Archive for January, 2008

Joomla! 1.5 released

January 22nd, 2008 No comments


What started two and a half years ago with a letter to the community is culminating today with the release of Joomla! 1.5.

Joomla! 1.5 boasts remarkable advances over Joomla! 1.0 in the areas of extensibility, usability and internationalization.

Over the last 2 1/2 years the code base has been melted down and reforged into a carefully organized, object-oriented framework. The user interface has been thoroughly refined to improve usability and simplify administrative tasks. To simplify life for designers, the templating system has been expanded to allow meticulous control over core markup as well as an all new template configuration interface.

The article Joomla! 1.5 Overview details the major strong point of Joomla! 1.5 for site administrators, designers and developers:

Site administrators: many improvements in the installer, in global configuration, a simpler article manager and menu manager, and the new functionality of Search Engine Friendly URLs;

Designers: total control over how Joomla!’s content is presented, with use of custom layouts instead of the typical table heavy output from Joomla! core; no need to manually edit variables and settings in template files, now users can change settings from within the template manager interface;

Developers: architecture and design of the code base follows current development methodologies and design patterns; object-oriented, pattern based API organized into well structured framework packages; support to PHP 4.3 and to the most current versions of PHP 5.

For additional details, please refer to the Joomla! 1.5 release announcement.

Categories: News


January 20th, 2008 No comments


PivotX is the successor of Pivot, and that’s why its first release is named PivotX 2.0.

Completely redesigned from the ground up, the first alpha version of PivotX 2.0 was released on November 25, 2007. Among its features:

* Entries and Pages: publish multiple weblogs, and independent pages;
* Commenting: comments with state of the art anti-spamming protections, that make it harder to leave comment spam, but won’t irritate legitimate commenters;
* Images and Files: upload images and, using the built-in Picnik extension, even edit images;
* Extensions: very powerful and flexible extension framework, developers can create Extensions that ‘hook’ into the core PivotX functionality;
* Templates: uses Smarty, a powerful template engine with caching capabilities, even for the Admin Interface.

PivotX stores data in flat files or, at your choice, in a MySQL database. Usage is free under the GNU GPL (General Public License).

Categories: Directory

New leadership for RunCms

January 14th, 2008 No comments


After many years spent with open source CMS projects (Xoops, then E-Xoops, then RunCms) EsseBe took the leadership of the RunCms project in August 2006.

Today, after little more than one year, other duties claim his time and EsseBe has to leave that position. He has already announced that his successor will be Netshark, currently an active member of the development team.

Many thanks to EsseBe for his contributions to RunCms and to the open source world, and congratulations to Netshark on his appointment as the new leader of the RunCms project!

Categories: News

Most popular CMS in 2007

January 2nd, 2008 No comments


While in 2005 and 2006 Content Management Systems as a group were enjoying a steady rise in popularity, 2007 has been a year of stable if not slightly declining public interest in these systems.

The evidence comes from our Most visited CMS site report, based on Alexa traffic rankings. The absolute rankings of CMS sites are down compared with 2006, and this could be interpreted as a sign of declining interest.

Let’s now take a look at the relative rankings among CMS sites. The first three places in the popularity chart for 2007 are firmly held by the same three champions who won them in 2006: WordPress, Joomla! and Drupal.

WordPress released versions 2.1, 2.2 and 2.3 in 2007, while Joomla! released 1.0.13 in July and 1.5 RC4 in December, and Drupal released 5.0 in January and 6.0 RC1 in December.

The fourth place belongs to Pligg, up from a very good eighth place in 2006. Pligg has just released its 9.9.0 version, and has confirmed its rising star status in the second year of its existence.

The fifth place is conquered by ExpressionEngine, up from the seventh place last year. ExpressionEngine has released its 1.6 version in June.

Mambo keeps the same sixth place it held in 2006. Mambo released two minor 4.6.x versions in April and December 2007.

Xoops drops to the seventh place, down from the fifth place in 2006. Xoops released two minor 2.0.x versions in August and December 2007.

And last but not least, the eighth place is conquered by MODx, up from the 12th place last year. MODx is a relatively young platform, it was born in 2005, and released its 0.9.6 version in May 2007.

Please note that these numbers don’t make any claim of scientific accuracy, but are intended for your entertainment only. Happy New Year!

Categories: Statistics