Ever since Google's Accelerated Mobile Page project was launched earlier this year, publishers everywhere have been jumping on the bandwagon to optimize their mobile web content. AMP is an open-source initiative that helps publishers create mobile-optimized content with faster load times and lower data usage than non-AMP pages.
WordPress — which is just days from releasing version 4.5 — released a plugin in February that adds support for AMP.
Whatever platform you are using to power your website. it's probably worth learning more about AMP — and Google is doing what it can to help publishers. Google recently launched an Accelerated Mobile Pages category within the Webmaster Help Community. If you have a question or just want to share insights about AMP, you can check it out.
Now let's see what's happening in the world of open source CMS this month.
Concrete5 is offering version 7 beginner and developer online training classes. The beginner’s three-hour virtual class introduces users to installation, creating blocks and themes and site management. The developer class covers coding guidelines, best practices and block architecture.
You can now receive a Level 1 Editor Certification for version 7 to show ability in managing a small to midsize site on concrete5.
Concrete.5 also announced a relaunch of top level pages on concrete5.org. “We had fallen into the age old trap of putting disparate content elements next to each other because ‘we had some space,’” said Jessica Dunbar, technology evangelist for PortlandLabs, the company behind concrete5. “A muddled vision for each page’s purpose left us feeling like someone in a great suit with no idea what they’re talking about.”
The Enonic Market went live with Enonic XP 6.4. It offers applications, libraries and starters for the software. Some of the applications include Google Analytics, Live Chat and SumoMe, which can all be installed directly from the software’s administrative interface. Enonic hinted at a couple more “killer” demo applications for the Market in coming months.
Libraries let developers reuse functionalities across applications by adding a line to the build files, which will add a library to the project. With Enonic Market, developers can find and share a specific Enonic functionality, like ReCaptcha and JSONPath. The starters let developers create new application projects, some of which include Vanilla, Web Pack and Bootstrap.
"Enonic Market is a milestone in the company’s history,” CTO Thomas Sigdestad said. “It’s a natural extension of our web operating system and will help grow the ecosystem around Enonic XP while paving the way for our community.”
Enonic Market only ships open source projects now, but commercial offerings will be added later on. Developers can start submitting their projects to the Market.
Hippo is signing new US clients including Primacy, Laughlin Constable, Dev9 and CapTech.
At end of March, Hippo, along with Finalist and ContentKings, hosted an interactive session for their education clients on recruiting students and decreasing dropout rates. This month, it's holding a second webinar with Robert Rose, senior analyst of Digital Clarity Group. He'll discuss how to create structures around digital experiences. Rose keynoted at Intelligent Content Conference in March.
In Boston, there will be a learning session for Java developers interested in an open standards solution, rather than a content solution based on individual projects.
Magnolia has been busy getting ready for two conferences, one in San Francisco on May 10 and 11 and one in Basel, Switzerland June 7 to 9. It recently confirmed Atlassian and Ancestry.com for its San Francisco conference and Moo and Tele Ticket Service for Basel.
The company also attended Internet World in Munich last month, winning an e-commerce award for its online shop rewe.de.
This month, Magnolia will participate in two e-commerce events in Switzerland and a partner event with Square Reply in Italy.
Magnolia made some fixes and enhancements to version 5.4.5, recommending the update for 5.4.x users to fix a cross-site scripting vulnerability.
Nuxeo Live Connect provides native integration of the Nuxeo Platform with cloud-based file sharing platforms. Microsoft OneDrive and Box connectors have been added to Nuxeo Live Connect, so users can share files and collaborate on Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, OneDrive and OneDrive for Business working within Nuxeo's platform.
Nuxeo will also be hosting two webinars this month, including one in collaboration with CMSWire that will focus on complex digital asset management. It will be led by former DAM librarian Lisa McIntyre.
The second upcoming webinar, Preparing for Major Disruptions in Digital Asset Management, will be held April 19. It will feature Anjali Yakkuni, a senior analyst at Forrester Research. Yakkundi, who cited Nuxeo twice in her recent report on the DAM vendor landscape. She will go over the challenges in different segments, including enterprise, marketing and media and production, as well as how to choose a DAM vendor.
OpenCMS released Version 10 with an improved user interface, Launchpad dashboard, drag and drop for images and more.
The CMS originally launched in 2000, and the system has gone through significant changes since then. Version 10 makes creating web pages intuitive with drag and drop and inline editing, so users have no need to leave the site while editing. OpenCms 10 also offers a special template editor so users can create templates without having to program.
OpenCms is planning for its annual user conference Sept. 26 and 27 in Cologne, Germany.