As was mentioned earlier this week, today is the day Drupal 8 becomes official and is released for public consumption. The last time CMS Report was given the opportunity to talk about a major Drupal release was in January 2011 with the release of Drupal 7. If you thought the three year waiting period from Drupal 6 to Drupal 7 was long, waiting nearly half a decade for Drupal 8 certainly feels like a lifetime in the world of content management. During this cycle of development, Drupal's own open source community has evolved and its developers have introduced hundreds of changes into the Drupal content management platform.
A new ‘starting point’ website was released this week from unroole.com to simplify website construction; this exciting new feature is built entirely from Bootstrap components.
New services for UK2.net, Midphase and WestHost help customers tune websites for discoverability and fast load times
I admit it. When looking at the calendar my eyes have been focused on November 19, 2015. This is the date that Drupal 8, under development since 2011, is expected to be released. But for Drupal 6 users, the beginning of Drupal 8 also marks the beginning of the end for Drupal 6 support. Announced on Drupal.org, Michael Hess writes that Drupal 6 will reach end-of-life on February 24 2016.
Within the past couple days, I've received emails and phone calls from TERMINALFOUR's marketing best encouraging me to cover the company's latest news. The announcement concerns new software from TERMINALFOUR, which the company believes will help universities drive students to register to attend through better online engagement. The company already works with leading universities across the United States including the University of Florida, Texas Woman’s University and Central Wyoming College.
I've included TERMINALFOUR's announcement below. TERMINALFOUR has incorporated a ‘Form Builder’ and automated migration tool into v8.1 to help increase engagement. The company's past experience in working with universities have shown the migration tool allows site administrators to automatically migrate up to 93% of their content. That's an impressive number as anyone that has ever worked on a migration project well knows. I've worked on some projects where the automation was "zero" due to the joys of an in-house customized CMS. It's one of the reasons I recommend CMSs like TERMINALFOUR instead of letting your IT shop build their own CMS.
This was a busy week for web developers, marketers, and users of both Episerver and Ektron. This was the week where many that follow these platforms converged in Las Vegas for EPiServer Ascend 2015. I didn't attend the customer conference, but from what I have been told and what I have read is that people walked away from this conference impressed. It is also at this conference that the Fall 2015 release of the Episerver Digital Experience Cloud was announced.
As most of you recall, earlier this year Episerver and Ektron merged to support the digital experience platform in the cloud to better meet their customer's content and commerce needs. The Fall 2015 release of the Episerver Digital Experience Cloud is expected to offer substantive new and converged functionality from the best of Ektron and Episerver. The Fall Release is promising to empower marketers, merchandisers and digital developers to achieve their ideas through a productive “people-first technology” platform.
Still, there’s a common and understandable hesitancy on the part of many small business owners to make the necessary commitment of time and money to creating actual content for a website, particularly dynamic websites. It’s a commitment to an ongoing expense, and it’s not too crazy, from an outsider’s perspective, to wonder something along the lines of, “Why does my tile-and-brick-laying service need a blog? And what would I put on there, anyway?”
When Livefyre announced their new Livefyre Engagement Cloud on Wednesday, Jordan Kretchmer claimed that "Today, we’re going to make some history". With history yet to be written, this could come across as typical grandstanding made by a company's CEO and founder. Yet the deeper you dig into this story, the more you realize if not history being made then at the very least Livefyre has charted a better course for user engagement and the use of user generated content.
Online survey and form builder 123ContactForm has today announced that its new product, CaptainForm, a flexible WordPress form plugin, emerges out of Beta and enters V1.0. CaptainForm is easy to install and has built-in features, allowing users to create and customize any type of form right from their WP dashboard.
Based on Beta users’ feedback, usability is improved and new advanced features are provided such as the flexible popup publishing method. Additionally, for V1.0. multiple features such as: publishing in pages, theme files & widgets, user-submitted WP posts, advanced styling options, multiple notifications and approval request flow have been improved.
Responding to growing enterprise demand for support in serving customers with contextually relevant information on any channel and any device, Web Content Management Software vendor Hippo has further strengthened its European partner portfolio with Service2Media.