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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

  • 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

  • Infographic: IT Friction and what can be done about it

    Infographic: IT Friction and what can be done about it

    The attached infographic details a few key points about "IT Friction", the friction that exists between IT and employee. The infographic is based on research and analysis conducted by Forrester Research. In the Forrester Research report titled "Exploring Business and IT Friction: Myths and Realities," it was found that an astonishing 86% of the end-users lost an average of 18 work hours a month because of IT issues. While the debate over IT Friction has yet to be solved, the disconnect between IT and those they service is a topic that almost everyone has an opinion on.  BMC has an interesting blog post detailing the study and reaction to IT issues by end users on social media. We all of course also recognize the increased conflict between IT and users over BYOD policies and sometimes even the lack of BYOD policies.

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted July 29, 2013

  • A Maintenance Release for the Joomla CMS

    A Maintenance Release for the Joomla CMS

    The Joomla! project recently released a new version of their flagship content management system, Joomla 3.1.4. This is a maintenance release with no security fixes. Most of the updates are technical and will likely only be of interest to developers and site maintainers, but there are also a few user interface tweaks here and there. For example, this version will now show the Joomla username in administrative area.

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted July 27, 2013

  • Face-to-face with Samir Bhatt, Author of ‘Liferay Portal Performance Best Practices’

    Face-to-face with Samir Bhatt, Author of ‘Liferay Portal Performance Best Practices’

    Samir Bhatt is the author of recently published Liferay Portal Performance Best Practices which provides guidance on how to build and define architecture of high performing Liferay based portal solutions. This is the second book after co-authoring Liferay Beginner’s Guide in 2012.

    Samir Bhatt has over 12 years of IT including 4 years of Liferay Portal experience. In addition to authoring this book, Samir has also co-authored Liferay Beginner’s Guide. Samir is a Liferay certified trainer delivering training on Liferay Portals worldwide.

    In a recent interview, the author provided the following answers to our questions.

    By Angana Chatterjee
    Posted July 23, 2013

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