JaxReady Emergency Preparedness Mobile App built on Kentico CMS

Yesterday, a press release submitted by Kentico Software regarding JaxReady came across my desk. JaxReady is a smartphone app created by the City of Jacksonville to keep local residents informed in the event of a natural disaster and is built on the Kentico CMS. Over the years, I've worked with a number of emergency managers and almost everyone of them will tell you that the biggest difficulty they face as EMs is having the general public take interest in emergency preparedness well before a disaster hits. 

Perhaps where websites and outreach programs have fallen short in meeting emergency management needs, mobile applications such as JaxReady offer the public an increased chance to improving their changes of of survival during a disaster. Sherry McGuire, User Experience Developer of JaxReady commented that "The mobile apps we are creating will give residents powerful informational tools never before available, and all from the convenience of their pockets."

Liferay Marketplace Now Open to Enterprise Users and Developers

Public repository of advanced enterprise applications ready for download

LOS ANGELES, CA – Liferay, Inc., provider of the world's leading enterprise-class, open source portal, recently announced the public launch of Liferay Marketplace, offering over 70 enterprise apps and themes developed by Liferay. As part of this launch, Liferay also invites independent software vendors (ISVs) and developers to begin developing apps for Liferay Marketplace. Availability of third party apps created by ISVs will be in the next phase of Liferay Marketplace, which will include additional functionality such as built-in transaction and payments processing.

The public availability of Liferay Marketplace is a pivotal move forward in Liferay's goal to provide greater access to enterprise applications for Liferay users around the world.

Dethroned: Content Is No Longer King

I spent most of the last two weeks camping and hiking in the Grand Teton National Park of northwest Wyoming. If you've never visited this national park then take my word on it that Grand Teton is one of the most beautiful places a person can visit in this world. The mountains in this place peak near 13,800 feet and rise from the valley by almost 7,000 feet. Despite the warm summer much of the United States experienced, ice glaciers can still be accessed through a number of day hikes. For anyone that loves the outdoors, this place has everything in the form of wildlife, scenery, and activities. Unfortunately (or fortunately depending from your perspective), what the Grand Teton doesn't have is good 3G or 4G cell phone coverage.

Mailbag: Igloo Social Business Software Now Supports Multilingual Translation

Yesterday afternoon, Christine from Igloo Software contacted me to dicuss a new version of their web-based social software geared toward business. This new release of Igloo is nicknamed Pearl. The Pearl release offers a number of new significant features including multilingual content, integrated social analytics, enhanced file sharing, and social content archving.

I literally get hundreds of emails from companies announcing new products and services as well as upgrades of their products. I've done this long enough to recognize when companies are just releasing new software to release new software or when they genuinely about what their product offers their customers. You can put Igloo down as "excited" for this latest version, basically because they recognize with the multilingual support their software can now literally offer global support for businesses. I prefer companies excited about their own product releases, don't you?

Included below is the portion of Christine's email where she discusses Igloo Pearl.

Popular Content Management Systems Supported by Budget Host Providers

Finding the right content management system (CMS) for a website takes a little research and effort on the part of the webmaster. Understanding what a CMS is, how it works, and what features are needed for each website will help the webmaster choose not only the best CMS but also the web hosting service that offers and supports that  CMS.

In this article, we'll discuss some of the more popular CMSs typically supported by what we call budget shared host providers (such as BlueHost, iPage, GoDaddy,, 1&1,  etc). Both BlueHost and iPage offer several “free” (open source) CMS software to choose from and we'll be using their offerings as example in this article. BlueHost does not provide a detailed list of all the content management systems they offer but they do mention a few: Moodle, Drupal, Joomla, and TikiWiki. In contrast iPage offers a list of the open source CMS software that they support: CMS Made Simple, Drupal, e107, Joomla, and Moodle.

Moodle

I purchased the Google Nexus 7 tablet

If you follow me on Google+ or Twitter, you likely already know that I am not a tablet fan. I know the statement is contradictory when coming from a techy person like me. I have a hard time seeing the benefit of a tablet in my day to day life. I already own a great smartphone (the Android-based Droid Razr) and I prefer the ease of a physical keyboard on my computer and notebooks when writing content is crucial. Overall, I'm just not convinced that a tablet will allow me to do anything more than what my current devices already do. Perhaps this is a sign of my age, but I lost my "wow" some time ago for new technology.

Optimizing Magento Performance

According to the recent research, 64% of dissatisfied online shoppers said they were less likely to visit a slow retailer again, 62% were less likely to purchase from the site again and 48% would purchase from a competitor.

Such statistics always makes developers puzzle – from one hand, the website owner wants the application to be multifunctional and universal, from the other – it shouldn’t be slow. And the problem is always to make a solid extension work as fast as possible.

Performance optimization is a good way out in such situation. Optimizing a website, you should consider providing two factors:

  1. acceptable pages loading speed;
  2. acceptable pages loading speed when N people use the same application simultaneously.

The basic advice regarding response times that has been about the same for forty years:

“0.1 second is about the limit for having the user feel that the system is reacting instantaneously, meaning that no special feedback is necessary except to display the result.

dotCMS Releases 2.1

Boston, Massachusetts – July 24, 2012 – dotCMS, an open source, Java-based web content management system, is pleased to announce the release of v2.1.  This latest release continues the momentum in providing a robust enterprise platform for both commercial-grade and multi-tenant content driven web applications. 

 “This release is only the beginning of our plans to push and improve our currently successful dotCMS 2-Series product offering.” announce Will Ezell, CTO of dotCMS. “dotCMS R&D is moving at a solid and steady pace in building more manageable, usable tools and functionality on an already proven platform that provides one the most scalable, powerful and easy-to-use web content management platforms in the marketplace today.”

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Jadu helps Norgren connect global to local

Robust multilingual web CMS helps global businesses optimize local content, improve search results

CHICAGO, IL - With more than 30 websites covering 75 countries, in 25 languages, some sites as old as 10 years, Norgren, Inc., a world leader in pneumatic motion and fluid control, had an online problem. From a marketing point of view they needed a suite of fresh-looking, informative, easy-to-navigate websites. From a business point of view, they needed a timely, localized way to present specific content to multiple industries and multiple markets in multiple languages while maintaining a consistent corporate brand.

Norgren found the solution they needed in Jadu Inc., a global web content management, forms, portal and mobile products company. Jadu worked with Norgren, learning about their business, customers, ethos and desired results. Based on a design-once-deploy-many strategy, Jadu then developed a solution using Jadu CMS and its innovative Jadu Galaxies international language pack feature.

Plone 4.2 improves CCK and Theming

A couple days ago, the Plone community announced the release of Plone 4.2, the newest version of  their open-source content management system. Plone has nearly 340 core developers and more than 300 solution providers in 57 countries. The project has been actively developed since 2001, is available in more than 40 languages, and has one of the best security track record of any major CMS.

Plone is Python centric which is why I probably don't cover it too often, yet because it is Python based it's also the very reason why I've kept my eye on Plone for the six years I've ran CMS Report. Python is one of my favorite programming languages and lately it has seen seen a resurgence in popularity among developers. My point is simply that with the upward popularity trend in Python, I wouldn't be surprised to see more developers and CMS users paying more attention to Plone.

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