XF 1.2 More Assorted Things

We missed last week, but lets make it up with a look at a bunch of new things coming in 1.2. We do still have various "big" things to show, but we'll save them for another day.

Template editing improvements: tabs, ctrl-s, auto tabbing
The template editor in the admin CP is now easier to code directly within with a few changes:
  • Pressing tab will now insert an actual tab.
  • You can save the template using ctrl+s (or cmd+s).
  • When you press enter on a line that starts with whitespace, the next line will automatically start with that amount of whitespace. (Basically, this keeps your tab depth.)
  • If you highlight multiple lines, you can use tab or shift-tab to indent or outdent all of the selected lines automatically.
<xen:set> improvements
In certain situations, you may want to use the <xen:set> tag to set non-scalar values, generally arrays. You can now do that with this structure:
Code:
<xen:set var="$var" value="{xen:array 'a=b', 'c=d'}" />

New <xen:callback> tag
While generally we don't recommend running PHP via templates, some times it's significantly simpler than writing a full add-on. Here's an example call:

Code:
<xen:callback class="Class_Name_Here" method="getHtml"><b>HTML that will be passed to the callback.</b></xen:callback>

For advanced usage, you can also pass params to the callback via the params attribute (like in template hooks).

To try to limit any untoward usage of this, we place a couple constraints:
  • Like all of our other callbacks, it must happen to a method within a class. You can't just read out /etc/passwd directly.
  • The method that you're calling must start with a limited set of prefixes: get, is, has, render, view, return, print, show, display
I should note that while we've deprecated template hooks, you can actually use this with the new template modification system to effectively create new hooks. That is, if you'd rather work on the final rendered output rather than the template itself.

Option to block logins entirely after a few failures
By default, we only CAPTCHA block accounts after several failed login attempts. This may be more user friendly but some people may consider it to be a security issue. You now have the option to disable logins instead of showing a CAPTCHA.

New password storage: Bcrypt
1.2 introduces a more secure password storage method known as bcrypt. Most hashing schemes are designed to be fast, which makes them unsuitable for password storage. Bcrypt is intentionally slow and is also tunable so it can do more work over time as computers become faster.

Whenever a user logs in, their password will automatically be upgraded to the bcrypt format.

Weekly and monthly stat groupings
Currently, statistics can only be generated on a daily basis. You can now choose to view the totals on a weekly or monthly basis. This allows you to see longer-term trends more easily.

Notable members, member list disabled
By default, the full members list page is now disabled. On larger boards, not only is it useless (and a spam magnet), it's actually a huge performance issue.

The notable members page looks a bit like the standard members list page, but it shows people of note:
  • Most messages
  • Most likes received
  • Most trophy points
  • Today's birthdays
  • (Non-hidden) Staff members
notable-members.png
Notification emails: easy unsubscribe
Thread notification emails now have 2 unsubscribe links that do not require users to login to use them; one link stops email notifications from the thread the email was from, while the other stops them from all content.

Setting custom routes as the index
The index page (that is, what is currently at http://xenforo.com/community/) can now be set to any route URL. By default, this will be the forum list, but you could set this to resources, a portal page, or something else entirely. If you do change it, the forum list will automatically be located at http://xenforo.com/community/forums/.


Right, let's leave it there today... :)
 

Brogan

XenForo moderator
Staff member
I did a few redirects for the old "home" page which was a Page node and the forum move to the root.

Code:
RewriteRule ^community/pages/home/ / [R=301,L]
RewriteRule ^community/(.*)?$ /$1 [L,R=301]
RewriteRule ^community$ / [L,R=301]
 

Jeremy

in memoriam 1991-2020
Is the full Members List still available on 1.2 as an admin option?
Notable members, member list disabled
By default, the full members list page is now disabled. On larger boards, not only is it useless (and a spam magnet), it's actually a huge performance issue.

The notable members page looks a bit like the standard members list page, but it shows people of note:
  • Most messages
  • Most likes received
  • Most trophy points
  • Today's birthdays
  • (Non-hidden) Staff members
Yes.
 

topcat

Well-known member
on the subject of editing templates will there be an option to search text within a template. Unless Im missing something currently when I search text in all templates it lists all the templates with that text, but when I acually click on the template i then need to manually look through the template to find the text or use the find feature in firefox.

cheers
 

cclaerhout

Well-known member
I'm not sure I follow what you're trying to do. This allows you to set any XF "route" to be the index page of XF. It can't be outside of the XF install or anything.
Wordpress has an option to set the server index root as the Wordpress reference route where Wordpress is itself in is own directory (ref).
 

Russ

Well-known member
I'm a styling nerd... while this update is very nice... I'm so excited for the tab function in the templates :D
 

Shelley

Well-known member
on the subject of editing templates will there be an option to search text within a template. Unless Im missing something currently when I search text in all templates it lists all the templates with that text, but when I acually click on the template i then need to manually look through the template to find the text or use the find feature in firefox.

cheers

I use the firefox built in search, TBH I think even if a search within template feature was implemented it'll still be quicker using firefox as strange as that sounds.
 

dutchbb

Well-known member
Losing the traditional memberlist as a default page is not a big deal (it's an improvement if the new page is more interesting) but what would be useful is an advanced search for members and still show a paginated ranking based on number of posts, likes, alphabetical, registration date etc. So that it's not limited to the number of members shown on the notable members page.
 
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