Pantheon

San Francisco-based Pantheon expanded the popular web development platform it created for Drupal to WordPress installs this month.

The company's technology, based on a container-based architecture, helps professional developers and designers build and maintain websites and applications. It offers an array of tools like version control, dev/test environments, team management, backups and workflow. (Click image to enlarge.)

Pantheon CEO and co-founder Zack Rosen said the three-year old company initially focused on Drupal because its development team included a number of former Drupal consultants.

But he noted that WordPress is the world’s most popular content management system (CMS), powering over 76 million websites (19% of the web).

"Owing to its simplicity, WordPress has become the de facto Internet publishing tool for businesses with straightforward content management and design requirements," he wrote in a blog post. "We have a huge amount of respect for what the WordPress community has accomplished. We share the same mission: to build a simpler, easier, more powerful and more democratized World Wide Web."

So what else is new, directly or indirectly, in the world of free and open source CMS this month? Read on — and if you have FOSS CMS news to share, drop us a line so we can include you in our next monthly column.

Jahia

This is no April Fool's prank: Jahia is releasing its new version, Jahia 7 today. Known as its Digital Industrialization vision, it's designed to streamline Enterprise digital projects across channels to control time-to-market and total cost of ownership, project after project.

"Jahia's Digital Industrialization brings an uninterrupted, optimized and continuous production flow of digital presence, from the business need to its final digital rendering," the company stated. "Techies and marketers can work together in quick and effective iterations to prototype, develop and validate using the brand new Jahia Studio version. Then they distribute, through Jahia's Private App Store, new software components that don't put corporate assets and mission critical application at risk."

To help the community learn more about this new version, it will hold a series of webinars:

Joomla

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Joomla plans to release Joomla 3.3 this month. The new version will include background updates such as cloud storage APIs, microdata and more. In case you're wondering, Joomla has been downloaded more than 52,109,516 times as of March 24.

Last month, Joomla announced the Joomla Event Travel Programme (JET) to support volunteers and members who are working to make Joomla better and would like to attend larger Joomla events. The recipients of the first JET Programme  will receive assistance with travel and lodging and have the cost of admission covered for the J and Beyond Conference which runs from May 30 to June 1 in Königstein, Germany.

Representatives also attended the CeBIT 2014 in Hannover, Germany — the world's largest international computer expo. Joomla shared a booth called the "CMS Garden" with seven other open-source CMSs.

This month, there are a number of meetings to add to your calendar:

Hippo

Elastic Path, Hippo and HintTech are partnering on "customized experience-driven e-commerce." The partnership will focus on delivering solutions via Elastic Path’s API based e-commerce platforms and Hippo’s CMS to help organizations merge content and e-commerce.

The company plans to participate in Gartner's Portals, Content and Collaboration Summit on May 5 through 7 in Los Angeles, and it will hold Hippo GetTogether 2014 -- its annual developer event -- on May 16 in Amsterdam. It will feature a variety of speakers and workshops like the ones held last year.

Liferay

The Liferay team has introduced Liferay Mobile SDK. The toolkit works with Liferay Portal 6.2, the latest version of Liferay’s flagship platform, and simplifies developing custom native apps. It's available as an Eclipse plugin that can be installed into Liferay Developer Studio, Liferay IDE or a developer’s own Eclipse environment. The Mobile SDK is also available for download at github.com/liferay/liferay-mobile-sdk/releases.

Last month, the team introduced e-commerce for Liferay Marketplace, which enables developers to sell their apps through the enterprise app store. New e-commerce features for the online hub of Liferay apps include the ability to set app prices with bundled pricing, ability to offer renewable support services, customizable geographic offerings and more.

The company plans to participate in Gartner's Portals, Content and Collaboration Summit on May 5 through 7 in Los Angeles.

Magnolia

Magnolia said it received an overwhelming response to its first-ever digital marketing track, which will run June 24 to 26 at Magnolia Conference 2014 at Pathé Küchlin Cinema in Basel, Switzerland.

Created in response to the growing number of digital marketing professionals within the Magnolia community, the sessions have already attracted speakers including Mark Halvorson, director of interactive at Atlassian Software, Daniel Menges, operations director at ETECTURE@Ogilvy (the technology arm of Ogilvy and Mather UK), Kevin Lancashire, the head of Migros.ch, the corporate website for Migros, Switzerland's largest retailer, and senior analyst Tim Walters from Digital Clarity Group.

On April 17, Patrik Metzmacher and Daniel Trierweiler at digital advertising agency Dievision will present a webinar on creating a custom API to access Magnolia content from a Rails project and highlight common challenges and best practices for the integration. Last month, it held a webinar on migration best practices, which is available to watch here.

Nuxeo

Nuxeo announced a new open source implementation of the Box API. Called the Box API for the Nuxeo Platform, it offers web and mobile app developers who use Box for file sharing and storage some new features, such as extended access to Box for on premises applications and other cloud infrastructures, integrated testing and migration of content to and from the cloud.

You can read more about why the company chose to build this new API in a blog post interview with Nuxeo CTO Thierry Delprat.

Nuxeo also announced 2013 revenues. Highlights included:

  • Global subscription revenue grew 40 percent in 2013 compared to 2012
  • Subscription sales in the US increased 77 percent
  • The annual renewal rate in 2013 was 101 percent

CEO Eric Barroca said there are "two things Nuxeo understands very well" about content management today: “The first is that web, mobile and big data have forever changed the way we create and manage content, and the second is that application development and delivery is a process, not an event."

Nuxeo is working on its next Fast Track release (5.9.3), which should come out mid-April. It will include new features such as an Elastic search-based query engine, Nuxeo Drive iOS Edition, a Nuxeo API Sandbox and much more. You can follow the Nuxeo roadmap leading up to the next Long Term Release scheduled for November.

TYPO3

The TYPO3 community just released the second long term support version of TYPO3 CMS. The new release focuses on stability and modernization, making the product competitive for the next few years. The development was built on the motto "smooth migration" to provide best possible support for users upgrading from 4.5 LTS to 6.2 LTS.

For a detailed, technical explanation of what has changed -- including new settings and descriptions -- please refer to the Technical Release Notes or the What's new slides (in eight languages).

There are several events this month, including a TYPO3 User Group Munich meeting today. The TYPO3 User Group Stuttgart will meet April 10 and TYPO3camp Venlo will be held in Venlo, Netherlands on April 12 and 13.

XOOPS

XOOPS recently released version 2.5.7 Beta 1, which is focused on PHP 5.5.x compatibility, security enhancements and bug fixes. It also included "one new cool thing," the xBootstrap theme, based on Bootstrap.

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