WordPress 3.9 has been released with a number of refinements that WordPress hopes you'll "love". The changes and new features are solid but perhaps not as many as we've come to appreciate in past WordPress point releases. Some of the new features that can be found in WordPress 3.9 include improvements in the media editing experience, gallery previews, and live editing of widgets and headers.
Years ago, I quickly discovered there was great public interest in comparisons of open source content management systems such as Drupal and Joomla. When you throw WordPress into the mix and you can attract an even greater audience. Despite how much traffic such headlines draw people in, CMS Report has been pretty selective when we provide or point to such articles. There is some uncertainty whether there is genuine value being provided in feature comparison articles which is why I've shied away from them in recent years.
Mike Assad, former CEO of Agility Inc., once told me that in his experience feature lists are rarely used to select your CMS but instead such lists are mostly used to justify the choice you've already made. There is some truth to that, because when selecting a CMS it is more a question of whether a CMS meets your needs and less about the quantity of features it provides.
The most difficult comparison articles for reviewers to write are those that don't pick winners or losers but instead helps readers to pick a CMS for themselves. I believe Robert Mening, WebSiteSetup.org, shared this goal in his own.comparison of WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal. Robert provides both an article and the following infographic in his comparison of the big three CMSs
As with all WordPress updates, WordPress 3.8 adds some nice features for both users and administrators. There are also lots of bug fixes in this new version which over 188 open source contributors pitched in to fix. The following are the most significant features we found in WordPress 3.8.
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.
Matt Mullenweg recently gave his State of the Word speech at WordCamp San Francisco 2013. In the embedded video below the fold he speaks about the WordPress project’s past and future. In the speech, the soon-to-be release of WordPress 3.6 is discussed as well as the planned releases of WordPress 3.7 and 3.8. Interestingly, there is also the discussion of the role of WordPress as blog, content management system, and application platform.
A few months ago, CMS Australian enthusiast Said Salameh posted this excellent breakdown comparing the number of steps required to complete simple tasks between eight leading open source content management systems. He illustrates how simple things like editing a page or adding an article can take ten steps or more – far more than necessary. His post spawned a discussion on the Web Content Management group on LinkedIn drawing out frustrations from many in the industry about the complexity of content management systems – particularly open source systems.
The calendar is moving fast toward one of my favorite content management focused conferences, the 2013 CMS Expo which is hosted in Evanston, Illinois (near Chicago). This year, the conference will be held on the 14th, 15th, and 16th of May once again at the Hilton Orrington Hotel. Learning & Business Conference. This event is billed as a "Learning & Business" conference showcasing some of the world's leading content management systems and the people who power them. Whether the CMS you favor is proprietary or open source, focused on small business or enterprise, non-profit, government or commercial applications, there’s something for everyone at CMS Expo.
If you still need to register for CMS Expo, reading this article might help save you $100 from the full registration price.
A few days ago, WordPress 3.5 was released and I originally planned to write the typical "what is new in WordPress" article similar to what I've done in the past for CMS Report. However, I thought this time around I would also discuss how I'm using WordPress to support the website of one of my favorite photographers, Karen Ruby of Dakota Imagery. Certainly, in this article there is no cause for you to suspect my opinions are biased with regard to her photography skills despite the fact we've been married for 11 years and she is the mother of my child. In this article, my goal is to not only provide WordPress and CMS users something interesting to read but also to point photographers to a WordPress package that my wife and I have found works quite nicely to support her photography business.
WordPress is not the only free CMS. Drupal and Joomla jump to mind, but there are lots and lots of others. So we as CMS vendors need to think beyond the traditional web content management functionality and figure out ways to innovate our way to a competitive advantage.