Ten years ago this weekend Textpattern’s very first commit to a public repository was made by Dean Allen. To mark this occasion, Textpattern CMS 4.5.7 is released.

Note: Textpattern 4.5.6 was skipped due to an administrative oversight.


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Textpattern 4.5.7
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Textpattern 4.5.7
File size 541 kB | Created

List of changes

This version includes important security fixes and further enhances PHP 5.5 compatibility with an update to the Textile markup language. The setup routine has also been improved to make it friendlier (less re-typing) when hopping back and forth through the setup wizard.

We strongly urge you to upgrade to this version as soon as practical.

In addition, the following issues have been fixed:

Installation and upgrade

As with all releases, please ensure you log out of your admin side prior to upgrade and refer to the README.txt file in the download archives for detailed instructions.

Looking into the crystal ball

Although the gap between the release of this maintenance version and the previous version was fairly lengthy, a lot of development has gone on behind the scenes in preparation for the next major version. The rate of commits to the codebase in the last couple of years is orders of magnitude higher than ever before in the history of the project. But we admit it’s slow, and appreciate everyone’s patience as we retool to help bring more features to Textpattern.

As well as the thousands of “invisible” changes behind the scenes which are shaping the code for the future, there have been plenty of visible alterations, including:

On the horizon are some other cool things:

We’re also in the process of finally upping sticks from Google Code (SVN) to Github which will make our lives—and hopefully those of other developers and contributors—a lot easier. Using git brings far easier code branch management to the project, so features and fixes can be rolled in easier, as well as accepting and folding in community patches far faster. Please bear with us as we make the transition, migrate the issues list and check everything is tip top.

And plans for changing this site are underway, so keep your eyes peeled for alterations over the coming months.

All in all, it’s an exciting time for Textpattern. It wouldn’t be a fraction of what it is without the amazing community support, so a big thank you to everyone who uses and contributes to Textpattern. Your tireless support and belief in what we all do as a community is hugely appreciated.

Digital hugs to you all. #Happy10Txp

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