ImpressCMS 1.3.3 RC is Ready for Review

The ImpressCMS team is proud to present a release candidate (RC) for ImpressCMS 1.3.3. 

Major changes in 1.3.3

Password encryption

This release has a major change in password encryption methods and also to some authentication methods.  When you upgrade an existing site with 1.3.3, all the current passwords will be expired and users will need to reset their passwords upon their next login.

Recent news stories about major sites having their user database hacked and passwords leaked have left administrators scrambling to patch their sites or find new solutions. ImpressCMS has and always will have security as a primary focus.

Authentication fixes 

  • LDAP and ADS authentication fixed
  • OpenID authentication fixed for some server configurations

Performance improvements

  • Addressed slow loading pages when gzip was enabled
  • Improved performance of the installer during data insertion

Other improvements and updates

  • Improvements in the rendering of scripts, css and meta links and tags
  • Updates to some external libraries
  • Dynamic extension of pagination styles

Bridging the Gap

ImpressCMS 1.3 introduced a major reshuffling of the core source code, but a large effort has been made to keep compatibility with ImpressCMS 1.2 and its modules. The debug messages will display deprecated messages for any old code still being used and also suggest the proper resolution for them.

Updated versions of old modules have been released to take advantage of the optimizations and restructuring started in 1.3. New modules have also been introduced based solely on ImpressCMS 1.3 to provide alternatives and also fill some previous gaps in functionality.

All this is leading to shiny new version of ImpressCMS - 2.0.

Downloading this release

You can find the packages for this release on our Development Packages product page.

This is a Release Candidate of ImpressCMS and is not intended for live sites. It is offered to the community for broader testing and refining the final release.

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