[erlang-questions] Zotonic 0.7.0 released!

Arjan Scherpenisse arjan@REDACTED
Thu Jul 28 14:00:19 CEST 2011

Dear Zotonic users and Erlang enthousiasts,

After some 5 months of development, I'm very pleased to announce the
new release of Zotonic, the Erlang CMS [1]. As usual, the zip file can
be downloaded from Google code:


This release is, again, a major feature release. As you can read in the
release notes, we have been very actively developing Zotonic and are
happy that we can present a new stable version.

Please read on for the release notes.

Kind regards,

The zotonic team,

Arjan Scherpenisse
Marc Worrell

[1] More info on Zotonic: http://zotonic.com

Release 0.7.0, released on 2011-07-28

* New core features:

Native SMTP support for sending and receiving e-mails in any Zotonic
site. We integrated Andrew Thompson's gen_smtp library which allows us
to manage outgoing ánd incoming mails. mod_logging provides a new
email log-view for inspecting what mails go in and out.

A "zotonic" shell command. The "zotonic.sh" shell command has been
replaced by a more generic and more powerful shell command with
support for pluggable subcommands.

Module repository: Zotonic now supports installing system-wide modules
which are not part of the core repository. We have created a place
where externally contributed modules can be linked at
http://modules.zotonic.com/. Modules registered on that site
can be easily installed through the "addsite" subcommand.

The default website has been replaced by the notion of "skeleton"
sites. The "zotonic addsite" command lets you create a new Zotonic
website based on one of the (currently two) website templates.

* New modules:

** mod_email_relay
   Relay received e-mails to an user's email address. Serving as an
   example for the SMTP functionality, this module looks up a username
   by the local part of a received e-mail and forwards the mail to the
   mail address the user configured.

** mod_email_receive
   Handle received e-mails, notifies email observers depending on a
   stored mapping of recipient addresses.

** mod_import_csv
   Fairly generic module for importing CSV files, updating or creating
   new content on the fly.

** mod_import_wordpress
   Basic import module for Wordpress WXR file format, allowing you to
   migrate a Wordpress blog into Zotonic.

** Discontinued modules

To make Zotonic more lightweight and remove some of the build
dependencies, some infrequently used modules have been removed from
the core and moved to their own repository, at
http://code.google.com/p/zotonic-modules/.  These modules are
mod_search_solr, mod_pubsub, mod_slideshow, mod_broadcast,
mod_imageclipper, mod_admin_event and mod_calendar. They can still be
easily installed with the help of the "zotonic installmodule"
command. The mod_emailer module (and its esmtp library) has been
removed in favor of the native SMTP sending/receiving capabilities.

Each module now also can have its own dependencies by including a
"deps" subfolder in the module. This is used for example in the
mod_pubsub external module which has the exmpp library as a dependency.

* Other minor features

** to_json filter for representing template values as JSON objects

** split filter for splitting a string

** slice filter for manipulating lists

** Added {% raw %}..{% endraw %} support for representing literal code

** erlydtl: Added possibility to define atoms using backquoted strings.

** admin templates are reorganized, allowing to write admin
customizations with less code

** translations of the admin updated and more translations added

* Bugfixes

Too many bugfixes to list. However, the base system is becoming more
stable and this release aims to be a good step towards the 1.0.

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