SilverStripe 4.0 : Should You Make The Upgrade?

Our favourite CMS platform SilverStripe has recently released its newer version 4.0.

Most Content Management Systems (CMS) continually evolve and improve functionalities. SilverStripe CMS simplifies your content management experience by giving you the features and capabilities to confidently create, deliver and manage content to your audience. With the release of version 4.0, SilverStripe has improved its technologies and technical support. Businesses now have the opportunity to create different experiences for audiences and integrate a localised model for content control.

The digital world is constantly evolving and we always aim to be at the forefront of technology. That’s why we’re proudly partnered with SilverStripe! We thought it’d be best to share the reasons why you should update your CMS, and the new features and improvements you can expect in this new version.

Richer & Faster User Experience

This CMS now has incorporated a technology called ReactJS, a JavaScript library for building user interfaces created by Facebook. React helps developers create and design renders that are used as a base in the development of mobile applications or single web pages.

With the help of JavaScript, both Android & and IOS platforms are supported. This helps to save time on development and makes the user's experience (UI) more pleasant, with apps loading quickly and focusing on accessibility. This feature hasn’t been completely woven throughout the CMS, however, it’s an ongoing effort throughout SIlverStripes development. It’s also fully responsive and can be easily used on your tablet or phone - great for making content changes on the go!

Accessibility, Content Blocks & Support

There have been improvements to the accessibility of the set of applications that access the features or data of an operating system. As mentioned SilverStripe 4 focuses on content editing experience easier with on-the-go editing, ability to draft and publish pages from different devices. Enhanced versioning support has moved beyond editing, but has introduced the new ownership API, allowing for recursive publishing of data objects. More freedom and fine tuned control of what you want to get published.

Whilst some content block modules (content that is displayed within a websites layout region such as a header and footer) were available in SilverStripe 3, none received support from the SilverStripe team. We provide tailor made block by block page building solutions that are commonly referred to as content blocks. SilverStripe 4.0 will showcase their first own content block module developed by SilverStipe that offers support! The built in support will offer more dynamic layouts for building richer pages. 

Security

SilverStripe CMS is regularly upgraded to become less vulnerable to hackers. For businesses that rely on its website to generate leads or sales, it should be of uttermost importance to have a strong security management system. Having a website that’s collecting users personal information (eg signing up to the database or making a purchase), are particularly vulnerable to the liability of security storing information. SilverStripe 4.0 gives you access to security patches and updates to make sure your data is secured.

Improved Performance

Along with added features SilverStripe 4.0 brings, you will notice your website feel just a bit snappier. This is because the latest version has improved its performance when navigating around the CMS. The speedy in built personal home page (PHP) helps your websites load quicker and increases the overall performance. This means users will spend less time waiting for the page to generate, and more time navigating through your website assisting their overall customer journey. Fewer bounce rates and effective web pages will allow customers to continue deeper into the website and attract continued interest. 

SilverStipe 4.0 is filled with great new features to make your CMS look beautiful and perform swiftly. Our partnering relationship means that we’re able to help upgrade any website modules that haven’t converted to the new update.

We also offer services to businesses that have yet to experience the SilverStripe CMS. The result of this update - a secure, faster and stable CMS that will continue to deliver experiences for your website users. For any enquiries regarding design, development, websites and cms growth solutions, we’d love to hear from you. Let’s start a conversation today.

 

 

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