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Why It's Time to Upgrade to Statamic 5


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It's that special time of year once more! We're thrilled to unveil the major annual update of Statamic 5. This update focuses intensely on enhancing three key areas: performance, the developer experience, and ongoing modernization. Let's dive into what's new.

Statamic 5 brings big improvements to website speed and efficiency in several ways, while keeping the way it stores your website's information the same. Some changes were made to improve how quickly your website loads and how it handles data, making it faster without you noticing any changes in how you use it. It now smarter handles the behind-the-scenes technology to speed things up only when needed, which means your website not only works faster but also more smoothly.

Performance Enhancements: With up to 600% faster load times, Statamic 5 can significantly enhance your site’s responsiveness. This upgrade uses advanced caching and data handling to manage high traffic and large content volumes efficiently. How might these improvements impact your daily operations?

Enhanced Developer Experience: New command line tools and testing frameworks in Statamic 5 streamline the development process. Our experience shows that features like Fake SQL for flat files reduce development times by simulating complex databases easily—ideal for quick iterations and testing.

. Statamic 5 Enhanced Developer Experience

Modernization: Upgrading ensures compatibility with the latest web technologies by supporting new versions of Laravel and PHP. This not only secures your platform by adhering to the latest security standards but also optimizes performance. Consider how staying updated can prevent potential security vulnerabilities in your project.

Multi-Site Management: The new Control Panel for managing multiple sites introduces efficiencies that can transform your workflow. It simplifies tasks such as site updates and user management, allowing for a more centralized and less error-prone administration. What challenges have you encountered with multi-site management in the past?

. Multi-Site Management in the Control Panel

Easy Upgrade Path: Statamic developers provide a detailed guide on transitioning from Statamic 3 to 5, designed to minimize downtime and ensure a seamless upgrade process. This guide is tailored to help you leverage new features immediately while maintaining your existing setup’s integrity.

Continuous Support: Upgrading extends your access to ongoing support and updates, crucial for maintaining a secure and robust website. Remember, support for Statamic 3 ends in July 2024.

Have you planned your upgrade timeline yet?
Contact us today!

Other Updates and Enhancements

  • Support for Laravel 11 added, with older versions like Laravel 9 and PHP 8.0 no longer supported.

  • Control panel now enables site management and supports offline license validation for approved sites.

  • Introduces Laravel Reverb support and the ability to simulate SQL queries with the Stache.

  • New commands for installing first-party addons, enhancing integration capabilities.

  • Blueprint field defaults are now uniformly applied, not just in the publishing interface.

  • Glide URLs now include the original filename to improve SEO, with customizable hash options.

  • Enhanced addon testing integrated into the make:addon command.

  • Updated syntax for escaping Antlers in tag parameters.

  • Forms can now attach temporary files in emails.

  • Added 'pluck' feature to the query builder and expanded form submission management to include a full repository and query system, with filterable listings in the control panel.

  • Entries and other elements are now JSON-serialized where needed.

  • The GraphiQL editor in the control panel has been updated and redesigned.

  • Tokens can now be stored in external databases.

Posted on: May 13th, 2024

By: ManaWeb

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