By dan on January 31, 2010 2:18 PM
Since its inception Mercury has allowed for the creation of custom URLs for pretty much any aspect of the site via the SEO translation folder. This week we have finally built a good interface to it for both abstracting URLs of any module's functionality and for creating custom URLs for any purpose. These URLs can functions on their own (being handled behind the scenes with negligible overhead!) or they can be redirects to other URLs. This last feature is good if you want to create a URL for a promotion of some sort, you want it short and easy but you don't want to mess with the underlying URL structure.
We have also added the concept of templates to the framework. In most cases the ability to override a display file is all you need to get your site done. There are times, however, when you might want to have a variety of ways to display the same general type of content; shopping cart item pages and photo gallery pages come to mind. There is new functionality in Mercury to handle templates as desired while falling back to basic display files by default. For developers this will speed things tremendously too. No more having to upload (most) templates through a web interface to make a small display change. Work locally and edit your files where they stand. Then FTP them to the server!