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

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Every month we like to serve up a little open source CMS roundup, and like most months in this busy segment, May is packed with interesting tidbits.

There's plenty happening with the WordPress's, Drupal's and Joomla!'s of the world, but we don't always get to include as many updates as we'd like. Please don't hesitate to let us know in the comments or at [email protected] if we've forgotten an important news item you'd like to share.


As noted above, Joomla! is indeed one of the most popular open source CMSes in the world, and for those interested in anything about it, a Joomla! Day conference is being held May 3-5 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Topics include an update on the latest Joomla! 3.1 release, development of Joomla! extensions and Joomla! on Windows Azure, just to name a few.

Joomla! 3.1 has been released with an integrated tagging system, and learning how to best use the new features will obviously be a main current during the May 3-5 Joomla! Day. Along with the integrated tagging feature, an API has been built to allow developers to make use of tagging in their Joomla! apps, another reason to perhaps follow along with the conference.


Joomla 3.1 Released, Includes Integrated Tagging


Content, portal and collaboration expert Liferay has announced an integration with Tibco this week, and the two companies have developed a combined product that will itself integrate with multiple systems. Liferay Portal will begin offering several enterprise Connectivity Adapters that use Tibco's ActiveMatrix BusinessWorks starting in the third quarter, the company announced.

Liferay has also debuted a beta release of Liferay Sync for Linux. This is a document sharing service for syncing content and documents across desktops and mobile.


May 14 through 16 is the CMS Expo 2013 in Evanston, Illinois, and as a Showecase sponsor, Jahia is offering a US $100 rebate on a three day registration. Of course, several of the other vendors on this list will also be at CMS Expo 2013, so anyone considering attending would likely have plenty to see and learn there.

Additionally, Jahia is offering two free webinars in May. For those interested in learning about the web content platform Jahia xCM, there's a May 15 session. On May 22, Jahia will hold forth on its document collaboration software Jahia Wise.


On May 27, WordPress will celebrate the tenth anniversary of the first WordPress release, and there are Meetup's planned around the world for people to celebrate. So far, Jakarta, Stockholm and Istanbul have the largest Meetups planned with Portland, Madrid and Orlando not far behind.

WordPress version 3.6 has been released in beta 2 form, and it's recommended a test site be set up for people to play around in. It's not recommended for a production site just yet, however. WordPress announced a Janrain social login integration in April as well, and it's specifically for WordPress VIP sites. WordPress VIP users can deploy this integration so visitors can sign in with their favored social media login credentials.


CMS maker XOOPS has released version 2.5.6 of its open source system, and the latest version is now completely compatible with PHP 5.4x. Since there are some security fixes also included in this release, XOOPS recommends upgrading right away.

XOOPS was also selected to power a Saudi government website recently, the Total Quality Management department in the Saudi Ministry of Education.

Learning Opportunities


MODX has updated its Revolution CMS to version 2.2.7, and the release includes an adjustment to how resource heavy websites are cached when loading. Performance of a resource heavy website will be greatly improved because a setting has been added to v2.2.7 that can turn off the mapping that caches URLs.

Additionally, there is added support for HttpOnly session cookies for PHP 5.2+, a security improvement. MODX now has the ability to allow Elements to be duplicated from the Edit View, and various UI enhancements and bug fixes in the release


Drupal 7.22 is out in the wild for those who need it, and it's a maintenance release that includes bugfixes and small API/feature improvements only. In April, Acquia, the commercial provider of Drupal Web CMS services released the code base for building native iOS apps that can post content right to a Drupal website, an exciting first of its kind feature.


Drupal Create Code Released for Building Native iOS Apps


Digital asset management provider Nuxeo has three upcoming webinars everyone should know aobut. The first is on May 7, and it covers document management with the Nuxeo Platform. Next is May 15, and that one will cover digital asset management from a platform approach. Finally, there's a May 22 webinar on what's new in DAM.

Nuxeo also released native iOS and Android apps in April and announced Nuxeo Drive, a desktop synchronization client for content management applications.

eZ Systems

eZ Systems has a new CEO, several upcoming events and webinars, and has released an updated Live Viewer optimization tool. Aleksander Farstad is the new CEO, but it's a position he's familiar with given he is a cofounder of the company and a previous CEO. eZ Systems has upcoming events in both Paris and Cologne, and May 3 introductory webinar on eZ Publish in French.


A bit of not so great news from Umbraco. A severe vulnerability has been found in the integration of Web services, the company has announced. It's recommended that all Umbraco users take action to avoid being exploited, and without going into details at this point, the company recommends all Umbraco installations remove the following file from the system; /bin/umbraco.webservices.dll.

A regular patch release has also been released, and Umbraco 6.0.4 and 4.11.7 are available now. These include bug fixes and a security patch that prevents an authenticated Umbraco user from accessing certain edit screens when they haven't been given permission to do so.