- New template engine
- New CMS interface design
- "Page Content" and "Page Settings" are split into two interfaces
- Image/Link insertion moved into a modal dialog instead of a sidebar
- "Add pages" dropdown moved to a more descriptive modal dialog
- Allow usage of "sapphire" framework without the "cms" module
- CMS stylesheets are generated by SCSS to provide more flexible and robust styling
New ORM: More flexible and expressive querying via
The new "fluent" syntax to retrieve ORM records allows for a more expressive notation (instead of unnamed arguments).
:::php // before DataObject::get('Member', '"FirstName" = \'Sam'\', '"Surname" ASC"); // after DataList::create('Member')->filter(array('FirstName' => 'Sam'))->sort('Surname');
The underlying record retrieval and management is rewritten from scratch, and features
lazy loading which fetches only the records it needs, as late as possible.
In order to retrieve all ORM records manually (as the previous ORM would've done),
The old getters (
are now deprecated, but continue to operate. Instead of a
now return a
:::php // before DataObject::get_one('Member', '"Email" = \'email@example.com\''); // after DataList::create('Member')->filter('Email', 'firstname.lastname@example.org')->First(); :::php // before DataObject::get_by_id('Member', 5); // after DataList::create('Member')->byID(5);
Note that they will return a
DataList even if they're empty, so if you want to check
for the presence of records, please call the count() method on the
:::php // before if(!DataObject::get('SiteTree', '"ParentID" = 5')) echo "Page 5 has no children"; // after if(!DataObject::get('SiteTree', '"ParentID" = 5')->count()) echo "Page 5 has no children";
See the "datamodel" documentation for more details.
New ORM: Changes to manipulation of SQL queries
In the 2.4 ORM it was sometimes necessary to bypass the ORM for performance reasons. For example, this command would have been intolerably slow:
The 3.0 ORM is more intelligent gives you tools you need to create high-performance code without bypassing the ORM:
:::php // before echo DB::query("SELECT COUNT(*) FROM \"SiteTree\"")->value(); // after echo DataList::create('SiteTree')->count()
buildSQL() have been deprecated. There is not currently any way of
overriding the query generation code equivalent to overriding
buildSQL() in 2.4, but this facility
was error prone. If you need to access the
SQLQuery object, you can call
on any DataList. Note that modifications to this query will not be passed back into the DataList.
:::php // before $query = singleton('SiteTree')->extendedSQL('ParentID = 5'); // after $query = DataList::create('SiteTree')->filter('ParentID', 5)->dataQuery()->query();
We advise that you keep this kind of code to a minimum and that you use the DataList wherever possible. If you find yourself needing to bypass the ORM in SilverStripe 3, we suggest you raise this as a discussion topic on email@example.com, as we may want to add more tools to the ORM to help you.
New ORM: Better encapsulation of relationship queries with
RelationList class and its implementations
are replacing the
ComponentSet API, which is only relevant if you have instanciated these manually.
Relations are retrieved through the same way (e.g.
InnoDB driver for existing and new tables on MySQL (instead of MyISAM)
SilverStripe has traditionally created all MySQL tables with the MyISAM storage driver, mainly to ensure a fulltext search based on MySQL works out of the box. Since then, the framework has gained many alternatives for fulltext search (sphinx, solr, etc.), and relies more on database transactions and other features not available in MyISAM.
This change convert tables on existing databases when
dev/build is called,
FullTextSearch feature is enabled. In order to disable this behaviour,
you have to add the following code to your
_config.php BEFORE running a
:::php DataObject::$create_table_options['MySQLDatabase] = 'ENGINE=MyISAM';
As with any SilverStripe upgrade, we recommend database backups before calling
See mysql.com for details on the conversion.
Note: MySQL has made InnoDB the default engine in its 5.5 release.
Convert JSON functions have been changed to use built-in json PHP functions
json_decode() will convert nested JSON structures to arrays as well, this has changed the way it worked,
as before nested structures would be converted to an object instead.
So, given the following JSON input to
Here's the output from SilverStripe 2.4, with nested JSON as objects:
array( 'Joe' => 'Bloggs' 'Tom' => 'Jones', 'My' => stdObject( Complicated => 'Structure' // property on object ) )
Now in SilverStripe 3.x, nested structures are arrays:
array( 'Joe' => 'Bloggs', 'Tom' => 'Jones', 'My' => array( 'Complicated' => 'Structure' // key value on nested array ) )
GridField: Replacement for TableListField and ComplexTableField
We have a new component for managing lists of objects: The
It's a substantial rewrite of the features previously captured by
The legacy fields remain operational for now, although a switch to
GridField is strongly encouraged,
for stability, interface and performance reasons. The
are no longer maintained, for those you do have to make the switch.
TableField class will be deprecated soon, but we don't have an adequate replacement for it yet.
Upgrade example: Record listing
:::php // before $field = new TableListField('Companies', 'Company'); $field->setPageSize(20); // after $field = new GridField('Companies', null, DataList::create('Company')); $field->getConfig()->getComponentByType('GridFieldPaginator')->setItemsPerPage(20);
Upgrade example: Record listing with view/edit interface
:::php // before $field = new ComplexTableField($myController, 'Companies', 'Company'); // after $field = new GridField('Companies', null, DataList::create('Company'), GridFieldConfig_RecordEditor::create());
Upgrade example: Relationship editing
:::php // before $field = new HasManyComplexTableField($myController, 'MyRelation', 'MyRelationObject'); // after $field = new GridField('MyRelation', null, $myRecord->MyRelation(), GridFieldConfig_RelationEditor::create());
More information is available in the GridField documentation.
New template engine
The template engine has been completely rewritten, and although it is generally backward compatible, there are new features and some features have been deprecated. See the template upgrading guide and the template reference for more information.
Removed view-specific accessors from ViewableData
Several methods in ViewableData that were originally added to expose values to the template language were moved, in order to stop polluting the namespace. These were sometimes called by project-specific PHP code too, and that code will need re-working.
See the template upgrading guide for a list of methods and their replacements.
New user interface for CMS
Most aspects of the interface have been redesigned, which necessitated a substantial
redevelopment of the underlying logic and presentation.
If you have customized the admin interface in any way, please review
the detailed changelog for this release. Many interface components have changed completely,
unfortunately there is no clear upgrade path for every interface detail.
As a starting point, have a look at the new templates in
sapphire/admin/templates, as well as the new jQuery.entwine
"CMS Architecture" guide to get you started.
New tree library
The page tree moved from a bespoke tree library to JSTree,
This includes changes to
Settings-related fields move from
SiteTree->getCMSFields() to new
The fields and tabs are now split into two separate forms, which required a structural
change to the underlying class logic. In case you have added or removed fields
in the "Behaviour" or "Access" tab, please move these customizations to a new
In case of SiteTree extension through
updateCMSFields() and a decorator/extension,
please use the new
SiteTree::$description field to describe purpose of a page type
Please use this static property to describe the purpose of your page types,
which will help users understand the new "Add page" dialog.
For example, a
TeamPage type could be described as "Lists all team members, linking to their profiles".
Note: This property is optional (defaults to an empty string), but its usage is highly encouraged.
New ModelAdmin interface, removed sub-controllers
ModelAdmin has been substanially rewritten to natively support the
for more flexible data presentation (replacing
[api:DataList] API for more expressive querying.
If you have overwritten any methods in the class, customized templates,
or implemented your own
please refer to the new ModelAdmin documentation
on details for how to achieve the same goals in the new class.
Stylesheet preprocessing via SCSS and the "compass" module
CSS files in the
sapphire/admin modules are now generated through
the "compass" SilverStripe module, which uses
the "Compass" framework and the "SCSS" language.
This allows us to build more flexible and expressive stylesheets as a foundation for any
extensions to the CMS interface.
The "compass" module is only required if core stylesheets are modified,
not when simply using the CMS or developing other CMS functionality.
If you want to extend the CMS stylesheets for your own projects without SCSS,
please create a new CSS file and link it into the CMS via
Built-in client-side form validation using
behaviour.js has been removed, and is no longer supported.
forms if requiring client-side validation.
You don't need to explicitly disable JS validation through
any longer (the method is deprecated).
FormField consistently adds classes to HTML elements
The [api:FormField] API has been refactored to use SilverStripe templates
for constructing the field HTML, as well as new accessors for HTML attributes.
This change makes the HTML a bit more predictable, but it also means that
Particularly, CSS class names applied through [api:FormField->addExtraClass()]
and the "type" class are now consistently added to the container
as well as the HTML form element itself.
:::html Before (abbreviated): <div class="field checkbox extraClass"...> <input type="checkbox".../> </div> After (abbreviated): <div class="field checkbox extraClass"...> <input type="checkbox" class="checkbox extraClass".../> </div>
FormField constructor argument changes
In order to enforce a consistent parameter order in core [api:FormField] subclasses,
its no longer possible to set the following optional attributes via constructor arguments:
Please use the appropriate setters on the form field instance instead.
Restructured files and folders
In order to make the
sapphire framework useable without the
we've moved some files around.
CMS base functionality which is not directly related to content pages (
has been moved from the
cms module into a new "sub-module" located in
This includes generic management interfaces like "Files & Images" (
SecurityAdmin) and the
On the other hand,
SiteTree related features were moved from
sapphire to the
Removed prototype.js and and behaviour.js dependencies from most core components
This will only affect you if you used either of those libraries,
or by extension on the globals set in
$$() shorthand for
document.getElementsBySelector() is no longer globally bound,
but rather just defined when used through other components. The
had two meanings, based on context: Either
document.getElementsById() through prototype.js,
or as an alias for the
jQuery() method. In general, we recommend not to rely on
$() global in SilverStripe, as we unset it via
Use a custom alias via function scope if possible.
Translatable extension into new 'translatable' module
If you are translating your
DataObject classes with the
extension, please install the new module from
The following settings can be removed from your own
_config.php, as they're automatically
Object::add_extension('SiteTree', 'Translatable'); Object::add_extension('SiteConfig', 'Translatable');
Moved Group->IPRestrictions into a new 'securityextras' module
IP restrictions for group memberships in the "Security" section were a rarely used feature, and cluttered up the interface. We've decided to move it to a separate module called securityextras. To continue using these restrictions, just install the module - no data migration required.
Moved comments system into new 'comments' module
This affects websites which have comments enabled, through the
placeholder and the
PageComment class. See the 'comments' module. To continue using comments, simply install the module - no data migration required.
Moved SiteTree->HomepageForDomain into a new 'homepagefordomain' module
The setting determines difference homepages at arbitrary locations in the page tree, and was rarely used in practice - so we moved it to a "homepagefordomain" module.
Removed "auto-merging" of member records from
Due to security reasons. Please use
DataObject->merge() explicitly if this is desired behaviour.
Unit tests require definition of used
This change was necessary in order to improve performance of the test framework,
and avoid rebuilding the database where no database access is required.
It also won't build any
DataObject subclasses implementing the
unless these are explicitly noted.
SapphireTest->extraDataObjects: List all
TestOnlyclasses relevant to your test class here.
DataObjectclasses to an array of required extensions. Example:
array("MyTreeDataObject" => array("Versioned", "Hierarchy"))
SapphireTest->illegalExtensions: Does the reverse of
requiredExtensions: Removes already applied extensions.
Alternatively, you can enforce database usage by setting
TRUE in your test class.
Breadcrumbs have been altered to be their own template. In the process of this, the common static SiteTree::$breadcrumbs_delimiter has been removed. To customise breadcrumbs now, create a template BreadcrumbsTemplate.ss from cms/template to your theme or application.
There is a new deprecation API that generates deprecation notices. Calls to Deprecated methods will only produce errors if the API was deprecated in the release equal to or earlier than the "notification version".
sapphire/_config.php currently contains a call to throw notices calls to all methods deprecated
If you change the notification version to 3.0.0-dev, then only methods deprecated in older versions (e.g. 2.4) will trigger notices, and the other methods will silently pass. This can be useful if you don't yet have time to remove all calls to deprecated methods.
$myField->allowedExtensions = array('jpg', 'gif', 'png')
DataExtensioninstead (the class doesn't implement the GOF "Decorator" pattern)
TarballArchive: If you make use of these, copy the classes from 2.4 into your project.
DataObjectLog: There is no replacement for this.
GeoIP: Moved to separate "geoip" module
Notifications: If you make use of this, copy the classes from 2.4 into your project.
NZGovtPasswordValidator: Moved to "securityextras" module
QueuedEmailDispatchTask: If you make use of these, copy the classes from 2.4 into your project.
ConfirmedFormAction: Use custom fields instead
XML: Use PHP's built-in SimpleXML instead