I had the privileged of reviewing Liferay Portal for CMS-Connected's "In the Spotlight" segment. This is the first time, I've done a show with new co-host Butch Sterns. The end result is what I think is a great question and answer review of Liferay's products followed by Scott Liewehr's analyst perspective of Liferay the company. In the show, I talked about Liferay Portal and Liferay Social Office. I also had a chance to briefly mention Liferay Sync.
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.
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 offerings. One 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.
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.
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.
Anyone who likes to avoid supporting a "rats nest" of network wiring should insist that their next house contain a well thought-out network distribution panel. In fact if it doesn't and I were you, I would insist to the seller that's why you as the buyer will pay less for the house due to future headaches you are likely to encounter. In my house, the builder and contractors pre-wired the house for phone, data, cable, satellite, cable, and audio. What more could an IT professional want? The best thing of all, the previous owner of the house barely touched those wires giving me the opportunity to hook things up my way for the very first time.
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.
This week, Telerik released a new version of its web and mobile CMS, Sitefinity 6.1. Significant to the new Sitefinity 6.1 release is a new desktop application and lightweight digital asset management (DAM) components. The new DAM functionality is geared toward the business user who is constantly updating, changing and manipulating rich digital media assets. In addition to new lightweight DAM functionality, Sitefinity 6.1 continues to deliver as a leading Mobile CMS now with responsive navigation widgets enabling touch-friendly navigation for mobile devices using predefined CSS.
Over the years, we all have abbreviated DotNetNuke as DNN as we've discussed this open source .Net based content management system. It looks like the corporate folks upstairs have finally made this interchangeability official. DotNetNuke Corp will now be known as DNN.
The new DNN has also taken the time not only to announce the branding of the new company logo, but also announced a new and refocused suite of products and services. Today, DNN has announced DNN Evoq, a suite of integrated applications enabling enterprises to create online experiences and powerful interactive communities. DNN Evoq intends to make it easy for users, including those with minimal IT experience, to integrate social functionality with their existing websites.
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.