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Alert: What's Coming for Open Source CMS in November 2011

Welcome to the October 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.

CMS Made Simple

In October, the folks at CMS Made Simple (news, site) released CMSMS 1.10. This new version brings aboard features such as:

  • Support for lazy module loading
  • Replace TinyMCE with MicroTiny
  • Revamped module downloading code
  • Replaced the Printing module with CmsPrinting
  • Revised the ModuleManager module installer
  • Preview functionality for the News module
  • Reduced all stylesheets into a single cached .css file by default
  • Support for a separate admin URL using SSL
  • Salt passwords for admin users
  • Additional bug fixes and housekeeping tasks

Together, these changes noticeably reduced the download size for CMSMS 1.10.

Coming in 2012, CMS Made Simple is holding another GeekMoot conference in Europe. You'll find them on March 9 and 10 in Northampton, UK. Early bird tickets are already available, and there's still time to propose a talk. Expect more information about the program in November.

Composite C1

In October, the folks at Composite C1 (news, site) celebrated its first birthday as a free, open source project. The project also enjoyed a #1 rating among all CMSes at Microsoft's (news, site) open source portal CodePlex, reaching eighth place among the more than 25,000 software projects hosted there.

The team also accepted a community contribution that adds support for ASP.NET Razor. You can see this integration in action here:

It's also added an image gallery package that can feature images from your Facebook (news, site) photo albums, including features such as Facebook comments and likes.

DotNetNuke

In October, the folks at DotNetNuke (news, site) announced the schedule for its DotNetNuke World 2011 conference. This year's theme is "The Cloud, Mobile and Social Revolution," which will coincide with a new release focusing on mobile capabilities.

October also saw the release of a free Disqus module for integrating with the Disqus comment platform.

Drupal

In October, the Info-Tech Research Group called Drupal (news, site) a "market pillar" of web content management in its Vendor Landscape Plus: Web Content Management report. Drupal founder Dries Buytaert also named John Albin Wilkins to be Initiative Owner for the Drupal 8 Mobile Initiative.

eZ Systems

In October, the folks at eZ Systems (news, site) launched the latest eZ Publish roadmap site, which allows contributors, users and partners to discuss and rate feature ideas. The company also announced the developer preview of its new API.

Its "cool tutorial of the month" is How to Build Native Mobile Applications with the eZ Publish REST API.

Jahia

In October, the folks at Jahia Web CMS (news, site) announced its Certified Migration Program to Jahia 6.5, which includes free content migration. There's no impact on your subscription cost for using this service, and the migrated material includes:

  • Metadata models (permissions, users, etc.)
  • Content definitions transfer
  • Security and Authentication models

Joomla

In October, the Joomla! (news, site) project team celebrated the 26 million download mark. Also, the Info-Tech Research Group called Joomla a "market pillar" of web content management in its Vendor Landscape Plus: Web Content Management report.

October, too, brought the release of Joomla 1.7.2 and 1.5.24. Both of these are security fix releases, so be sure to upgrade.

Coming in November are Joomla Days:

Nuxeo

In October, the folks at Nuxeo (news, site) launched Nuxeo Cloud, which offers a development, customization, testing and production CMS environment in the cloud. It also announced a partnership with Scality, with an integration allowing the Nuxeo Platform to keep its binary files and unstructured data within one of Scality's storage options, and announced the Nuxeo Integrated Development Environment (Nuxeo IDE). This Eclipse (news, site) based environment "bridges the gap between Nuxeo Studio, the hosted configuration environment, and do-it-yourself development."

As if that wasn't enough, Nuxeo also hosted its global conference for open source enterprise CMS customers and partners.

Orchard

In October, the folks at the ASP.NET-based Orchard (news, site) open source CMS and platform project released Orchard 1.3. Features new in this release include:

  • A configurable and extensible rule engine
  • Markdown support
  • Draft preview
  • A forms API
  • Tokens
  • Bug fixes

Coming in November, it's working on features for 1.4. In particular, it has called for contributions to its Projector (query builder), new core field types, Autoroute (content URL patterns) and performance improvement work.

Plone

In October, the Plone (news, site) Foundation Board of Directors elected Carol Ganz, Alan Hoey and Héctor Velarde as the newest members of the Plone Foundation. Coming in November is the Plone Conference 2011 in San Francisco.

Squiz

In October, the folks at Squiz (news, site) offered a seminar on optimizing online channels. In particular, anyone selling things on the web can benefit from its overview of "A Clearer Path to Online Success," as shown below:

Squiz Seminar - Optimising Online Channels: Phil Taylor
View more presentations from Squiz
Another useful product of its seminar is a short, platform-agnostic video introducing the concept of Responsive Web Design:

 

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