It goes without saying that WordPress is big — the Goliath of free and open source content management systems (CMS). WordPress is the number 1 CMS system currently in use, and increased its usage on more than 2 million domains since June 2014.
But what about the others? Who is bigger than who?
Sydney, Australia-based BuiltWith.com tracks such things on an ongoing basis. So this month, we thought we'd share the latest statistics on the web's leading open source platforms.
And now, a look at what some of these open source players are up to this month.
The Composite team is feeling pretty good this month. Why? Because Composite C1 just won the third annual Critics' Choice CMS Award in the Free .NET CMS category. The award is given by a panel of judges who are not directly affiliated to or with any CMS vendors competing in the awards. This year, the awards recognized platforms by programming language, enterprise size and additional qualities.
The judges said they had a hard time this year, but ultimately concluded Composite C1 was the "most deserving" platform.
But that's not all. Composite C1 also created a new responsive and tablet-friendly design for its team website. It features Composite C1 community members and heroes, provides information on new add-ons released in January and new solutions created by the international network of its partner web agencies.
The Composite team is getting ready to release the Subsite Manager add-on that enables a website administrator to create numerous subsites for a single domain. Using the Subsite Manager, you can add associated users who’ll be provided with access to the particular subsite without access to other global features.
The Subsite Manager add-on builds on top of the existing Composite C1 user interface. Subsite owners, in their turn, will be able to add or delete pages, change their content, switch page layout templates and add C1 functions. Third degree subsite users, created by the subsite owners, can either edit or publish pages.
eZ Systems has announced its 2015 expected releases in a blog post by André Rømcke,Vice President of Engineering. They include the First Fast Track Release (FTR) of eZ Platform and eZ Studio in July and the First Long Term Support (LTS) release of eZ Platform and eZ Studio in November.
The first alpha version for the eZ Platform is also just around the corner. It’s coming as a fully open source platform developed openly with the eZ community, as the continuation of the eZ Publish Community Project. The eZ Systems engineering team, with feedback from the community of development reviewers, is in the process of externalizing the legacy version of eZ Publish to be available to eZ Platform users via LegacyBridge.
The team also organized a series of meetups and partner meetings in France and Norway, where early versions of the eZ Platform UI have been demonstrated.
On March 5, eZ has an event geared towards publishers in Boston, Mass. The event, re\VISION Boston, is co-sponsored by CMSWire and The Christian Science Monitor, and will feature guest speaker Karen McGrane. For more information, and to register, visit the re\VISION Boston Eventbrite page.
February is a groundbreaking month for Hippo CMS, the team claims. New launches, new clients and new integrations will all be unveiled in the coming weeks and months. But it’s also a major month for Hippo CMS Developers, with the launch of Hippo Labs.
Hippo Labs is a new how-to series demonstrating ways Hippo CMS works with other technologies or software vendors through tutorials and real use cases. The first three Hippo Labs are live, but there are more to come from Hippo team members as well as the global Hippo CMS community.
"As an open source WCMS, Hippo knows that community and the open exchange of ideas are crucial to continuous innovation. Hippo Labs explore the power of combining Hippo CMS with other open source technology," noted Joanna Madej, content marketing manager at Hippo. You can find more about Hippo CMS and the Hippo Labs projects on Github.
Who uses Hippo? Ingenico Group, a provider of integrated payment solutions, just redesigned and replatformed its corporate website, ingenico.com. Hippo partner DigitasLBi Brussels implemented the Ingenico site's new design and user experience and web analytics, as well as the technical architecture and development, which is based on Hippo CMS.
What's up at Liferay? Plenty.
For instance, Liferay Screens Beta 2 for iOS is now available for download. Liferay Screens "simplifies and speeds up the development of native mobile apps using Liferay Portal as the backend," the team claims. This version is full of new features and fixes reported by the community during the first beta launch.
The team is also announcing Liferay Push, a new framework for sending push notifications from Liferay Portal to your mobile apps. Liferay Push is now available at the Liferay Marketplace as a Liferay Labs app.
You can also now sync your Google Plus calendar on Liferay 6.2 using the Calendar Mobile Sync, a plugin created by SMC Group that allows users to synchronize the new Liferay calendar events with their own devices. You can download the Calendar Mobile Sync at the Liferay Marketplace.
Looking ahead, Liferay will have a booth at intra.NET Reloaded in Boston on April 9 to 10. The event is designed to show ways to leverage internal communication and information-sharing processes as well as the business value of social technologies connecting the digital workplace.
There's more happening at Jahia as you read this … Come back to CMSWire tomorrow for all the details. (UPDATE: Read about Jahia's $22.5 million cash infusion.)
Joomla announced a new website-building offering late last month. Joomla.com will enable users to create and build freely hosted Joomla websites. Joomla partnered with SiteGround, a web hosting company who has built the server infrastructure that will accommodate the free Joomla sites.
In addition, the team is closing JoomlaCode.org, a resource for developers to build and manage Open Source software projects centred around Joomla. Why? In a message on its developers' page, the team explained:
We recently received an email from google webmaster tools with the subject line: Hacking suspected. Unfortunately, it appears that joomlacode.org is infected with content spam. When we realized this, our only concern is to protect our users. This will involve taking down the service in the very near future. This is an inconvenience for project owners using JoomlaCode to host projects for, and we are truly sorry."
Jessica Dunbar, a marketer at Joomla, told CMSWire the Production Leadership Team has been actively planning the migration of JoomlaCode since last year. "Our long term software provider, GForge, could no longer support the project. Because we don’t have the resources to maintain this platform within Joomla, we created a new platform," she said.
But the spam issues "prioritized the migration for us," she said.
Joomla websites are not affected by this spam. All Joomla websites will function as normal and are safe, she noted.
Magnolia, hosted a developer event, Amplify Munich. More than 40 attendees traveled to Munich to learn about a range of topics (e-commerce, Magnolia’s user interface, responsive web design, apps and much more).
The team also published a new case study on how Avis Budget uses Magnolia.
In addition, its CIO video-blogged about how you can get easily Magnolia running with IBM’s cloud platform Bluemix.
The Magnolia Conference 2015 call for papers is open. If you want to be on stage at #mconf15, now’s the time to submit ideas. This year, Magnolia will run conferences in May and June, one in Basel and one in Silicon Valley. And if you're looking for a job, Magnolia is hiring in Switzerland and the Czech Republic.
Nuxeo’s latest Fast Track release 7.1 includes new features such as Metadata Read/Write On Binaries, Computed Picture Views, Extended Fields: Constraints & References, and Workflow Graph Editor. You can click here for all the details.
Nuxeo and Codenvy partnered for a live webinar to review how Codenvy's Factories allow Nuxeo Platform developers to manage their development cycle in the cloud. If you missed it, the recording is available on the Nuxeo resources page.
And finally, on Tuesday, Feb. 24, Content Management Interoperability Services (CMIS) visionary Jeff Potts, founder of Metaversant, and Josh Fletcher, Senior Solution Architect at Nuxeo, will discuss CMIS and the value of using it to build content management applications. If you are interested, register for the live event.
SilverStripe is opening its first Northern Hemisphere office in London next month. The New Zealand based CMS/Framework, which already has a strong developer community in the Southern Hemisphere, wants to offer greater support to the UK and European developers using the software.
It'll get its feet wet this month in advance of the office opening as a sponsor of the 10th Annual PHP UK conference next Monday and Tuesday. The event will be held at The Brewery in the heart of London.
For developers and agencies based in London, SilverStripe is running an introductory event on Wednesday, Feb. 15. SilverStripe's CEO and founder Sam Minnée and CTO Hamish Friedlander will be speaking on both the company's expansion plans and how the software is being used by banks, telcos, power companies and the New Zealand government.
After several months of work and consultation with the developer community, SilverStripe also launched a new version of its SilverStripe developer documentation. This includes a full Information Architecture rework to make knowledge about the CMS and Framework easier to find, to aid developers in building open source SilverStripe websites.