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New Interface for BranchCMS

in BranchCMS Upgrades
We recently pushed out a big update that brings a fresh, modern look to BranchCMS.  Right now the user interface (UI) change is optional. We plan to switch everyone over in October.   Over the last few weeks we have had a few select companies try out the new UI and so far feedback has been very positive. The goals for the new UI included: Move the navigation to a more traditional place at…

Add a Navigation Link While Adding a New Page

in BranchCMS Upgrades
It has long been a request to be able to add a link to a site's navigation at the same time that a new page is being created. Today we pushed out an update that makes that possible.  We also redesigned the form for adding a new page and fixed some long-standing bugs. In addition to adding a navigation link you can also set the meta description and whether or not a page is hidden from search…

Streamlined Process of Setting Up App Layouts

on July 1, 2016
The process of setting up app layouts in BranchCMS has always been a multi-step process. It finally got on our nerves enough that we've spent the last few days streamlining that process.  For those of you who may not know what layouts are, they are how the different pages of an app are defined. They specify what site template to use and they specify where the content for each content block in…

New reCAPTCHA Integration

in BranchCMS Upgrades
Form spam is a real pain and we're trying to make it easier to block it on your website. We've had support for image-based CAPTCHA for a while now, but it's not always the prettiest thing and bots are getting smarter. To give you another option in the fight against spam we recently integrated Google's reCAPTCHA service into all forms in BranchCMS. Quoting Google's developer page: "reCAPTCHA is a…

Change in How You Edit Content

in BranchCMS Upgrades
We just pushed out a small update that could have a big impact. Previously when you wanted to edit something you would click the blue pencil edit icon in the Actions column. With other types of content like Forms, you wouldn't necessarily edit something directly as it may be a bit more complicated. On the form list page you would click the blue details icon to first view the form details. There…

New Keyboard Shortcut to Save Content

in BranchCMS Upgrades
We recently pushed out an update that allows you to save your content in the BranchCMS administration using a keyboard shortcut. Anytime you are working on editing a page, blog post, template, content template or whatever, you can save your changes without touching your mouse with the following keyboard shortcut: PC: Ctrl+sMac: Cmd+s If you're on a Windows PC simply hold down the Ctrl key and the…

New Warning About Leaving Unsaved Changes

in BranchCMS Upgrades
We recently pushed out an update that warns you if you are leaving a page without saving your progress. If you were editing something and you made changes to it and before you saved your progress you reloaded the page, went back to a previous page or navigated to a different page, then you will now get a warning about leaving with unsaved changes.  A lot of modern mouses have either swipe…

Fun With Loading Indicators

in BranchCMS Upgrades
We use loading indicator images and popups to show our users when something is happening within BranchCMS. They are good design patterns to use as they let you know that something is going on and it's ok to wait a few seconds. For example, we use them when saving pages or when loading a new page to edit.  We have been incrementally updating the UI across BranchCMS and decided that it was time to…

We Switched Our Icons From Fonts to SVG - and It's Better

in BranchCMS Upgrades
We use a lot of icons in BranchCMS to add more visual clues to the different actions that you can do.  For example, we use a "save" icon with the Save buttons. And there are a lot of icons with our tables that show lists of items like a list of blog posts.  We started out a long time ago using PNG and GIF images for the icons. Then a few years ago we switched to font icons. First we…

Updated Template Code Editor

in BranchCMS Upgrades
The code editor for site Templates and Snippets has been in need of an update for a long time. We have been using the Ace editor for all other code templates for a while now, but for various reasons the editor for the Templates and Snippets hasn't been updated.  Well now it has. The same editor that is being used for app content templates, form templates and every other code template is now…
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