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


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 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 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."


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."


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.