concrete 5.3.3RC1 Available for Testing

Hey everyone, just wanted to let you know that I've just done a soft launch of 5.3.3RC1. It should be feature complete and hopefully bug-free. You can find out what's new with it here:

Additionally, there are some things you need to know about this version of concrete5:

1. If you are running any sites that make use of attributes in any form, you'll want to test this upgrade on them. I've upgraded some staged sites of mine to this version of concrete5 without any problems, but there are a LOT of attribute-related changes in this version, as we're unifying the way we handle page, file, and user attributes.

This means changes in the way we search attributes, store them, and reference them. The upgrade routine should take care of all of it, but given the amount of attribute types and the complexity of some of them, you'll want to do a thorough check. If you notice anything, please feel free to message me directly.

2. Addon Developers: if you use attributes at all, you're going to want to test your addons. If you've tried to stick with the actual API for attributes, and are doing simple things like running getAttribute() and setAttribute, you probably won't have to modify any code. If you're interacting directly with SQL tables, your code will need tweaking.

3. The Good News: the API around attributes should be much more stable at this point, and should be futureproof as well.

4. The Better News: Attributes are MUCH more flexible at this point. As with blocks, developers can easily create their own attribute types, and tie them to either pages, files or users (or all three.) Attribute types can be packaged. Attribute types can bundle JavaScript and CSS files with them. Attribute types can call their own search, view and controller templates. Addon developers can even create entirely new attribute categories (like page, file, user) and use attributes in their own applications.

5. If any of you are doing anything with user profiles, or anything advanced with page searching, please test this version of concrete5 and backup first.

You can download concrete5 5.3.3RC1 from here:

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michaelmior replied on at Permalink Reply
Perhaps I just missed the announcement since I haven't been around the C5 forums in a while, but what is the anticipated release date for 5.3.3? Thanks!
jincmd replied on at Permalink Reply
i read...
frz replied on at Permalink Reply
september 30'th is for ecommerce, which will be a paid add-on that works with concrete5.3.3 and up.

We need to have 5.3.3 official before then, most likely we'll call it official end of next week.. i've seen a few upgrade issues but nothing huge, have you guys found anything we're missing?
liminal replied on at Permalink Reply
Hi Frz,

Are there any images for how the new e-commerce pages might look? This could be amazing timing as I'm working on a site that was going to go into Magento but as its just a Paypal Standard setup it might be better to stick with your offering.

I'm developing concepts now so it would be good to see what you have in mind for products pages etc.
hereNT replied on at Permalink Reply
I've had a collection attribute save wrong (think that was it, an error loading an attribute anyway) but haven't been able to figure out how to re-create that yet. It totally broke the site, couldn't load the site map, most pages didn't load completely.

The only other major thing that I've really seen was that the database seems huge in comparison to earlier releases. I have a test install that's only a couple of days old, and the database is already 38 megabytes. There's almost no content, so I don't know how huge it's going to grow, but it worries me a little.

(edit, nevermind on that. I had database logging turned on, emptied the log table and it's down under 200K again)

Overall the release looks great, I would like to see some documentation on the new block styles model and how to actually package and install a new attribute category and/or type.
frz replied on at Permalink Reply
that is odd. can you see where the data is? which tables are huge? we tried to pull SQL logging out with this version ... hrm.
andrew replied on at Permalink Reply
We're yanking it in this release anyway.