Whats New in July for Open Source CMS Infographic

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You know it. You love it. And now Dominic Smith, a senior writer and content strategist at Rackspace, the Windcrest, Texas-based CMS hosting company, has confirmed what anyone reading this probably already knows.

"Chances are good that a big chunk of the content you’ll read on the web today is being delivered through an open source CMS," he wrote in a recent blog post. "FedEx and The Washington Post are using Drupal. Coca-Cola France and Sony Music are using WordPress. Harvard and IHOP use Joomla!"

Which CMS?

Smith is part of the new Rackspace Digital team, a consultancy launched in March to provide expertise and best practices about digital engagement platforms. He's a big open source CMS booster, which he describes as "world-class software platforms."

"Each one has been developed and maintained by a community of thousands. Not only is each one free to download, but the open source format means that the platform is continuously being improved to support new challenges and technologies," he continues.

The challenge is knowing which platform to use. As he explains:

There’s no one-size-fits-all solution here; it depends on your goals, technical expertise, budget and what you need your site to do. For a simple blog or brochure-type site, Wordpress could be the best choice (while very friendly for non-developers, it’s a flexible platform also capable of very complex sites). For a complex, highly customized site requiring scalability and complex content organization, Drupal might be the best choice. For something in between that has an easier learning curve, Joomla may be the answer." 

So what should you do? You may want to start by looking at the fancy interactive infographic that Rackspace recently developed. It's designed to help you decipher some of the key differences between these three popular CMS platforms.

And then read on — go on, scroll past the infographic — to find out everything that's new this month for open source CMS.

Composite C1

The team at Composite spent May getting ready for the release of version 4.2 of its .NET open source CMS. But in June, it focused on "consolidating its commitment to end users."

In fact, the company claims, the emphasis on improving the user experience for authors was one of the main features of its latest variation.

In mid-June, Composite released an introductory video to Composite C1 that highlighted some of the improvements made to the author experience. The tour also takes a look at content reuse and the new ability to preview your work within the C1 Console. 

Features that are currently in the shop and will soon be available include:

  • New installation start flow
  • A new 'look and feel' to the C1 Console
  • More responsive starter sites — free and commercial

In addition, two new add-ons have recently been created:

  • Content Versioning, which allows users to view previous versions of a specific content item or entire site
  • Guides and tooling for using WebAPI — part of Microsoft ASP.NET — with Composite C1 data, enabling developers to easily create JavaScript intensive web applications

Hippo

Call the team at Hippo "excited."

"With several major clients signed and key partnerships concluded, 2014 is off to a great start," it reported. First quarter subscription bookings are up 91 percent year-over-year, making this the most successful in the company’s history. 

With new clients including ACM and Couchbase as well as several clients in the financial services, publishing, manufacturing and software industry, Hippo has seen rapid expansion in North America.  The company has also experienced "excellent growth" in the European market. New clients include Internet behemoth 1&1, the Finnish Lottery (Veikkaus), Hitachi Capital and NoSQL leader Couchbase.

Hippo also sponsored the international software development event GOTOCon Amsterdam on June 19 and 20. Senior Java Developer and Apache Software Foundation Committer Ard Schrijvers gave a talk on the concepts of vertical and horizontal scaling behind the design of the Hippo Delivery Tier, and how Hippo CMS serves personalized pages. A version of the talk, from the Hippo GetTogether can be found below.

ImpressPages

ImpressPages had several major version updates in June, including ImpressPages 4.0.17, which came out with a simplified install, and ImpressPages 4.1, with an integrated Plugin Market. 

ImpressPages Plugin Market simplifies the installation of plugins. Users do not even have leave the CMS. It is also easier for developers to contribute plugins. ImpressPages is encouraging developers to code and sell not only their plugins, but also themes for ImpressPages.

Jahia

Jahia released four new products off the Jahia 7 platform that debuted in April, including Portal Factory, its new enterprise portal solution. The Geneva, Switzerland-based provider boasts that Portal Factory "sets a major evolution in the Enterprise portal market thanks to the association of Digital Factory CMS capabilities with additional portal capabilities into one single solution at a step further than any of today’s portal pure player offerings."

Joomla

The first ever JoomlaDay in Minnesota is set for July 19 at Aloft Hotel in Minneapolis, Minnesota with CNP Integrations, a Joomla technical and development support firm, as its bronze sponsor. JoomlaDay events began in The Netherlands in 2006. They were established as a place for Joomla enthusiasts to gather, socialize, network and learn about what makes Joomla tick — as well as how it can solve real world problems for businesses and organizations.

CNP Integrations founder Christopher Nielsen said the company is supporting the Minnesota event as a way to "show its support and build continued enthusiasm for Joomla! and the community that surrounds it."

Magnolia

The big news at Magnolia this month: version 5.3. The update focuses on developing personalized customer experiences, providing enhanced collaboration capabilities for content publishers and integration with enterprise data sources.

But don't think the team is all work and no play. Hundreds of Magnolia enthusiasts attended the community's annual conference in Basel, Switzerland from June 24 through June 26. Is it fair to say it was a "great success"? Take a look at some of the photos from the event and decide for yourself.

Nuxeo 

No time for rest and relaxation at Nuxeo — recently rated one of New York City’s hottest companies for 2014 — which recently introduced some innovative integrations into the Nuxeo Platform.

In early June, it introduced nuxeo.io, a Docker-based hosting service for managing and running Nuxeo Platform clusters in the cloud. It’s currently in beta release, so interested users have to sign up to be part of the beta program.

The team calls nuxeo.io "a great service to help you quickly and easily provision new Nuxeo Platform clusters for development and test (and eventually, production)."  It is built on Arken, an open source software infrastructure for instantiation, provisioning and resilience of application instances, on premises or on the cloud. 

Nuxeo also kicked off its integration with Codenvy, a fully functional Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) developer environment based on an extensible cloud IDE platform. This came as part of the latest Fast Track release, 5.9.4. Also included in that release were updates to the Automation API and new automated syncing for Nuxeo Drive. You can check out all the new features and updates to the Nuxeo Platform

Finally, Nuxeo did an integration with the leading NoSQL database, MongoDB. The integration provides a NoSQL-based storage option offering high performance, high availability and easy scalability for content management applications built on the Nuxeo Platform. It works well with ElasticSearch and is an alternative, not a replacement, to the existing SQL-based database engine. 

This integration lays the foundation for easily integrating other NoSQL storage options. Existing Nuxeo Platform implementations can benefit from MongoDB without making any changes to existing applications. Check out the great interview we had with MongoDB VP Marketing and Corporate Strategy, Matt Asay, on the changing database and Big Data market.

Also in June, Bob Canaway joined Nuxeo as its new CMO. He moves to Nuxeo from CMS vendor Ektron, where he served as their VP of Marketing.

Taking a break this month? Nope. The Nuxeo team is working on the next Fast Track release due early August, plus working our way toward a new Long Term release - Nuxeo Platform 6.0.

SeoToaster

SeoToaster announced integrated SMS in its e-commerce edition. Merchants can now provision of a phone number from the cloud, and then automate and customize customer services SMS when good or services are purchased and orders get shipped to customers.

SilverStripe

The SilverStripe team is making upgrades to its community website, silverstripe.org. The site is overdue for an update, the team said — "and now it's time to roll up the sleeves and get in there. Not only is the site code becoming out-of-date, the design could also use a refresh to reflect the vibrant community that drives it. That's you." 

One thing that won't change: The SilverStripe vision. "We are going to continue building a place that the community can learn from each other, share ideas and connect," according to a blog post. 

Based on user feedback, the team has created a new information architecture and improved the site content. It's also using adaptive design to allow modular management of content, and building the site "in a way which will allow the suite of sites to be integrated as required, to provide better user flow between the sites."

The main content section is set to go live in early August.

TYPO3

The TYPO3 team released TYPO3 Neos 1.1 during another code sprint a few weeks ago.

The main feature in Neos 1.1 is the flexible content cache that ensures speedy delivery of your content. The content cache updates automatically as you change content and makes varnish unnecessary in many cases.

Besides the content cache numerous other changes that improve speed and stability have been merged for Neos 1.1.

The team also merged the content dimensions feature, which is the technical basis for content translation and a lot more features in the future. This is currently considered experimental due to the lack of user interface elements and documentation.

Along with Neos 1.1, it released TYPO3 Flow 2.2, which also includes some speed improvements that can improve performance depending on the user's server setup. One of the features included is autoloading support for all kinds of composer packages.

The team plans the next releases for the middle of September and is currently planning the priority of features.

But we bet you may still be wondering about the new release cycles for the TYPO3 CMS product in the aftermath of the long-term support (LTS) release.

The idea now is to continue development in an agile way (small incremental improvements in a stable but continuously evolving branch), culminating in a LTS release every 18 months (which then is supported for a further three years). The integrator can then choose between running in production a so called EAR (early adopter release) or the LTS release, which both should be "actually rock stable," the team claims.

The team reports overall reaction so far has been very positive, with only some minor details still in need of tweaking.

Meanwhile the 6.2 LTS branch got another round of stabilization fixes, and a new release 6.2.4 will be the next step for this long term support release.

XOOPS

XOOPS Project released version 2.5.7, which is fully compatible with PHP 5.5.x. It also has security enhancements, bug fixes and updated external libraries.

XOOPS Project is also supporting the upcoming "Crafting Code Tour" with PHP Expert Brandon Savage, an 18-city, 15-state, three-country tour aimed at the PHP user group community. The Crafting Code Tour will focus on how developers can do their best work, how software development is a craft and how we can grow. While the list of speakers along the tour route is still being compiled (and will likely change for various cities), the goal is clear: to prove that it’s not impossible to bring outside speakers to individual user groups.

There will be events this month in Dallas, Austin, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Minn., Milwaukee, Wisc.,
Cincinnati, Ohio, Toronto, Ontario and New York City. You can get more details here.