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.
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.
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?”
Analysts no longer slot open source software (OSS) as unique tracks, but rather prefer to group them with proprietary software, under a specific genre. With subscription models gaining ground, consumers caring about business functions and, not the technology that delivers it, the next wave of IT sourcing predicts well for open source adoption.
While the Agility CMS has been in Beta for much of 2015, the Production release will be rolling out to Agility's clients and their sites this Fall. While gradual improvements were made in the CMS, probably the biggest change for Agility Inc. was in late 2013 with the appointment of their new CEO, Jonathan Voigt. When Jon was appointed CEO he promised a refocused vision for Agility that would provide better products and improved services for Agility's paying customers. This autumn, Agility fulfills that promise as it rolls out a significant rebuild and redesign of the content management system's interface. Besides the interface improvements, the new version of Agility CMS also introduces a new Dashboard feature as well as significant improvements in software performance and task workflow.
Agility and their clients have a lot riding on this new release. Let's take a sneak peek at what the new CMS has to offer.
Over the years, I have promoted a lot of conferences for marketers, businesses, and content providers. For the most part these conferences blend in together so much that it is difficult to distinguish one from the other. However, not all conferences are forgotten with time. There are an elite few that stand out from the pack year after year. One of those is the Gilbane Conference.
The Gilbane Conference is geared for marketers, IT, and business managers that wish to "integrate content strategies and computing technologies to produce superior customer experiences for all stakeholders".
This year, Gilbane Conference 2015 is being held in Boston, Massachusetts from December 1st through the 3rd. This year, the conference will focus on how best to integrate your content, data, and software to improve the multichannel digital customer experience. Whether you are just getting started with managing multichannel content, need to improve the consistency of the web and mobile discovery experience, or are ready to integrate with an ecommerce, content marketing, business intelligence or other marketing or data management platform, you will want to attend this conference.
More than buzzwords: Hippo.Connect brings together the Hippo community to share tangible approaches to improving the online experience for customers, end to end.
Docebo is making it easier for organizations to manage their CRM and LMS shared data efficiently. It is doing this by releasing the Salesforce integration for its Cloud-based, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) Enterprise learning management system (LMS).