We started working on Kirby 3.6 in April and want to take you with us on our journey from now on.
This release is maybe the most important one since 3.0. The v3 foundation is still holding up and we see endless possibilities to extend it and keep it growing. But we also want to make sure that we don't carry along old baggage. We've learned a ton from all the projects you build and the plugins you develop, and there are things in our architecture that could be better, simpler – more aligned with Kirby's philosophy.
With 3.6, we want to get rid of the bad parts and move forward with some fantastic new parts. 3.6 is the door opener for all your feature requests that are currently blocked. We don't want to think about Kirby 4 right now. We want to make Kirby 3 even more awesome and more stable – for years to come.
We are taking some bigger steps with this release that introduce breaking changes. That's why we want you to have full insight in our roadmap, in the state of the alpha and beta and hear your feedback as early as possible.
We hope you'll enjoy the alpha!
– The Kirby team
We’ve spent the last months working on a brand new backend architecture for the Panel. Moving from a single page application to a more traditional approach with a simplified server-rendered backend. The new architecture is inspired by Inertia.js and simplifies our Panel and Panel plugins in ways that we’ve never dreamed of. Learn more ›
Drastically reduced bundle size
Super simple plugins
Panel plugins were already extremely powerful, but quite complex to build. With the new backend architecture, we handle many tasks on the server. Building views, dialogs and more is therefore far easier now. No need to be a Vue.js expert anymore.
With the smaller bundle size and fewer requests, the Panel becomes more performant for everyone, and will stay fast and lean even with a growing number of features and plugins. New views and dialogs no longer add to the bundle size. It’s the JS diet we’ve been looking for.
The new architecture paves the way for many fantastic features that have not been possible before.
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Our new Fiber architecture splits the Panel in areas: site area, users area, settings area, etc. You can create your own areas and build entire applications on top of the Panel. Learn more ›
Building custom views with your own routes is now as simple as routing for your Kirby site. Define props for your view components and don't worry about API endpoints, state management or any other complex stuff. Just start building.
Your own dialogs in seconds
Dialogs can now also be defined in PHP and opened with a simple JS call
$dialog("my-dialog"). Create form dialogs, text dialogs or confirmation dialogs to delete entries. It’s so much fun.
Access control made simple
You want your own permissions for your shiny new Panel area? No problem. It’s automatically handled for you. Deny access for individual roles and the Panel will lock users out that are not allowed in.
No more API endpoint hassle
With Fiber, you return exactly the kind of data you need for your Panel components. No more multiple API calls or custom API routes. Write some PHP and be done.
Of course this release is not just about Fiber. We’ve refactored our Panel CSS and started building new layout types to give you even more control.
They are finally here! We showed them off more than a year ago and now their time has come. Cardlets can be used everywhere instead of lists or cards. They are the perfect mixture between visual and text content.
Every little detail of the Panel is now defined as a CSS variable. What’s great about that? You can overwrite our variables in your panel.css. Custom Panel themes just got so much easier.
We are looking for your feedback, your ideas and your magic testing skills :)