Welcome to the March 2011 installment of our what's coming from the open source projects in the next month. If you feel that your project was left out, we invite you to email us at pr@cmswire.com to have a project representative added to the list of people we contact for updates.

Composite C1 CMS

In March, the Composite C1 (news, site) project released its first major update since "going open." This release focused on improvements such as:

  • A migration tool for moving sites from XML files into SQL Server
  • Support for Chrome, IE 7 through 9, and Firefox 3.6 through 4
  • A migration tool for moving sites into Windows Azure
  • The ability to evaluate premium packages during a 30-day free trial
  • ASP.NET Master Page support through a contributed project
  • A page performance profiler, shown below

CompositeC1PagePerformanceProfiler.jpg The Composite C1 Page Performance Profiler tells you what features are slowing your pages down

Coming on April 11, Composite C1 will be featured at Microsoft's MIX11 "Open Source Fest" in Las Vegas.


In March, DotNetNuke (news, site) was chosen as one of the OnDemand Top 100 for its second consecutive year. Criteria for selection include innovation, market potential, commercialization, stakeholder value and media buzz. They also released version 05.06.02, which includes enhancements such as the ability to restore or remove soft-deleted users, along with 20 different performance improvement initiatives.

For those who like the next greatest thing, for the first time the folks at DotNetNuke are offering a preview of the next major version before all of the features are completed. Check out the DotNetNuke "Hadron" 6.0.0 Community Technology Preview (CTP) and share your thoughts. They also launched their DotNetNuke Design Challenge 2011, This third annual user community contest offers three categories: DotNetNuke Zen Garden, DotNetNuke on Smart Phones, and DotNetNuke Traditional. Submissions are due on April 16.


In March, the Drupal (news, site) community gathered in Chicago for Drupalcon. Fresh on the heels of releasing Drupal 7, Dries Buytaert, Drupal's founder, was already looking forward to Drupal 8, as he addressed it in his keynote.

Since then, he's shared his thoughts on how it might address configuration management, one of the key initiatives he discussed.

eZ Publish

In March, the folks at eZ Systems (news, site) released eZ Publish  Enterprise 4.5. This version introduces services available only for Enterprise subscribers, such as:

  • Expanded 24/7 Enterprise SLAs
  • Systematic release and maintenance cycles
  • Monitoring services and access to security audits

Release 4.5 also features:

  • Improved multichannel support for distributed, asynchronous publishing
  • An improved, extensible REST API for adding channels, access and mobile content delivery
  • Improved editing usability and workflow
  • A canonical link feature
  • New database schema documentation

Hippo CMS

In March, the folks at Hippo CMS (news, site) began working on a CMIS connector, allowing its users to integrate their CMS installations with their existing document repositories.


In March, the Joomla! (news, site) project started things off by releasing version 1.6.1. This is a security and bug fix release. The project also reached some milestones, including:

  • A 20% growth in extensions in the last four months, bringing them up to 7,090 extensions
  • Nearly 1 million Joomla 1.6 downloads in its first two months
  • Nearly 7.5 million visitors to Joomla.org in February alone, a 25% growth in traffic over a 4 month period
  • 177 million downloads from the Joomla Extensions Directory, and over 100,000 votes and reviews for the listings there
  • The Joomla forums reached over 2.3 million posts from 464,714 members
  • Joomla is now powers 2.7% of the web
  • The election of Ryan Ozimek (President), Paul Orwig (Treasurer), Jacque Rentzke (Secretary) and Alice Grevet (Assistant Secretary) to the Open Source Matters (news, site) board of directors
  • The largest Joomla Day India to date, with more than 180 people gathering for two days

Coming in April are:

Magnolia CMS

In March, Philipp Bärfuss of Magnolia CMS (news, site) put together a presentation to give people a sense for what's coming in Magnolia CMS 5.0, along with a peek at its architecture as the company works toward milestone 3 by the end of the month.

It's also rolled out forums on its own Forum module, brought Magnolia CMS and its content into Spring Web MVC and released the OpenSocial Container Module.


In March, the folks at MODX (news, site) launched a new MODX.com, brought on new staff and continued work toward MODX Revolution version 2.1. This version will optimize its caching layer and add support for Microsoft SQL Server, among other things. Expect a pre-release version soon. They also released version 1.0.5 of MODX Evolution and are working toward version 1.1.


By the end of March, the mojoPortal (news, site) project intends to release version Reported highlights include:

  • Multi-site management usability improvements
  • Large site hierarchy management improvements
  • Theme configuration settings for better control over the menu and tree views
  • Per-page custom CSS classes for the body and menu items, populated based on configuration files when creating new sites
  • An iPad-friendly HTML editor
  • The ability to show optional custom profile properties on the registration page, with registration agreements now being per site rather than global
  • Improvements to the Image Gallery, the List/Links feature, and the HTML Content feature
  • Upgrades to CKeditor 3.5.2 and TinyMCE 3.4.1
  • Updated translations


In March, the folks at ocPortal (news, site) released versions 6.0.1 and 6.0.2. Version 6.0.1 brought a number of new features, including:

  • Install profiles in the Setup Wizard, such as blog, community site and information site
  • Formerly core features such as RSS no longer in the core, to allow for pared-back sites (don't worry, the features are installed by default)
  • Google Analytics support
  • Refined content translation workflows