PivotX extensions available

The PivotX extensions website is online with (for now) four great extensions available:

  • Formbuilder: create advanced forms for your PivotX site
  • Ultimate Fields: an extra field generator for images, text or dates
  • oEmbed: Embed video easily
  • Password Protect: protect entries and pages with a password.

If you want to submit your extensions please email us ([email protected]) a description of what it does and include the extension in an archive. We will review your extension before publishing it here. Please read the extension guidelines before you submit them.

Posted by Peter BoorsmaWednesday 31 March 20102

Upcoming: iPhone and Android interface

One of the new features of PivotX 2.1 will be a new interface for PivotX that works on the iPhone and all Android phones. Just go to the regular address where you normally log on, and you'll see the interface that's optimized for mobile devices. We didn't try to replicate all functionality, just the essentials, that you might need when you're not close to a real computer. You can post and edit new Entries and Pages, and moderate new comments. The mobile version also supports extensions, so if you have the Google Analytics extension installed, you will get a brief overview of the most important stats.

Posted by Bob den OtterFriday 29 January 201013

PivotX 2.1.0 beta 3.

There was an annoying bug in the previous beta, that could severely affect performance on entrypages. This bug, and a few other issues, have been fixed in PivotX 2.1.0 beta 3. We recommend this update to all current users of the 2.1.0 betas.

The beta version can be downloaded from this location: pivotx.net/files/pivotx_210b3.zip (or pivotx.net/files/pivotx_210b3.tgz, if you prefer .tgz files). For setup instructions, I point you to our documentation: Getting the files & installing.

Posted by Bob den OtterSunday 17 January 20105

PivotX 2.1.0 beta 2.

We've just released PivotX 2.1.0 beta 2. Not much new features since beta 1, but we did fix a good amount of bugs, so we wanted to get an update out of the door.

The beta version can be downloaded from this location: pivotx.net/files/pivotx_210b2.zip (or pivotx.net/files/pivotx_210b2.tgz, if you prefer .tgz files). For setup instructions, I point you to our documentation: Getting the files & installing.

Posted by Bob den OtterSunday 10 January 20106

PivotX 2.1.0 beta 1.

Just before the end of the year we've released the first beta fo PivotX 2.1.0. A lot has been done in the past few months. We're working on some large new features, but in the meantime we want to release an update for PivotX 2.0. So, this release focuses mainly on improving the current functionality, fixing bugs and quirks, and a lot of other, minor improvements.

The beta version can always be downloaded from this location: pivotx.net/files/pivotx_210b1.zip (or pivotx.net/files/pivotx_210b1.tgz, if you prefer .tgz files). For setup instructions, I point you to our documentation: Getting the files & installing.

Below you'll find a short list of some of the more important changes since 2.0, and for a full list, you can check our SVN changelog.

  • A new Bookmarklet (screenshot)
  • Search has weighed results, greatly improving the relevancy of the results.
  • Multi-site support (link
  • Per directory weblog support (link
  • Added an XML Sitemap extension
  • Added a Gallery extension
  • Receiving and sending trackbacks
  • Comments now log the useragent string
  • Setting and changing the 404-page has been improved
  • A ton of tiny improvements and changes, to make the platform more stable and consistent
  • Internally used libraries were updated to the latest versions (jQuery, TinyMCE, etc.)
  • Bugs! Lots of bugs were fixed!

With the next beta, there will be official support for a few new extensions, such as the 'Ultimate Fields Extension', that let's you add extra fields to the backend for all pages and entries, and the 'Formbuilder' extension, which let's you add all sorts of forms to your site, ranging from the simplest contact-forms to eleborate order-forms with validation.

Note: PivotX 2.1 will be the last version of PivotX to fully support PHP 4.

Posted by Bob den OtterSaturday 26 December 20099

Theme guidelines

If you make themes and want to submit them to Themes.PivotX.net please read this article. These are the guidelines to create a proper PivotX theme. If you already have some themes that you want to share with the PivotX community you can mail them to [email protected].

Posted by Peter BoorsmaThursday 19 November 2009Comment

Development update

We know, it's been silent for a while but there's lots of stuff to talk about. And it's all good news.
There will be a maintenance release soon. PivotX 2.0.1 fixes some bugs and improves the overall performance. We're also working on PivotX 2.1.0 with a lot of new features. The feedbackforum works out great. There are many useful suggestions for improvement and many of them are going to be implemented in the following releases. Thank you for that. Keep 'em coming.

New backend interface
We made a start with a complete overhaul of the admin interface. This redesign will be implemented in two steps. The first step will be purely cosmetic. PivotX gets a 'lighter' look to make things even friendlier. The second step is a more substantial one and takes some research. We want the interface to be more flexible. It will be completely rebuilt to improve usabilty and user experience. That means the dashboard will be more flexible and all options will be regrouped if necessary.

A lot of extensions are being rewritten, documented and published on the soon to be released extensions website. There are two noteworthy new extensions: Formbuilder and Ultimate Fields.  
They do exactly as they are named. With the formbuilder you can easily include fully customizable orderforms and contactforms in entries or pages. Awesome!
The Ultimate Fields extension lets you add extra fields in the PivotX texteditor. You can add imagefields, textfields and datefields. As many as you like. It makes PivotX even more useful as a content management system.

Both extensions will be released soon, within weeks.

There are still some blank sections in the documentation. We are working on that but could use some help. Please send us a mail if you think you can help.

Like we said, all good news :)

Posted by Peter BoorsmaFriday 13 November 20091

We are done, what should we do next?

Share your ideas with Uservoice

Now that PivotX 2.0.0 is finally released, it's time to think about the future. Therefore we set up a Uservoicethingie so you can share your ideas and vote for your favorite suggested features. There will be new features and the dev team is constantly improving all current ones, including the interface.

Well, before visiting the Uservoice forum, here's a list of things we are working on right now:

Create a smart bookmarklet to publish messsages to your website fast without logging in to your PivotX with a browser.

Multiple websites
Say what?! Yes, it will be possible to run several websites on a single PivotX installation. Don't worry, all data (users, templates, pages, entries) will be completely seperated.

Editor in chief
We are aware of the fact that our usermanagement is somewhat of a puzzle. This one is great for ehm... editors in chief. They are allowed to make changes in all entries and pages, even the ones created by administrators. And not to frighten administrators too much; we will make sure the editor in chief is not allowed to make changes to your website configuration.

Threaded comments
Comments can get messy. Who said what and who is commenting on that? Threaded comments enable users to reply on an existing comment, and the discussion will be displayed threaded or nested.

And now it's your turn! Let us know what you think that makes PivotX even better on the Uservoice forum.

Posted by Peter BoorsmaTuesday 26 May 20098