SilverStripe Releases Version 2.3
SilverStripe, the recently named most promising open source CMS by PacktPub.com, has announced its newest version 2.3. And not a moment too soon either -- with over 1600 improvements the Web CMS is moving in the right direction. The new version is available for download as of November, 28.

SilverStripe is a PHP-based Web CMS that is adding power to its punch. The new version sports a huge amount of changes and improvements that include the ability to host it on Microsoft 2008/IIS 7.0 servers, where before it was a bit clunky on these servers and required tweaking of the PHP code.  Download the new version here.

Installing SilverStripe on IIS7 Servers

With the changes made so that SilverStripe now installs easily on a variety of up to date servers, the Web CMS is even easier to use now. Installation issues that arose previously have been fixed and a huge number of other bugs and glitches have been addressed.

If you're installing on a IIS server, there are a few things you need to know about the installation process. First, once you have correctly installed PHP and MySQL and uploaded the core files you can delete the .htaccess file. This file is for Apache only.

The second thing you need to do is create a file web.config and place the following code into it (this code comes from SilverStripes installation how-to article):

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<configuration>
  <system.webServer>
    <rewrite>
      <rules>
        <rule name="SilverStripe Clean URLs" stopProcessing="true">
          <match url="^(.*)$" />
          <conditions>
            <add input="{REQUEST_FILENAME}" matchType="IsFile" negate="true" />
          </conditions>
          <action type="Rewrite" url="sapphire/main.php?url={R:1}" appendQueryString="true" />
        </rule>
      </rules>
    </rewrite>
  </system.webServer>
</configuration>

And now simply visit the folder you extracted your files into and continue the installation process.

Working with SilverStripe

SilverStripe was named the most promising open source CMS for a reason. One of those reasons was its incredible ease of use. And with the long change log for the new version 2.3 (you can see the entire log here) it's now even easier to use. Check out the video to see just how easy it is:

So with a new version, better usability, and an overall improved installation setup, SilverStripe shows its true colors as an exciting Web CMS. Will they be a contender for next year's PacktPub's best overall PHP-based CMS? Time will tell, but for now they are moving in the right direction.