things have been tweaked. If your server PHP version supports it (v5.6.0 or later), we strongly encourage all Exponent installations be upgraded to v2.5.1 as soon as practical! (read more)