Need a dose of open source CMS news? Our June roundup of news and updates for the open source community is all lined up and ready for your perusal.
Please keep in mind this is by no means a comprehensive outline of all that open source entails, so please let us know about any updates or news we missed in the comments, or at [email protected]
Summertime means plenty of Drupal events around the world, and June of positively brimming with chances to meet up with other developers or sharpen needed skills. There are upcoming events in Bogota, Columbia, Latvia, Paris, Cambrige MA, UAE, Dublin and Washington DC in June.
For Acquia, the Drupal commercial services firm, these events follow up a flurry of activity that started with analysts at Forrester including the company as a contender in its Web content management report in April. Acquia's comparatively weak digital marketing tools kept it out of the leadership category, and so the company has already struck a partnership with personalization start up Evergage to address the issue.
Additionally, Acquia released some very positive revenue figures for 2012, also increasing its bookings by more than 50% in the first quarter of 2013 compared to the same time period in 2012.
Java based CMS vendor Hippo is close to releasing version 7.8.3, and it will include the full release of the company's Relevance Module, a customizable targeting tool that had up to now only been available to enterprise customers.
The Relevance Module allows marketers to use demographic markers of individual visitors to be used when determining what content to serve them. This persona based targeting is a pretty powerful way to customize websites, and a preview feature allows for content managers to see what pages will look like based on those personas for real time testing.
Some stabiity fixes will also be included in the 7.8.3 version, and it should be available before the end of June.
Version 4 of Composite C1 will be released on June 6 after months of testing, and a daylong training event is being held in Copenhagen to kick things off. This version promises updates like pluggable page templates, support for ASP.NET master pages and razor page templates that move ASP.NET technology right into the core product.
The June 6 release day event will feature sessions on building a Windows 8 magazine app, customizing the Twitter Bootstrap starter site and scaling with Windows Azure, among others.
ASP.NET based Orchard is holding its annual conference this month in Amsterdam, and the June 13 and 14 event includes a state of Orchard keynote address followed by sessions on responsive Web design, module development and a panel by core contributors the first day. The second day features sessions on the future of Orchard, localization capabilities for European websites and Orchard's best kept secrets, among others.
At the beginning of May, Orchard celebrated hitting the four million download mark for modules and themes, a sign the product is doing well. Version 1.7 is said to be close to release, and it could make it out in June, but no date has been given yet.
Liferay has many trainings and roadshow events coming up, but there is also a symposium coming up June 6 in Paris. There are sessions on migrating to Liferay and pooling intranets, but there is also a Liferay roadmap talk near the end of the day. This is a good chance to hear about future releases, needed features and lots of other important details.
Most recently, Liferay teamed up with TIBCO to help it integrate with the SAPs, SharePoints and Seibels of the world. Liferay is not as expensive as some other top line portal options, and the TIBCO partnership gives it another way to compete in that space.
WordPress has finally turned 10 years old in 2013. Does that make you feel old? The company is already working on the next release, version 3.6, so think about that instead of what you were doing 10 years ago when there was no WordPress.
Alternatively, we put WordPress up against some worthy competitors recently, so check out our picks for top WordPress alternates to see how they measure up.
Curious about the Nuxeo document management platform? There's a June 4 webinar at 2 p.m. EST that would be a good intro to the system. It will feature Thibauld Arguillere, a Nuxeo technology evangelist and Brendan Coveney, the Nuxeo general manager of Americas and Asia Pacific.
Nuxeo recently released a desktop sync client called Nuxeo Drive, and it automates the content refresh process between a content repository and local desktops.