Whats New in June for Open Source CMS

What's New in June for Open Source CMS

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Who has time to handle post-CMS deployment needs when there's so much to do developing the platform? That's the thinking of the creators of Tendenci, an open source content management system (CMS) project for associations and other nonprofits (NPOs).

Last week, the software development company spearheading the Tendenci platform launched a web alliance marketing program. It enables leading providers of marketing and website services to partner with Tendenci "to accelerate the success of the large installed base of websites powered by the Tendenci CMS platform," the Houston, Texas-based company claimed in a press release.

Establishing "an ecosystem of leading service providers" allows Tendenci to focus on developing its CMS platform, according to company founder and CEO Ed Schipul. He said Tendenci has more than 1 million users and powers "hundreds of websites" for NPOs, associations and other cause-related organizations worldwide.

Schipul quit his full time job as a software consultant for a large petroleum corporation in 1997 to start his own web marketing company. He began selling Tendenci CMS worldwide in 2004 and released it as an open source product in 2012. 

Schipul describes himself as an amateur photographer as well as a drone builder and pilot, who just wants to "Organize and Connect the World's People" — and "Do Good."

What else is new in free and open source CMS this month? Read on.

Composite C1

Composite C1 has released version 4.2, which the company claims takes the platform "to a whole new level." The features include simplified editing, an improved WYSIWYG experience, ready-to-use mobile-first starter sites and the ability to edit on an iPad. Enhancements include:

  • Simplified interface: Editors can now locate dynamic content elements easier because of a simplified interface and view "pixel perfect" previews of C1 functions in the Visual Editor.
  • Improved WYSIWYG experience: Version 4.2 can analyze a website's HTML templates and CSS and automatically adjust column width to match the live site.
  • Starter sites: Venus is the first of many ready-to-use mobile-first starter sites soon to be rolled out. Based on the latest version of Bootstrap, LESS and ASP.NET Razor, they provide web professionals with an easy-to-use starting point for their web projects.
  • Editing on iPad: Now you can edit on iPads, as well as Microsoft Surface tablets and Android-based devices.

The Composite C1 community has been active, too. It recently translated the C1 Console into French and Danish, which brings the total number of languages you can access the Console to nine (Chinese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Russian, Swedish and Ukrainian).

In addition, a new grid view/package is now available that allows data to be presented in tabular form.


May was a community-focused month for Hippo, with several events focused on end-users, technical contributors and knowledge sharing. These events included the Hippo GetTogether in Amsterdam, which drew record attendance. Attendees participated in a day ofpresentations on ways to bring marketing and IT closer together, followed by a boat ride around the city.

At 11 am EDT on June 5, Hippo, IBM and Bluetrade will host a webinar on the vision behind the integration of Hippo CMS and IBM Smarter Commerce. Hippo CMS and IBM have created a partnership to deliver optimized e-commerce experiences that bring together content, commerce, channels and customers. The webinar will discuss:

  • What entails a great digital shopping experience and how this generates loyalty to your online store
  • How to transform from being the online cashier to serving the higher need of the customer
  • How to harmonize your online retail ecosystem to support the needs of the digital marketing team
  • Learnings: Empowering your digital marketing team to create customer loyalty that drives conversion

You can register for the webinar here.

Hippo is also announcing a beta version ofHippo Developer Essentials, a utility framework, centered around the Essentials Dashboard web application. It was released to the community at the Hippo GetTogether.

The Dashboard, intended to run on the development host, guides the Hippo Developer through the most common steps necessary to build a Hippo CMS project, reducing the need to have in-depth Hippo knowledge, and providing help and documentation along the way. Essentials is a publicly available, open source tool. It is part of the 7.9 Hippo project archetype, which is the recommended way to start a new Hippo CMS project. Essentials will be officially released July 1.

Hippo will participate in the international software development event GOTO AmsterdamJune 19 and 20.Senior Java Developer and Apache Software Foundation Committer Ard Schrijvers will give a talk on the concepts of for vertical and horizontal scaling behind the design of the Hippo Delivery Tier and how Hippo CMS serves personalized pages.


ImpressPages went through a series of minor updates in May, which are all listed here.

With the release of ImpressPages 4.0.13, the team took the first steps towards e-commerce and now has an infrastructure to handle subscription payments as well as an example plug-in that illustrates how to use it by combining it with PayPal subscriptions payments.


The ImpressPages Plug-in Marketplace is already in closed beta and will be released next month. The team is still working with contributors and expanding its plug-in resources. The most recent additions include blog, RSS, MailerLite newsletter and Google Search.


The Jahia team is gearing up for the release of Portal Factory, which it describes as the "most comprehensive application aggregation solution available on the market." It "sets a major evolution in the enterprise portal market" through the association of Digital Factory CMS capabilities with additional portal capabilities in one single solution "at a step further than any of today’s portal pure player offerings," the team boasted.

Jahia will issue a formal announcement about the product next week, but we have some advance news to share with CMSWire readers about this "complete application aggregation solution for tier 1 enterprise clients."

  • Companies benefit from a powerful and seamless way to expose their existing/legacy business applications within modern multi-channel web portal interfaces, thus securing former investments and reducing the time-to-market.
  • Companies can also expose their data silos (using custom or standardized data providers such as CMIS) and enrich them with additional content capabilities into secured digital portals, without duplicating or re-writing data sources.
  • In the meantime, marketing teams can produce and publish content as fast and as regularly as their market requires, thus embedding data and enterprise applications into compelling marketing packages, without being tied to long business application lifecycle that simply don't fit today’s marketing imperatives.

Jahia Portal Factory will also ship with new integrated Dashboard capabilities: users can create ad-hoc portals and personal dashboards based on predefined and approved portal templates and components managed from a central administration interface.

In other news, Jahia is a platinum partner of  CMSDay on June 17 in Paris.Now in its third year, the event has been consistently growing. Attendance last year was up 30 percent from the inaugural event in 2012, with more than 800 participants from all over Europe. This year, Jahia will present its Portal Factory and Digital Factory at the event.


Give the team at Joomla a chance to catch its breath this month: it just completed its J and Beyond Conference in Königstein, Germany. This year, the event had a unique format. Prep sessions, discussions and workshops in the morning were followed by impromptu bug-squashing events and development sprints in the afternoon to encourage attendees to"work together to get things done."


But code wasn't the only thing on the menu. In one of the more innovative conference events we've stumbled upon, the organizers encouraged attendees to bring along a packet of their favorite biscuits, cookies or stroopwafels to share. And not some willy-nilly sweet selection, either:

"Don't just grab any packet of biscuits, cookies or stroopwafels. Spend a little time selecting the one that means the most to you. Perhaps they recall a special childhood memory or they are unique to your country."

Hats off to any conference that gives cookies — not to mention delicious stroopwafels — a key place on the agenda.

Aside from the conference, Joomla celebrated the one-year anniversary of its Spanish Joomla Community Magazine. The introduction of the magazine created the first multilingual experience on joomla.org, further expanding its international footing and promoting more involvement from its international community. The magazine is just one part in Joomla's goal of fostering international growth of its CMS, which is available in 64 languages — the most of any content management system.

Joomla has been downloaded more than 54,926,569 times as of May 16 and is the second most popular open source CMS in the world, according to statistics from BuiltWith.com.

OK … So a light month for Joomla in June.However, theJoomla User Group Hamburg will host a Meetup tomorrow in Hamburg, Germany.


Magnolia just released version 5.2.5. Fixes include the ability to download assets from digital asset management (DAM) systems as well as multi-site and multi-language commenting.

Magnolia team members are also attending CMSDay on June 17 in Paris. And a bit later in the month, on June 24 through June 26, hundreds of Magnolia enthusiasts will descend on Basel, Switzerland for the community's annual conference. The program is now complete and can be viewed here.

Magnolia ran two webinars last month,one on how to integrate Magnolia with Alfresco, SAP and hybris and one on how to deploy Magnolia in the cloud with OpenShift.

Learning Opportunities

The next webinar, which focuses on developing custom apps for Magnolia 5, will take place June 11.


The team at Nuxeo continued work on its Fast Track version 5.9.4 while simultaneously working on redesigning its website. The new design is expected to be both more visually appealing and easier to navigate. 

For those using iPads, Nuxeo Drive for iOS is now available in the iTunes Store. Developed by Nuxeo partner Smart&Soft, the iPad app is optimized for Nuxeo Platform 5.9.3+.

With it, you can browse the Nuxeo Platform, open documents compatible with iPad native apps or use the iOS previewer. You can also synchronize part of your content to your device for offline access. Typical use cases are the synchronization of Salesforce documentation resources or question-and-answer procedures and standards.

In other news, Nuxeo software engineer Arnaud Kervern walked through a technical overview of the iOS SDK at a recent meetup. You can check out his slides to get more information.

This month, the team plans to launch nuxeo.io, its new hosting service for managing and running Nuxeo Platform clusters in the cloud. The goal is to help users "quickly and easily spin up new Nuxeo Platform instances for development, test and eventually production, allowing you to focus on your actual application development," the team noted.

Nuxeo.io comes as part of the Nuxeo Connect subscription. You can read about how it was built in this blog post.


The Orchard Project will hold its Harvest Conference from June 9 through June 11 on the Microsoft Campus in Redmond, Wash. The event focuses on the Orchard CMS Developer. With 19 sessions and a variety of speakers, attendees will explore a wide-range of topics including creating Orchard Themes and developing Orchard Modules, as well as best practices and tips and techniques for Orchard website development.


Sense/Net, an open source CMS for the .NET platform, released version 6.3. New features include document preview, a new query builder for both end-users and front-end developers, Office 2013 support, lots of API improvements, hundreds of bug fixes, drag and drop file upload, settings infrastructure and improved security.

Sense/Net 6.3 is the first version ever with different community and enterprise editions. You can download Sense/Net Community as well as 120 day evaluation version of the enterprise edition.


SeoSamba is perfecting its marketing oriented, hybrid open source framework with the release of SeoToaster CMS and SeoToaster Ecommerce 2.2. These new editions include a brand new user interface and automated version updater.

Both Seotoaster version 2.2 systems editions as well as the plug-in marketplace HTML outputs have been validated to be 100 percent W3C compliant.

In addition, SeoToaster version 2.2 introduces APPS, a cloud-based service that connect web forms and store dashboard with communication services such as email marketing. It lets users switch providers without having to code plug-ins with similar functional perimeters, said SeoSamba CEO and founder Michel leconte.

Additional cloud marketing services such as automated SMS marketing will be released this month.


The Tiki Community recently released Tiki 12.2 LTS, the latest version of the Tiki Wiki CMS Groupware.

Tiki version 12.2 LTS follows the recently released version 12.1 long term support (LTS), "urgently fixing a bug introduced in that version which caused toolbars," plus a few other minor fixes.

The team also released updates to all major branches — Tiki 12LTS, Tiki 11, Tiki 9LTS and Tiki 6TLS — and continues development of Tiki 13. It's also planning TikiFest, which will be held July 5 through July 13 in the walled town Polička in the Czech Republic. The 2014 TikiFest has been canceled.


The TYPO3 CMS team worked in the background to provide stabilization andsecurity releases for all its currently maintained branches (4.5 LTS, 4.7, 6.0, 6.1 and 6.2 LTS). The team is still in the stabilization mode for the 6.2 branch, which is the recently released new long term support (LTS) version.

The good news: the team reports greater adoption and noted that the last glitches are now solved in the 6.2.3 release. In the past few weeks, developers of many important extensions released 6.2 compatible versions, providing a smoother migration path for users coming from the previous LTS version 4.5 from 2011.

Next up is the discussion and definition on the new release cycle to be adopted by TYPO3 CMS for the future. The experience the team gained from the previous LTS release and the releases after that made it clear that some adjustments need to be done.


This will be settled in the next few weeks, just in time to be broadly discussed and announced at TYPO3 Developer Days from June 19 to 22 in in the Eindhoven region ofThe Netherlands. It is the first time the event, previously held in Germany and Switzerland, will venture outside of the German-speaking region.

TYPO3 CMS Team leader Olly Hader and release manager Ernesto Baschny will present a session at the event entitled "Contributing to the Core," which is intended to show new enthusiasts how to get patches and improvements included in the next releases. It will also provide a platform to discuss the current workflow, and get input from new contributors on how to lower the barriers for contributions.

The TYPO3 community describes the event as a "great technical happening covering the whole spectrum" of the TYPO3 community, including TYPO3 CMS, Neos, Flow and more. As with many events, the team notes,"a lot of stuff takes place in hallway conversations and impromptu sessions.”