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

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Every month, we like to give a quick update on some of the most important open source CMS projects. This month, we'll go in alphabetical order, and kick things off with Acquia and Drupal's new documentation team lead. 


As you most likely know, Acquia is a big supporter of the Drupal ecosystem. The company recently released its Drupal Commons 3.0 update to help with the creation and management of customer communities and social-driven applications. In other Drupal news, after 13 years as its technical editor, Lee Hunter has been appointed the documentation team lead.

In March, Acquia is having a party -- or "meetup" -- at the annual SXSW conference in Austin, Texas on March 11th between 3:30 and 4:30 pm (CTZ) in the Driskill Ballroom at the Driskill hotel. The theme for the meetup is Web agility -- the ability to keep up with the pace of digital change in the marketing world.

Composite C1

A full stable release of Composite C1 4.0 came one step closer in February with the release of a second beta version. The updated beta is available for download, and supports Internet Explorer 9 and 10 running in standards mode. However, support for IE7 and 8 has been dropped. For those willing to run the beta version, the company is including support and automated upgrades, features usually only associated with paying customers.

Composite C1 also released an Add-on Market for help in finding more features to install. Partners are able to submit free and paid add-ons. In another partner move, the company has debuted customer portals so third party vendors can sign up, and websites built with Composite C1 can be displayed. Finally, there are now five pricing levels to choose from. There is a free version, obviously, and paid versions from US$ 40 per month up to US$ 899 per month depending on the level of support/inclusion of other features.


Composite C1 Partner overview shows all the Composite C1 installations in the last 30 days.


A new full release is also ready for a March launch from Entando -- Entando 3.2. The new version will focus on speeding up new installations and making it easier to immediately switch from one database management system to another. On the front end, the famous Twitter Bootstrap framework is being included in v3.2, and a new feature called Bundles will allow for reusing graphical templates.

Other updates include:

  • Enterprise customers to get plugins like the "social" plugin that will allow administrators and users to share content with social networks directly from the administration area of Entando Portals during the editing process.
  • Business users and those interested in intranet solutions will get a connector to Jaspersoft Business Intelligence Suite that will integrate in Entando administration, analysis and reporting features.

eZ Systems

In March, eZ Systems will add the next episode in a series of tutorials about advanced caching. The 2013.2 build of eZ Publish Community project will also be out soon. eZ Community project 2013.1 arrived mid-February, and it included bug fixes, merged pull requests and enhancements. Also in February, was the eZ Americans Winter Gathering in Fort Myers, FL.


It really is update season around here, as Hippo will be releasing version 7.8.1 of its Java based CMS. The latest update includes advanced search and bulk operations for the Enterprise Edition. That means bulk workflows can be performed on selections right in the search results. The only thing that will be left out of the Enterprise Edition is the Relevance Module, and that should come out from Hippo in May.

For the Community Edition, there will be a new repository scheduler API and lots of smaller changes.

Learning Opportunities


Every month, both Jahia xCM and Jahia Wise customers receive new hotfixes, and both of the hotfixes over the last two months included performance and bug fixes. Jahia xCM now includes JBoss 5.1.2 support, and Jahia xCM now supports JDK 1.7.

Additionally, there is an upcoming Webinar on March 20th with Alan Pelz-Sharp from 451 Research. The focus is on insurance company websites, and registration is ongoing.


We covered the Nuxeo release of its enterprise CMS last fall, and now the company has updated its Nuxeo Studio application development tools. Nuxeo Studio 2.10 offers a generic search widget, a tool that allows for adding custom sub tabs to existing tabs.

Nuxeo had an impressive 2012 and the company has released its first tech report of the year. It's an in depth look at some of the developing projects behind the scenes. As such, a March 6 Webinar is being held to give an overview of Nuxeo and a demo of Nuxeo Studio.

Heading to Paris at the end of March? Check out Nuxeo at the Documation trade show, running from March 20th to 21st, for a presentation by Alain Escaffre, Nuxeo's presales and product manager.


Content management and ecommerce vendor SEOTOASTER has updated its ecommerce site builder to edition V2, and in March, will debut V2.1 of its CMS. It will include smart themes and localization.


As a purported SharePoint alternative, Sense/Net was the first open source ECM for the .NET environment, and is currently at work on version 6.2.1. The alpha build has been published, and plans for the full release include an enhanced OData Rest API, SQL Filestream support, custom permissions and more.

In the previous release, Sense/Net used a basic OData functionality. It has now been expanded to include expand, select and filter modifiers, metadata support and a lots of built-in OData actions (copy, move, delete, managing permission and more).

The SQL Filestreams feature allows for storing of files in the file system instead of the database in order to speed up content streaming for large files. In Sense/Net, binaries are streamed in chunks so the system uses only a limited amount of memory on the web server. There's also a new file uploader that uses the jQuery Upload plugin, and it creates an OData upload action to make uploading multiple files (even large ones) seamless. Drag-and-drop a couple of files onto the page surface and hit upload.


PHP-based Xoops is constructing version 2.6 of its CMS, but because of some of the changes involved in PHP 5.4x the company has had to make some updates to its production of v2.5.5. Xoops 2.5.6 is currently in beta, and it should help get around any PHP 5.4x issues.

Xoops 2.6, on the other hand is in its second alpha release, and it is only being tested for features at this point. It could get to beta by April.

If you feel that your project was left out, we invite you to email us at [email protected] to have a project representative added to the list of people we contact for updates.

Editor's Note: Shout out to Dee-Ann LeBlanc for manning the FOSS updates up until now. Thank you!