For the first time in a few years, CMS Report isn't present at Liferay's North American Symposium currently taking place in San Francisco. However, we still have plenty of our friends there helping to feed us with any CMS related news coming out of this conference. Probably the biggest news presented yesterday was Liferay, Inc. revealing Liferay Portal 6.2 to the crowd.
Liferay offers a more refined, mobile-ready version of the company’s flagship product. The new version should also help enterprises execute their engagement strategy across channels and audiences by making it easy to create mobile-responsive websites that connect with users across every stage of the relationship lifecycle.
“Today’s enterprises need to interact with their customers, partners, and employees through compelling, seamless experiences across several channels,” said Bryan Cheung, CEO of Liferay. “Liferay Portal 6.2 is a modern, intuitive platform designed to help enterprises understand and reach their customers across mobile, web, and live contexts.”
A key focus of the new release is supporting mobile websites and apps. Websites and content created with Liferay Portal 6.2 automatically display correctly on mobile devices, and site administrators can define rules to handle specific devices and families differently. Liferay also provides mobile device previews right from the interface so users can quickly see how pages look on smaller screens. Finally, a new Mobile App Software Developer Kit (SDK), currently in the works for 6.2, will help developers build custom native apps that incorporate Liferay Portal functionality such as collaboration applications or integrated back end systems.
Major highlights in the new Liferay Portal 6.2 include:
Entirely Updated Modern User Interface – Twitter® Bootstrap-based theming for a slick, vibrant look and feel with instant access to the Bootstrap theme library; new Control Panel theme with streamlined site administration.
New Mobile Engagement Features – Mobile readiness out of the box with responsive layouts, one-click mobile previews, mobile device rules, and a Mobile App SDK.
Improved Web Experience Management – Site Hierarchies for managing content and users across multiple sites; Application Display Templates, which allow developers to quickly customize the look and feel of applications; improved multi-language support for content, URLs, and applications.
Portal Resiliency, Modularity and Security – Increased platform stability through portlet sandboxing for isolation of individual portlet components from the portal; greater modularity in Liferay Portal architecture with ability to manage multiple versions of libraries, share libraries across multiple plugins, and upgrade and rollback portlets from version to version.