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Jmbo Foundry

Jmbo Foundry ties together the various Jmbo products enabling you to rapidly build multilingual web and mobi sites with the minimum amount of code and customization.


jmbo-foundry ties together the various Jmbo products enabling you to rapidly build multilingual web and mobi sites with the minimum amount of code and customization.

jmbo-foundry strives for a high level of through the web configuration. Much of the site's behaviour is configurable through the admin interface.


Use jmbo-skeleton to set up a Jmbo environment. It is not recommended to install jmbo-foundry by itself.

Supported Jmbo products

jmbo-foundry pulls in these Jmbo products.

Product Basic Smart Web Translated
jmbo       100%
jmbo-banner x     N/A
jmbo-calendar x     0%
jmbo-competition x x   0%
jmbo-downloads x     0%
jmbo-gallery x x x 100%
jmbo-poll x     100%
jmbo-post x     100%

Your web presence typically consists of a normal web site and a mobile site. There may be many more types of sites in future and jmbo-foundry makes it easy to configure them independently. If your main site is served on www.mysite.com then go to Sites in the admin interface and set Domain name and Display name accordingly. Then add a site entry for your mobile site and set the values to m.mysite.com.

If you have only one site then you may blindly publish everything that is publishable to this site. However, if you have more than one site and in different languages then understanding sites become significant.

At its most basic level publishing to a site means making content appear on a site. This is easy to understand when the content is eg. an article, but content is not always limited to things which are easily translatable into real world objects.


Preferences can be published to certain sites.

General preferences

Check Private site to make the site accessible only to visitors who are logged in.

Check Show age gateway to enable the age gateway for the site. Visitors must confirm their age before they are allowed to browse the site.

Exempted URLs are URLs which must always be visible regardless of Private site or Age gateway settings. Certain URLs like /login are visible by default and do not need to be listed.

The Analytics tags field may contain javascript. There is a fallback to enable analytics on low-end browsers but it is not configurable through the web. See the settings.py section.

Registration preferences

You can select which fields to display on the registration form. Some fields (eg. username) are always visible on the registration form and cannot be removed.

You can select a subset of the displayed fields to be required. Fields which are absolutely required (eg. username) cannot be set to be optional. For instance, if the site users my log in using their mobile number then set mobile_number as a required field.

Some fields may need to be unique, especially those that may be used to log in to the site. Using the mobile number example above you should set mobile_number to be a unique field. It is important to decide beforehand which fields must be unique since it is difficult to remove duplicates if you change this setting. An exeption is raised if you attempt to change this setting and duplicates are detected (friendlier validation still to be added).

Login preferences

Users typically log in to a normal site with their username or email address, whereas a mobile number is a natural login field for a mobile site. Choose from Username only, Email address only, Mobile number only or Username or email address.

Password reset preferences

When a user loses his password he may request a password reset. Normally this is accomplished by sending an email to the user, but in the case of a mobile site it is desirable to send a text. Choose between Email address or Mobile number. Note that a password reset request does not automatically generate a new password for the user since this may lead to malicious people disabling users' accounts.

Naughty word preferences

You can set a list of weighted words. The report_naughty_words management command identifies potentially offensive comments. An email containing clickable links for approval or deletion is sent to the Email recipients.


A listing is essentially a stored search that can be rendered in a certain style. A listing can be published to certain sites.

Content type, Category and Content are criteria which define the items present in the listing. These criteria are mutually exclusive.

Count specifies the maximum number of items in the listing.

Style is the default way in which the listing is rendered. The styles are vertical, vertical, vertical thumbnail, horizontal, promo and widget. See Listing styles for detail.

Items per page is the number of items to display on a single listing page.

Listing styles

Vertical is a vertical listing with no images.

Vertical thumbnail is a vertical listing with images.

Horizontal is a side-by-side listing with images. Each item looks like a baseball trading card.

Promo collates the items in a slideshow.

Widget is the most complex. It is used when each item can be interactive, eg. a listing of polls. Polls you have already voted on are read-only, and the others may change content once you vote on them. The content type being represented as a widget needs to provide code for this functionality.


Page builder documentation tbc.

How to use dumpdata

To move your jmbo-foundry site between databases you will have to use dumpdata --natural. This will emit natural keys for all relations to external models. Internal relations use primary keys. To safely migrate jmbo-foundry models, use the following:

migrate.py dumpdata --natural --all foundry preferences --exclude=foundry.Member --exclude=foundry.Notification --exclude=foundry.BlogPost --exclude=foundry.ChatRoom --exclude=foundry.FoundryComment

The excluded models subclass external models. You will need to manually dump them along with their parent models.


A layer is a rendering target. jmbo-foundry defines four type of layers: basic, smart and web. Templates, styling, javascript, images and even code can all be different per payer. This enables optimal support for different devices from the same codebase.

Layers are arranged in this hierarchy.

basic - smart basic - web

If eg. the template my_page.html is not found in the web layer then it falls back to my_page.html from the basic layer. The basic layer must be complete.


Praekelt Foundation
  • Shaun Sephton
  • Hedley Roos
  • Euan Jonker
  • Rizmari Versfeld


  1. Provide two more custom listing styles.
  2. Listings can now be filtered by tag.
  1. Use django-setuptest 0.1.4. It handles South migrations correctly.
  2. Use workaround so jmbo-sitemap works correctly again.
  1. Really do what is stated in
  1. Found a critical error in legacy Jmbo code that is triggered by jmbo-sitemap URL pattern. Remove jmbo-sitemap URL patterns.
  1. Remove potential get_preference cache key collision.
  2. Port XML sitemap over to jmbo-sitemap.
  1. Protect comment creation against manually crafted POSTs.
  1. Hotfix. Fix bug where page change form did not display rows.
  1. Change listing to accept multiple categories. A South data migration is involved and should work without issue, but it is recommended to backup your database.
  2. Generate intentionally simple XML sitemap from the main navigation elements.
  3. Offer Google Oauth2 login.
  1. Web promo listing now displays pinned items.
  2. Make ajax pagination more robust.
  3. Allow @ in username.
  4. Friendlier admin form when setting required fields in Registration Preferences.
  1. Hotfix. foundrycache template tag was using wrong class to compute key.
  1. Ensure that user_logged_in signal is dispatched when a user joins.
  2. Don't allow the creation of a BlogPost where the content field contains scripting.
  3. Map as many fields as possible to member when doing Facebook Connect.
  4. Twitter Oauth is now standard functionality.
  5. base_inner.html provides now has an extratitle block.
  6. A comment posted to eg. basic will now show up in the other layers comprising the same logical site.
  7. Flatpages are now part of our standard set of products.
  8. Through-the-web configurable caching for rows, columns, tiles, menus and navbars.
  9. Identify poorly performing areas and optimize code.
  1. The Open Graph site description can now be set under General Preferences.
  2. Allow dot in username.
  1. Exclude gallery images from search results.
  2. Include URLs from jmbo-gallery.
  1. Use django-banner>=0.2.2. DFP banners loaded by ajax will now work.
  1. Fire onListingRefresh event when listing is updated via ajax. Extra target parameter is passed to handler.
  2. Basic ajax comment loading until jQuery-replacement is added.
  3. Add name attribute to logo anchor so it is possible to jump to top of page.
  4. Ajaxify view modifier navigation on listings.
  5. Use django-dfp>=0.2 which works across all browsers.
  1. Add an index on Member.last_seen - useful for fast online user queries.
  1. The jmbo-banner migration dependency was not in the correct migration step. Fixed.
  1. Initial migration now depends on jmbo-banner migrations.
  1. Restore version of jmbo-banner to 0.2.
  1. Hotfix release. Use safe method to get HTTP_USER_AGENT in middlewares since it might not be present.
  2. Deprecated. Use 1.1.8.
  1. Hotfix release. An url import went missing.
  2. Deprecated. Use 1.1.8.
  1. Newer version of jmbo-banner implies a DFP header to be added to the base template.
  2. Deprecated. Use 1.1.8.
  1. Add optional CSS classes to page rows and columns.
  2. Add last_seen field to Member and a middleware to update this timestamp at most every 5 minutes.
  1. Use django-social-auth to authenticate against external providers. You must add social_auth to INSTALLED_APPS and set SOCIAL_AUTH_USER_MODEL = 'foundry.Member' at the very least. See the django-social auth documentation for more settings.
  2. Drop the wizard style of registration. This is required for consistent UX when registering via Facebook.
  3. Listings no longer include unpublished items that are referenced by the Content or Pinned fields.
  1. Fix migration 0045 which would case South to complain about a previous set not being frozen.
  2. Page objects can now be styled with extra CSS. This is useful when using a page as a campaign.
  1. Filter Foundry comments by content type in admin.
  2. Remove redundant chatroom detail template. It caused a comment count bug.
  3. Allow social sharing of content even if it is a private site.
  4. Remove jquery from basic layer since it causes out of memory errors on some devices. We will in future look for an API compatible replacement.
  5. Add jmbo-twitter as dependency.
  6. Provide three customizable listings to enable developers to easily add more listings.
  1. Rename potentially confusing photosizes used in listing item templates. Old photosizes are retained for backward compatibility. If your app redefines a photosize for listing_* then you must update those photosize names.
  2. Handle favicon.ico requests so they do not 404.
  3. Include jmbo-gallery admin urls.
  1. Make fields in registration form reorderable.
  2. Set initial values for location and age in registration form, when possible.
  3. Remove hack to django-autopaginate to allow last page as default view. We have our own replacement autopaginate tag now.
  1. Patch django.contrib.sites.models.Site.__unicode__ so it returns name and not domain. The UI gets confusing since we have up to three sites comprising one logical mobi site.
  2. Listings now have automatic RSS feeds.
  3. Comment form now fires up correct virtual keyboard for a smart phone.
  4. Logged in members can now flag offensive comments. After three flags a moderator is notified.
  5. Some IP addresses can now be allowed to bypass the age gateway / private site.
  6. Listing gets an optional RSS feed.
  7. Simplified paginator. No more breadcrumbs.
  8. Show less metadata in mobi listings.
  9. Ditch addthis sharing widget. It is too slow.
  10. Simplified commenting and chatroom. Removed some navigation links.
  11. Some user agents can now be allowed to bypass the age gateway. This allows bots to crawl the site.
  12. Up required jmbo to 1.0.
  1. Hotfix. Apps with empty URL patterns cause infinite recursion when adding a page.
  1. Hotfix. Remove references deprecated jmbo-gallery views.
  1. A listing now has an optional view modifier. This makes it possible to filter or order the listing.
  2. compute_settings function is now redundant thanks to the introduction of foundry.finders.FileSystemLayerAwareFinder. Add this finder to STATICFILES_FINDERS as the first item.
  3. Gallery specific code ported to jmbo-gallery. base_inner.html has a new link to gallery CSS and JS. If you have a customized template then update accordingly.
  4. Up required jmbo-gallery to 0.1.
  1. Replace deprecated message_set call.
  1. Move FileSystemStorage listdir monkey patch to __init__.py so it is applied for collectstatic.
  1. Django 1.4 incompatibilities with login and password reset fixed.
  2. More tests.
  1. Change admin static file urls to use 'static' filter instead of deprecated 'ADMIN_MEDIA_PREFIX'.
  1. Up required jmbo to 0.5. Django 1.4 now implicitly required. You may get errors on template loaders not being found. See the Django 1.4 changelog in that case.
  1. Clean up ajax batching of listings for basic and smart layers.
  2. View modifiers and modelbase_list.html style templates are not ajaxified anymore.
  3. Country model has new field country code.
  4. Up required jmbo to 0.4.
  1. "More" style batching for smart layer.
  2. Listings now have optional pinned items which are anchored to the top of a listing.
  3. Default photosizes for basic, mid, smart and web. Some old settings have changed so existing images may be scaled differently.
  1. layered decorator so you can write different views for different layers without cluttering urls.py.
  1. Translation for search form.
  2. Member profile editing regression fixed.
  1. Searching now working.
  1. Bug fix for regression introduced into 0.3.7.
  1. Listings being used within a tile can now choose whether to display a title.
  2. Columns now have an optional title.
  1. Demo is now part og jmbo-skeleton.
  2. Minimum jmbo version required is now >= 0.3.4.
  3. Management command load_photosizes loads photosizes in a sane way.
  1. Adjust South migration dependencies.
  2. Simplify and extend demo.
  1. Batching on tastypie listing API.
  2. Remove django-ckeditor dependency. Handled by jmbo-post.
  3. Patch CsrfTokenNode.render so the input is not wrapped in a hidden container.
  1. Version pins for jmbo and jmbo-post.
  1. Use slug for lookups in tastypie API.
  1. Chatrooms and normal comments can now have distinct appearances. jmbo>=0.3.1 required.
  1. Reduce ajax polling when user is inactive
  2. django-tastypie support added. jmbo and jmbo-post have minimum version requirements.
  1. Pin django-ckeditor to >= 3.6.2
  2. Remember me field now on login and join forms. Checked by default.
  3. Any call to get_XXX_url is now layer aware.
  4. Comment posting now ajaxified depending on browser capabilities.
  1. Remove dependency links.
  1. Add a base_inner.html template so it is easier to override base.html.
  2. Patch listdir so collectstatic does not fail on custom layers for third party foundry-based products.
  1. Use Jaro Winkler for matching naughty words.
0.0.2 (2011-09-27)
  1. Detail view.
  2. Element preferences.
0.0.1 (2011-09-21)
  1. Initial release.

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