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Most popular CMS in 2006

December 31st, 2006 No comments

[Alexa]

What happened during 2006 in the CMS world? Let’s take a look at our Most visited CMS site stat, based on Alexa traffic rankings, to get a few hints.

The first place in this popularity contest has been held by WordPress during most of 2006, but in the last few weeks Joomla! has taken the top spot, albeit by a slight margin. WordPress released its 2.0 version on December 31, 2005, and has not published a major release during 2006.

On the other side, Joomla! 2006 performance has been impressive. This CMS, started in August 2005 by the Mambo core team using the Mambo codebase, has steadily climbed the popularity ladder in little more than a year. In October 2006 Joomla! has made available its 1.5 beta release.

The third top contender is Drupal. Drupal released its 4.7 version in May 2006 and its 5.0 RC1 in December, and has consistently hovered around the third place during the whole year.

The fourth place is currently held by Movable Type, who released 3.3 in July, but whose popularity has been declining a little during this year; and the fifth place belongs to Xoops, who appears to be followed by a steady audience.

Mambo occupies the sixth place. After the 2005 split with Joomla!, Mambo popularity has suffered a little, and the release of version 4.6 has not helped much to contrast this trend.

In the seventh spot we find ExpressionEngine, another CMS with a constant and loyal audience; ExpressionEngine has released version 1.5 in September. ExpressionEngine, like Movable Type, is a commercial tool, but both offer a free version as well.

And, last but not least, the eighth place is conquered by Pligg. Born in December 2005 from the Menéame source code, inspired by Digg, Pligg has rapidly gained popularity and could easily be named the revelation of 2006. Pligg has released its beta 9 version in December 2006.

Just a concluding remark: these stats don’t make any claim of scientific accuracy, they are just intended to entertain our readers. I hope I have entertained you, and I wish you all the best for 2007!

Categories: Statistics

Geeklog 1.4.1

December 31st, 2006 No comments

[Geeklog]

The official release of Geeklog 1.4.1 is now available for download.

To recap the new features:

* Support for Microsoft SQL Server (in addition to the continued support for MySQL).
* The Geeklog Calendar is now a plugin, so it can easily be disabled or replaced.
* Multi-language support lets you create sites where the content changes when you switch languages. So you can have translated versions of articles and only show those in the visitor’s preferred language.
* Better spam protection by including support for SLV and offering hooks for CAPTCHAs.
* Various other improvements, e.g. an option to “mass delete” users, a redesigned account information page, updated version of FCKeditor (now again including a file manager), and more.

With this release, support for Geeklog 1.3.x branch is no longer available. Geeklog 1.4.1 is a recommended upgrade for all users of previous versions.

For additional details, please refer to the release announcement.

Categories: News

GreyMatter 1.7.1

December 31st, 2006 No comments

[GreyMatter]

GreyMatter 1.7.1 has been released.

Features include new optional spam controls such as:

* If commenters exceed a specified number of links in a post, they are blocked and/or banned.
* Force commenters to ‘preview’ before posting a comment.
* Commenters have to enter a provided pass-phrase or random pass-phrase before comment is posted.

GM 1.7.1 includes a few bugfixes too. For details, please refer to the release announcement.

Categories: News

Simple PHP Blog

December 29th, 2006 No comments

[Simple PHP Blog]

Born in April 2004, Simple PHP Blog is a blog platform written in PHP 5; it doesn’t require a database, but uses flat text files to store content.

The main advantage of using Simple PHP Blog is that it only requires PHP 5 (or greater) and write permission on the server. Unlike other blog software, there is almost no setup – just unzip and copy…

Simple PHP Blog is made available under the GNU GPL (General Public License).

Categories: Directory

Serendipity 1.1 released

December 28th, 2006 No comments

[Serendipity]

The Serendipity Team has released Serendipity version 1.1 to the public.

This new version is aimed for feature enhancement and stability consolidation. The most important change is the overhaul of the media database. This means that you can now store and customize meta properties easily – store descriptions, EXIF-Tags and keywords which you can later see and search in your database.

The other important change is more granular plugin permission management. You can enable/disable certain markup-plugins on a per-entry basis, and allow/forbid specific usergroups to access certain plugins.

For the developers among us, it might be of interest to note that Serendipity now also supports easy custom template-engine support. Tired of Smarty? You can also use a plain old PHP template emulation or even a XSLT-transformation layer.

To learn more, please refer to the release announcement.

Categories: News

Tikiwiki

December 28th, 2006 No comments

[Tikiwiki]

Tikiwiki is probably one of the most feature rich CMS packages because, unlike other open source projects that ship only a small set of features and encourage third party add-ons, it includes as many features as possible in the project itself.

Tikiwiki is indeed so feature rich that it can be overwhelming, even to an experienced user or administrator. On the other side all the features are optional and administered via a web-based interface.

Tikiwiki is written in PHP, and uses ADOdb as a database abstraction layer, allowing it to store data in MySQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle, Sybase or MS SQL Server. The template engine is Smarty, which is included in the Tikiwiki installation.

The initial release of TikiWiki, version 0.9, was in October 2002. Tikiwiki is currently maintained and developed by an international community of volunteer contributors, and is licensed under the GNU LGPL (Lesser General Public License).

Categories: Directory

Joomla! 1.0.12

December 25th, 2006 No comments

[Joomla!]

Joomla! 1.0.12 has been released today. Features include many general bug fixes, several low level security fixes, a full security audit of SQL queries and SSL switchover support.

Although this release contains several security fixes, as they are of a low level nature, this release is still being characterized as a Stability Release. If you are running a version of Joomla! older than 1.0.11, you should upgrade immediately to at least Joomla! 1.0.11 as that release addressed several important security issues. If you are using Joomla! 1.0.11, we recommend that you upgrade to 1.0.12 as it addresses several long standing bugs and several low level security issues.

This version of Joomla! is intended to be the last release in the 1.0.x series. The 1.0.x is now in security mode which means that we will not be releasing any more stability updates. There will only be another version in this series if a critical security vulnerability is discovered.

To learn more, please read the release announcement.

Categories: News

Website Baker 2.6.5

December 25th, 2006 No comments

[WebsiteBaker]

Website Baker 2.6.5 is available for download.

With just over 6 months and about 20,000 downloads since 2.6.4, we have now released an even more stable 2.6.5, just in time for Christmas celebrations!

To learn more, please read the Website Baker release announcement and the included changelog.

Categories: News

Pivot 1.40 released

December 24th, 2006 No comments

[Pivot]

Pivot 1.40 has been released, just in time for the holidays. The major things that are new in this version are:

* Tagging functionality (tagclouds, tagpages, tags for each entry)
* A new Image Cropping Tool
* Major improvements to the Registered Visitors functionality
* A new set of default templates
* You can format the output of the search results to your liking
* Popups now use Thickbox to display images
* Comment Moderation
* Greatly improved Metaweblog API support
* A new ‘Registered Visitors’ administration screen, so you can disable, verify and delete them
* The pages for Visitor Registration, Pivot errors and ‘self registration’ are now themeable
* And lots more smaller enhancements and bugfixes

For additional information, please see the release announcement and the changelog for Pivot 1.40.

Categories: News

Etomite 0.6.1.3

December 22nd, 2006 No comments

[Etomite]

Etomite 0.6.1.3 fixes a security problem and adds a few improvements.

For additional information, please read the release announcement.

Categories: News