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What's New in April for Open Source CMS

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San Francisco-based Pantheon expanded the popular web development platform it created for Drupal to WordPress installs this month.

The company's technology, based on a container-based architecture, helps professional developers and designers build and maintain websites and applications. It offers an array of tools like version control, dev/test environments, team management, backups and workflow. (Click image to enlarge.)

Pantheon CEO and co-founder Zack Rosen said the three-year old company initially focused on Drupal because its development team included a number of former Drupal consultants.

But he noted that WordPress is the world’s most popular content management system (CMS), powering over 76 million websites (19% of the web).

"Owing to its simplicity, WordPress has become the de facto Internet publishing tool for businesses with straightforward content management and design requirements," he wrote in a blog post. "We have a huge amount of respect for what the WordPress community has accomplished. We share the same mission: to build a simpler, easier, more powerful and more democratized World Wide Web."

So what else is new, directly or indirectly, in the world of free and open source CMS this month? Read on — and if you have FOSS CMS news to share, drop us a line so we can include you in our next monthly column.

What's New in March for Open Source CMS

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A round of applause for Drupal, please. Drupal is now powering more than one million websites worldwide, reinforcing its ranking as one of the most popular content management systems (CMS) on the planet. 

According to BuiltWith Research, Drupal powers more than 12 percent of the world’s top 100,000 websites as measured by traffic. That's still far behind Wordpress, which runs more than 43 percent of those top 100,000 sites. But it's still a significant feat, according to Holly Ross, executive director of the Drupal Association, the nonprofit organization that supports the Drupal open source project.

Ross is clearly enamored with Drupal. "Every day, we hear stories from all over the world about how Drupal is changing individual lives for the better," she effused in a statement.

Is there is a direct relationship between open source CMS and better lives? We'll let you make your own decision about that. And as you ponder the question, read on for more news from the world of free and open source CMS. And remember: everyone with FOSS CMS news should drop us a line so we can include you in our next monthly column.

Acquia Lift Makes Drupal Sites Smarter, Revenues Bigger

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It’s every marketer’s dream — delivering the right offer, to the right visitor, at the right time, through the right channel, to drive greater revenue. Simple to say, not so easy to do.

Consider your own experience when visiting websites. How often are you presented with compelling offers that you’re willing to take action on? If you’re like me, not very often.

This could actually change in the near future. Earlier today, Acquia, provider of products, services and technical support for creating web experiences with the open source CMS Drupal, announced Acquia Lift, an optimization platform that promises to make websites smarter, marketers more productive and revenues greater.

If it works as promised and is widely accepted by the Drupal community, you — even as a consumer —could benefit from Acquia’s latest innovation. After all, there are more than million of Drupal sites on the web today.

What's New in February for Open Source CMS

The year is off to a fast start for free and open source content management system (CMS) vendors, with plenty of updates, meetings and more. We're sharing the latest updates — and inviting everyone with FOSS CMS news to drop us a line. We'll include you in our next monthly column.

What's New in January 2014 for Open-Source CMS

Happy holidays out there in CMSWire land. Our gift to you (besides our impeccable journalistic integrity) is a dose of free open source system news. We run this column each and every month, but we don't always capture the spirit of the open source world fully on this page. Fell free to drop us a comment or reply to pr@cmswire.com if you think we've omitted a worthwhile update.

Inside the Road to Acquia's Possible IPO

The open-source model for software is shaking up the Web Content Management System (CMS) business. One company that has greatly benefited from this is Acquia, one of the Boston area's most successful startups. Co-founded by Drupal's creator in 2007, Acquia has doubled its revenues in each of the last two years and sparked chatter of a US initial public offering (IPO) in 2014.

What's New in November for Open-Source CMS

Open-source versus proprietary software may not be as controversial as it once was, but there's no doubt the free and open-source software (FOSS) world is thriving. We try to include as much open source news as we can in this monthly column, so do feel free to leave us a comment or contact us at pr@cmswire.com if we forgot something important.

Acquia Launches Partner Program, Adds Digital Marketing Tools

Aquia Digital Alliance Offers Best of Breed Digital Marketing Tools

Acquia has launched a partner program called Digital Alliance — a selection of digital marketing and infrastructure systems that marketers can use to power their campaigns within the Acquia open cloud.

Alert: What's Coming Up for Open Source CMS in October 2013

While we wait for the next version of the Apple iPad to drop in October, let's take a break to see how the open source world is shaping up over the next month or so. This space is a running series of open source updates, so don't hesitate to let us know in the comments or at pr@cmswire.com if we skipped something.

Acquia: Just Another Cloud Hosting Provider? Think Again

Some say Acquia is just another cloud infrastructure provider. Some question its position on analysts' lists for WCM software when they don't actually sell any. But with Drupal as its underlying web content management platform, Acquia has big plans, and everyone should be paying attention.

Acquia Unveils Free Version of Acquia Cloud

Acquia Unveils Free Version of Acquia CloudAcquia will now provide a free version of its cloud based content management system Acquia Cloud, and Drupal developers can now develop and stage content there to test out their websites.

Acquia Debuts Commerce Cloud to Unify Social, Community + Shopping

Acquia Debuts Commerce Cloud to Unify Social, Community + ShoppingAcquia has launched a website builder called Commerce Cloud, and it looks to be a way for marketers to set up shopping focused sites that also bring together social and community tools.

How 5 More Web Experience Management Vendors are Dealing with Personalization

A few months back, we took a close look at how a handful of Web experience management vendors dealt with personalization. Now, we have five more WEM providers to check out, including OpenText, Kentico, Acquia/Drupal, CoreMedia and Sitecore.

Acquia Cloud Site Factory Debuts for Churning Out Websites

Acquia Cloud Site Factory Debuts for Churning Out WebsitesCommercial Drupal services provider Acquia has debuted a tool called Site Factory, an apt name as it's meant to help marketers launch multiple websites in short order for building campaigns and launches.

Open Source vs. Proprietary Software: There is No Clear Winner

Open Source Software versus ProprietaryEveryone loves the promise of Open Source Software (OSS). It’s free (or almost free); it’s built by passionate communities of developers; you can “look under the hood”; and there’s no vendor lock-in. Add to that, that the rate of innovation is supposed to be faster with OSS -- why would anyone choose to work with anything else? 

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