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Mura CMS Theme Development: Display Objects

Customize the output of Mura's built in display objects including Galleries, Calendars, Login Forms and Navigation components with specific configuration variables and file naming conventions for altering and overriding default output.

By Ronnie Duke
Mura CMS Theme Development: Template Variables

Learn to display dynamic content within the markup of your themed pages, using Mura's $.content and $.siteConfig methods to output almost anything at any point in the template workflow.

By Ronnie Duke
Mura CMS Theme Development: Display Regions

Take advantage of Mura's built in display regions structure to insert editable content at any place in the markup or layout of your templates.

By Ronnie Duke
Mura CMS Theme Development: Layout Templates

Learn how to create Mura CMS layout templates and utilize them in your custom themes in this simple tutorial.  

By Ronnie Duke
Mura Site Bundles Part 2: Deploy a Bundle

When starting a new Mura project, or getting started with Mura in general, deploying a site bundle is a great first step. A Mura CMS site bundle can be created from any existing site (see Part 1: Create a Bundle), and contains all of the files and data needed to completely replicate the source site, including all of the pages, plugins, site members, theme files, images and other assets.

By Michael Evangelista
Mura Site Bundles Part 1: Create a Bundle

One of Mura's most robust features is the automated "Site Bundle" system. A Mura site bundle is a specially-formatted .zip file with a collection of content and file assets used to duplicate an entire Mura CMS site. A site created from a site bundle includes all of the content and design aspects of the original, including all pages, theme files and other assets, with settings to control what actually gets imported when the bundle is deployed.

By Michael Evangelista
Steps for a Safe Update to Mura 6.2

Since the advent of Mura CMS as an open source project in 2008, the development team and user community have continued to improve and update every aspect of the system's functionality. While it is quite possible to maintain a site built on any version of Mura, it is highly recommended to keep the "Core" updated as bug fixes, enhancements, and security updates are released.

By Steve Withington & Michael Evangelista
Mura Plugins Boot Camp: Day 4 - Security

So far in this series, we've taken a look at the basics in Mura CMS plugin development. Before we move on, we should take a moment to talk about a very important aspect of developing your plugin: security.

By Grant Shepert
Advanced Inline Image Options in Mura 6.2

Mura CMS provides a number of solutions for handling and displaying photos on any page. In addition to robust cropping and resizing options for associated images and dynamic photo galleries, version 6.2 provides an enhanced set of tools for images placed directly in the primary page content using CKeditor.

By Michael Evangelista
Mura Plugins Boot Camp: Day 3 - Display Objects

The easiest way for plugins to display content in a Mura CMS site is by using display objects, widgets you can place on a page, even multiple times. What's even better is that you can configure each instance through what we call configurators.

By Grant Shepert
Enhanced SSL Support in Mura CMS 6.2

In addition to new features aimed at streamlining the development workflow and simplifying content management in Mura CMS, version 6.2 adds a few key security enhancements including simplified configuration of Secure Socket Layer (SSL) coverage.

By Michael Evangelista
Videos and More with New CKEditor Embedded Content Plugin

Further enhancing the content management experience in Mura 6.2, the rich text editor in Mura CMS is now equipped with the versatile oEmbed plugin for CKeditor. Allowing for automatic insertion and format-specific display of videos, images or other third party media, oEmbed provides a fast and reliable option for embedding content from a long list of supported sites into any Mura CMS page.

By Michael Evangelista
Leaflet Maps in Mura CMS 6.2

Another useful addition to the Mura CMS 6.2 feature set is the robust and elegant Leaflet Maps plugin for CKeditor. Replacing the GMap plugin in the Mura 6.2 content editor toolbar, Leaflet creates a customizable map display with an array of visual backgrounds, on any Mura page.

By Michael Evangelista
Envato's Most Wanted - Mura CMS Themes

Looking to create some new themes for Mura CMS? Envato has just launched a new campaign with a whopping $10,000 bounty for new Mura CMS themes on Theme Forest. 

By Ronnie Duke
Fast and Easy Form Security with Google ReCaptcha

With Google reCAPTCHA on board, Mura CMS adds yet another simple and powerful security feature. Forms in Mura 6.2 are instantly protected from automated submissions and other suspicious activity without being unfriendly to real users.

By Michael Evangelista
Exporting and Importing Class Extensions and Extended Attributes [Video]

One of the more robust back-end enhancements in Mura CMS version 6.2 is the Export and Import Class Extensions feature set, which has automated the process of transferring Class Extensions and Extended Attributes from one Mura site to another. In this video demonstration, we take a look at the overall Class Extension management system in Mura, with a few basic examples of these features put to use.

By Michael Evangelista
Mura Plugins Boot Camp: Day 2 - Plugin Interaction and Configuration

In Day One of this series, we took a look at the basics of a Mura CMS Plugin. In Day Two, we are going to see what's involved in getting our plugin to interact with Mura itself. This will cover the concepts of display objects, events, and custom class extensions.

By Grant Shepert
Exporting and Importing Content with Mura CMS [Video]

In this 10 minute video demonstration, we explore one of the most versatile new features in Mura CMS 6.2, transferring content from one Mura site to another using the new new Export Content and Import Content options in the Mura CMS site manager.

By Michael Evangelista
Mura Plugins Boot Camp: Day 1 - Plugin Basics

Mura Plugins are one of the most convenient, effective ways of building custom functionality into Mura CMS. Plugins can range from the small and innocuous, such as something that creates a Bundle on a daily basis, to large applications that add complex new sets of custom functionality such as eCommerce, forums and the like.

This series will start by examining the most basic forms of plugins and build progressively towards the complex, eventually including topics like MuraORM, the remote API, Bundling, security and versioning.

By Grant Shepert
Mura ORM Boot Camp: Part 1

Mura ORM is an Object Relational Mapping tool that allows developers to quickly develop Mura-aware components (or objects, in developer-speak). In this multi-day bootcamp, we are going to examine what Mura ORM is, what you can accomplish with it, and some practical ways you can use it to speed your Mura plugin and extension development.

By Grant Shepert