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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…

New and Improved Repeating Fields

in BranchCMS Upgrades
The Repeating Fields attribute (formerly called "Repeating Collection of Components") adds a lot of power and flexibility to BranchCMS. It allows you to easily set up a group of fields and then the page editor can add as many sets of the fields as they want. We recently pushed out an update that gives it a major overhaul to it's look and functionality.  Here is the new look. The…

Forms Everywhere!

in BranchCMS Upgrades
We just pushed out a new release that fixes a long-time issue in BranchCMS.  Our Forms app is very useful and allows you to create custom forms. However, until today it was a pain to place a form on app pages (like blog posts or a store product page).  If you wanted to add a register form on a blog post you first had to adjust the URL of the form, which created an extra step that was often…

Small Update When Entering Passwords

in BranchCMS Upgrades
When you're typing in a password for an account or admin user the text that you enter is masked for security reasons. By default password fields turn the text that you type into dots (••••••••••) to hide the text from prying eyes. It's nice to have but honestly it doesn't add much security and it can lead to typing mistakes.  Quite a while ago we updated the style of the login…

Access Cookie Values in Branch CMS Code

on August 12, 2015
We recently pushed out a new new update that lets you access cookie values within your code in Branch CMS.  This can have a big impact on how your visitors interact with your website. With this update you can create cookies using Javascript and then in subsequent page loads use that cookie value in your Branch Code to do different things like: display different content for different users load…

User Activity History Now Available on Individual Pages

in BranchCMS Upgrades
About a year ago we added support for tracking user activity within Branch CMS. This allowed you to set who edited, added or deleted what. The only problem was that you couldn't easily see it for an individual page or app item like a blog post. Until now. We just pushed out an update that allows you to view the activity on an individual page, blog post, store product, site template, snippet…

More Customization Options With the Form API Tag

in BranchCMS Upgrades
There are times when it would be nice to programmatically set the value for a form field when displaying it on a page. A recent release now lets you do that through the form's API tag.  Before we get into the details let me give you an example first. Let's say that you have a few product pages and you want to place a small lead-generation form on those pages for prospective customer's to easily…

New Form Field Types

in BranchCMS Upgrades
A few weeks ago we pushed out an update to branchCMS that adds a few new field types for Forms & Surveys.  Rating Field Group Section Heading HTML Content Granted, the first one is the only one that's actually a form field, but the others make it easier to create different form layouts without having to customize the form templates all the time.  Here is a brief overview of each new field…
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