All about the development of eZ Publish by Graham Brookins, 7x and Brookins Consulting.

The first thing we see customers do first when they start an eZ Publish website is Googling to see what their search results look like. This is why we build and maintain our own tool chain for Google Search Console Sitemaps and Google Analytics.

For all new websites we build we include BC Google Sitemaps and BC Website Statistics which work perfectly today with eZ Publish multi site configurations.

Give our tools a try you will save time and increase your return on investment.

I recently updated the logo and design styles to give this website a updated look ready for today’s mobile browsers.

Update: The header and menus have been replaced with a more modern design. Try it and leave a comment below.

I use BC Google Sitemaps extension for eZ Publish to generate my website’s sitemap.xml which is regularly updated by cronjob every hour.

The cronjob script is always awaiting new content to generate and tell google there are new pages of this blog ready for indexing and serving.

This way I can focus on my core blog content creation with out needing to worry about adoption.

Recently in preparation for the publishing of this blog I used an newer feature of the extension BC Generate Static Cache to by way of ini settings override exclude by parent node id the blog and this ensured static cache was not generated for this blog and it’s blog posts.

What is static cache? Well static cache is a thin layer of html pages served by web server rewrite rules bypassing php entirely thus speeding up the serving of web pages. With the BC Generate Static Cache extension command line script I can generate the whole static cache in just seconds.

Without static cache we are afforded faster updates to the blog itself and anonymous comments.

This feature worked great and my blog content is served now by php cache which is more than fast enough for this small blog's content.

If you have thought of speeding up your own website try static cache. Static cache works well with stable websites of all sizes and shapes.

Since static cache is simple to bypass for those who know using view parameters I try to enable it on all my eZ Publish websites in production.

What do you think? Static cache vs reverse proxy which is faster?

Lizard

Hello Internet!

For those of you wondering what happened to eZpedia.org.

Well the sad news is we lost funding for the domain and decided to relocate the site to keep it online and available to developers and users of eZ Publish.

Visit eZpedia at it’s new home at: https://ezpedia.se7enx.com

Several years ago I helped turn all project.ez.no project repositories and downloads into GitHub repositories so the code would live on long after the site had been removed.

This repository listing is great for finding ideas for your own needs from repositories that before had not transitioned to GitHub.

Another helpful mirror is a point in time fork of just about everything ezpublish related including all extensions on GitHub just before the discontinuation of eZ Systems Support and Development of eZ Publish. This includes the most active and popular of the eZ Publish Extensions on GitHub.

Recently in May of 2023 Ibexa took down the eZ Publish documentation website without notice.

Fortunately the way back machine has a working mirror.

The next question on our minds is how long packages.ez.no has to last?

For the more bold we did take a httrack mirror of the doc website resources and stored the results on GitHub.

Update: Ibexa partner mugo.ca published a solid mirror of the documentation. Mugo has plans for the site and plans to host it indefinitely.

7x is distributing PHP 8.x Support for eZ Publish Legacy on GitHub!

This year I’ve done an incredible amount of work bringing php 8.2 support to the netgen repository.

That said, now the whole world can run ezpublish on the latest versions of php.

This repository can be installed using composer! Checkout the packagist!

If your like me still hosting and developing eZ Publish today I strongly recommend you upgrade to the latest version of 7x eZ Publish!

There are a few work arounds and remaining issues but overall it is a great success.

Hello Internet!

My name is Graham Brookins and I do a lot of ezpublish development for customers world wide.

I worked closely with eZ Systems and many others in the eZ Publish community. I have over 20 years experience with eZ Publish Development and Support.

Today I have decided to share a bit more with the community.

This is just a first post with many more to follow.

Follow me and my developments on GitHub.

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