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  • End User Perspective: Drupal 8 Begins Making Headlines

    End User Perspective: Drupal 8 Begins Making Headlines

    While Drupal 8 has been been under development for two and a half years, I haven't talked much about it. I learned long ago that it doesn't do much good to talk about an upcoming release of a CMS until the software crosses over from what most of us would consider "vaporware."

    The software needs to be close to beta, allowing for normal folks to actually be able install for testing purposes with a reasonable amount of certainty we don't need to be a developer. If you're a loyal reader of Planet Drupal, by now you should be getting a sense that the time has come to finally talk about Drupal 8.

    Note: A version of this article first appeared as Drupal 8 Begins Making Headlines at The CMS Connection.

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted September 03, 2013

  • An API arrives with Omeka 2.1

    An API arrives with Omeka 2.1

    The Omeka team recently announced the release of Omeka 2.1. Omeka is a free, flexible, and open source web-publishing platform for the display of library, museum, archives, and scholarly collections and exhibitions. The focus of this new version of Omeka is interoperability with other systems by including an API for reading and writing information in your Omeka installation.

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted August 29, 2013

  • Webnodes AS announces version 4.5 of Webnodes Semantic CMS

    Webnodes AS announces version 4.5 of Webnodes Semantic CMS

    Webnodes announces the release of version 4.5 of their CMS, with several significant improvements including ontology merging, more options for load balancing setup and content synchronizations between installations.

    By vlangber
    Posted August 29, 2013

  • CEO Corner: Proprietary CMS Vendors: It’s Us Vs. Them

    I just finished reading Dave Scalera’s post on the Acquia blog “Open Source lies: Confessions of a former Commercial CMS Salesperson” and it got me thinking about the Open Source vs. Proprietary thing.

    I know, here we go again.

    What I’ve come to realize is that it doesn't matter what’s better. It matters what people believe is better.

    By Michael Assad
    Posted August 07, 2013

  • The CMS-Connected Review of Liferay Video

    The CMS-Connected Review of Liferay Video

    I had the privileged of reviewing Liferay Portal for CMS-Connected's "In the Spotlight" segment. This is the first time, I've done a show with new co-host Butch Sterns. The end result is what I think is a great question and answer review of Liferay's products followed by Scott Liewehr's analyst perspective of Liferay the company. In the show, I talked about Liferay Portal and Liferay Social Office. I also had a chance to briefly mention Liferay Sync.

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted August 06, 2013

  • WordPress 3.6 Greets Site Owners With Improved Content Revision and HTML 5 Media Player

    WordPress 3.6 Greets Site Owners With Improved Content Revision and HTML 5 Media Player

    The month of August starts out with a bang for WordPress fans. We knew given Matt Mullenweg's State of the Word speech that it was only a matter of time when WordPress 3.6 would be released. Starting yesterday afternoon, site administrators were quickly greeted with a notification that the WordPress update was available.

    Yesterday's launch gives WordPress sites the availability of a new blog-centric theme (Twenty Thirteen), "bullet-proof" autosave and post locking, a revamped revision browser, native support for audio and video embeds, and improved integration with Spotify, Rdio, and SoundCloud.

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted August 02, 2013

  • Acquia Builds Acquia Cloud Site Factory Next to Drupal Gardens

    Acquia Builds Acquia Cloud Site Factory Next to Drupal Gardens

    Acquia Cloud Site Factory is both Software as a Service (SaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS). Acquia's new product and service shouldn't be a surprise to Acquia watchers and Drupal fans. TheFactory builds on Acquia's proven Drupal Gardens OpenSaaS software and infrastructure, on which more than 100,000 sites have been built. Here at CMS Report we've covered Drupal Gardens since the days before it was even a real product and it's been an interesting story to revisit from time to time.

    Over the years, my impression have always been that Drupal Gardens was a great way to start a Drupal site quickly, but also worrisome once your site needed to grow beyond the Garden's offeringsOne of Drupal's strengths has always been that it just isn't a CMS, but also a framework. Drupal's framework lets you push beyond the limits of your original vision for the site, but within the walls of Drupal Gardens that same ability to innovate always seemed a bit too confining for my taste. Acquia Cloud Site Factory seems to be the company's answer for those customers that needed more from their SaaS.

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted August 01, 2013

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