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.”

Overview of Changes

Site Search (Enterprise)

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.

Elxis: Elxis 4.0 vs Joomla 2.5.4 benchmark comparison

Presented below is a benchmark comparison test between the latest Joomla 2.5.4 Emper (stable) and the upcoming Elxis 4.0 Nautilus (pre-alpha). The tests were performed with the Apache's ab tool on my local development computer which runs Windows. The numbers shown might seem low, this is because the tests were run on a Windows operating system. On a Linux live server they would be higher but the comparison results would be the same. A quick conclusion (we will go in more details later) is that Elxis is, at least, 4 times faster than Joomla!

Tests environment

Web server: Apache 2.2.17
PHP version: 5.3.5
ApacheBench: 2.3
OS: Windows Vista 64bit Home Premium Edition Service Pack 2
Joomla: 2.5.4 Ember stable
Elxis: 4.0 Nautilus rev1140 pre-alpha

Quoting IT: Second Habit of Web-Savvy Entrepreneurs

"The most successful people online, starting with Seth Godin, Chris Brogan, or Guy Kawasaki, all have one thing in common. They maintain a very active blog. At the end of the day, this is where your online home base resides.

If you want to succeed online, get a blog (via Tumblr, WordPress, or Typepad) and start crunching out quality content. It's the lifeblood of your online presence."

- Ilya Pozin, 7 Habits of Web-Savvy Entrepreneurs, Inc., July 5, 2012

SilverStripe CMS and Framework 3 stable

I woke up this morning with a very nice announcement that SilverStripe 3.0 has official been released. As you know, I'm a huge fan of the SilverStripe CMS. Next week, I hope to cover SilverStripe 3 better, but with limited time this Friday you'll just have to be satisfied with a copy of the below press release.

If I'm lucky, I think I might also be able to find a video interview I did last year with SilverStripe's co-founder, Sigurd Magnusson, on the then upcoming SilverStripe 3. I had some video editing format issues that perhaps I'm a little smarter now to overcome. Stay tuned on this "developing story".

Moodle 2.3 adds Course Interface and File Management Improvements

Call me a sucker for education, but despite the fact that CMS Report retired Moodle from our Top 30 list last year, I still insist on posting Moodle articles from time to time. The supporters and developers of Moodle have released Moodle 2.3, a new version of their open source CMS. The "CMS" in this case stands for Course Management System. In order to avoid confusing the Moodle CMS with the other type of "CMS" we typically cover here, I will continue to stick to calling Moodle a Learning Management System  (LMS) or even an LCMS.

Moodle LogoGetting back on track, Moodle 2.3 offers a significant number of new features and improvements. In the Moodle 2.3 announcement, Martin Dougiamas headlined three of the following features:

Oracle WebCenter Content Management gets a new user interface - CARA

Desktop in a browser

Oracle WebCenter Content just got a great companion product – CARA from Generis, an Oracle Gold Partner. CARA is a web-based interface on top of WebCenter Content and it provides both a high-performance / high functionality end-user experience, as well as a full suite of configuration tools that allow you to build a business use case for Oracle WebCenter without coding.

How CARA is Built

CARA is a JAVA application built using the Google Web Toolkit (which means it works in any browser).  It has so much configuration, that Generis is offering a zero customization policy - if customers need a new feature, it will be added as a configurable feature available to everyone. CARA is available also as a mobile solution and in a number of languages including English, French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Arabic, Russian, Portuguese and Polish.


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