Zikula Core 3.0.0 released!

June 25, 2020


The core development team is proud to announce the availabilty of Zikula Core 3.0.0.

Zikula Core is an Application Framework which extends Symfony 5.x and includes technologies fostering a dynamic modular development paradigm and Twig-based theming system which allows for rapid website and application development. See the features list for more information.

Zikula also features an MDSD tool for rapid prototyping and module development called ModuleStudio or MOST.

Zikula can quickly become a Content Management System utilizing community-driven modules.

Zikula Core 3.0.0 is available as of today, 25 June, 2020.

Most important changes

  • Foundation
    • Requires at least PHP 7.2.5; uses scalar type hints.
    • Technology updates: Symfony 5.1, Twig 3, Bootstrap 4 including Bootswatch styles, Font Awesome 5.
    • Utilise autowiring and autoconfiguring functionality from Symfony.
    • Using utf8mb4 charset on MySQL platforms for real utf8 support.
  • Extension handling
    • In general, 'module' and 'theme' are now generically referred to as 'extensions'.
    • Extensions module automatically contributes admin menu item to display Markdown docs for other extensions. Help UI can be configured to use either a modal window or a fixed sidebar.
    • Added "Connections" menu to ExtensionsMenu so extensions can add menu children to other connected extension's admin UI.
  • Administration
    • Added ability to choose a Font Awesome icon for admin categories, categories and extensions.
    • Added support for creating and changing translations on-site using "Edit in Place" and/or a WebUI.
    • Added new fields for optional comments and colours to permission rules.
    • Start page can now be defined much easier (a dropdown allows to choose a route/controller combination).
    • Start page can now be configured for each available language.
    • Added CLI Commands to manage extension installation, upgrade and uninstall and sync.
    • Added CLI Command to import users.
    • Added CLI Command to delete any number of users.
    • Added CLI Command to edit password, email, username properties of ZAuth user mappings (a replacement for the old Zikula Recovery Console).
  • Allow users to delete themselves (with admin setting).
  • Password handling
    • Passwords in the ZAuth module are now always hashed with the the most up-to-date algorithm available (via Symfony security component) and automatically updated on login.
    • Passwords can optionally be validated with Symfony's NonCompromisedPassword validator.
    • A new password strength meter is implemented.
    • Added a simple password generator in all places where a new password might be needed.
    • Added ability to force a group of users to change their password on next login.
  • Developers
    • Added twig-inspector for easy debugging of Twig templates.
    • Introduced a 'site definition' concept.
      • Adds means for site-wide branding.
      • Adds the ability to create dynamic site properties (e.g. titles, meta descriptions etc.).
    • Blocks can now specify default property defaults used for custom form fields.
    • Added @PermissionCheck annotation for use in Controllers.
    • Added UserCreationApi to assist with the manual creation of ZAuth-method users.
    • Moved calling adminHeader() and adminFooter() into theme layer.
    • Added CLI Command to create any number of users for testing purposes.
    • Added CLI command to generate an Extension skeleton with instruction on using Symfony MakerBundle to complete development.
    • Added new Doctrine Paginator wrapper and paginator template.
    • Added new AlphaFilter class and template.