Who has time to handle post-CMS deployment needs when there's so much to do developing the platform? That's the thinking of the creators of Tendenci, an open source content management system (CMS) project for associations and other nonprofits (NPOs).
Last week, the software development company spearheading the Tendenci platform launched a web alliance marketing program. It enables leading providers of marketing and website services to partner with Tendenci "to accelerate the success of the large installed base of websites powered by the Tendenci CMS platform," the Houston, Texas-based company claimed in a press release.
Establishing "an ecosystem of leading service providers" allows Tendenci to focus on developing its CMS platform, according to company founder and CEO Ed Schipul. He said Tendenci has more than 1 million users and powers "hundreds of websites" for NPOs, associations and other cause-related organizations worldwide.
Schipul quit his full time job as a software consultant for a large petroleum corporation in 1997 to start his own web marketing company. He began selling Tendenci CMS worldwide in 2004 and released it as an open source product in 2012.
Schipul describes himself as an amateur photographer as well as a drone builder and pilot, who just wants to "Organize and Connect the World's People" — and "Do Good."
What else is new in free and open source CMS this month? Read on.
Composite C1 has released version 4.2, which the company claims takes the platform "to a whole new level." The features include simplified editing, an improved WYSIWYG experience, ready-to-use mobile-first starter sites and the ability to edit on an iPad. Enhancements include:
- Simplified interface: Editors can now locate dynamic content elements easier because of a simplified interface and view "pixel perfect" previews of C1 functions in the Visual Editor.
- Improved WYSIWYG experience: Version 4.2 can analyze a website's HTML templates and CSS and automatically adjust column width to match the live site.
- Starter sites: Venus is the first of many ready-to-use mobile-first starter sites soon to be rolled out. Based on the latest version of Bootstrap, LESS and ASP.NET Razor, they provide web professionals with an easy-to-use starting point for their web projects.
- Editing on iPad: Now you can edit on iPads, as well as Microsoft Surface tablets and Android-based devices.
The Composite C1 community has been active, too. It recently translated the C1 Console into French and Danish, which brings the total number of languages you can access the Console to nine (Chinese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Russian, Swedish and Ukrainian).
In addition, a new grid view/package is now available that allows data to be presented in tabular form.
May was a community-focused month for Hippo, with several events focused on end-users, technical contributors and knowledge sharing. These events included the Hippo GetTogether in Amsterdam, which drew record attendance. Attendees participated in a day of presentations on ways to bring marketing and IT closer together, followed by a boat ride around the city.
At 11 am EDT on June 5, Hippo, IBM and Bluetrade will host a webinar on the vision behind the integration of Hippo CMS and IBM Smarter Commerce. Hippo CMS and IBM have created a partnership to deliver optimized e-commerce experiences that bring together content, commerce, channels and customers. The webinar will discuss:
- What entails a great digital shopping experience and how this generates loyalty to your online store
- How to transform from being the online cashier to serving the higher need of the customer
- How to harmonize your online retail ecosystem to support the needs of the digital marketing team
- Learnings: Empowering your digital marketing team to create customer loyalty that drives conversion
You can register for the webinar here.
Hippo is also announcing a beta version of Hippo Developer Essentials, a utility framework, centered around the Essentials Dashboard web application. It was released to the community at the Hippo GetTogether.
The Dashboard, intended to run on the development host, guides the Hippo Developer through the most common steps necessary to build a Hippo CMS project, reducing the need to have in-depth Hippo knowledge, and providing help and documentation along the way. Essentials is a publicly available, open source tool. It is part of the 7.9 Hippo project archetype, which is the recommended way to start a new Hippo CMS project. Essentials will be officially released July 1.
Hippo will participate in the international software development event GOTO Amsterdam June 19 and 20.Senior Java Developer and Apache Software Foundation Committer Ard Schrijvers will give a talk on the concepts of for vertical and horizontal scaling behind the design of the Hippo Delivery Tier and how Hippo CMS serves personalized pages.
With the release of ImpressPages 4.0.13, the team took the first steps towards e-commerce and now has an infrastructure to handle subscription payments as well as an example plug-in that illustrates how to use it by combining it with PayPal subscriptions payments.
The ImpressPages Plug-in Marketplace is already in closed beta and will be released next month. The team is still working with contributors and expanding its plug-in resources. The most recent additions include blog, RSS, MailerLite newsletter and Google Search.
The Jahia team is gearing up for the release of Portal Factory, which it describes as the "most comprehensive application aggregation solution available on the market." It "sets a major evolution in the enterprise portal market" through the association of Digital Factory CMS capabilities with additional portal capabilities in one single solution "at a step further than any of today’s portal pure player offerings," the team boasted.
Jahia will issue a formal announcement about the product next week, but we have some advance news to share with CMSWire readers about this "complete application aggregation solution for tier 1 enterprise clients."
- Companies benefit from a powerful and seamless way to expose their existing/legacy business applications within modern multi-channel web portal interfaces, thus securing former investments and reducing the time-to-market.
- Companies can also expose their data silos (using custom or standardized data providers such as CMIS) and enrich them with additional content capabilities into secured digital portals, without duplicating or re-writing data sources.
- In the meantime, marketing teams can produce and publish content as fast and as regularly as their market requires, thus embedding data and enterprise applications into compelling marketing packages, without being tied to long business application lifecycle that simply don't fit today’s marketing imperatives.
Jahia Portal Factory will also ship with new integrated Dashboard capabilities: users can create ad-hoc portals and personal dashboards based on predefined and approved portal templates and components managed from a central administration interface.
In other news, Jahia is a platinum partner of CMSDay on June 17 in Paris. Now in its third year, the event has been consistently growing. Attendance last year was up 30 percent from the inaugural event in 2012, with more than 800 participants from all over Europe. This year, Jahia will present its Portal Factory and Digital Factory at the event.
Give the team at Joomla a chance to catch its breath this month: it just completed its J and Beyond Conference in Königstein, Germany. This year, the event had a unique format. Prep sessions, discussions and workshops in the morning were followed by impromptu bug-squashing events and development sprints in the afternoon to encourage attendees to "work together to get things done."