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

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Welcome to this month's wrap up of what's to come in open source CMS projects when we offer some highlights of what to look forward to in the open source world in April.

It's not comprehensive, so please feel free to let us know in the comments  or drop a line to [email protected] if there's a worthy project we've neglected here. Because everyone loves videos, we'll lead off with an update on Umbraco's relaunch of its Umbraco.tv tutorials site.


.NET stalwart Umbraco has relaunched its tutorials site in beta form with five new episodes of how-tos. Need to know how to make a website backwards compatible or how to publish content right from Microsoft Word? Umbraco.tv is where it's to be found.


Umbraco.tv beta website for tutorial videos.

The newest content will be centered on the latest Umbraco v6 that came out in January. There are several videos available to watch for free, but monthly subscription is required to watch them all. Subscribers also get regular updates every two weeks for around US$ 25 per month.


Hippo meet ups are becoming an annual affair. The 2013 edition will be held in June, but the call for speakers is now officially open. Sign up for the event, send in proposals/ideas or just ask questions at the group's Meetup page. The exact time and location of the event have not yet been decided.

April 11 brings the first Hippo Partner Knowledge Day in Amsterdam. A company road map will be discussed, and partners or potential partners can learn everything they need to know about the company.

Additionally, Hippo has officially accepted Stack Overflow, a Q&A forum, as a place to get expert programming answers. This move comes as a part of a larger shift away from the company's use of Nabble, another programming forum and mailing list tool. The company has moved these functions to Google Groups, so anyone who was subscribed to the old system should have been automatically migrated there.


Liferay has already introduced the latest version of AlloyUI, the JavaScript framework behind Liferay Portal.

In March, Liferay’s Ideas Dashboard debuted to its 85,000 member community. Through the dashboard, the Liferay community can develop and promote product and feature ideas. That way, the most popular feature requests can be viewed, and apps ideas pitched for entry into Liferay Marketplace, the company’s public apps repository.

In April, Liferay invites its 85,000 community members to participate in Day of Liferay, a virtual trip around the world to meet a few of the developers and open source enthusiasts who make up the company. The 24-hour tour starts April 9 at 1300 GMT.


mojoPortal shipped version on February 7, 2013 and followed up with mojoPortal on March 8, 2013. Some updates include inline editing, blog and forum improvements, search index improvements, and a Recent Content feature that shows, appropriately enough, the newest content on a website. A free skin exporter for Artisteer was also issued in a support update for designing with Artisteer 4.1.

eZ Systems

Another installment of the eZUnConference is now official and will take place in the South of France on May 27th and 29th. A website for the event is in development and could be announced in April.

Learning Opportunities

Developers have had a bit more time with eZ Publish 5 Platform, and a recent eZ Publish 5 Cheat Sheet (and the more specific Search Cheat Sheet), along with a Minimal Twig Template Bundle guide attest to this. A series on code formatting, QA and standards have also been started.


Nuxeo is holding a webinar on Wednesday, April 3 called Introduction to the Nuxeo Platform. There is also a demo of Nuxeo Studio, a hosted toolset for customizing the Nuxeo Platform. Join the live session to participate in the Q&A, or view a previously recorded webinar. http://www.nuxeo.com/en/resource-center/webinar/introduction-to-the-nuxeo-platform

In March, Nuxeo introduced an OpenID authentication plugin for the Nuxeo Platform. OpenID is a decentralized authentication protocol for signing up and accessing web accounts.


After over 42,000 downloads of XOOPS 2.5.5, the company is getting closer to release of the next version, XOOPS 2.5.6. The RC1 version has been released for testing, and it makes XOOPS fully compatible with PHP 5.4. Updates for several key modules, such as ecommerce and company, to make them fully compatible with PHP 5.4 are also in the works.


Acquia released the Mollom Content Moderation Platform in March, a move that finally showed off what the company had in mind when it bought Mollom back in August 2012.

Congratulations are in order for Acquia Founder and Drupal Project Creator Dries Buytaert as he was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in March. Buytaert was one of 199 young leaders from 70 countries picked for their success and commitment to solving global challenges.

DrupalCon Portland’s conference schedule will be revealed April 2, with regular registration pricing going up after April 26.


Joomla! is hosting several events in April, with Joomla! Day's from the Netherlands to New England.

  • Joomla Day New England -- Saturday, April 13, 2013
  • Joomla Day Algiers -- Thursday, April 18, 2013
  • Joomla Day Netherlands -- Saturday, April 20 - Sunday, April 21, 2013
  • Joomla Day Guatemala -- Thursday, April 25 - Saturday, April 27


In March, SEOTOASTER CMS V2 released supaNews, a free integrated news, PR & blog engine that ties into the cloud marketing platform SEO Samba for multi-site content networks. One suggested use is to syndicate content across affiliates, dealers, and franchise networks. In April, SEOTOASTER ecommerce V2 gets an improved web quote and POS system as well as a new promo and very comprehensive coupon merchandising system plug-in.