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Updated - Sandboxing Pulse CMS for client use

30 April 2013

I recently wrote about how you can sanitise the Pulse CMS admin area so your clients can't break their own sites by renaming, deleting or removing blocks.

Well after a little bit of tinkering I've managed to improve the process so site designers can easily switch between production (fully featured) and editor (limited features) modes.

Here's how it works

  • Download the user.css stylesheet that contains all of the style overrides
  • Add this file into the pulsecms > template directory
  • Edit the header.php file in pulsecms > pulsepro > includes directory and add the following line in the <head> section
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="../template/user.css" media="all" id="userstyles"/>
    
    This stylesheet will hide all of the features that a user could use to break their site.
  • Lastly drag the following bookmarklet to your browser's toolbar: Pulse Admin

Now when you log into your Pulse admin area you'll be in an editor mode with the scary features hidden from view. To show these features again simply click on your 'Pulse Admin' bookmarklet and they should spring back into view. Clicking on the bookmarklet simply enables and disables the user.css styles.

Hidden features:

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and after a click on the bookmarklet, shown again:

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Now you can rest easy knowing that your client can update their Pulse site without accidentally breaking it.

Posted at 11:39 in Other stuff

Sandboxing Pulse CMS for client use

30 April 2013

You can find an updated post here that offers a more powerful way to switch between admin and editor modes in Pulse.

/Resources/pulselogo.pngIf you are looking for simple yet powerful Content Management System (CMS) for your web site that is easy to maintain and you (or your client) can easily work with without 100's of options you'll never need then I strongly recommend you look at Pulse.

One of its limitations, however, is the lack of an 'editor mode' that provides just the features a client needs to maintain their site. As a web designer I don't really want my clients editing the names of blocks, or changing the settings of the CMS as this will break the front end of the site and they will be on the phone to me to put it right.

What I've ended up doing is to hide the Pulse user interface items that I think could cause issues if my clients were to use them. For example deleting, moving or renaming blocks, folders or galleries or changing the Pulse folder name are all hidden from view. All of this is done with a simple CSS file that overwrites Pulse's default styles for these items.

What does this stylesheet hide or change in Pulse?

  • Hides the 'delete block' button
  • Hides the 'new block' button
  • Hides the 'embed code' button
  • Hides the 'move to' select list
  • Hides the 'new folder' button
  • Hides the 'delete folder' button
  • Hides the 'new gallery' button
  • Hides the 'delete gallery' button
  • Hides the 'form' button
  • Adds a lock icon to the 'Pulse folder name' field in settings
  • Gives the gallery thumbnails a move cursor

If you don't need any of these options then simply remove the styles from the stylesheet. They are all pretty well commented in the file.

Adding the stylesheet

Locate the main CSS file for Pulse in pulsecms > pulsepro > CSS > style.css and open it in your text editor. At the top of this file we'll add the following import rule that pulls the override styles (see below) in from the template directory;

/* Add user styles (if defined) */
@import url("../../template/user.css") all;

Now just make sure you FTP the user.css file into the pulsecms > template directory. Now when you next log into the Pulse admin you should notice that there are a number of features missing.

I'm hoping to add an easy switch method that allows you (the site designer) to see these features but not expose them to the client. Until that happens I suggest you edit the user.css file name so that these rules don't load while you are working on the site. Once you are done and you need to hand the site over to the client simply correct the file name (back to user.css) and you should be left with a perfectly sanitised site again.

Feel free to download the CSS file and let me know if you spot anything that could be improved.

Posted at 09:41 in Other stuff

Purchase with Paypal for your chance to win £40,000!

20 October 2010

/Resources/PayPal_logo_150x65.gifBetween tomorrow (21st of October) until 5th of December 2010 Paypal UK are running six weekly prize draws giving you six chances to win an amazing £40,000!.

Simply purchase any of the commercial actions from FreewayActions.com using Paypal and you'll automatically be entered into the hat for one of the big money prizes.

Find out more over at Paypal.

Good luck.

Posted at 08:36 in News

Previewing Freeway sites in Firefox 3.6

19 February 2010

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Unfortunately Firefox 3.6 on the Mac shipped with a bug that prevents Freeway users from previewing their pages using the browser. It appears the issue is related to file paths that contain spaces so, for example, if the path to the page you are designing in Freeway has a space in it then Firefox will silently ignore the request.

To allow Freeway users to keep using the browser from with the application I've created a very simple AppleScript droplet that patches the file path and opens the requested file for you. Simple!

Simply download the droplet, and in Freeway set it as a preview application (File/ Preview in Browser/ Browser Setup...). Now when you want to preview in Firefox simply select the Firefox 3.6 Preview droplet and your page should appear in Firefox as expected.

(Apologies to Jon Hicks for crimes against his great Firefox icon).

Posted at 14:26 in Other stuff

Get Freeway Express (and 11 other amazing apps) for just $49!

05 August 2009

http://www.macbundlebox.com/bundle/latestbundle/images/logo.pngThe guys over at Mac Bundle Box have put together another amazing bundle offer that includes twelve applications for your Mac including Softpress' very own Freeway Express.

Express offers most of the core functionality of it's older brother, Freeway Pro, allowing you to get your sites online quickly and with the minimum of fuss. You can choose from any of the supplied templates or just get started creating the exact web site of your dreams. No coding, no browser issues, just results.

The application also supports encoded actions including many on this site allowing you to extent the application's feature set without having to resort to adding markup code.

For anyone considering creating a web site on their Mac Freeway Express, and specifically the Mac Bundle Box deal is a great offer and shouldn't be missed. The fact that you also get eleven other great applications in the deal is, for me, the cherry on the cake.

Getting your hands on twelve great Mac applications worth $458.59 for just $49 can't be missed.

Mac Bundle Box - available for a limited time.

Posted at 09:26 in News

Freewayactions.com loves NetRenderer!

22 May 2009

/tools/netrenderer-overdrive/Resources/netrenderer.pngNetRenderer has long been an essential tool for any web designer to instantly check their web sites against Internet Explorer 5.5, 6, 7 and now 8.

While testing a bunch of pages this afternoon we needed to test each of the pages over all of the browser versions and rather than keep switching the version number each time I decided to create a simple test page that uses iframes to load each of the rendered pages all in one hit.

Give NetRenderer overdrive a go.

Type the URL into the Site URL field and click the Render! button. It all runs a very simple block of JavaScript (take a look at the page source) so feel free to download the page and use it locally.

You'll also find a set of bookmarklets for NetRenderer that we created so you can quickly render whatever page you are looking at using NetRenderer. Cool! Simply drag each to your browser's bookmarks bar and click on them when you need them.

And remember... if you love NetRenderer as much as we do then be sure to tip them a few dollars.

Posted at 00:58 in Other stuff

PHP Feedback Form 2.0.0 now available

09 April 2009

/Resources/php-logo.gifAnnouncing the instant availability of version 2.0.0 of the ever popular PHP Feedback Form action.

The easiest way to create powerful, secure and flexible feedback forms for Freeway. You design it - the action will send it!

New in version 2.0.0;

  • Uses the more popular $ _SERVER format This allows the PHP code to run seamlessly on numerous PHP5 servers straight out of the box and without manual modification.
  • Option to set php_ini (required by some ISPs) Some ISPs (FastHosts for example) require that the php-ini file be set by the PHP script.
  • Option to set a comment spam trap Automatically add a text field into your feedback form that users won't see but automated spam scripts will. When these scripts fill in the field with their spam the action's PHP code appears to process the request but simply ignores it.
  • Option to track the sender’s IP address Add the user's IP address to the email body. Handy for tracking visits and spam abuse.

PHP feedback Form 2.0.0 requires a server that runs PHP version 4.1.0 or higher

Posted at 07:32 in Action updates

TinEye - Looking for your copyrighted images online just got easier

17 March 2009

/Resources/tineyelogo.gifAlthough protecting your online images with tools like the Image Guardian action is a great first step it is also worth copyright owners keeping track of how their images are being used online.

TinEye from Idée Inc is a search engine with a difference. Either upload an original or give it the URL of an image online and it will trawl through it's archives looking for images that match. In my tests the results looked very promising and it even returned images that were clearly derived from the original.

Although the image database is currently quite small (compared to the total number of images online) the service is still in beta and you can always request their spider crawl a site to add more content.

Posted at 07:35 in Other stuff

Show some love to Freeway this Valentine's day with the Flurry action

13 February 2009

Today is the day that we show our love for Freeway and what better way to express ourselves than to apply the Flurry action to our pages.

Go on, pour your heart out!

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Posted at 07:41 in News

Google SOAP search API keys are no longer available

13 February 2009

http://code.google.com/images/code_sm.pngGoogle has stopped issuing API keys for it's SOAP search tool which the DPS Google Search action relies on. Although you won't be able to request any more keys if you already have one (or a bunch) then you will still be able to use this in the action to enable your site searches.

Now it appears that Google stopped issuing these back in 2006 - just before I went into my coma it appears! The latest news as it breaks only here at FreewayActions.com!

Posted at 07:28 in News
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