I’ve been hard at work on Alloy’s next major addition for quite some time now, and we’re getting pretty close to a release. I’m currently in the stages of finalizing a few things and updating videos, documentation, site design, etc… But I though it might be fun to post a little bit of a sneak peek at what I’ve been working on for months now ahead of the pending release.
I feel like the update is big enough that it warranted a jump from v1.0.2 all the way to v2.0.0. And what exactly is the major update in v2? I’ve built out an online editor stack for Alloy from the ground up that will allow you to add a page to your project that will act as a backend to your site’s blog.
This secure backend will allow you to create, modify, delete and backup your blog posts directly from your site. The backend will provide an easy-to-use Posts List view that gives you access to managing your Active, Draft and Future posts right from your site.
It will also give you an easy-to-use editor for creating and modifying your blog posts. In addition to making it easy to write your posts the editor also handles all of the YAML front end content that you were required to write in v1, allowing you to focus on your post’s content instead. The editor has a nice point-and-click toolbar and keyboard shortcuts, but the content is still Markdown based, allowing you to write in Markdown or use the toolbar for formatting – whichever you feel more comfortable with.
This new Editor stack will work with new blog setups as well as integrate directly with your current Alloy blog, as it reads and writes posts to the same posts folder that you setup in your Alloy Control Center stack. This also means that if you wish to manage your blog via FTP as you did in Alloy v1 you can still do so, right alongside your new online editor, providing you a great deal of flexibility in how you maintain your blog.
When we launch the update we’ll have an updated Getting Started video as well as some tutorial videos dedicated to configuring your secure login in the Editor stack, as well as working with the Editor to manage your content. The Alloy v1 tutorial videos for managing your site via FTP will remain in the tutorials section as well for those wishing to use Alloy in that way.
When Alloy v2 releases it will be a free update to all existing Alloy users.