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What's New in March for Open Source CMS

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A round of applause for Drupal, please. Drupal is now powering more than one million websites worldwide, reinforcing its ranking as one of the most popular content management systems (CMS) on the planet. 

According to BuiltWith Research, Drupal powers more than 12 percent of the world’s top 100,000 websites as measured by traffic. That's still far behind Wordpress, which runs more than 43 percent of those top 100,000 sites. But it's still a significant feat, according to Holly Ross, executive director of the Drupal Association, the nonprofit organization that supports the Drupal open source project.

Ross is clearly enamored with Drupal. "Every day, we hear stories from all over the world about how Drupal is changing individual lives for the better," she effused in a statement.

Is there is a direct relationship between open source CMS and better lives? We'll let you make your own decision about that. And as you ponder the question, read on for more news from the world of free and open source CMS. And remember: everyone with FOSS CMS news should drop us a line so we can include you in our next monthly column.

Acquia/Drupal

Ok, ok. We concede "Drupal has grown from the dorm room of creator Dries Buytaert to a global force administered by a huge and vibrant global community," as Ross maintains. Perhaps that's why Buytaert, who wears dual hats these days as co-founder of Acquia and project lead for Drupal, plans to party so hearty at SXSW in Austin.

"Acquia is rollin’ deep, bringing a record expense account and more than a dozen people to SXSW, including Buytaert and Tom Erickson, Acquia’s CEO. [They plan to] sponsor parties with the ballers at Dyn, buy drinks, hit up food trucks and splurge on pedi-cabs.

As Tom Wentworth, Acquia’s CMO explained:

Acquia is bringing its full swagger to SXSW. And we’ve got cash money to spend. You won’t be drinking Pabst Blue Ribbon while you are hanging with the Acquia team, unless you’re a hipster, and that’s what you drink."

So should we expect a slight delay in this year's expected release of Drupal 8? We wouldn't want to interfere with "drinking in pubs and dancing in clubs," you know …

If you can't make it to SXSW, you can join the Drupal folks at a couple other events: March 24 through 30 at Drupal Developer Days in Szeged, Hungary, April 10 to 13 at NYCCamp in Manhattan or back in Texas in June at Drupalcon Austin.

As much fun as all this sounds, let's get back to business. Someone has to, don't you think? For the record, Drupal 8 will go into beta in about a month.

Composite C1

The latest release of Composite C1, Version 4.1, is out. It enables users to "drag media from their desktops. It also has a simplified multi-lingual workflow and mobile first starter sites with Bootstrap 3.1.1 that are easy to skin. Developers get full .NET 4.5 support, seamless LESS CSS integration, more rapid application development tooling and error feedback that "make the geeky angels sing," the company claims.

Composite C1 4.1 is currently the top rated .NET CMS at Microsoft’s open source portal CodePlex.

The next release, Version 4.2, is "coming along nicely," the company said. It will be a game changer in terms of how content editors can express themselves in the CMS. The user interface for managing in-content functionality is getting a major overhaul. The pixel perfect in-editor previews of renderings make it easy to identify the element you want to change and a simplified UI for managing settings make changes an uncomplicated experience, the company claims.

While the underlying engine and developer tooling for building in-content functionality has not changed, the new UX tweaks let content editors comprehend and manipulate a much larger body of functionality in context.

In the meantime, Composite C1 added an easy-to-use form builder that lets content editors to add customized forms to their website. And the C1 Console – the browser based tool used to manage content in Composite C1 – is now available in Danish as well as eight other languages, including English, Chinese, Russian and German.

eZ Systems

This month, eZ Systems will hold two roundtables at Digital Media Strategies in London and take part at the e-Marketing show in Paris focused on how to enhance content for online business.

 

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