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Sitekit CMS version 9.5 Release Notes 

Changes to data logging

The three previous releases of Sitekit CMS have laid the groundwork for new statistics logging methodology, and kept everyone aware of the pending changes. In version 9.5 the changes are now in place. We've streamlined the logging of the information that we collect. Sitekit CMS now records and stores less logging information, and we encourage sites to use third party systems - for example, Google Analytics, which is available free of charge. Monthly stats emails have also been discontinued, as Google Analytics offers far more detailed automatic stats reports. The revised data is presented on the desktop in the following sections:

  • Bandwidth in Megabytes - this is used for billing sites on their usage. The graph is a stacked bar chart showing bandwidth useage for pages, pictures, files and others. This allows you to quickly identify the areas where optimisation efforts are best directed in order to reduce bandwidth. Sitekit can also assist with that service.
  • Total Traffic - this shows files and pages as lines per month.
  • Top search terms this month - this gives the most popular terms used in internal searches in a rolling month period..
  • Most popular pages this month -  this gives the most popular pages requested in a rolling month period with the number of page visits alongside
  • Most popular downloads this month-  this gives the most popular files requested in a rolling month period with the number of requests alongside

Sitekit will hold legacy data in the old logging format for a year after which it will be deleted. It will not be available from the interface. The stats page has been removed, replaced by the desktop graphs..


This change will be applied retrospectively so while we still store historic data from the last year in the old format, this data will no longer be visible from the interface but can be retrievable (until it expires) by us on request.

SE friendly urls for news pages

By popular request, v9.5 introduces friendly URLs for news articles. Friendly URLs consist of plain English words rather than esoteric ID’s and symbols, and are easier for users to recognise and for search engines to index, since you can embed keywords in the friendly URL.

The new system will turn a news item such as;

http://www.sitekit.net/default.aspx.locid-08jnew04j.RefLocID-08j03m007002.Lang-EN.htm

into the much friendlier …

http://www.sitekit.net/news-main/Sitekit-works-with-office365-installation.htm

Each News Article is now identified by a three-part name, consisting of Domain-Folder-article web page name.

  • The “Domain” is picked up automatically.
  • The “Folder” name is defined in the Configure News tab, where it is called the News Module Folder.
  • The “Article Web Page Name” is defined in the Edit News tab, where it is called Web Page Name. This is a unique name for each news article.

Implications for existing articles and news modules

Existing news articles will be unaffected by this change – but any new news items will have to adhere by the new rules. This means that you have will have to make slight changes to existing News Modules, and of course start entering a Web Page Name for each new news item.

Changes to existing News Modules

Firstly, you need to add a Folder Name for each news module. The Folder Name is just a plain English label; it isn’t the name of a real folder. The field is shown below. Obviously you should pick a meaningful and useful name, related to the News Module itself.

Secondly you need to fill in two new fields, called Page for News Article and Page for Archived news Article, shown below.

Because the new friendly URL doesn’t include an ID number, Sitekit can’t locate the source-page Navigation and Styling details. So you have to specify the page from which this information is derived. If you have an Archived News Page, specify that as well.

Other Implications?

Just one. Older versions of Sitekit CMS allowed an aggregated News Module to define its own Archive period, which over-rode the settings in individual archive settings in News Modules contributing to the aggregate.  This is no longer allowed. Aggregate News Modules now obey the Archive period settings defined in the individual contributing news modules. 

Redirection management

The management and configuration of redirection pages has been improved in 9.5. Redirected pages now have their own icon on the navigation tree and also redirect more efficiently on the server.

In addition the creation of news articles in both the asset and navigation trees has been made easier to manage via a new right click options.

Additional Sitekit Variables (AKA Magic Words)

Magic words are specific blocks of syntax embedded within 3 colons e.g.  :::magic::: that allow designers and integrators to embed functionality including references to other pages in the pages they are creating. Four new magic words are included in version 9.5.

Presence of page blocks
thispageinfo.hasinternallinks
thispageinfo.hasexternallinks
thispageinfo.hasdownloads

Used to identify whether a page has the specific blocks and could be taken advantage of using conditionals.

Parent or ancestor IDs
parentpageinfo.asc.<level>.<fielddisplayed>

This is an addition for thispageinfo, parentpageinfo, pageinfo magic words. Like bodyX, could be ancestorX (ancestor1 = parent, ancestor2 = grandparent) eg parentpageinfo.asc.1.navtitle would show the current pages, parent page nav title.

Cookies
cookie.cookieName

Displays the relevant cookie value when extracted by its name

 
A full list of all Sitekit magic Words can be found at this link in the Downloads section of this page.

Updated Sitekit Upload Utility

The Sitekit Upload Utility has been updated. If you use this facility, you should immediately uninstall your old copy and install the new version. The utility can be found at https://billing.sitekit.net/SitekitUtilities/SitekitBatchUpload/publish.htm. 

If in doubt, check the version number (found in the utility's Help tab). You should be using version v2.3.0.17005. The old version must be uninstalled before you can install the new version.

 New Site Settings for Cookies

To make it easier for you to comply with upcoming EU privacy legislation, version 9.5 has a new Site Setting  - Cookie Policy - which allows you to specify how cookies are used on your site. You can now turn off visitor tracking cookies with one simple option.

 

 



 

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