The latest CMS news from around the world
We try to stay hip to the funk with what's going on in the world with new CMS releases and other related news. But if we happened to miss something that you think should be here, then feel free to suggest it!
Content Management News and Events
- Best Overall Open Source CMS
- Most Promising Open Source CMS
- Best PHP Open Source CMS
- Best Other Open Source CMS
- Open Source MVPs
Right now we are in the “nominations” time period. Basically you are voting to get your favorite open source CMS into the top five of each category. Then, after September 21 you’ll be able to vote again for your favorite of the top five. Go vote now!
You can read a bunch of news in this update that talks about all sorts of Plone conferences and new related books that are coming out. The biggest news is related to Plone 4 and the features that have been accepted for the next release. You can expect a new default theme, TinyMCE editor instead of Kapu, the ability to control dashboards, and all sorts of new stuff.
No, this isn’t about the terrible musical group. It’s just a round-up post of a few of the newer CMS’s we’ve run into lately. We’ll get them added to the site when we can. We’ve got some catching up to do!
- PageLime is a flat-file hosted CMS for designers. It allows you to define some templates, then allow users to create new ones and edit certain areas of them.
- Perch is a really little CMS that is dead-easy to use. All you do is upload your HTML file, delete the content in one area, paste in a tag, and then BAM, its editable. It’s pretty expensive for what you get though.
- Bildy is a nice breath of fresh air in CMS-land. It allows you to create sections with as many of any kind of field you want to have. While currently in beta testing, you can sign up for an account. A strange combination of hosted software that still requires you to have a server and a database set up.
Symphony CMS is starting to see a rise in popularity and community involvement. In the last month almost three releases (2.0.3, 2.0.4, and 2.0.5) have come mainly through the community improving the system and fixing bugs. In addition, according to a Stats page added to the site, the community is quickly growing. Read more on the new Blog.
Zenphoto is a photo/media CMS that allows you to create customized photo albums. Version 1.2.6 will include the ability to rotate full images, use individual watermarks for each album, many new filters, and many cool new plugins for user management, image mass editing, and image ratings. Download it now to test it out, but wait for the official version to be released before upgrading.
Textpattern 4.2.0 has a release candidate finished, which is in need of a little bit of testing. This update contains some big features that will improve upon the Textpattern experience. Included are: admin-side themes, support for unlimited custom fields, and multi-site capabilities. Try it out and let them know if you find any bugs!
Early in the month of July, the Wordpress Development blog held a poll that let everyone know that the 2.9 release would be focused on Media features, and asked users which features were most important to them. While the big decisions haven’t been made completely yet, you can view the results here. One of the biggest questions to come out of this vote will be if all of these features be available in the core download, or if they should be made available as a separate official comprehensive media plugin. Stay tuned…
CMS Made Simple has released two updates recently, moving quickly from 1.6.1 to 1.6.2. Wordpress released 2.8.1 awhile ago which fixed some larger bugs and a few security vulnerabilities, then just recently released 2.8.2 which fixes a XSS vulnerability. Finally, Joomla went quickly from 1.5.13 to 1.5.14 the first of which was a security release, and the second had a few more bugfixes.
Building on an already strong base, Movable Type 4.3 has some really nice new features for the end-user. The first is an Entry Asset Manager, this is basically an upload button with every post/page that you can attach multiple files. It shows the files that are attached, and you can delete them. This will be helpful for people building slideshows and other multimedia features. The second feature is easier Entry Pagination, this will allow you to show 10-20 posts on the front page statically, and then use dynamically display the rest split up by page. Read about all of the new features here.
Development Seed has released a Drupal-based Intranet package that they’re calling Open Atrium. The package uses Drupal’s community features to build on and create the basis of a Intranet that contains features like blogs, calendar, group dashboard, documents, case tracker, and a twitter-like shoutbox. They’re also encouraging other users to build on their platform by developing new features.
While the Plone team is hard at work on Plone 5, they’ve decided to go ahead and implement some of the best features and planned changes into the existing Plone 4. It will ship with a new default skin, which is similar to the new plone.org website. In addition, it will use TinyMCE instead of Kapu WYSIWYG editor, and the user interface of collections, search, and portlet management. Not all improvements will be visible to users, for example it will use Python 2.6 to improve speed.
BBPress is online forum software built by the same people who brought you Wordpress. While it has been around for a long time, it has never quite managed to get out of beta, alpha, and any number of other “pre-release” versions. BBPress 1.0 has finally been released and features an administrative backend interface similar to Wordpress 2.8 as well as some brand new matching icons. You can get the full rundown of all the new features/functionality on their blog.
If you follow Wordpress at all lately, I’m sure you’re aware of the recent controversy regarding the GPL license, and what it means as applied to third-party plugins and themes. Matt recently contacted the Software Freedom Law Center which helped him to clarify the issue that themes must share the GPL license.
Some people are all for it, some are not quite as excited. Matt wrote a response as well. If you want the whole roundup, this post gathers a lot of the opinions around the web. It’s a good issue to talk about and developers should always think about these issues before developing themes or plugins for any open source software.