CMS4Schools 2019 Change Log

January 2019

Newcastle Premium Theme

  • School Tagline character limit was updated from 60 to 66 characters.
  • Header button character limit was updated from 30 to 25 characters.

Arlington Premium Theme

  • Added the capability to have a video linked from the home landing page slideshow. The slide will display a "Watch Video" link that will bring up an overlay with the embedded video.
  • A pause/play button has been added to the home and landing page slideshows for accessibility purposes. If the pause/play button is selected, the slideshow will pause on the slideshow on the current image. Users can use the dots to view the different images or select the pause/play button again to start the slideshow. 

Touch App

  • The Daily Messages feature has been updated to improve the "Multiple Days" functionality. If a Daily Message is set to Multiple Days with an end date is selected, unchecking the Multiple Days checkbox will now remove the end date and the message will display for one day only.
  • Apple has recently changed their App Store guidelines to require branded mobile apps to establish their own Apple Developer account. Your app will continue to be available for new users to download and existing users to continue using until your developer account is opened. As soon as your Apple Developer Account is set up, you can have the update items below pushed out to all your users.
    • Additional social media automated for Instagram. Automate your Instagram feed to create posts to your apps newsfeed and/or push notifications.
    • Pictures included in messages now appear on the newsfeed enhancing your user's visual experience.
    • A number of backend improvements have been made to enhance performance and stability.
    • A new item indicator will now appear on the home screen and menu to show users when new messages are on the newsfeed or a new event has been added to a calendar.
    • Performance improvements when users have weak data/WiFi connections or offline completely.


  • Background updates to Google SSO for 4Schools logins.


Clarity Theme

  • The Clarity Theme has been updated to pull the Email, Custom Contact Info Field, and Contact Us URL fields into the footer site-wide from the Schools Database.

Hub Theme

  • Added the dots for image selection and the pause/play button to the home page slideshow to improve accessibility.


Calendar Admin

  • Updated the Calendar Admin "Year" to display 3 years into the future.


  • When the Force Alt Text setting is set to Yes, an announcement's Graphic's Alt Text will now be marked as required. Users will be required to add information to the announcement's  Graphic's Alt Text field when there is an image associated with the announcement.


Premium Theme Footer

Premium Themes have added an option for an additional footer logo. The impacted premium themes include ArlingtonCarlisleFairfieldNewcastle, and Westridge. This logo is intended to be used for an achievement logo, sponsor logo, or an athletics logo. This space allows for one small image that may link to an internal or external site. The tools necessary are not automatically added to a theme. Please contact our support team to request the tools to be added to your site.


Faculty List from Faculty Database Tool

The Faculty List Tool has an updated display for accessibility and responsive design. Older faculty images may not have high-enough quality. Please re-upload faculty images if the images appear to be different sizes.


Social Media Integration

A new feature has been added to CMS4Schools so that social media feeds can be displayed on your website. The Social Media Settings (available to those that have Settings permissions) and a Social Media Tool has been added to allow for inserting Facebook feeds throughout the website. Twitter and Instagram feeds will also be supported in the future. To get started, use the Social Media Settings documentation and the Social Media Feed Tool documentation.


Westridge Premium Theme

For the announcements on the home page next to the icon bar, the maximum number of announcements was increased from 3 to 6.

Arlington Premium Theme

  • Announcements Tool: Updated the display for interior pages to have a visual line separation between announcements.
  • Calendar Tool: Updated the interior page display to show heading backgrounds. If your calendar display isn’t showing the heading backgrounds, contact support to be moved over to a simplified of the calendar style code.
  • Lunch Menu: Updated the display of the list view layout.
  • Mobile Menu: Updated the functionality of the mobile menu to be tabbable for accessibility.


Text Message (SMS) Long Code to Short Code Changes

On October 1, 2019, changes were be made to how notifications are be sent via Text Message (SMS) through CMS4Schools Touch+. These changes are due to a shift from using "long code" (texts that originate from a 10-digit phone number) to "short code" (texts that originate from a 5-digit number) text messaging. This helps ensure the deliverability of text messages as wireless phone carriers are frequently blocking bulk messages from long code systems. This change was made to ensure that your messages are delivered with the highest possible level of reliability. This change also brings added benefits included unlimited length messages and increased delivery speeds.

Once your account has been converted to “short code”, notifications sent via Text Message will be sent from the “short code” that has been assigned for our system which is 87569. Recipients (your end users) must confirm their desire to receive notifications via Text Message by replying to an initial message they will get with “YES” or texting “YES” to 87569 at any time. They only have to do this one time.

After the switch to "short code", announce to your stakeholders via email, phone call, and app push notification that you are changing how text messages via SMS are being delivered, and that they will receive a message that they will need to reply “Yes” to in order to continue receiving text messages or they can send “YES” to 87569 at any time.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions.

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