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WordPress 3.8.1 Released

WordPress 3.8.1 is a maintenance released that includes several fixes to a number of bugs .

The latest release of WordPress is now available and it is recommended that all running the 3.8 version of the CMS update via the dashboard or by downloading the latest release.

Wordpress 3.8 has reached 9.3 million downloads in the first six weeks.It contains the following:a fix for embedding tweets (by placing the URL to the tweet on its own line), which was broken due to a recent Twitter API change.various fixes and improvements for the new dashboard design and new themes admin screen.An issue with taxonomy queries in WP_Query was resolved.submit buttons that won’t do anything when you click on them have been found and fixed.

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

dotCMS

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

DotNetNuke

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.

Drupal

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.

Ephesoft

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.

Joomla!

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.

WordPress 3.0 final has been released

The incredible WordPress blog platform today sees it's 3.0 final release. WordPress 3 brings a significant number of improvements including, but not limited to:

  • new default theme: Twenty Ten (screenshot)
  • new APIs that allow them to easily implement custom backgrounds, headers, shortlinks, menus (no more file editing), post types, and taxonomies.
  • a long awaited merge of MU and WordPress, creating the new multi-site functionality which makes it possible to run one blog or ten million from the same installation.
  • a lighter overall feel with contextual help on every screen.
  • bulk plugin updating! (this kills off one of our largest pet peeves.. bless your hearts WP dev team)

Here's a video highlighting the changes:

More info: http://www.wordpress.org

WordPress 3.0 nears completion

During the final days of May, the first release candidate  for WordPress 3.0 was released to the public. In the world of WordPress, when a version of the popular blogging application becomes a release candidates it means that the official version of WordPress isn't too far behind.

What’s an RC? An RC comes after beta and before the final launch. It means we think we’ve got everything done: all features finished, all bugs squashed, and all potential issues addressed. But, then, with over 20 million people using WordPress with a wide variety of configurations and hosting setups, it’s entirely possible that we’ve missed something.

WordPress logoSo what are the new features that will be included in WordPress 3.0. Personally, I'm excited about improvements in custom taxonomy and the merging of standalone WordPress with WordPress Multi-User code which WordPress is calling Multisite. Some of the highlights of WordPress 3.0 include:

Below the fold I've also included a video from WordPress.TV on WordPress 3.0 multisite. In this video, Boone Gorges demonstrates the new built-in multisite functionality of WordPress 3.0 to the WordPress NYC Meetup audience.

Editorial: What makes WordPress the blogging platform to beat?

Let's face it, there are plenty of blog platforms out there to choose from when you get that sudden urge to share your thoughts and feelings (or just opinions like us) with the rest of the world. There's WordPress, Typepad, Movable Type, LifeType, OpenBlog, Blogger and many more.. but what makes WordPress such a Goliath to these other Davids?

Let's start with the basics..

It's got ease of use.

I know, I know, this is the part where everyone jumps in to tell me that all of the other platforms I've mentioned above are easy too.. and that may be the case.. but they aren't famous for it. WordPress has ALWAYS been easy.. it's a fast install, it's got a small file size and most of the time it just works.

Let me put it this way, WordPress is the car you can typically rely on to start no matter the weather.. and should you stray and try another car because it seems like it may have better features and you decide to come back, it'll start right up again without a seconds delay. Trust me, I know.. I've tried a lot of them.

Ok, so it's easy you say.. what else does it have going for it? How about this one.

It's got community.

WordPress has easily one of the most diverse and largest communities in the CMS world let alone the blogging world. Still not sure? Check out WordCamp Central. We aren't just talking major cities of the world either, there are WordCamp's in places I've never even heard of until I heard there was a WordCamp happening there. Take WordCamp Fukuoka for example (I know, I'm not well travelled).

WordCamp's aren't the only example of community, however. There are tons of forums and bloggers all over the net that make helping others with WordPress or spreading the word their goals. Can you say, Free Advertising?

Nothing beats word of mouth right?

It's got Matt.

I've been bit by this one before but I still stand by my belief that projects, just like companies, need a leader. They need someone that can act as the focal point to give them substance. People want to be able to put a face to the products they use and Matt does just that. He makes himself known, he shows up at WordCamp's.. he lives and breathes his product. And he's damn good at it too.

I really would love examples of where this has been done better because I really don't think it has. WordPress and Matt are synonymous with one another and it makes for good reading.. and the press eat it up.

It's got stuff.

Stuff. It's a broad word isn't it?

Let's face it.. WordPress is currently riding high with the most plugins and themes of (dare i say it?) any other CMS project out there.

Take a look at their plugin registry for an example: 9,674 plugins.

And themes? Don't even ask.. there are way too many to count.

So how do other projects get a chance to enjoy similar successes that WordPress has achieved?  That's a question that remains to be answered?

Do you agree or disagree? Comment below..

Headway for WordPress – the future of theming?

For those of you who are unaware, Headway is a premium theme / framework for WordPress that takes theming far beyond what was normally believed to be possible.

Headway is the only theme available today that truly makes designing simple and easy to use for anyone.

How does it do this? Through one of the most unique methods available today in the world of WordPress theming. Drag and Drop.

The following video highlights very well what Headway is capable of:

Some of the key features that Headway brings to the table include:

Special Content Layouts On Demand

Using the Headway Visual Editor, you can do anything from a standard blog, to landing pages, to membership sites, to e-commerce sites. For non-technical folks, Headway’s “Easy Hooks” let you insert custom content at will wherever you like on any page without messing with PHP or CSS. For hardcore developers, Headway has heaps of actions and filters (or hooks) to take customization even farther.

Design Your Blog Visually

Headway’s innovative Visual Layout Editor gives you the power to rearrange your site layout without touching a line of code. Even if you’re comfortable with HTML/CSS/PHP, the Visual Layout Editor saves you time. You can sculpt your design into anything you want. You’re not restricted by someone else’s ideas about columns or content layouts. The sky’s the limit.

Complete Control is Yours to Command

In the Headway Configuration Panel you can customize just about everything behind the scenes you can imagine. Add universal analytics or opt-in form scripts, integrate your Twitter account, set detailed options for post meta information (publication dates, author, etc.), add a favicon, and much more.

Search Engine Optimization

Headway has its own built-in search engine optimization (or SEO) settings. Simply having Headway will help your search engine optimization, even if you don’t use any of its manual features. If you do use them (and we’ll show you how), you can enjoy a greater chance of moving up in search rankings. Our priority for this was to keep the code clean, but flexible. Having clean code allows the search engines to easily scour the page and index what’s important. With Headway you can stop worrying about what plugins to install and how to efficiently optimize your site. All the options are there and easily accessible. Settings for the home page, the entire blog, and each post or page (more than any other theme) are there for you to control.

Get pricing, purchase or learn more: Headway Theme for WordPress

WordPress 3.0 beta 1 available

Are you a fan of WordPress? Then you'll be thrilled to know there is a new beta of what will become WordPress 3.0 available.

You Should Know:

  • The custom menus system (Appearance > Menus) is not quite finished. In Beta 2, the layout will be different and a bunch of the functionality will be improved, but we didn’t want to hold things up for this one screen. You can play with making custom menus, and report bugs if you find them, but this is not how the final screen will look/work, so don’t get attached to it.
  • The merge! Yes, WordPress and WordPress MU have merged. This does not mean that you can suddenly start adding a bunch of new blogs from within your regular WordPress Dashboard. If you’re interested in testing the Super Admin stuff associated with multiple sites, you’ll need some simple directions to get started.
  • We’re still fiddling with a few small things in the UI, as we were focused on getting the more function-oriented code finished first. For example, we’re getting a new icon for the Super Admin section.

Things to test:

  • Play with the new default theme, Twenty Ten, including the custom background and header options.
  • Custom Post Type functionality has been beefed up. It’s really easy to add new types, so do that and see how it looks!
  • WordPress MU users should test the multiple sites functionality to make sure nothing broke during the merge.

Want it? Grab it: WordPress 3.0 Beta 1

Mobile Web Publishing - The Future is Here

Web content managers now have a wealth of mobile web cms functionality available through WebKit, a layout engine designed to allow web browsers to render web pages. WebKit takes the content of a web page, and lays it out according to how a web page’s source code specifies.

Content Management from the Ninth Hole

Imagine one fine Saturday you find yourself out on the links, excited to finally be playing the first eighteen holes of the season, followed up with a well-deserved pint at the 19th. You’re about to step up and unwind your three-wood on a par four when you feel that telltale vibration coming from your hip. Amongst groans and cries of "Foul!" from your fellow players, and despite the foursome behind you breathing down your neck, you grab your mobile and take the call.

It’s your boss. He’s in a panic. There’s been a personnel change at the executive level and the bio of an exec needs to come off the website NOW! He orders you to go in to the office and make it so. Thoughts of your great day going down in flames are fleeting, though. You can sink this one like that last three-foot putt on hole four. You calmly say, "Will do", hang up the call, turn your mobile on its side.

You flick to your browser, and log in to the company Web CMS. You find the offending article, change its status to "unpublished", and for good measure flush the server cache just to make sure it’s really gone. Mobile re-holstered, you confidently step up to the tee and promptly slice the ball into the woods. Come on, you’re not THAT cool…

Is this some wonderful future world? Are you scooting around the greens with your RoboCaddy Hovercart 9000, playing for Whuffie, and quaffing Romulan Ale at the 19th Hole? Not quite. The only Droid here is the one not so stylishly holstered to your belt clip.

We're Already a Mobile Generation

The iPhone, Droid, Blackberry, App Stores, 3G connectivity, and VPN support are commonplace mobile tools and services now, but where do they stand in terms of managing your web content from the road?

This past February, Automattic (site) released WordPress for Android, an application that’s been around on the iPhone for some time — long enough to be in the version 2 release cycle. It’s now a handy road-warrior tool for Android gadgeteers.

WordPress Mobile provides the ability to create and edit blog posts and pages as well as manage comments on a WordPress blog. Being a Droid user, I eagerly installed the app, painlessly configured it to connect to my blog, and set off to create my first entry.

 Creating a blog post was efficient, with data input fields for title, content, and tags. The application also offers basic markup for adding bold, italics, and links to the entry. However, highlighting text on the Droid requires using the slide-out keyboard and D-Pad.. Including images in a blog post is as simple as clicking a button and choosing one from the phone’s photo gallery.

Category selection is provided through a drop-down list — and that's where I encountered the first glitch. Realizing that I wanted to add a "Tech" category to my blog, I found that I couldn’t add new categories from the app. You can only do that from the web-based WordPress interface itself.

While not exactly an "Aha!" moment, somewhere closer to, "Well, duh," I tried using the Android web browser to log in to the admin interface of my site. Sure enough, the pages rendered and functioned nearly perfectly — more than well enough to add the new category to the blog. I popped back over to the WordPress app, clicked the refresh button and the new category was now available.

But Mobile Browsing Not Yet There

Would I recommend you use the browser-based mobile interface to author your blog posts? Probably not.

The WordPress app is neat and efficient and it easily wins over for day-to-day blogging tasks. Plus, in browser mode, there are a few user interface (UI) quirks as well as the fact that the device disables image uploading.

But the experience got me wondering how the mobile browser would work for other web-based content management systems, so I then decided to navigate over to a Drupal-based site that I manage. The site uses the Drupal Admin Module that provides a clean and intuitive content management interface. Sure enough, the content creation and administrative functionality was nearly flawless. The only issue I encountered was, again, file upload capability is disabled.

When you tie-in all of the features WebKit enables, along with the ability to process and enable JavaScript functionality, it makes for a very capable mobile browser. It should be. It’s the same engine that powers Safari and Google Chrome, now available in portable form. And fret not, BlackBerry users, it looks like it’s soon coming to a device near you.

But is it the mobile content management future yet? With the hot-potato topic of Flash support, and sketchy Java support, it’s not quite 100 percent. But with dedicated applications like mobile WordPress, and capable mobile browsers and devices, the ability to post from the road, and take care of the occasional quick-and-dirty task, that time is here.

Have a Blog You Want to Migrate to SharePoint?

Metalogix (site) is at it again, offering another way to migrate your content into another CMS. This time it's for those of you who have a blog but are being lulled by the sweet song of SharePoint 2010.

Have Blog? Will Migrate

So here's the deal, Microsoft is marketing SharePoint 2010 as a business collaboration platform. And that means it supports collaboration and content management (enterprise content management and web content management).

So it's the perfect platform for you bloggers who want more functionality than your current blogging software offers. At least that's what Metalogix believes. Which is why they have developed a migration tool — the Metalogix Migration Manager for Blogs — that will help you migrate your blog into SharePoint 2010.

What Blogging Software is Supported?

Here's the list:

  • Google Blogger
  • Wordpress
  • Movable Type
  • Telligent
  • Any blog system that supports either the Metaweblog standard or RSS

What Content is Migrated?

What components of your blog can you migrate? You can migrate all your posts, comments and categories.

Like other Metalogix Migration Managers, batch migration and remote administration of the migration are also supported.

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Metalogix Migration Manager for Blogs

The migration manager also supports the migration of blogs from SharePoint 2007 to SharePoint 2010. In this case all version history and user permissions are supported as well.

Time to Migrate Along?

So if you are tired of your current blogging software or just want more functionality — like that found in SharePoint 2010, take a closer look.

And if you are a Microsoft MVP, you can get a free version of the Migration Manager for Blogs.

Oh, and if you aren't ready to go to SharePoint 2010, the migration manager will migrate your blogs to SharePoint 2007.