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Packt Open Source CMS Award

July 29th, 2008 No comments

[Packt CMS Award]

On July 14 the Packt 2008 Open Source CMS Award has launched, “inviting visitors to submit nominations for their favorite Open Source Content Management Systems. Now in its third year, the Award has helped to support a variety of Content Management Systems gain recognition in a crowded and high quality marketplace.

In 2007, Drupal was the overall winner of the Award. With the introduction of four new categories in 2007, the Award succeeded in expanding the opportunities for a wider range of Open Source Content Management Systems to benefit.

A new category for 2008 is the Open Source CMS MVP Award, which will recognise the contributions to projects made by individuals that often go unnoticed.

Packt Publishing has opened up nominations for people to submit their favourite Content Management System at www.PacktPub.com/Award. The top five in each category will go through to final, which begins at the start of September.

For more information, please see the Press Release by Packt: 2008 Open Source CMS Award Launched.

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PostNuke becomes Zikula

June 5th, 2008 No comments

[PostNuke]

Shortly before its seventh birthday the PostNuke project, born as a fork of PHP-Nuke, has been renamed. It’s now called the Zikula Application Framework.

A few commenters noted the resemblance of Zikula’s new name and logo with the name and logo of the very popular Joomla! CMS and Web Application Framework. Others applauded the end of the rather long rebranding process, hoping to concentrate now on new release development. Many more expressed their satisfaction with the new name and branding, which denotes the project willingness to be part of the Web 2.0 era, moving away from the *Nuke past.

The first accomplishment of the Zikula team will be the release of Zikula 1.0.0 (formerly PostNuke 0.8). For details, please read Welcome the Zikula Application Framework.

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Drupal 6.0 available

February 13th, 2008 No comments

[Drupal]

Drupal 6.0 final is now available.

This new release of Drupal offers “major usability improvements, security and maintainability advancements, friendlier installer, and expanded development framework” plus many other smaller improvements.

Usability: a new friendly installer, drag and drop administration for e.g. menu items, forums, taxonomy terms, uploaded files, and an improved multilingual interface make Drupal 6.0 easier to use.

New core modules: actions and triggers let you build a custom workflow with no programming knowledge, OpenID support is built in, the Update status module keeps you informed of new versions of Drupal, your modules and your themes.

Theming: customization of the look and feel of your site is more flexible, with improved theming structure and support for translations, usage of new jQuery 1.2.3 and a powerful Theme Developer module (a separate download) that offers handy tools to develop your own themes.

Security: password strength checking and more granular permissions let you better manage your site security, and with the core Update status module and a subscription to the e-mail Security Announcements list, you are promptly informed about new security updates.

Performance: most core modules are split into smaller pieces and only loaded when needed, resulting in less code per page, and the menu system, rewritten from scratch, is much more efficient and powerful.

To learn more on Drupal 6.0, please read the detailed release announcement.

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Joomla! 1.5 released

January 22nd, 2008 No comments

[Joomla!]

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.

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New leadership for RunCms

January 14th, 2008 No comments

[RunCms]

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!

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Drupal and Acquia

December 10th, 2007 No comments

[Drupal]

A few days ago Dries Buytaert announced Acquia, my Drupal startup.

The main reason to start a new company around Drupal products and services? Examining the open source projects that have had big impact on the technology industry, Dries concludes that successful projects usually have a well-capitalized company behind them. The presence of a well-capitalized provider makes projects palatable to users who might not otherwise try them.

The new company’s current working name is Acquia. “Acquia’s software products will include a number of Drupal distributions — for community networks, digital media properties, corporate websites, and others. In addition to providing Drupal distributions, Acquia will build the Drupal-tuned analogue of the RedHat Network, over which we can deliver a wide variety of electronic services intended to be useful to people developing and operating Drupal websites. An example such service is an automated upgrade/update service, an uptime and performance monitoring / reporting service, a configuration management service, etc.

Will Acquia fork or close-source the Drupal code? Fear not, answers Dries. Since Acquia’s success is directly tied to the overall success of the Drupal project – and to how widely-used it becomes – the new company will contribute to Drupal development just as other companies or individuals do today.

So we wish all the best to Dries and Acquia, and we hope for a lasting and mutually beneficial relationship between business goals and free software!

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b2evolution 2.2.0

December 2nd, 2007 No comments

[b2evolution]

Among many incremental improvements and fixes, b2evolution 2.2 introduces Search Engine Optimization (SEO) presets.

Check out the SEO tab under “Blog Settings” to see how the SEO experts would optimize your blog!

Version 2.2 also fixes a lot of small issues with 2.1 and a stable 2.x release is foreseen around the end of the year.

To learn more, please read the release announcement.

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SilverStripe 2.2.0 released

November 28th, 2007 No comments

[SilverStripe]

SilverStripe 2.2.0 is “a major release containing a staggering quantity of new features and work from our ten Google Summer of Code students and an equally impressive effort from the core team.

SilverStripe 2.2.0 has a redesigned interface and workflow, with many usability improvements, removed clutter from the interface, and reduced steps to perform common tasks.

Additional features include:

* Multiple language support
* Image uploading and online image editing
* Sitemap.xml file for search engines
* Graphical reporting system
* Web wide single sign-on via OpenID
* Newsletter module enhancements

For full details, please see the release announcement.

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Habari 0.3.3 Developer Release

November 25th, 2007 No comments

[Habari]

Habari 0.3.3 Developer’s Release is now available. Version 0.3.3 “contains several minor code changes and, most significantly, an updated plugin validation function. This fix should solve the issue some users reported with the plugin administration page stalling. If you have had trouble with plugin administration, Habari 0.3.3 should resolve this issue.

For additional information, please see the release announcement.

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ExpressionEngine 1.6.1

November 13th, 2007 No comments

[ExpressionEngine]

ExpressionEngine 1.6.1 “includes all of the bug fixes and enhancements made since the release of 1.6, as well as plenty of new toys.

For details, please see the release announcement. All the 1.6.1 additions and corrections are detailed in the changelog.

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