This is a pretty massive FREE update for all Armadillo users. Let’s jump right in what’s new and improved:
NEW – Blog Archives! You can now display archive links for your blog posts. This option is enabled by default, and you can turn it off via the Settings tab in Armadillo’s online dashboard.
NEW – Social Sharing! Add a code snippet for the social sharing service of your choice in Armadillo Settings. If enabled, this code will be added to the bottom of all the pages and posts on your site, automatically.
NEW – Facebook Open Graph Support! When adding Facebook’s OG tags to your content (via Armadillo’s Meta Content editor), they will now be interpreted correctly when posting links to Facebook.
NEW – Blog Navigation Links stack! Now all the blog related links (to categories, tags, RSS feeds, etc.) have been separated into its own stack, so you can place it where you like on the page. Previously, these links were displayed below the Armadillo sidebar content (in keeping with RapidWeaver tradition).
IMPROVED – Protocal agnostic links – this means if you connect to your site via a secure connection, all Armadillo links will be secure as well.
IMPROVED – Easier setup process – now you can enter the database details directly in the stack. Armadillo will detect these settings, double-check to make sure they are correct, and then display a simple form where you specific the password and email for the initial admin user.
IMPROVED – Reduced the number of database requests to help make Armadillo even speedier than before.
FIXED – Post titles in the RSS feed should no longer display garbled characters for certain languages.
Various minor tweaks and improvements.
All this awesomeness is completely free for all Armadillo owners. Just check for updates in your Stacks Library, and keep in mind you may need to restart RapidWeaver before the update appears.
If you have questions or run into any problems, please let me know.
The PageSpeed test is very strict, so don’t be surprised if it shows you lots of errors. Even Google itself doesn’t get a perfect score here!
In a later post I’ll explain more about how to tackle the recommendations Google makes with its PageSpeed test, but for now I’d recommend just focusing on making sure you get that nice green “Awesome! This page is mobile-friendly.” notification from the “mobile-friendly” test.
This is a very important security update for Armadillo. Please install the update immediately, and re-publish any sites where you’re using Armadillo.
A few days ago we became aware of some areas where Armadillo’s security could be further improved. This update addresses those areas to make sure Armadillo continues to be the rock solid platform you’ve come to expect.
Security has always been on the forefront of our minds, from the initial concept of Armadillo to the ongoing updates we’ve released over the years. For example:
All user-submitted content is sanitized and escaped before being inserted into the database
Today we released updates to all of our stacks. These includes some important tweaks and adjustments for upcoming changes to RapidWeaver, so be sure to fire up RW, open a Stacks page and check for updates via the gear icon button in the lower right corner of the Stacks Library.
Depending on the size of your stacks library, it may take a few minutes for updates to appear.
Also, due to how Stacks checks for updates (only once every 24 hours) it may take a day or so for updates to appear, if you’ve recently already checked for updates in the past few hours.
Just today we’ve started beta testing Armadillo v1.5 which, among many other things, allows you to create unique meta content for individual blog posts. Each page and blog post also will have a unique browser title, to help further improve Armadillo’s SEO performance.
There are a lot more changes under the hood (localized blog date, new dedicated post summary creation, new “blogger” role, etc.), so if you’d like to give the new version a shake down and help us find the last remaining bugs, please get in touch!
If you don’t have Armadillo, you can also purchase it now for 25% off using discount code ArmadilloSummerBeta.
Once you’ve purchased Armadillo, send us an email and let me know you want to join the beta program, and we’ll send you the beta version.
As of today, December 1st, 2013, the seyDesign brand is now being carried on by Jonathan Head (that’s me), the founder and lead developer of NimbleHost.
If you’re a seyDesign customer you may be wondering what’s going to come of seyDesign, and I’d like to ensure you that seyDesign is not going anywhere. Customers are still receiving the same exceptional support. Product updates are still being released. New products are on the way.
In short, we’ve taken great pains to ensure that you won’t be able to tell that anything’s changed at all, and will continue in the tradition of excellence Adam (the original seyDesign founder) has established. Of course, if there are things you’d like to see changed or improved, please do let me know.
If you’re not a seyDesign customer, now is a fantastic time to take a look at the awesome RapidWeaver addons they (well, I guess I should say “we” now) create. You’ll receive the same legendary service at seyDesign that you’ve come to expect from NimbleHost, with top quality themes and stacks perfect for any RapidWeaver project you’ll be working on.
Thanks for your continued support, and I look forward to working with you!