Content management can be beautiful, or terrible.
The idea of a Content Management System is attractive, you do the design, let the client handle the minor tweaking. But everyone who has used a CMS realizes that they’re not always designer nirvana. They all have limitations, complications, and problem areas.
That’s why it’s important to choose the right one for the project. The CMS Design Resource is a place for designers to read quality CMS reviews, articles, and news. So you can get recommendations and stay informed about the best content management systems. We don’t claim to be the experts on every single one, but we’re hoping that those of you who have experienced the joys and pitfalls of using content management for their own sites will leave some CMS reviews for the benefit of all the rest of us.
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The long-awaited Joomla 2.5 is out and ready for public consumption. The new release features goodies like easy updates, smart searching in the back-end, and multi-database support, and that’s just a few! You can read about all of the new stuff on their site. You think you’re ready to upgrade? Go ahead and hit the download.
Although its been around for over 9 years, e107 has just now hit that big 1.0 mark.
According to the release “For the past 9 years the open-source CMS e107 has been mostly a hobby project of a few dedicated PHP developers. Despite its lack of funding or marketing over that time, e107 has continued to be a favorite CMS for the 150,000+ people and companies who use it. e107’s strength lies in it’s simple, intuitive interface and flexible architecture which allows the system to perform well on anything from blogs and personal websites to business sites and intranets.”
Silverstripe announced their alpha version of their 3.0 release. While its not finished yet, it starts to show off where they want to be in the future and what they are aiming for. One of the biggest changes is the separation between their CMS and Framework. Along with this is a new layout and some simplification of the backend. You can try it out by download it here.
The Squarespace 6 beta is opening up and from the preview video it looks to be a pretty impressive offering for photographers and other creatives. Lots of drag and drop goodness and click-to-edit functionality. Beware, pretty soon your clients will expect this level of functionality in their websites!
A digital agency named Water and Stone has put together a research report about the popularity and usage of varying open source content management systems. Its an interesting quick read, but if you just want the cliffs notes, then here’s their summary:
- The Big Three — WordPress, Joomla! and Drupal — remain firmly in command of the market.
- WordPress has taken the lead in brand strength after a strong growth year.
- The gap continues to narrow between .NET market leader DotNetNuke and contender Umbraco. This continues the trend observed in the 2009 Report.
- Liferay leads the Java WCM market, though Alfresco is not far behind and in fact leads in several metrics.
- Up and coming systems to watch include: Concrete5 and Umbraco.
- Systems possibly at risk include: Textpattern and Xoops.
The new version of Joomla has finally arrived. Version 1.6. While it has been in beta for a long time, this is the final release that is ready for the public. This release brings better access controls, a user-defined category structure, easier installation, extended language support, and hundreds of other features. Check out the newest improvements today.