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Alert: What's Coming for Open Source CMS in February 2011


The folks at dotCMS (news, site) plan to release version 1.9.2 in February, marking the second major release in the 1.9 series. New features include:

  • Inline editing
  • A host dashboard, displaying site trends and usage statistics for site owners and marketers
  • An activity stream reporter, showing users' usage and activity
  • Cache tags for web developers to statically cache arbitrary blocks of templates, containers, pages or content code for increased performance
  • A new auto-updater for system upgrades
  • An Italian language translation

In addition to these new features, one of the more extensive additions revolves around image editing. Content creators get the ability to edit images within dotCMS, with options such as resizing, cropping, rotating, adjusting hue, saturation, brightness and colors, and saving out different image types. Content editors get a clipboard where they can create edited versions of images (called renditions), select which one they want to use and then paste it into content.

Some existing features also got improvements in addition to the various bug fixes and performance improvements:

  • All images and icons from the backend are now rendered as sprites, using just 2 images, to improve performance
  • Recurring events are now stored individually in the system so a particular instance can be edited separately
  • The ability to import content with the content identifier as the primary key


In January, DotNetNuke Corp. (news, site) introduced support for two new Microsoft (news, site) products: WebMatrix and Razor. WebMatrix integration offers a development environment suitable for those with little technical experience building DotNetNuke sites, and Razor integration makes it easier for technical users to to build DotNetNuke extensions.

DotNetNuke was also selected as part of Microsoft's Technology Adoption Program (TAP) for Windows Azure, and provided training materials for the Microsoft Web Camps program. Finally, the company named Bob Cortale as the Senior Vice President of Sales. Cortale will be responsible for building, developing and managing their global sales force and product support organization.


In January, the Drupal (news, site) project finished this little release called Drupal 7. If you want some insight on where Drupal's headed next, check out project founder and leader Dries Buytaert's blog.

Drupal company Acquia (news, site) added file system reliability and performance enhancements to their Acquia Hosting product, and support for custom Varnish page caching configurations for those using dedicated load balancers. They also made a number of additions to Drupal Gardens (news, site), including:

  • Basic right to left support for their themes, for those using languages such as Hebrew and Arabic
  • The ability to bulk delete gallery items
  • Enhancements to Drupal 7's editor usability
  • Performance enhancements to the ThemeBuilder

Acquia also released Drupal Commons 1.3 beta. New items for this released include:

  • User badges as community participation rewards, with various ranks and icons
  • Usability improvements, decluttering some pages and increasing customizability of others
  • New default graphics
  • Breaking the commons apart further to allow more granular feature customization
  • Improved multilingual support for global organizations

With this release, the Drupal Commons project transitioned to GitHub, allowing other developers to have access to the repository for both grabbing the code and submitting enhancements. GA release of Drupal Commons is expected within February.


In January, Ephesoft (news, site) announced that Zia Consulting became the first system integrator to deploy Ephesoft's Intelligent Document Capture System to the Amazon cloud. The company also opened its EU headquarters in Maidenhead, UK, to work with its European partners.

The month also brought new features such as out of the box reporting for Windows-based platforms through Ephesoft's thin client, which is built on Google (news, site) Web Tools. Reports give insight into operator productivity and the system throughout, and partners can extend the reporting module using other reporting tools.

In February, Ephesoft continues working on a Linux version of their Intelligent Document Capture System, which will include another open source project, Tesseract v3.0 for its OCR engine. They anticipate that it will be available within the next two months.

Hippo CMS

In January, the folks at Hippo CMS (news, site) released Hippo CMS 7.5. This version brings new features such as:

  • A Template Composer that lets the end user change the page template layout within the site
  • Support for multiple translations of documents and folders
  • Support for Jackrabbit 2.1
  • An HST REST engine
  • An HST JAAS Login Module and Form-based Login Servlet support
  • Cross-domain and channel-aware linking, even across hosts
  • Multi-domain, multi-site, and multi-channel HST configuration
  • Support for Freemarker templates
  • Locale support per (sub)site

Thanks to partner Finalist, Hippo CMS now integrates with Liferay (news, site), donating the integration code to the Hippo open source community. Hippo has also announced a partnership with Smile, a major French integrator of open source solutions.


In January, the Joomla! (news, site) project released Joomla 1.6. New features include:

  • Advanced Access Control Lists
  • Nested categories
  • Template styles
  • Administrator UI improvements
  • New multi-language support
  • SEO improvements
  • Built-in 301 redirect system
  • Improved framework

There's a migration guide for those who have concerns about upgrading. This release was considered part of the Microsoft CodeMash, and the project held JoomlaDay Chile 2011 with nearly 500 attendees.

In February, the focus turns toward updating Joomla extensions and templates, and the Joomla core team is preparing for the next release, codenamed Bowerbird. In the meantime, the Joomla 1.6 release parties continue until February 7. There's a Joomla! Night coming on February 4 in Stockholm, Sweden, featuring the theme "Joomla: At the edge of innovation." The next day is a Nooku code jam, where Nooku is Joomla's development framework. Finally, there's a Joomla!Day coming in the Netherlands on April 2 - 3.

2010 Open Source CMS Market: Drupal Trails Joomla!, DotNetNuke Challenges

Water&stone has released their annual Open Source CMS Market Share Report. Who is dominating the open source web content management space? And who managed to move ahead of other contenders? Find out here.

The Report

2010 is the third year that water&stone has published the Open Source CMS Market Share Report. The report is non-commercial and released under an open license, unlike similar work from other industry firms. This year’s report began with thirty open source systems but ten were eliminated due to current market position. Water&stone assess the remaining twenty systems on metrics related to rate of adoption and brand strength. Using this data, the report defines market leaders.

The report uses multiple data sources to draw conclusions. In addition to a survey, which water&stone conducted with over 5000 responses, other metrics included:

  • Product downloads
  • W3Techs’ analysis of technologies used on the top one million websites in Alexa’s rankings
  • BuiltWith’s technology rankings
  • The number of developers offering services in the technology on Elance and Guru
  • The number of books in print for the platform
  • Google page rank

Using a multi-faceted approach minimizes the likelihood that the outcome is biased toward a single factor and hopefully quiets the inevitable cries of, “But what about…” that will come from supporters of platforms that did not rank as expected. The firm was also very careful to note cases where their methodology might have resulted in a skewed outcome.

The Good

WordPressJoomla! and Drupal, three of the most well-known open source CMS platforms, remain decisively in control of the market. In metrics such as number of installations and shares of Facebook
posts, these three clearly dominated the field.


water&stone 2010 CMS survey - installations


share of Facebook posts

In fact, in almost every measure, there is little indication that the leadership of the top three platforms is being challenged in the near future; but this is the internet — we could all be surprised.

As for the leader of the pack, WordPress managed to take the lead in a number of key metrics. They included:

  • Search interest
  • Daily website traffic
  • Daily unique visitors
  • Daily page views
  • Downloads

In terms of technology specific results, Liferay leads the Java WCM market, followed closely by Alfresco. DotNetNuke is the leading platform for the .NET market, although newcomer Umbraco is quickly narrowing the lead. The report also lists Concrete5 and Umbraco as solutions that are gathering strength in the market.

The Bad

The report identifies the following platforms as struggling to maintain market share:

Using metrics like Google's search query interest, water&stone concluded that these projects are showing negative market trends.


Google search interest

The Ugly

Jahia and phpWebSite, which were included in the 2009 version of the report, were removed from the top twenty list for 2010. Textpattern and Xoops may also want to take note — the 2010 report notes the two as at risk systems.

In its second year making the at risk list, Textpattern's downward slope has continued into 2010. The report found low adoption rates, little growth in third party support, poor search engine visibility and low brand familiarity for Textpattern.

The results for Xoops did not look much better. Xoops finished last in many important metrics like downloads and installations while leading negative indicators like abandonment rate.

The Open Source CMS Market Share Report is likely a valuable source of information for any organization evaluating CMS tools. However, readers should be careful to consider their unique needs to determine if the conclusions are applicable. For example, small firms overwhelmingly dominated survey responses; larger firms may have radically different challenges.

Have you read the full report? How did your favorite CMS system fare?

Editor's Note: See how your favorite open source CMS fared this year compared to last year.

DotNetNuke 5.6: Enhanced Workflows, Search, Google Analytics

Open source web content management vendor DotNetNuke (news, site) keeps to pace with the release of v5.6 of its Professional and Enterprise editions that include better search functionality, enhanced Google analytics support and new workflow enhancements. 

While these enhancements are restricted to the two editions mentioned above, it has also introduced a number of new enhancements for the community editions — databse optimization, new configuration management and improved search.

DotNetNuke v5.6, Professional, Enterprise Editions

This is the first upgrade since August when the company shelved the Elite edition and replaced it with the Enterprise Edition.

Elite Edition made its first appearance in September 2009 with two editions: Regular and Premier, both comprised the code from the Professional Edition with added support. The new Enterprise Edition included the Professional Edition plus Elite Support, and a new key feature — content staging.

Now, only a matter of months later both the Professional and Enterprise have been upgraded with a list of new enhancements that contain three principal upgrades. They include:

  • Site Search: Now enabled by a new engine that speeds up the process of locating files and pages across a site. Along with support for Boolean searches, phrase searches and even relevance searches, the engine includes rich query syntax. Its new true web spider can index any site —DotNetNuke or not.
  • Enhanced Analytics Support: Enhanced support for Google analytics includes upgrades to its integration abilities and now enables tracking of sub-domains as a single entity as well as five segmentation rules per page. The enhanced analytics is available in both the Enterprise and Professional Editions.
  • Content Approval Workflow Enhancements: Upgrades to the content approval workflow enables content managers to configure approvals at site, page and module levels, while users who will be impacted by the content changes will be able to view the changes before anything is published.

It also comes with content locking to prevent workflow conflicts as well as business rules that enable workflows with an unlimited number of states or reviews.

Community Edition

But the upgrades are not limited to these two editions. The Community Edition also got some attention and has three major upgrades. They include:

  • Search: Upgraded search includes enhanced indexing, enabling standard core search features to index page names, tag attributes and other metadata
  • Performance enhancements: Optimized database architecture and handling of web analytics tracking codes.
  • Configuration Manager: Offers better access and control over website configuration files without users having to access the files directly.

DotNetNuke is also offering a perpetual license option for existing Professional and Enterprise Editions subscription customers. Current DotNetNuke Corp. subscription customers may purchase a perpetual license to use the DotNetNuke Professional or Enterprise Edition version they are running on their production servers.

Whatever it’s doing, it must be doing it right. The company says that over the past year its annual revenue growth has jumped by 300% and added 1000 new subscribers to its business. Nice for the times we’re living in!

DotNetNuke Corp. Launches Version 5.4 of the DotNetNuke Professional and Elite Editions

DotNetNuke Corp., the company behind one of the most widely adopted Web Content Management Platforms for the Microsoft .NET Framework, today announced the release of the DotNetNuke Professional Edition 5.4. The release includes new document management capabilities that target the needs of organizations sharing documents within intranets or extranets at a fraction of the cost of existing Enterprise Content Management (ECM) solutions. DotNetNuke Corp. has partnered with Xepient (Murcia, Spain) to add the document management technology in Xepient Open-DocumentLibrary to the DotNetNuke Professional and Elite Editions.

The 5.4 release of the DotNetNuke platform is fully compatible with Microsoft ASP.NET 4, which launched in April 2010. The DotNetNuke open source core in the 5.4 release is the heart of the DotNetNuke Community, Professional and Elite Editions.

News Highlights

  • Available today, the DotNetNuke Professional and Elite Editions 5.4 exclusively feature a new document management capability that is perfect for organizations sharing document libraries across an intranet or extranet. The document management features include:
  • The ability to create hierarchical document folders based on multiple document characteristics with tight controls over user access and editing rights.
  • Document versioning and a powerful document moderation workflow engine.
  • Automated document library synchronization with existing document libraries.
  • Document usage reporting.
  • The 5.4 release of the DotNetNuke Professional and Elite Editions are fully compatible with ASP.NET 4.
  • The open source core of the DotNetNuke Professional, Elite and Community Editions version 5.4 includes a new folksonomy feature that allows end users to enter free form tags for pages and modules. Attributes are stored in a common content store, which provides new ways to aggregate and publish content.

Navin Nagiah, CEO of DotNetNuke Corp.

“Organizations that need to share documents on their intranet or extranet will find the new document management capability in the DotNetNuke Professional and Elite Editions 5.4 is a very cost-effective alternative to existing ECM solutions. Our solution is much more cost-effective for mid-size organizations or departments of large organizations and can be deployed much more quickly.”

Scott Guthrie, Corporate Vice President, .NET Developer Platform, Microsoft Corp.

“Microsoft is pleased that the DotNetNuke Community, Professional and Elite 5.4 Editions are fully compatible with ASP.NET 4 and are being released in unison with ASP.NET 4. The collaboration between the Microsoft Web Platform team and DotNetNuke has truly helped provide DotNetNuke users with a better Web content management experience.”

Andreas Di Palma, Founder of Xepient Solutions:

“We are very pleased to partner with DotNetNuke Corp. to bring our document management technology to the DotNetNuke Professional and Elite Editions. Customer interest has always been strong in our DotNetNuke document management solution. I believe DotNetNuke Corp. can leverage its marketing capabilities to expand adoption of our solution by organizations running critical business applications on the DotNetNuke platform. We look forward to working closely with DotNetNuke Corp. as we collaboratively expand the capabilities of our document management technology.”

About DotNetNuke Corp.

DotNetNuke Corp. is the steward of the DotNetNuke open source project, the most widely adopted Web Content Management Platform for building web sites and web applications on the Microsoft .NET Framework. Organizations use DotNetNuke to quickly develop and deploy interactive and dynamic web sites, intranets, extranets and web applications. The DotNetNuke platform is available in a free Community and subscription-based Professional, Elite and Elite Premier Editions. DotNetNuke Corp. also operates where users purchase third party software add-ons. Founded in 2006 and funded by Sierra Ventures, August Capital and UV Partners, DotNetNuke Corp. is headquartered in San Mateo, Calif. For additional information, visit

DotNetNuke Corp. Launches Version 5.3 of the DotNetNuke Professional and Elite Editions

DotNetNuke Corp., the company behind the most widely adopted Web Content Management Platform for Microsoft® .NET, today announced the release of the DotNetNuke Professional Edition 5.3. The release includes new tools targeting the needs of business-critical web sites including page level content change approval workflows, new tools for editing pages, and a new ribbon bar control panel. The DotNetNuke platform, which is the core of the DotNetNuke Community, Professional and Elite Editions, includes new features in version 5.3 such as a sophisticated taxonomy system, a new messaging capability and API, and an enhanced social media user profile feature for richer online user experiences.

News Highlights

Available today, the DotNetNuke Professional and Elite Editions 5.3 exclusively feature:

  • Page Level Content Change Approval Workflows – Administrators can create custom workflows with an unlimited number of states and reviewers. Workflows can be set at the page level to require approval for any changes to any module on a specified page. Workflows can also be defined at the module level, requiring approvals for changes to content changes in an individual module.
  • Ribbon Bar Control Panel – The new ribbon bar control panel provides content contributors with more editing options in a highly convenient format, allowing users to create pages, install new modules, edit content, and preview pages more quickly and easily than ever before.
  • My Editable Pages – This new editing feature provides links to all of the pages and modules in the site that a content contributor has permission to modify, enabling more efficient page editing.

New features in the open source core of the DotNetNuke Professional, Elite and Community Editions version 5.3 include:

  • Taxonomy – A sophisticated taxonomy system allows a web site administrator to create an unlimited number of vocabularies of terms to associate to pages or modules in a site. These attributes are stored in a common content store, which provides new ways to aggregate and publish content.
  • Social Networking – A new, rich user profile forms the basis for advanced social networking applications. It supports templates for simple layout customizations and allows users to upload photos so they can easily personalize their identities.
  • Messaging Capability – A new message repository and API allows messages to be delivered in a variety of ways including real-time and batch. An inbox provides users with a view of the messages they have received and sent, as well as administrative tools to manage the messages.

Shaun Walker, Chief Architect and Co-Founder of DotNetNuke Corp.:

“Our customers will be very pleased with the 5.3 release. The Professional and Elite Editions include valuable new features that will help users with business-critical web sites achieve more control over their web site content and more efficient content editing. The new features in the open source core including the taxonomy, messaging, and rich social media profiles will delight all users of the DotNetNuke platform who wish to extend the capabilities of their web site to create more engaging experiences for site visitors.”

About DotNetNuke Corp.

DotNetNuke Corp. is the steward of the DotNetNuke open source project, the most widely adopted Web Content Management Platform for building web sites and web applications on Microsoft .NET. Organizations use DotNetNuke to quickly develop and deploy interactive and dynamic web sites, intranets, extranets and web applications. The DotNetNuke platform is available in a free Community and subscription-based Professional, Elite and Elite Premier Editions. DotNetNuke Corp. also operates where users purchase third party software modules and skins. Founded in 2006 and funded by Sierra Ventures, August Capital and UV Partners, DotNetNuke Corp. is headquartered in San Mateo, Calif.

For additional information, visit

Fusion Program Looking back at 2009, and forward to 2010

2009 was an interesting year for the DotNetNuke Fusion Partner Program. When the program launched in late summer, there was a considerable amount of spirited conversation to say the least. For the most part the reception was positive, intermixed with suggestions for improvement. We had a chance to meet a number of partners at the DotNetNuke OpenForce ’09 Connections conference in Las Vegas in November and again walked away with a number of suggestions on how to improve overall satisfaction with the program. Looking back, I think we made a very positive impact on the DotNetNuke ecosystem.

Now that we are solidly into 2010, it is great to see that the number of partners in the program continue to climb.  Eighteen new partners joined the Fusion Program in January. That brings the total number of partners up to almost 70.

In 2010 we will continue to listen to suggestions from the Community on how to improve the overall program for partners and for customers. Currently, we are working on programs that will help partners market themselves better and be better equipped to market the commercial versions of DotNetNuke. We are also looking at ways to let partners showcase their hard earned DotNetNuke technical skills. These are just a couple of things we think will add real value to partners that have already joined the program and those organizations that are considering joining in the near future.