It seems like just yesterday many of us were sitting around waiting for the clock to countdown to zero and the PageLines DMS we’d all been waiting for would be released to the public. Then came the hack and a few weeks of confusion as the team at PageLines worked their butts off to get things back up to where they should be.
Well, here we are once again eagerly anticipating the release of DMS and wondering what it’s going to look like. Well, before we go too far down this rabbit trail remember that we’re currently on v1.0.3 and according to the developers at PageLines there are still a few more 1.0.x releases before we hit 1.1.
With DMS being open-source though, we can actually get a sneak peek at what the team at PageLines is cooking up by downloading the v1.1 branch from GitHub. **CAUTION, this is an experimental branch of PageLines DMS and you can be guaranteed that things will break and change with increasing regularity. Don’t set this up on a live site, it will break your site and just might break you.
The team over at BetterDMS has started an article where they’re grabbing the changes they can verify. Check that out too if you’re looking for a different perspective than ours on what’s coming. Based on what we’ve seen on Skype, in GitHub commits and through conversations with developers there are a few things shaping up for PageLines DMS v1.1. Here’s what we’ve got…
What’s Coming For PageLines DMS v1.1
- Access to Media Library – This may be out sooner than v1.1 but we’ve tested this out and can confirm that in the Toolbox, you will be able to upload images or find images that already exist in your Media Library.
- IMG Alt Tags – For all you SEO enthusiasts, alt tags are being added to images as well. You’ll have to set them through the media library but you’ll be able to set them. Again, this might make it out before v1.1.
- Updated Options UI – Things are changing in the way the options are laid out in the toolbox.
- Pro Tools Plugin – As you can see from the sneak peak, this is geared toward cross browser compatibility, CDN integration and caching for better performance and site speed.
- Smaller Code Base – Deprecated code is being removed. Early commits to v1.1 show that legacy options arrays and code segments are being removed and streamlined. The impact of a small code base could be enhanced performance and speed for DMS.
- Section Caching – Simon, one of the core developers for PageLines recently commented in Skype that he’s figured out how to cache section code in the browser. The impact of this is speed, speed, speed for how your site will load. You can now see it in the PageLines Pro plugin sneak peak.
- LESS.js Integration – Currently LESS styles are compiled on the server side. By moving to less.js, compiling will now happen in the browser which means less calls to the server and a faster load time for DMS sites.
So, as you can see the list is exciting! It looks as though v1.1 will have an emphasis on workflow refinements for power users and performance enhancements to speed up DMS as well. What do you think about the PageLines DMS v1.1 list? Does it have anything you’d like to see on it? Anything it’s missing? Let us know in the comments.