The recording video of the March 26th CMS-Connected show is now available online. CMS-Connected is a monthly webcast featuring news, trends and commentary related to the content management industry. In this particular show the focus was on mobile and social eCommerce with much of that discussion including Gabe Sumner from Sitefinity. I also participated as a guest on the show discussing my impressions of MODX during the "In the Spotlight" segment. Hosts Tyler Pyburn and Scott Liewehr of course are present throughout the show reporting and commenting about the latest happenings in content management and content management systems.
My segment begins about 43 and a half minutes into the show and you'll find the video embedded below. If you want to do a lot more "segment hopping" in the video, check out the show's page at CMS-Connected where you'll find all the segments in this March show nicely indexed and parsed.
Does the Open Source CMS vs. Proprietary CMS debate still have validity? CEO Michael Assad of Agility thinks so. Mike would like to start a discussion that provides resources to those looking for information comparing these two very different approaches to CMS development. What do you think?
"We can now send people through their own personal industrial revolution in 90 days. So if you're a bright guy, a bright gal, you got an idea you can turn it into reality. Just like you could do it in code 15 years ago, now you can do it in hardware."
- Mark Hatch, CEO Techshop, Interview by Robert Scoble in "America's most important startup?", Video published on Mar 25, 2013 via YouTube
Yesterday, Dries Buytaert announced on his blog that Acquia has released the next generation of Mollom, the Mollom Content Moderation Platform. The new Mollom platform is being billed by Acquia as the "first cloud content moderation platform built for the enterprise". Mollom is capable of reducing the time that’s required to moderate large volumes of user-generated content. Personally having used Mollom to assist me in moderating small to medium sites, I suspect the need for something like Mollom is even greater for enterprises with an even larger web presence.
Business websites can be crippled by spam; more than 90 percent of the content submitted to websites is unwanted spam, much containing links to irrelevant sites and suspicious offers. Manually deleting spam from comments, registration and contact-form submissions is arduous work. Mollom solves the spam problem for businesses with a cloud platform that filters and removes virtually all spam submissions.
DotNetNuke (DNN) has announced a social software solution aimed at optimizing customer engagement and loyalty through online communities. DNN Social gives businesses the ability to easily create and manage communities on their existing websites, giving end-users a one-stop destination for consuming content, exchanging ideas and interacting with other community members.
DNN Social enables businesses to effectively control the customer conversation by allowing it to take place on the corporate website, instead of driving customers to a third-party social site. Thriving user communities can help reduce support costs, drive product innovation and increase sales and brand awareness at an affordable price point. During the past two years, DNN executives have told CMS Report that they believe one of the key requirements for a modern CMS is to include social functionality and have steadily moved their product line toward this direction. Available today, DNN Social attempts to reinvent how companies optimize their web presence by combining industry-leading content and community management into a single, easy-to-use solution.
"Longer, richer pages are more expensive to create, but our data shows that as the quality of a page increases, its effective revenue decreases. There will have to be a pretty significant shift in traffic to higher quality pages to make them financially viable to create."
- Paul Edmonson, HubPages CEO, Interviewed in Google Panda Two Years Later: 5 Questions With HubPages CEO Paul Edmondson, Search Engine Land, February 26, 2013
Sitting on my desktop the past few weeks has been an eBook from the Aluent Group, Drupal and Joomla!: A Comparison of Project Processes and Costs. I probably would have not read this eBook if it wasn't for an acquaintance of mine, Justin Kerr, letting me know that he was a co-author of the book. I'm lucky to have read the book because I think in the sense Justin Kerr as well as co-authors Robert Nowak and Jet Pixel have hit a home run in their review and comparison of Drupal and Joomla.
If you have ever hosted your website on a server or virtual private server then chances are pretty high you once did or currently are using cPanel. cPanel is a graphical web-based control panel that helps site owners and administrators to quickly and easily manage their website and hosting account. It's an awesome tool that interfaces with your server to help you perform once difficult tasks such as creating databases, manage website files, as well as setting up email accounts. Unfortunately, hackers broke into a proxy server used by cPanel, Inc's technical support department and now there are concerns that a trojan may have spread onto your server.
Perhaps I was always vulnerable to drinking the Google Kool-Aid. Not only disillusioned with the current state of social media, but also ashamed that I didn't see the value of social media from the start. Not only does Google offer an alternative to Facebook but it also offers you an opportunity to be an "early adopter". For many the question remains, is it worth leaving or diluting your current investment in Facebook as you increasingly invest more time and content into Google+? For me, the answer was obvious as I see Google+ as a game changer for social media and quite frankly CMS Report has historically done a lousy job supporting its Facebook page. Google+ offers the opportunity to do social media well from the start and to avoid yet another missed opportunity.