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README.markdown is a free, open source web app for building websites. You can also call it a CMS if you like.

It will run on any webserver with common settings (Apache, PHP5 with GD and multi-byte support). Berta does NOT require a database. All content is stored in files.

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  • Requires PHP >= 5.5.9
  • Read the file: INSTALL/HOW-TO-INSTALL-OR-UPDATE.html
  • Create empty storage folder in the app root and make sure it's writeable.
  • Install Node dependencies npm install.
  • Assets are managed by Gulp: Run gulp to generate and listen for asset changes.
  • Backend API uses PHP micro-framework. cd _api_app and run composer install. Composer is a Dependency Manager for PHP – make sure it's installed.
  • Open app in browser and navigate to /engine. Default username admin password xxx.


v0.9.0b (release date 18 Jun 2018)

  • Redux integration (sites, sections, template settings, general settings)
  • Lumen based API
  • JSON schemas for XML files
  • Data model services
  • Code cleanup (linter, CS formatting)

v0.8.11b (release date 21 Mar 2017)

  • PHP 7 support
  • portfolio page type
  • guided tour
  • localization improvements
  • security improvements
  • other minor improvements and bugfixes

v0.8.10b (release date 28 Nov 2014)

  • image optimization for High-Resolution displays
  • option to disable fade animation for background galleries
  • SEO Title, Keywords and Content description for each section
  • easier image sorting in the gallery editor view
  • option to customize text color, background color and size in the text editor
  • other minor but useful improvements and bugfixes

v0.8.9b (release date 15 Apr 2014)

  • option to clone sections
  • responsive layout option for White and Mashup templates
  • columns option (1-4) for Mash-up section in responsive layout for Mashup template
  • menu color option in Default template
  • user onboarding call-to-action message
  • http:// prefix for URL fields
  • other minor improvements and bugfixes

v0.8.8b (release date 12 Mar 2014)

  • multisite feature added (available only for hosted Pro and Shop plans)
  • added more breakpoints for responsive Messy template
  • other minor improvements and bugfixes

v0.8.7b (release date 23 Oct 2013)

  • option to enable responsive layout for Messy and Default templates (experimental, alpha version)
  • option to set all elements centered to window for responsive Messy template
  • embeddable video background for sections added
  • image preloader added
  • image padding setting for each row gallery
  • spanish translation added
  • section name now can contain special lithuanian characters
  • shopping cart link is movable
  • option to add an image for shopping cart link
  • message for out of stock products added in shop sections
  • shopping cart redesign, supports responsive layout
  • added option to pay with credit card in shop plugin

v0.8.6b (release date 2 Sep 2013)

  • crop tool for gallery images
  • medium size option for gallery images
  • video player changed to HTML5 Video.js - supports MP4 and FLV
  • auto play option for video player
  • section names now can contain special characters (russian, greek, turkish, ukrainian, latvian, czech, polish)
  • option to hide background gallery navigation arrows for Messy template
  • added background grid for Messy template
  • option to hide page header from landing page independently from menu
  • poster for uploaded video is now optional
  • shop plugin upgrade with shipping weight calculator
  • shop plugin upgrade with input fields for legal person
  • other minor improvements and bugfixes

v0.8.5a (release date 10 Jan 2013)

  • support for animated gif resizing (PHP Imagick extension required)
  • Gallery slideshow timing improvements
  • MooTools: the javascript framework upgrade to version 1.4.5
  • added internal version for js and css files - to prevent loading from browsers cache on update
  • other minor improvements and bugfixes

v0.8.4a (release date 27 Sep 2012)

  • if "Show menu in first section" is set to "no", then "additional-text" also hides from first section
  • "create new entry" button in messy template is now draggable
  • improved HTML editor, added extra toolbar to manage TABLES
  • optimized assets images

v0.8.3b (release date 18 Jul 2012)

  • removed tips
  • added instructional videos panel
  • layout can be centered in all templates
  • added submenu sorting
  • other minor improvements

v0.8.2b (release date 29 Mar 2012)

  • add custom CSS from admin panel
  • row, column, pile, slideshow gallery support in all templates
  • validation for px, em values
  • added license.txt
  • other minor improvements