Right before Mys v1.3.3's release: The customizable module/Sidebar System

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As we are slowly approaching the release date for Mys v1.3.3, I've completed the one last new feature planned for the new version of the script. This one is a customizable sidebar system, which makes uses of the new GUI/Module system I have implemented two months ago.

Before we get into serious business, lemme first introduce a minor change to the site links manager in ACP. Those links were just for navlinks in dropdown menu for Mys v1.3.2 or earlier, but now you can specify the links to be sidebar links. So yes, it is possible for admins to customize sidebar links through ACP, the screenshot below shows how it is supposed to work:
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Simple isnt it? Another minor improvement is that you can order those links manually by filling in the link order field. The old script orders links simply through ID, but its inflexible. This time, all you have to do move a link up is to give it a lower number in link order, as links are sorted through ascending method. It may be a bit difficult to explain in words, but you can play with it to see how it works out for your site.


Now lettuce get into the main topic, the customizable modular sidebar system for Mys v1.3.3. With this, you can determine which modules will show up in sidebar and their corresponding orders. You may specify whether a module is visible to only members, guests, or all users, and you may enable/disable a module. The below screenshot displays module manager in ACP, which looks somewhat similar to site link manager if you ask me:
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The first four modules should be familiar to you all, these are built-in default modules for sidebar. It is not recommended to play with them too much, although you can always change their orders or enable/disable them as you wish. Did you notice the last two modules that do not look familiar to you in Mys v1.3.2? Yes, these are new modules you can create with this customizable system. Below is another screenshot showing the process of adding new modules for your sidebar:
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As you can see, there are lots of interesting stuff there. Other than specifying the order and status for your modules, you can enter HTML and even PHP code to allow your modules to work dynamically. HTML code should not be a problem for most of you, though specifying PHP code for a module can get tricky. You will have to get used to the GUI system in Mys v1.3.3 to make use of this feature, but anyway it is not that complicated and I am sure it will help many users here. Unfortunately, the modular system is only available for sidebar right now, you cannot define modules for header, dropdown menu or footer, as they just simply wont work. In future I will design a widget system that every component on your page can be customized with ease.

An example of customized sidebar with user created modules will look like the way below. It may not be a good idea to have way too many modules in your sidebar, as it can get rather long:
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And this concludes my not-so-brief introduction to the last new feature for Mys v1.3.3, the customizable module/sidebar system. Starting from now I will be focusing on betatesting the script before it is finally made available to public. The release date can be as early as tomorrow or 3-5 days from now, depending on how many bugs/flaws I find within the script. It is my spring break now, so I may either begin working on Mys v1.3.4/v1.4.0 after this or doing a few Mods/plugins for Mys v1.3.3. If you have any interesting ideas to suggest, please lemme know too.

Have a great weekend everyone, I hope you enjoy what I've been doing for the script.

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Wow! This looks even better than I could have possibly imagined! I mean this looks really really really good! No more having to transfer a bunch of files and code and recode to get my side bar the way I want it to be (links wise) ;u; And the ability to add other modules is awesome!

Thanks for the sneak peek! Can't wait to try 1.3.3 out!
 
Thanks for your kind comment @Abronsyth. And yeah, I did manage to complete this module system to be used in Sidebar. This was meant to be an experiment for a mini-CMS feature, but it ended up better than I thought so I decided to bring it up in Mys v1.3.3. In future you will be able to create modules for not only sidebar, but also other site widgets/sections.

And the betatesting process is going well so far, release date should be very very near.
 
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Thanks for the feedback Tequila. Actually for Mys v1.4.0 I'd like you to make a tiny bit of revision of the ACP theme. I will explain this at Dev Staff Zone, it should not a difficult task but will make the ACP more organized. XD
 
Now you've got me excited and the next few days are going to drag on until it comes out XD Well, I hope the testing goes well for you :)
 
Actually Mys v1.3.3 will be released in a few hours. I've fixed every glitch I can find, except for the dropdown menu missing in profile bug. Hope you all like it. :)
 
Fffft. Just brilliance all over the place! Can't wait to download it and start messing with the new features! Now if I could just get some artwork done...
 
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