Alert: What's Coming for Open Source CMS in November 2010

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Welcome to the November installment of our what's coming from the open source projects in the next month.

If you're looking through here and feel that your project was left out, we invite you to send us an email at [email protected] with a pointer to who we should contact at your project for updates.

CMS Made Simple

In October, the team behind CMS Made Simple (site) discontinued hosting and support for the project fork CMSMS-MLE (CMS Made Simple Multi-Language Edition). Project members cite problems with confusion over who produces CMSMS-MLE and provides support for it as the primary factors in this decision.

Composite C1

In October, Composite C1 (site) celebrated its first month anniversary as a member of the Microsoft (site) .NET Web CMS family, having emerged from a closed source commercial background and changed to a dual license. The source code for the free version is now available on CodePlex under the Mozilla Public License. There is also a version with a commercial license plus a product warranty and support.

Composite C1 was approved for the Microsoft Web App Gallery and was added to both the betas for Microsoft WebMatrix and their Web Platform Installer 3.0. To see how to download and install Composite C1 with these tools, here's a handy video:

The Composite C1 team held a 3 day workshop with the Danish .NET community on migrating Composite C1 to Windows Azure (site), Microsoft's cloud platform. The team is currently working on decoupling web requests and the inner workings of the CMS from the filesystem so Composite C1 will support Azure Blob storage. They expect to offer a fully functional version for Azure by the end of the year. For now, you can try Composite C1 2.0 SP1.

There is also a collection of free and commercial modules to add further functionality, offering features such as Mozilla SkyWriter support for source code editing, a Microsoft MVC2 player and support for a variety of social media sites and formats.


In October, DotNetNuke (site) announced the winners of their 2010 DotNetNuke Community Choice Awards. The winners will be recognized at DotNetNuke Connections '10 in Las Vegas, on November 1 - 4. The conference includes the DevConnections 2010 track from November 2 - 4.

Topics for the combined conferences include DotNetNuke for mobile applications, secure module development and talks revolving around administration and deployment. Those who can't attend in person might want to check out Smash, the online component, which is a mashup that offers live video feeds, photos, Twitter and SMS commentary, and more.


In October, the Drupal (site) project launched a brand new Drupal.org, which now offers features such as customizable dashboards, a step by step Get Started section, integration of the Groups and Meetups sections with the rest of the site, documentation search and more. Project Founder Dries Buytaert states that this redesign is important because, "The result is not just a better Drupal.org site, but a better way of working together and a stronger, more dedicated team. It's an excellent foundation on which to build."

Oh, and the project also released Drupal 7.0 beta 1.


In October, Ephesoft (site) launched their new channel partner program, allowing system integrators with an interest in Document and Image Management to offer a complete open source document capture and CMS solution.

Hippo CMS

In October, Hippo CMS (site) provided translations for the user interface. Hippo CMS 7.5 will include localization in French, German and Italian. The project alsowon the MobileMojo 2010 award, which is voted on by the attendees of the MobileMojo conference after the competing vendors each gave a 7-minute presentation.

November 25, Hippo CMS is offering a webinar with a sneak peek of version 7.5, which is expected for final release in December 2010.


In October, Joomla! (site) released 1.6 Beta 12 with 52 fixed issues and an additional 27 closed issues. Version 1.5.21 was also released with a variety of security fixes.

In other news, the Joomla! Extensions Directory also reached 138 million downloads, with 6,000 published listings. Publisher Pearson also announced upcoming titles for their Joomla! Press, including "The Official Joomla! Book" and "Joomla! Explained."

Magnolia CMS

In October, Magnolia CMS (site) held its Magnolia Conference 2010. The conference grew by 50% to 240 participants. Those interested in viewing the presentations, check out the conference site.


The folks at Nuxeo (site) will hold their global customer and partner event, Nuxeo World, on November 17 and 18 in Paris. CMSWire will be there as the exclusive global media partner for the event, interviewing Nuxeo executives, information architects and Java developers about upcoming innovations in open source enterprise content management.

November also brings the release of Nuxeo DM and EP 5.4, featuring the new Nuxeo Marketplace and the Nuxeo Admin Center. For a sneak peak, watch the video below:


In October, ocPortal (site) released version 5.02, which includes 295 performance upgrades and bug fixes. Issues fixed include providing descriptions for core ocPortal add-ons, cleaning up screen previews and search performance improvements.

Open Melody

On November 1, the Open Melody (site) project will release Open Melody beta 1.0. New features for this release include:

  • An integrated configuration assistant and theme manager
  • Revision history in pages, entries and templates
  • A full-screen editing mode for Edit Page/Entry/Template
  • The ability to build pages, entries and templates with AJAX directly from their management screens
  • The ability to export templates as a theme
  • Streamlined administrative screens
  • Updates to the latest version of jQuery and new template tags for theme developers to load jQuery more easily

There are many more changes, you can find a longer list here.

In addition to the software release, the project is also moving their documentation to GitHub and overhauling the docs as well, focusing on designers at the moment.


In October, the Plone (site) community hosted over 400 attendees at the 8th annual Plone Conference in Bristol, UK. The Plone Foundation welcomed five new members as confirmed by the Foundation's board, and nominations were opened for the Plone Foundation's Board of Directors as well.

The long-awaited Plone 4 was finally released, with significant performance improvements and many other updates, along with an updated "A User's Guide to Plone." The project also launched a demo site for people to preview Plone 4 and a new version of the Plone project web site. Plone.org infrastructure team member Alex Clark also celebrated the release of his book "Plone 3.3 Site Administration."

Learning Opportunities

Coming in November is the Plone Deployment Workshop 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana, on November 11 - 12.


In October, Sense/Net (site) exhibited Sense/Net 6.0 at the 30th Gitex Technology Week, which focuses on African, Middle Eastern and South Asian markets, in hopes of building out their partner network in the Middle East.


Squiz (site) held their annual User Conference in Melbourne last week. The three day conference covered both Squiz and Funnelback Search Conferences and a number of training sessions. Andrew Dunbar, from Edith Cowan University, was elected Squiz Community Advocate, and given AU $100,000 to spend with Squiz on the user community.

Managing Director of Squiz, John-Paul Syriatowic, presented Squiz CMS at the recent CMS Smackdown, an annual event run by the Sydney Business & Technology User Group. In the ten minutes, JP was the only presenter able to give a live demo of the product. You can view a video of the demonstration here.

On November 9th, Squiz will release the Squiz Suite, which includes the Web CMS, analytics, search and a platform for integrating applications and data. See a sneak peek of the reports in Squiz Analytics here.

Finally, Squiz will be a sponsor at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in France on the 8-11 of November, and the 16-18 of November in Australia. Demonstrations of the Squiz Suite will be given. Get the details of the event

Tiki Wiki

In October, Tiki Wiki CMS Groupware (site) turned 8 years old. Rather than stopping to celebrate, the team released Tiki 3.8 LTS and Tiki 5.2, both of which focus on security patches with no new functionality.

Progress toward Tiki version 6 continues with the release of Tiki 6.0 Beta 2. This release includes over 200 code changes, including bug fixes and feature improvements.

October also included a major TikiFest code sprint in New York City, with TikiFest Berlin coming on November 12 - 14.


In October, the folks at TYPO3 (site) held T3CON10, their annual conference. The gathering consisted of 478 people ranging from India to the US, all gathering in Frankfurt, Germany to listen to 61 speakers arranged into 4 tracks.

The month also saw the release of TYPO3 version 4.5 alpha 3, bringing the community one step closer to having an official Long Term Support product. This version offers a new backend using the ExtJS viewport, HTML5 as the new backend doctype, a new mail API based on SwiftMailer, an update of ExtJS to version 3.3.0 and more.

October also saw a 4 day code sprint for the 4.x branch hosted in Stuttgart. Some of the results were released in 4.5 alpha 3, while others are slated for 4.5 beta. Items you can expect to follow during the beta releases include new usability features in Workspaces through the WS-module, UTF-8 by default in beta1, an ExtJS page tree and more usability enhancements across the board. There's another code sprint coming up on November 11 - 14 in Dusseldorf, primarily focusing on the new File Abstraction Layer. Another upcoming event is T3Camp Italia in Bologna on November 26 and 27, which focuses on small to medium business marketing managers, "public management," web developers, IT operators, SEO analysts and other TYPO3 enthusiasts.

Expect TYPO3 4.5 beta 1 on November 10, which brings the feature freeze for the LTS version.


In October, things were pretty quiet on the official WordPress (site) release front outside of the usual march of bug hunting. There are WordCamps coming up in New York City and Richmond, VA on October 16, Nagoya, Japan and Philadelphia on October 30, the Netherlands on November 6 and Minneapolis-St. Paul on November 13.


In October, XOOPS (site) released version 2.5.0 RC. This version includes a major redesign of the System module to use AJAX and jQuery. Other new and improved features include:

  • Visual, drag and drop placement of blocks
  • A help system for Admin and modules
  • New redirect messaging
  • Column sorting in tables
  • A Smarty plugin for icon packs and breadcrumb navigation
  • A File Manger plugin
  • Visual module ordering with drag and drop
  • MySQL Dump in maintenance

The project also won the Best Technology Award in the fifth China-Japan-Kora Open Source Software Contest, organized by the NEA OSS Forum.

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