Today, I’m excited to announce the release of DMS 2. Since even before DMS 1 was released we’ve been working hard on the features that we’re introducing today. And we think you’re going to love them (and what they allow you to do!). So let’s get into it.
DMS 2 Objectives
The overall strategy for DMS 2 started with a single idea:
The Goal: “To give you significant advantages over your competition in terms of marketing performance, speed and design.”
This is a big goal, but DMS was already on course to get there. So, for DMS 2, we spent our time building out the vision. The main goals of version 2 were:
Beautiful Design (Rich Media, Animations, Post formats)
Add tools to allow DMS users create the most beautiful websites in the world.
Speed, Performance & Stability
Improve features that let people build faster, easier and better than they could with other tools.
Workflow & Management
Enhance the speed of workflow and website management with DMS
Search(SEO), Social, & Local
We wanted to build the best discoverability and social features around into DMS.
Simply refine the user experience including getting started and learning DMS features.
Plug & Play Theming
We wanted to improve and document the plug-and-play theming toolset.
While these were the major objectives, they were implemented in some really cool new DMS features. Overall, there were nearly 700 commits and almost 100 tangible new features. So I’ll just summarize the major ones here.
First, seen the new DMS demo?
First, have you seen the new demo? If not, check it out, lots of the new features and sections are readily visible.
Already own DMS? Just log in to your account and download DMS 2.
New DMS 2 Features & Benefits
Enhanced Media & Effects Support
DMS 2 features a completely reworked rich media toolset. Every full width element inside of DMS now supports the following features:
Parallax Scrolling Effects
We’ve built new translate parallax and parallax background modes into each section. (example)
Full Window Mode
Full width areas can now be set to full browser window size. (example page)
Background Images & Area Themes
All full width areas can have a set theme. This allows you to customize all text and graphics to match a background. (For example, white text on top of a dark image)
We’ve added deep support for HTML5 videos on every full width element inside of DMS.
New Rich Interaction Sections
We’ve added 12 new drag & drop sections and reworked the rest. We wanted every section to have cutting edge functionality and performance so you could knock the socks off your customers or clients. Some highlights:
New Masonic Gallery Section
A beautiful new gallery section that uses custom post types. Ideal for portfolios or showcasing your features/work. Examples here.
New Quick Carousel Section
A new animated carousel that automatically moves. Super easy to add to a page and adds a great effect.
New Testimonials Section
Quickly add quotes and testimonials to pages and posts using this cool new section.
New Navi Section
New default navigation. Supports full width ‘megamenu’ functionality, search, and other modes.
New Docker Section
A new section with a sticky sidebar and post type support. Designed for use with documentation or other long form content. (Example)
New Maps Section
A new section that leverages Google Maps was added. You can now add Maps in full-width mode and add as many markers to the map as you’d like.
New PopShot Section
A much requested section that we were featuring on PageLines.com for a while. This section includes screenshots that pop up on scroll for a very cool effect. Great for showing off a product.
New Social Sections
New social sections were added and existing social sections were refined.
Much Much More!
As we said before, nearly every section was refined. We’ve also made major changes to the post loop, sliders, navigation etc.
Post Format Support
This major version also adds support for WordPress Post Formats. Specifically you now can choose from the following post formats when creating new posts:
We think these new formats are really gonna spice up your blog! To check them out, view the blog example on the DMS demo.
Custom Sections & Better Templates
One major workflow improvement in this release is the new custom section and template locking system.
We’ve added the ability to save custom sections. This allows you to easily move sections around between pages using drag and drop! Super cool.
Also templates and custom sections start out being linked to the original template now, which makes it easier to use and adjust an existing template.
Drag & Drop Enhancements
We’ve also cleaned up and stabilized most of the drag and drop functionality in DMS. Adding sections to pages is now faster and easier.
Additionally, we’ve added a new, dual width, mode to sections which allows many sections to be used in either full-width or content-width configurations.
We spent a large amount of time working on a new CORE theming system for DMS. This allows DMS to power stand-alone themes instead of simply child themes.
In the coming weeks you’ll be hearing more about DMS CORE themes as we start to release and develop them for the PageLines Club.