Today, 10 years ago, Thorsten Rinne and Bastian Pöttner started with the development of phpMyFAQ. We would like to say thank you everyone who helped with the development and everyone of our users! Happy birthday, phpMyFAQ!
The phpMyFAQ Team is pleased to announce phpMyFAQ 2.6.14, the “Macintosh 128” release. We added rewrite rules for nginx, compatibility for MySQL 5.5 with ext/mysql and support to ban IPs from user tracking files. We improved the restore functionality and updated the Dutch and German translation. We fixed an issue with sending mails to category administrators and some minor bugs.
The phpMyFAQ Team would like to announce the availability of the first preview release of our next major version, phpMyFAQ 2.7.0-alpha, the “Robert Anton Wilson” release. With this release we changed the PHP requirement to PHP 5.2.3 and dropped to support for MySQL 4.1 as database backend and for Internet Explorer 6 as supported browser. We added a completely new HTML5 powered default layout and administration backend, a configurable search relevance functionality and automatic translations with the Google Translate API. We added Twitter support, Facebook Like Buttons and support for “Bookmark on Delicious” support. All comment functionality is now based on Ajax and we added an attachment administration frontend, basic authentication support for LDAP groups and basic support for HTML5 microdata. Gzip compression is now enabled by default and we updated the bundled jQuery to version 1.4.4. Do not use this version in production systems, but test this version and report bugs!
After more than 2 weeks of work during my holidays the first release of phpMyFAQ 2.7 is really close. The main work on the new layout is done and you’ll be surprised how phpMyFAQ 2.7 will look like. It’ll be an alpha release and not all functionality will be implemented, even some current features are disabled. So far we changed PHP requirement to PHP 5.2.3 and dropped support for MySQL 4.1 database and for Internet Explorer 6. The major user-visible change will be the new HTML5/CSS3 powered frontend default layout and administration backend with a lot of usability improvements.
Today is the last day of 2010 and I’m looking back to the last 12 months. phpMyFAQ saw about 14 releases including the major 2.6.0 release back in mid january. Since then we improved the whole code base of phpMyFAQ and we’re working hard on the 2.7 release which should see an alpha release the next weeks. I work on organizing a party for the 10th birthday of phpMyFAQ in february, too. Let’s start with the second decade of phpMyAQ!
The phpMyFAQ Team is pleased to announce phpMyFAQ 2.6.12, the “Free Julian Assange” release. We added experimental support for MariaDB and an empty LDAP configuration file as example. We also updated the Arabic, the Dutch, the French and the Norwegian Bokmal translation. We also fixed some minor bugs.
The development of phpMyFAQ slowed down a little bit due to a lot of time spent in my daily work. But nevertheless there is some progress in all versions. phpMyFAQ 2.6.12 will see the light in december and is now really mature. phpMyFAQ 2.7 gets some interesting features like Twitter support and an improved search using a relevance von search results. This will be configurable in the admin backend. We’re also working on the new HTML5 frontend and more and better usability. phpMyFAQ 3.0 includes all new features of 2.6 and 2.7, but currently there is not that much activity on it.
The phpMyFAQ Team would like to announce the availability of phpMyFAQ 2.6.11, the “I always thought something was fundamentally wrong with the universe” release. This release fixes some bugs introduced with phpMyFAQ 2.6.10.
The phpMyFAQ Team is pleased to announce phpMyFAQ 2.6.10, the “Loki Schmidt” release. We added several security enhancements and updated the Chinese (Simplified), German and Portuguese translation. We also fixed some minor bugs.
The phpMyFAQ Team would like to announce the availability of phpMyFAQ 2.6.9, the “Tia Zoe” release. This release fixes a XSS vulnerability. All users of affected phpMyFAQ versions are encouraged to upgrade as soon as possible to this latest versions! A detailed security advisory is available. We also added a Slovak translation and a minor usability improvement in the administration backend. Additionally we fixed an issue with embedded Google Analytics code.
This release is also dedicated to Roland Bobinger, Rebecca Waltenberger and Emil Schemel.
The phpMyFAQ Team is pleased to announce phpMyFAQ 2.6.8, the “Laurent Fignon” release. We dropped the Oracle database support and added a new TinyMCE plugin for adding internal links by a suggest search. We also added a basic HTML5 powered administration backend and improved the setup and update functionality. The bundled TCPDF library was updated to version 5.6.000, the bundled TinyMCE editor component to version 3.3.8 and the bundled phpseclib to version 0.2.1. We also updated the Russian and the Portuguese translation. We fixed a XML rendering issue and many minor bugs.
This week we branched the new 2.7 branch from the current stable 2.6 branch. 2.7.0 will be the next major version of phpMyFAQ with a focus on a brand new user interface and some social improvements like better Facebook and Twitter integration. We changed the minimal PHP version for phpMyFAQ 2.7 to PHP 5.2.3. The current master branch was re-versioned to 3.0.0-dev and will need PHP 5.3, but it will take more than a year before you can see something here.
The phpMyFAQ Team would like to announce the availability of phpMyFAQ 2.6.7, the “Theo Albrecht” release. This release includes a complete refactored and unittested search backend, an improved pagination functionality and we fixed various problems with Microsoft SQL Server Driver for PHP. We also fixed some minor bugs.
Yesterday I finished the big refactoring/rewrite of the search backend. Now I’ll test the new code base and then release 2.6.7 asap.
Today I had a little bit of free time for refactoring because I was at home with a summer cold. The old search routines are now removed from our codebase and the new search classes are already committed. The code is also unittested but I think I’ll release a 2.6.7-beta before the final release of 2.6.7.
Some parts of the phpMyFAQ codebase are quite old because phpMyFAQ is almost 10 years old. Currently I’m working on the refactoring of the search component which hopefully will be part of phpMyFAQ 2.6.7. You maybe ask why I do this in the stable version and not in the master branch? The answer is quite simple: my spare time is limited so I will concentrate the next weeks and months on improve the 2.6 code base which will also be merged into the master branch for phpMyFAQ 2.7 and later.
The phpMyFAQ Team is pleased to announce phpMyFAQ 2.6.6, the “Heidi Kabel” release. This release includes a refactored database abstraction, fixes OpenLDAP authentication, fixes duplication of search results, fixes an issue with duplicate sitemap characters and some solution ID issues. We improved the glossary deletion workflowand updated the Brazilian Portuguese and Norwegian Bokmal translations. We also fixed some minor bugs.
Yesterday I found a quite interesting link in the English Wikipedia: Comparison of knowledge base management software. Looks like phpMyFAQ’s feature set is capable of competing.
The phpMyFAQ Team would like to announce the availability of phpMyFAQ 2.6.5, the “Ronnie James Dio” release. This release updates bundled TCPDF library to version 5.0.009 and TinyMCE editor component to version 18.104.22.168. We refactored OpenSearch plugin code base and fixed small update issues in update script, a missing language fallback issue in instant response, the user deletion in admin backend and a backup/restore bug. We updated the Polish, Russian and Thai translation. We also fixed some minor bugs.