Welcome Zotonic 0.11.0, released on October 8, 2014. These notes list
the most important changes for this new feature release.
For upgrading to this release from an older Zotonic release, please
read the Upgrade notes carefully, as some backward-incompatible
changes have been made.
Full timezone support
Timezone support was added to the core. All dates are now stored in
UTC. Existing resources with old dates (in local time!) are converted
on read, assuming the configured server timezone. You need to set the
timezone in the zotonic.config file, for example:
A site-specific timezone can de set with the mod_l10n.timezone configuration.
Database driver and pool
The database driver and pool has been replaced by the standard
epgsql and poolboy Erlang applications. This means we no
longer use a special forked Zotonic version of the epgsql Postgres
driver. As a nice side effect, database queries run 5-10% faster on
the new database code. See the test report here:
The default place for user-defined sites and external modules has been
changed to the defaults user/sites and user/modules,
Also, the global file priv/config has been obsoleted in place of a new
global configuration file, ~/.zotonic/zotonic.config. Zotonic
actually looks in several places for its global configuration file,
including /etc/zotonic/zotonic.config. See
Global configuration for all information on this topic.
- Added timezone support.
- Added dispatch debugging and explanation.
Added checkbox to disable the api-service /api/development/recompile
- The live custom tag was added to mod_mqtt,
allowing you to live update a part of the page on pubsub events.
Documentation for mod_mqtt has been improved and a debugging
option has been added so you can see which topics are published and
- The Zotonic logo is now included in the distribution as a Webfont,
resulting in crisp logo’s in the admin and on the default Zotonic
New an updated filters
- An optional second argument for the timezone has been added.
- An optional third argument for the timezone has been added.
- An optional second argument is added to specify the text added where
the text is truncated.
- Truncates a HTML text to a specific length, ensures that all open
tags are properly closed.
New transport mechanism
The client-server communication is now based on UBF-encoded
messages. It has become easier to send messages to specific pages
(browser tabs) and to do bi-directional communication in general. See
Transporting data between browser and server for all information on this topic.
- User-defined Erlang dependencies
- It is now possible to add extra rebar deps to Zotonic, by
adding them to the zotonic.config file.
- Version-locking of dependent Erlang applications
- Zotonic now uses the Rebar lock-deps plugin to keep all
included dependencies at the versions that they were at when
Zotonic was released. This improves the longterm stability of the
- Rememberme cookie changes
- The rememberme cookie (used for automatic logon) is now based on a token instead of
the user id. The token is reset if the user’s password is changed.
Cookies set using the previous scheme are invalidated.
- Reuqest context notification
- Added the notification request_context. This is a foldl with
the Context and is called after the request’s query arguments
are parsed using z_context:ensure_qs/1. It can be used to
perform transformations or actions based on the query arguments.
The following people were involved in this release:
Alberto López, Arjan Scherpenisse, Arthur Clemens, David de Boer, Jeff
Bell, jult, Maas-Maarten Zeeman, Marc Worrell, Mawuli Adzaku and