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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.

WordPress Deal Transforms Bloggers to E-tailers

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WordPress is putting online retailing in the hands of bloggers by partnering with three e-commerce providers — Ecwid, Shopify and ShopLocket. The deal enables bloggers create slick, online storefronts.

The new plug-ins are only available to WordPress.com Business users, not to be mistaken with the self-hosted WordPress.org. That's the commercial arm of the WordPress parent company, Automatic, which offers fully hosted services to bloggers of all sizes, including TIME and CNN.

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.

WordPress 3.8: A Spiffy New Look and More

WordPress 3.8 Released with Upgraded Frontend, Backend UIWordPress 3.8 is out,  a minor update with lots of visual tweaks to both the front- and back-end interfaces. It features a modern new design — “most beautiful update yet," the company claims — and a default theme that is responsive on mobile devices.

WordPress is one of the largest open-source content management systems, used by upwards of 72 million websites.

Defining and Understanding Adaptive Content

Embrace Adaptive Content to be Part of the Digital ZeitgeistWe're more than 20 years into the web revolution, so maybe it's about time we started treating content as flexible, reusable bits of data rather inflexible words and images on pages.

Adaptive content may just be the future of content management, but there is still no widespread agreement on what it should look like or how it is to be implemented.

What's New in December for Open-Source CMS

It's the year-end announcement time for free and open source software (FOSS) here at CMSWire.com. Two of the three most popular content management systems (CMS) in the world have updated recently (WordPress and Joomla). We're still waiting for Drupal 8 to debut, but that won't likely happen in December. Check out all the other activity in this popular space. 

New Joomla Release: Version Control, Rapid Application Development Tools

Joomla 3.2 Released with Version Control, Rapid Application Development ToolsJoomla, an open source content management system (CMS), is now offering features like version control, one click extension installation and a rapid application development module that bring the system in line with many of its commercial counterparts.

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.

WordPress 3.7 Released with Automated Updates

WordPress 3.7 Released with Automated Updates

WordPress, one of the most popular content management systems, just released version 3.7, codenamed Basie after the estimable Count Basie. While not chock full of features, it does include a few significant improvements. One of the biggest is automated background updates, which enables seamless security and maintenance upgrades.

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.

WordPress Gets File Sharing, Collaboration Features with Cloudup Acquisition

WordPress.com Parent Automattic Steps Close to World Domination with Purchase of File Sharer CloudupThis week, WordPress.com parent Automattic furthered its goal of world domination -- that is, powering most of the planet’s websites -- with the purchase of file-sharing startup Cloudup.

Can Movable Type Really Make a Comeback?

Can Movable Type Really Make a Comeback?If WordPress and Drupal can take over the Web CMS world, why not a company like Movable Type? After all, it was one of the originators of the easy to use, easy to build and maintain content management systems.

A Japanese company called Infocom now owns Six Apart, the company that originally built Movable Type, and it not only has a big pocket book to help the company expand, it's now readying its Movable Type push into North America.

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

An entire universe of open source events and releases are forthcoming in September 2013, so don't be afraid to browse our handy compendium of updates involving your favorite CMS, portal or collaboration vendor.

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