Given the flurry of product announcements this week, my desk is stacked high with press releases and requests for review. The most notable of these recent announcements are for ImpressPages 4.0, Jahia 7, and Umbraco 7.1. Each of these content management systems deserve their own review. However, this is a Friday and time isn't on my side. So, I thought at the least there would be value in mentioning the release of these products and give you the option to follow up on your own for additional information.
With ImpressPages 4.0 released the focus is the offering of a new PHP framework that merges easy code and an easy content editor. The goal is simple - make it work for both, developers and content managers. As ImpressPages shifts from CMS to framework with a new MVC engine, users can make custom changes in no time; not to mention they can write plugins and themes. Programmers and web designers are provided a clean and tidy workspace with numerous possibilities as ImpressPages is fully open source and customizable.
But the essence of ImpressPages 4.0 lies in the new developer-admin relationship. Now website developers are granted the right to build as complex systems as they wish without having to worry about the ease of use for content managers. The latter is thoughtfully created by the following features:
- Inline editing with drag&drop;
- Pre-made widgets: text, image, video, map, file, form, and more;
- New usability-based UI.
We knew Jahia 7 was coming a few months ago when Jahia Solutions Group let us know that the new software would be unveiled during their JahiaOne conference. Jahia 7 introduces powerful distributed development features, private app stores to re-use and distribute components securely with a new OSGi integration. All this was done to move Jahia toward their Digital Industrialization vision of allowing enterprises to deliver their digital projects faster. Jahia 7's goal is to give enterprises the opportunity to re-use components or features developed for a given project into the next, thus reducing the TCO, project after project.
Some of the details of the new features provided in Jahia's product announcement include:
Jahia 7 has also given the vendor the opportunity to refresh their product line which now includes: Jahia Digital Factory (formerly know as Jahia xCM), Jahia Workspace Factory (formerly know as Jahia Wise), Jahia Portal Factory, and Jahia eCommerce Factory. For additional information about Jahia 7 please see Jahia.com.
Sebastiaan Janssen recently described Umbraco 7.1.0 as "smooth as butter". Honestly, I'm not exactly sure what he means by that but given that we've left Umbraco off our radar for too long I'll cut Umbraco's core manager some slack. With over 200,000 installations reported, Umbraco is one of the most deployed Web content management systems on the Microsoft stack.
So what's new in Umbraco 7.1? Here are some of the most significant new features:
Additional information about Umbraco 7.1 can be found at Umbraco.com.Back to top
Bryan Ruby is the owner and editor for CMS Report. He founded CMSReport.com in 2006 on the belief that information technologists, website owners, and web developers desired visiting sites where they could learn about content management systems without the sales pitch. Besides this site, you can follow Bryan at Google+ and Twitter.