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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.

XOOPS 2.5 Web CMS Offers AJAX Support, Help System

The XOOPS community (newssite) announces the new release of its award winning Web CMS platform. Supported by a large international developer community, XOOPS continues to prove that it can compete with the fast growing new comers like Drupal (newssite) and Joomla (newssite).

Defining XOOPS

XOOPS (eXtensible Object Oriented Portal System) is a popular open source PHP-based web content management system. Since its release in 2002, it has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the the Packt Open Source Awards. The product was recently nominated again as a Top 5 Finalist in the 2010 Awards.

XOOPS is both object oriented and component-based. Most features can be activated or deactivated using an administrative interface, allowing users to create fairly sophisticated sites with minimal programming knowledge.

Key features of the product include:

  • Database driven — Content is stored in a relational database.
  • Personalization
  • Security and User Management
  • Internationalization — Including support for multi-byte languages like Japanese

A Major Upgrade for XOOPS

The version 2.5.0 production release, which was preceded by two release candidates, is a major upgrade to XOOPS.

Enhancements include:

  • User interface refined to support AJAX
  • Help System for Admin and modules
  • MySQL Dump in Maintenance
  • New Redirect messaging
  • Column sorting in tables
  • Smarty plugin for icon pack
  • Smarty plugin for breadcrumb navigation
  • jQuery plugins for display popup or manage drag & drop
  • File Manager (Plugin)
  • Maintenance with Cache Clean-up and Tables Maintenance
  • Visual module ordering with drag & drop
  • Visual block placement with drag & drop
  • Refactor all PHP code for use XOOPS API
  • Use template in the same way that front user, admin side for module can call a main template define in xoops_version.php
  • Allow override of template in admin theme like frontend if we set template in ADMIN_THEME
  • Manage editor for blocks, comments and for all module if module developper want to use it activate or deactivate system section
  • Choose number of line for admin section
  • Display or hide tips

A complete list of changes is available on the XOOPS website.

How Can I Get It?

The latest version of the software is available for free download from Sourceforge. Users have the option of downloading the minimum package, which only includes core and protector files, or the more full, regular release.

The XOOPSteam provides complete installation instructions in a detailed installation guide, also on Sourceforge.

Drupal 6.17 released

The seventeenth maintenance release of the Drupal 6 series is available. Only bugfixes and minor improvements have been committed. New features are only being added to the forthcoming Drupal 7.0 release. This release does not fix any security issues.

Full changelog:


Drupal 7.0 Alpha 4 - What is to be expected of the upcoming release

This release includes many critical bug fixes and other improvements, including:

  • Color module now usable by themes other than Garland.
  • Usability improvements including re-weightable roles and saner Forum module defaults.
  • A variety of optimizations made to data import-related functions to make migrations faster.
  • Lots of previously missing documentation for hooks has now been documented. Hooray!
  • Increased test coverage, particularly core Tokens.
  • Lots of smaller bug fixes, security patches, and improvements.
  • critical bug: enforce e-mail verification with OpenID auto-registration.
  • Upgrade jQuery BBQ library to 1.2.1.
  • Added support to color.module for flexible color schemes and gradients, and removed hard-coded assumptions about Garland.

Drupal 7.0 Alpha 4 is a popular system for publishing news or called. CMS (Content Management Systems) systems. With its help you can easily publish and manage news, blogs, pictures, articles and more. It has also built a forum and opportunity to create a catalog for download.

Drupal 7.0 is open source platform and management system for content that serves to build dynamic web sites offering a wide range of features and services such as administering users, publishing, opportunity for discussion, news gathering, metadata functionality, using controlled vocabularies and XML publishing targets sharing agreement.

It  is equipped with a powerful set of features and settings. Drupal 7.0 Alpha 4 can support a wide range of web projects, from the personal to the wider community sites.

The standard release of Drupal, known as Drupal core, contains basic features common to most CMSs. These include the ability to register and maintain individual user accounts within a flexible and rich permission / privilege system, create and manage menus, RSS-feeds, customize page layout, perform logging, and administer the system. As installed, Drupal provides options to create a classic brochureware website, a single- or multi-user blog, an Internet forum, or a community website providing for user-generated content.



Originally written by Dries Buytaert as a message board, Drupal became an open source project in 2001. Drupal is an English rendering of the Dutch word “druppel”, which means “drop” (as in “a water droplet”). The name was taken from the now-defunct website, whose code slowly evolved into Drupal. Buytaert wanted to call the site “dorp” (Dutch for “village”) for its community aspects, but made a typo when checking the domain name and thought it sounded better.

A large community now helps develop Drupal, and Drupal's popularity is growing rapidly. From May 2007 to April 2008, Drupal was downloaded from the website more than 1.4 million times, an increase of approximately 125% from the previous year.

As of April 2009, over 70 well-known brand names and not-for-profit organizations use Drupal. Drupal has also won several Packt Open Source CMS Awards and three times (in a row) won the Webware 100.

Drupal 6.16, released in March 2010, is the latest release. On March 5, 2009, Dries Buytaert announced a code freeze for Drupal 7 for September 1, 2009. The latest test version, DRUPAL-7-0-ALPHA-2, was released on February 23, 2010. There is no date announced yet for the final release of Drupal

On Hacking Drupal Core and Contributing Back to the Open Source Community Project
Blogging Live: Buytaert on The State of Drupal in 2010

Dries Buytaert, Drupal Project Lead, will give his bi-annual State of Drupal talk in the beginning of DrupalCon SF, where he’ll discuss where Drupal is and where it is going. In particular, he’ll discuss Drupal 7, usability, the redesign, and other developments to Drupal.

CMS Report is here live at Drupal Con and we'll be blogging about the presentation as we hear it.

2:30 PM: Dries finishing his speech with a pep rally cry. Drupal is growing up and Drupal 7 will bring in more users. As Drupal grow, Dries sees we need to stick to the culture...sharing and contributing, show passion, and innovating. Lastly it needs to stay a culture of fun. All together "awesome happens".

2:25 PM: Drupal as it follows the market to stay relevant but the desire is to also still needs to serve the low end of the market. This is why distributions will need to be utilized to serve both high end and low end of the market.

To succeed Drupal needs to focus on missing features. To succeed in the low end, Drupal needs to focus on creating better experiences. Both missions do overlap.

215 PM: Consolidation = One Big Winner. Lots of CMS runner ups...and very few winners. Drupal needs to be a winner. Winners have richness and reach to be successful.

Trend: Cloud computing and SaaS is hot. "Computing is transforming from an innovation to a service." How does Drupal stay relevant? Dries is talking about Christensen's The Innovator's Dilemma. The dilemma is the innovation makes room for a lower-end product often causing the original product to fail.

205 PM: Dries bring up some Drupal related statistics. According to Dries, Drupal now powers 1 percent of the Web.

Over 732 different people have contributed to Drupal 7 Core. Kudos to the top 20 contributors is being given.

More than 70 contributed modules have been moved over to Drupal Core. The system because of it's size will be a little slower.

Dries is estimating that Drupal 7 will be ready as soon as June 2010.

155 PM: Dries is mentioning big companies getting into Drupal, including IBM with 410,000 employees. Ecosystem is supporting small, medium, and large ecosystems. An indication that Drupal may just be about to really take off.

Microsoft continues to also get involved with Drupal. Fore example Acquia Drupal on Microsoft Web Platyform and introducing a new SQL PDO driver.

150 PM: Search and the Semantic Web is still the future, but it's not going to happen overnight.

A video is being played on RDF and explaining how RDF within a Drupal 7 site can be utilized. Search engines love RDF and can pull in more business for a site.

145 PM: Drupal 8 will use the Git version control system. Anyone who has followed the developers knows that life after CVS version control has been debated heavily over the past few years.

Distributions will be a big focus for the future of Drupal.

135 PM PDT: Dries is on stage and acknowledging the 3000 in the crowd. Some of those in Europe didn't make it due to the volcano in Iceland. Those folks stuck in Europe are holding mini-DrupalCons and watching via video streaming.

Third alpha of Drupal 7 available for testing

The third alpha release of what will become Drupal 7 is now available for testing.  The most notable change for developers is Drupal 7 now ships with jQuery 1.4 and jQuery UI 1.8. They've also fixed a number of critical issues since the previous alpha, most importantly one that caused passwords to be stored in plain-text under certain conditions.

Changes since DRUPAL-7-0-ALPHA2:

  • Drupal 7 now ships with jQuery 1.4.2 and jQuery UI 1.8.
  • API change: AJAX commands are now defined as array('#type' => 'ajax', '#commands' => $output) rather than array('#type' => 'ajax_commands', '#ajax_commands' => $output).
  • API change: There is a new form element #type 'text_format', should be used for textareas with format selectors (e.g. body fields).
  • page--front.tpl.php works again.
  • Bug where IE quits displaying any CSS after 31+ stylesheets now fixed.
  • The "Add" link now shows up for blocks. :P
  • Now, running drupal_execute() multiple times on forms will validate each time, instead of only the first one.
  • UI for translatable fields removed, in favour of contributed module.
  • MAINTAINERS.txt now actually approximates the truth.
  • Numerous upgrade path fixes.
  • Numerous documentation fixes and documentation holes filled.
  • Numerous markup fixes and improvements.
  • Various performance improvements, especially around data import.
  • Numerous security fixes, including both forward-ports of 6.x holes and plugging a D7-only one where Drupal 7 was storing plain-text copies of passwords in under certain conditions.

More details:

DrupalCon: Masterminds of Drupal Meet Under One Roof

DrupalCon 2010 takes place April 19-21 in San Francisco, with an experts day on the 17th and break-out unconference collaborative sessions on the 18th. This unique timeline offers Drupal experts a week of eye-opening events and allows those new to this powerful CMS three days to get their feet wet.

DrupalCon 2010 boasts six tracks of sessions dedicated to every facet of Drupal, from new users to administrators to business owners and everything in between. Here’s what attendees can pick from:

  • First Impressions: Get a comprehensive overview of each aspect of Drupal, including tutorials and video presentations. Learn all about Drupal processes, concepts and modules in a way that won’t leave you scratching your head.
  • Style and Substance: This track deals with the end-user Drupal experience from design to theme to usability. It highlights Drupal’s interaction with designers, usability experts and information architects. The focus here is singularly on enhancing the functionality and usability of Drupal sites.
  • Under The Hood: Do you know your way around the Drupal code in your sleep? This panel is for you. This is your chance to drive Drupal’s future development and learn all about Drupal 7. You’ll also share advice for best practices in all areas of Drupal, from building modules to deploying sites.
  • Code-free Success: So you’re allergic to code but you otherwise know Drupal inside and out? Learn how to use all that Drupal offers to set up and configure sites, manage content and best employ your users to expand your system.
  • Leveraging Drupal for Your Business: This track is for all those business owners who have harnessed the power of Drupal to grow their business. If you’ve just recently switched your business to Drupal for your CMS needs, you’ll discover ways to put Drupal to work for your bottom line.
  • Providing Professional Drupal Services: Here’s where to meet and mingle with like-minded professionals who have made Drupal the centerpiece of their business. Learn how to accelerate your growth, cope with process changes and prepare for the future.

DrupalCon 2010 promises to leave every Drupal user light years ahead of where they started, whether you’re a babe in the woods or an acknowledged expert. Meet in San Francisco to share old tricks and learn new ones.

R.I.P Content Management System

Going into the R.I.P Content Management System session — led by Drupal project founder Dries Buytaert — at SXSW (site), I was not too sure what to expect. I know of Drupal Web CMS and their very large developer community that contributes to the overall success of this open source content management system.

I also understand that Drupal is behind hundreds of thousands of websites, so I was interested in hearing what Buytaert was going to present.

All About Drupal

Unfortunately, the session was tailored around Drupal, highlighting sites that are powered by Drupal and their large developer community.

Buytaert pointed to their user community and how passionate they are, running through slide after slide of the different things that their community does with the logo — creating socks, wearing a costume, making cookies — which was interesting, but I was still curious what that had to do with the session.

Buytaert described how open source systems are light years ahead of traditional content management systems because of the ability to leverage their incredibly large developer community. He discussed specific examples of where he felt that Drupal was ahead of these traditional content management systems.

Main Takeaways

Buytaert did make a couple of interesting points during the initial part of his discussion though:

Problem #1

Your webmaster doesn’t scale. Open source (Drupal) redefines the role of the web developer and (pretty much) eliminates the role of the webmaster.

Problem #2

Closed source CMSs are slow to innovate. It is impossible to implement every new feature, so they wait to see what goes mainstream and then integrate them. They are slow to adopt new technologies. Open source solutions are quicker to adapt to changes in the landscape due to their community.

I understand problem #1, and I think that was an obvious point. While I also understand that open source allows for quicker and faster deployment of features and functionality, I think that he was downplaying the features and functionality that traditional content management systems currently have integrated within their products.

The title of this session misled a lot of individuals, as they were not expecting a Drupal overview session. I do like the fact that Buytaert actually listened to the back channel on Twitter (hashtag #RIPcontentmgmt) and did apologize for the session being to tailored around Drupal.