The ImpressCMS Project has announced the release of ImpressCMS 1.0, the first stable release of their PHP/MySQL-based content management system. It aims to deliver an extensible open source platform to create interactive and professional websites. The ImpressCMS Project was formed in late 2007 as an offspring of the XOOPS Project. Many of the developers for ImpressCMS were veteran developers with extensive experience with the XOOPS Project and sought to establish a new project with a philosophy of openness, community contributions and continual improvements in code and features.
“We are very excited to have this release out and have seen tremendous adoption of our project by many users even before our first release. The goal of this project is to bring people together to design and develop a product that works for them. With the amount of community development and support we have seen so early, we are confident our philosophy is a hit with the community,” development spokesperson Marc-André Lanciault explains.
ImpressCMS is a versatile CMS for easily building and maintaining dynamic web sites. It is designed as an ideal tool for both business and community users, from large enterprises to the casual blogger.
Utilizing a very open architecture, ImpressCMS lets webmasters add modules into the core CMS for additional functionality. Modules have been developed by an international community of developers, designers and general fans to handle most every imaginable task associated with the managing of web content and an online community.
"Designers would be surprised at how flexible iCMS really is, I feel its approach to theme implementation, really opens the door of possibilities. I do not feel restricted in the slightest with what I can do with this powerful web solution," William Hall, veteran Open Source CMS designer said.
The goal of the ImpressCMS Project is to stimulate and promote the open source nature of the CMS in both the core and its modules and establish itself as the premiere CMS by expanding the system to meet the needs of their users now and well into the future.
The development teams for both module and core are based entirely on volunteers, and their source code repository is centralized on Sourceforge. This is intended to allow innovation across the entire platform in a collaborative way that will tightly integrate the two most integral parts of the product and provide one-stop shopping for users.
"The web is changing daily and I am amazed at how quickly this development team responds to new challenges and opportunities! ImpressCMS will certainly become one of the major players in the next generation of content management systems." remarked longtime community contributor Steve Kenow. Visit ImpressCMS for more information.
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