Zenario 9.2: draft updated 8 Sep

We are currently working on Zenario 9.2 for release during early September 2021. Here are the current new features and improvements.

Crop and zoom feature for images

More details coming

Admin toolbar and front end interface

We have merged the "Edit" and "Edit slots" tabs on the admin toolbar, so that there are less tabs. The new tab is simply called "Edit" and allows you to perform a combination of the actions.

Also when editing the details of a content item, we have improved the order of tabs.

Advanced search module

We have made many improvements to the Advanced Search module, so that it uses a much better search algorithm.

There is an inline top-of-page plugin mode, which makes results appear predictively, and grouped by content type. There is a corresponding full-page search results mode, again with results grouped by content type.


Permissions merged

We've simplified administrator permissions, and merged many individual permissions into the "Edit content item" permission.

Admins now need to have "Edit content item" permissions before they can have Menu, Publisher or Designer permissions.

The Administrators panel in Organizer is now under Configuration, and no longer under Users & Contacts.

"All content items in languages" permission

Removed the "All content items in these languages" admin permission option

Simpler interface when no extranet

When a Zenario site does not have an extranet — defined as the Extranet Base Module not running — we have made the Zenario interface become simpler.

There is now no mention of Users, only of Contacts. It will not be possible to create User accounts or perform actions to do with users, unless the module is started.

This reduces clutter when working on public-only sites.


Gridmaker has been improved. It now appears in a 50% size view, so it's easier to see the overall structure of a layout.

Each slot now shows the name of whatever plugin it contains. When editing a slot, there is information about the HTML that is generated at the start and at the end of the slot.

Creating new content items

Until now, when creating a new content item, Zenario takes whatever browser Title the author enters and inserts it into the first WYSIWYG editable content area. This is not always good SEO practice and can be annoying.

So there is now a setting to determine whether the title of a newly created content item gets copied into the content area. This will now be off by default.

Content item attached images

When duplicating a content item, attached images are only copied to the new content item if they are in-use or featured.

There is now a handy indicator on the admin toolbar in Edit mode, showing which image is the feature image and how many images are attached.

Admin toolbar with new Images tab


Event content items now support online events

The Event content type has until now required the Location Manager module to be running.

We have been a bit behind the times with this one, as most events in the world are probably now being held online!

So when creating an event content item, there is now an "online" option, and the module no longer depends on Location Manager (though this is needed if you wish to select a physical location within an event).

Meta data plugin

When making a meta data plugin, it's now possible to set a fallback image (such as a company logo), when no featured image is available on that content item.

Menu "More" button

In the Horizontal Menu plugin, it is now possible to display a number of key top-level menu nodes, then a "More" link, which when clicked reveals the other menu nodes at level 1.

Sitemap plugin has more levels

The Sitemap plugin can now display the menu nodes from level 1, level 2, and level 3, according to its settings.

Cache non-writeable error

When installing Zenario, there can be a temptation to ignore the error message on the admin login/diagnostics page that the "cache" directory cannot be written to by the web server.

The "cache" folder is critical to Zenario being able to write whole pages, plugins and other formatted data to disk for fast access.

Now, if the cache folder is not writeable, a message is displayed on the visitor-facing front end when in admin mode, so that it can be quickly made writeable.