The Serendipity-Team is proud to provide the final release of Serendipity 1.4,
conveniently codenamed "Post-Christmas-Monk-Miles-Moondog".
There have been some larger improvements since the 1.4-beta release, so these
are the highlights of this release in short:
- (new since 1.4-beta1) References to online plugin documentation have been added (if
existing) and the display of the short plugin names has been added to the
plugin configuration menus.
- (new since 1.4-beta1) Firefox now no longer autoremembers passwords at the wrong places
- (new since 1.4-beta1) Added SMF importer
- (new since 1.4-beta1) Added a new %parentname% permalink option for category links
- (new since 1.4-beta1) Fix to properly, longer (30 days) sstrong>remember the user settings in cookies, like for media insertion
- Improvements in the now Double-Opt-In comment subscription (plus support
for fulltext comment notifications)
- new bundled default WYSIWYG editing component (Xinha, the successor of
HTMLArea). This new component is more reliable and cross-browser
capable than the old version, by still supporting everything that worked with
- The Entryproperties plugin now uses the new widget-style configuration
option to allow for custom arrangement of the entry-related features of this
plugin to your liking.
- The bulletproof template has been enabled as the new default template. The
frontend imitates the look of Carl Galloways Serendipity 1.0 relaunch template,
while the backend is much improved with a fresh, distinct look.
- The Remote RSS-Feed sidebar plugin now is templated, so that you can
achieve distinct look for certain feeds on the sidebar.
Serendipity also addresses some minor bugs usually only affecting very
special environments. Other changes include new PostgreSQL ts_vector fulltext
search, comment approval-by-mail for the spamblock plugin, better HTTP header
status updates for CGI environments. For developers, some API improvements and
new variables/parameters have been added. The performance of the
entryroperties plugin can be enhanced by new configuration options that let
you fiddle with the involved SQL generation.
The complete list of all changes is documented within the
docs/NEWS file of the release. This serendipity release is also the first
one to include checksums to verify your installation integrity.
Updating is easy and documented
online: Just upload the new files onto your web, possibly refresh/purge
your browser cache (and if you upgrade from Serendipity older than 1.2, you
might need to purge your old cookies), go to the admin panel and you're done.
For shared installations, make sure all deployed htmlarea directories
are updated with the new files (if not, the old htmlarea will still be there,
Also, the new version contains release checksums. This makes sure that the
files you uploaded correspond with the checksums generated through the
release. This way, bad FTP uploads will no longer be driving you nuts. If this
makes any trouble for you, try to upload the files in BINARY mode in your FTP
For the future, Serendipity is still planning on minor and major features.
We always keep a close ear to the wishes of our users, some of those that
cannot be solved instantly have been documented here: Future of Serendipity. If you're a
developer or designer, and want to help in proving that Serendipity is a
flexible and easy to use Blogging/CMS-application - your help is needed and
appreciated! Speaking of which: Many thanks to all current developers and forum users, especially
Don Chambers, YellowLED and Judebert. Your help has been, and is vital to the project.
On behalf of the team: Happy new year and have fun with the release,