Developer's Tools for Wordpress and Drupal

Smashing Magazine has posted a couple articles to help web developers and designers with their Wordpress and Drupal sites.  Some great suggestions and resources are listed in these articles.

  1. WordPress Developer’s Toolbox
  2. Drupal Developer's Toolbox

The articles don't include everything, but it's a wonderful start for those just beginning to learn about Drupal or Wordpress.  Link found via Nick Lewis' blog.

Coming Soon: dotCMS 1.6.5

Curently as a release candidate, dotCMS 1.6.5 is shaping up to be feature packed.  While you may want to wait for the official release, there is no reason to wait on finding out what's new with dotCMS.

The new 1.6.5 version includes almost 200 improvements and fixes.  Highlights include:

  • Widgets
  • Major Performance Improvements
    • Now uses enterprise ready JBoss Cache.
    • Velocity Files cached in memory across cluster for speedier parsing.
  • Simplified Configuration, Maintenance, Installation and Upgrades
  • webDAV file access
  • User Interface Improvements / Simplified Inline Editing
    • Less user confusion:  new user interface cleanly distinguishes content from widgets/dynamic pulls.
  • PDF export
  • Web Form Improvements
    • Online webform builder allows end users to create forms without knowledge of HTML.
  • Other Improvements:
    • Google Maps Macro.
    • TinyMCE WYSIWYG upgraded to 3.1.
  • Over 120 bugs squashed.

The case for a boxed CMS: Security

Tim Wilson, the site editor for Dark Reading, recently posted an article about recent at the website.  In the colorfully titled article, "Porn Operators Hijack Pages on AARP Website", Wilson interviews Jeremy Yoder of MX Logic about why's site was vulnerable.  In brief, the explanation given is that the site deployed a number of Web 2.0 features including user profile submissions which the site didn't properly filter out JavaScript redirected code.  Yoder than explains that the site's security or lack of security was due to it using a custom or in-house built content management system.

Mailbag: Joomlatools and Nooku

Amit from Joomlatools contacted me to introduce me to their new company as well as their new product, Nooku.  The introduction is somewhat ironic given the fact that Johan already contacted me last Spring.  I have also had a link to Joomlatools' blogs in my Blogroll for a number of months!

However, it sounds like they're doing exciting stuff over at Joomlatools that should make quite a bit of the Joomla! community happy.  Nooku looks like a great product and the extension/framework should help Joomla! 1.5 users create multi-lingual websites more easily. I wish the best for Joomlatools.

The following is a copy of the email Amit sent to CMS Report.


Mailbag: Take a look at WebGUI

Tavis sent an email to asking me to take a look at WebGUI.  WebGUI is an open source content management system licensed under the GPL v2.

Hello, I wanted to send a quick note and see what it would take to setup a new CMS Focus category for WebGUI. ( The community is extremely active and there is definitely plenty of buzz about new releases, the community, and the organizations who decide to adopt it.

WebGUI also powers



Let me first admit the obvious.  Up to this point, WebGUI has been offf my personal radar.  Taking a look at WebGUI's site, listed features, and community...I may need to correct the oversight. Alternatives?

I was a huge fan of Amy Stephen's Open Source Community.  The site's mission was built on a desire to be a "place for those of us interested in open source solutions and community issues".  OSC shared a similar goal of mine in which I have a strong desire to bring people together from competing Web CMS projects, products, and organizations and compare perspectives (though I have interest in propriety systems as well as open source).  Unfortunately OSC went offline last April with only a promise to be back up sometime in the future.

I will be taking the site down sometime tomorrow evening and will likely be down for awhile. It could be a week - maybe two, but one day, it'll be back! Thanks!

Recent discussion here at brought the whereabouts of OSC back into question.  I personally don't know when OSC will ever be back online.  However, I think perhaps the better question might be, if you liked what other sites should be considered?  That is a very hard question to answer.

Pardon the Mess

This Drupal site of mine has taken quite a bit of beating the past couple weeks.  While Mollom has been protecting this site well enough from the comment spammers, it isn't designed to prevent the bots from trying to ping me so much.  It has been an incredible experience to see the bots try to open every possible URL and directory here at  But probably the real stress on the site has been my testing of numerous contributed modules that are still under development.  Probably using a production server to test new modules isn't the smartest thing for anyone to do, but it does provide a nice adrenaline rush from time to time.

To make a long story short, I'm testing a number of ways I can use a Web content management system more efficiently to run this site.  I also want to do some restructuring of the site so that I have more flexibility in the look and feel of the site as well as how the content is delivered.  For the most part, I'll be using Pathauto, Views, Panels, and one of the aggregation modules.  I'm currently testing the FeedAPI module for aggregation, but none of the aggregation related modules really do what I want them to do.  I'll put up a site recipe in the next month or two on the modules I finally settle on to support this site.

Now it is time for me to go.  Evidently, one of the modules I've installed is causing some cron issues.  Am I having fun, yet?  Yes, I am.

Augustana College using Drupal

Augustana College, a United States college affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, is using Drupal.  According to Augustana's Web Editor the site was developed by Tim Broeker of Electric Jet (Mnpls) using Drupal 5.  Electric Pulp, a local Sioux Falls company, also contributed to the project by doing the design and CSS work.

I don't think I've ever met Tim Broeker, but what is interesting about this Drupal site developer is that he also has a Joomla! Core Team connection.  Yes indeed, open source does matter.

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Why Google Chrome?

By now you've heard of Google's new Chrome browser which is currently in beta.  But did you ask yourself, why would Google want to enter the Internet browser market?  There are a number of reasons to why Google may have developed this browser, but I believe the explanation given by an article posted at CNET's Webware is the most likely reason.

On the Web, a site that responds a few milliseconds faster can make a big difference in people's engagement. It's for this reason that Google believes its new Web browser, Chrome, is a project worth investing in rather than a footnote in the history of the Internet.

Chrome, Google said during its Tuesday launch event, is much faster at showing Web pages than the most widely used browser, Microsoft's Internet Explorer. Google's hope is that performance will open up the bottleneck that chokes the speed and abilities of today's Web-based applications...

...Why speed means money
Google benefits materially from fast performance. First, when it comes to search, Google discovered when its search page loads fractionally faster, users search more often, which of course leads to more opportunities for Google to place its highly lucrative text ads. Second, a faster Web application foundation means that Google's online applications for e-mail, word processing, spreadsheets, and calendars can become faster and fuller-featured.



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