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Website Shutdown Averted? WordPress, Drupal Release Security Updates

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The message today to the millions of users of WordPress and Drupal content management systems: Fire up those security updates.

The web content management system (CMS) providers released security updates this week after an industry expert tipped them off to a potential attack that shuts down websites and servers running on the WordPress or Drupal engine.

Nir Goldshlager, a security researcher from Salesforce.com's product security team, first caught the potential bug.

In a blog post, he wrote that he detected XML Denial of Service in both WordPress and Drupal. This phenomenon, he wrote, is predicated on a well-known cyber attack, known as the XML Quadratic Blowup Attack.

What's New in August for Open Source CMS

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A fact many of us learned in high school — that popularity has its downsides — is proving to be true in the world of open source content management systems (CMS).

Take WordPress — the most popular CMS in the world, powering an astonishing 47.4 percent of all sites on the Internet, according to BuiltWith, a website profiler, lead generation, competitive analysis and business intelligence tool.

July, to use a shameless cliché, was both the best of times, and the worst of times, for this inordinately popular platform. New research from 34SP.com found more than half of UK small businesses are using WordPress as a CMS, thereby “finally blowing away its image as just a blogging platform."

The same study also confirmed a few things that were not included in the official results, including the fact 31 percent of 34SP.com clients who use WordPress call wine their favorite beverage (Jägerbombs really disappointed with just 1 percent of the votes) and only 13 percent have more than 500 friends on Facebook. What does this have to do with anything? Nothing. So let's move on.

And the Emmy Award for Web CMS Goes to ... Acquia

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No, the Primetime Emmy Awards hasn’t added a category for Best Digital Experience or Best Performing Web CMS.

But Web CMS and customer experience will be a major behind-the-scenes component on the day the television awards show announces its nominees online at the Emmys website.

Acquia, which provides a platform for content, community and commerce, is powering that website with its Acquia Cloud -- which was also the Web CMS engine behind the Grammys -- that includes an elastic infrastructure and delivery solutions for Drupal.

“It's critical that our site performs at its very best,” Marc Wade, executive director of digital for the Television Academy, said in a statement. “That's why we sought a technology partner with the experience and Drupal expertise to ensure TelevisionAcademy.com scales to meet the massive demand generated by the Emmys and other events, and that search led us to Acquia."

In a 'Troubled' WCM Sector, Analysts See 3 Innovators

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Fireworks may explode in the night sky as the US celebrates the Fourth of July weekend, but things are much quieter in the web content management market.

The frenetic pace of nine-figure WCM acquisitions of the past four years ended before Christmas, and the once-deep river of venture capital funding for fledgling players ran dry long ago.

Market shifts and technology trends -- the somewhat surprising strength of mobile, the stampede to Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), a growing infatuation with digital marketing -- were missed by many players, leaving the field "fragmented" and "troubled," according to fresh research by Matt Mullen and Alan Pelz-Sharpe at 451 Research.

What's 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!"

Acquia Enhances Personalization with TruCentric Buy

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Acquia is making the most of its revenue growth. The company, a provider of open-source software, services and technical support based on the open source Drupal web content management system (CMS), just acquired TruCentric.

TruCentric is a Toronto, Ontario-based vendor whose SaaS solution includes real time customer profiling for user engagement. The solution uses situational and historical data for marketers.

The buy comes on the heels of 20 consecutive quarters of revenue growth for Acquia. The company has grown its revenue by more than 48,500 percent during the past five years, according to Tom Wentworth, chief marketing officer. Revenue from sales was $44 million in 2012 and exceeded $68 million in 2013. 

Acquia, based in Burlington, Mass., had 450 employees before the acquisition. It did not disclose the number of employees at TruCentric nor the acquisition price.

What's New in June for Open Source CMS

Thumbnail image for ed-schipul-with-helicopter.jpgWho 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.

What's New in May for Open Source CMS

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Joomla kept its promise to release the latest version of its open source content management system (CMS) in April with yesterday's launch of Joomla 3.3.

The new version offers enhanced security, enables microdata for the first time and replaces MooTools-based JavaScript with jQuery equivalents. The company claims these new features make Joomla 3.3 "the most secure, searchable and fastest-loading Joomla CMS yet, ensuring the most efficient developer experience for Joomla out of the box."

Of course, Joomla wasn't the only free and open source CMS provider to make headlines last month. Hippo launched version 7.9 of its CMS last week. A webinar on what’s new in Hippo CMS 7.9 can be found here. Jahia kicked off the month with the release of Jahia 7, which offers a wide range of new features and functions.

And Fusionbox, a Denver-based web design/build firm, introduced its new open source product, Widgy. The company describes Widgy as "a heterogeneous tree editor," "well-suited" for use as a CMS, built on Python/Django. The company maintains: 

Widgy integrates with mezzanine CMS to form a system that is easier to use and has more flexibility than other popular systems. As a tree editor, Widgy couples with mezzanine to create and edit pages as if they were branches on a tree."

Fusionbox President and founder Alexander Groth the company's CMS is "not just an HTML editor" and predicted its "intuitive drag-and-drop interface will appeal to non-technical website owners who want to take control and edit their content."

So what can we expect in the FOSS world this month?

News Bites: Universal Analytics, Anti-Ad Fraud and More

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And now, the news. This week, Google released enterprise level Universal Analytics, Apperian released an API, BrandAds targeted video ad fraud and ClickBank unveiled version 3.0.

Plus, there's a new Drupal to Adobe DPS tool, Appboy Academy opens and HTML5-built OX Spreadsheet takes to the cloud.

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.

Drupal vs. Joomla: An Engineer's Take

If you're evaluating open source content management solutions (CMS), two in particular -- Drupal and Joomla -- stick out for being widely adopted and lauded by companies and developers.

Both of them are full featured Web CMS platforms. If your business only needs a simple blog or wiki, both will feel bloated and you would be better served with a simpler platform such as Wordpress. If your business requires complex content hierarchy, tagging and authoring, you are now in the realm of these two platforms.

OpenText Evolves Biz Management with Tempo Upgrade

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OpenText is redesigning the way business information management is done with a number of new upgrades to its OpenText Tempo product line. The upgrades also offers practical examples of how its Project Red Oxygen will work.

The upgrades, announced this week, are intended to provide users a way to increase business productivity through secure social collaboration. OpenText is changing Tempo — essentially a collaboration application — into something that covers all the bases of enterprise collaboration, including enterprise file synchronization and sharing.

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.

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