Community Edition of Liferay Portal 6.1 Released

A few days ago, the Liferay product and engineering teams announced the release of Liferay Portal 6.1 CE. Last fall, during the Liferay West Coast Symposium, CMS Report was able to get a sneak peak of the features that Liferay Portal 6.1 had to offer. We were impressed then and we're even more impressed now with the changes that have been made since then.

Liferay Portal ships with broad product capabilities and provides more function than you would expect from a traditional portal. Besides having the capability as a web platform, Liferay Portal is also capable of supporting content and document management (including Microsoft office integration). Additional capabilities include:

  • Web Publishing and Shared Workspaces
  • Enterprise Collaboration
  • Social Networking and Mashups
  • Identity Management

Liferay logo and bannerLiferay issues their portal software under two licenses, an open source community edition and an enterprise edition. The Liferay community edition we're talking about in this article is specifically designated as Liferay 6.1 CE GA1.  In addition to the numerous bugs that have been fixed since 6.0 GA4, many new features and improvements have gone into this release.

Joomla 2.5 to be released soon

The release of Joomla 2.5, a popular open source content management system, is expected to occur within the next few weeks. This release gives Joomla! fans a reason to celebrate and those new to the CMS a chance to consider Joomla! for thier next project. Like clockwork, the Joomla community is preparing the way by educating the masses on the new features and enhancements included in this version. I'm not an expert on the Joomla! development process, but I'm going to do my best here in summarizing the information that I've gathered so far on Joomla 2.5.

CMS Report's Ten Additional Stories for 2011

The problem I have with top ten lists is that inevitably there is a story that should have made the list but didn't. Last week, I posted CMS Report's Top Ten Stories of 2011 and wished I could have included additional stories. The articles listed were ranked by popularity based by how many times viewed and the rate that they were viewed through the year. Popular stories do not always signify well written articles and they aren't always an indication of my personal favorites.

In case you missed these stories the first time around, below are ten additional content management articles we published in 2011. Every article deserves a second chance to be highlighted or tweeted again.

OpenCms 8 content manager user manual now available!

The OpenCms 8 content manager user manual - which is now available for download - provides a quick non-technical overview of OpenCms 8.

This complete and easy to understand reference will help the content manager to build websites with OpenCms 8 within minutes. Learn all about advanced direct edit and the sitemap editor.

Explaining every feature and functionality of the OpenCms 8 user interface this user manual provides essential know-how for the content manager.

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Foswiki 1.1.4 under the Chirstmas tree

A reader of CMS Report asked me to give the latest version of Foswiki some love and attention to this open source "enterprise wiki" with an article. Not a problem as this is why I'm here!

Eight months in the making, Foswiki 1.1.4 comes with some new features and more than 160 crunched bugs relative to the previous release. Here are some highlights of new features and enhancements included in this package:

Composite C1 3.0 hits the streets

The top rated open source CMS Composite C1 reaches version 3.0 with new features for everyone.

COPENHAGEN, Denmark 21st December. The Danish software house Composite has released a new version of their top rated open source CMS, Composite C1. Version 3.0 of the popular content management system features over 30 new functions and improvements that will make life easier for everyone whether they be editors or developers.

Easy for end users

For the end users the team has improved the editing and user experience in Composite C1 with a ton of new cool features.

Amongst others seamless copy/paste from Microsoft Word, a new instant upload feature that allows users to upload images and documents on the spot while editing pages, and full support for HTML 5, script and iframe ensuring that editors can now load external content on their site.

CMS Report's Top Ten Content Management Stories of 2011

When I read the stories we post here at CMS Report, I am reminded how quickly the CMS market continues to evolve and mature. Every year, I worry that there is nothing "new" to write about in this information system niche only to have the developer, user, or owner of a CMS push another new story idea toward my screen. This time around when looking for the top ten content management stories of the year, I concluded we didn't have ten great CMS stories for 2011. Instead, I found more than two dozen great CMS stories for 2011.

Below are the top ten stories of 2011 that were posted here at The stories in this list are ranked based on the rate they were viewed since they first appeared at

Top Ten Content Management Stories of 2011

  1. The 2011 Open Source Awards
  2. Google+ first week of use review
  3. 10 New Content Management Systems via CMS Focus
  4. Another new term: Social Content Management
  5. CMS Expo 2011 Series
  6. Liferay Marketplace and Liferay Portal 6.1
  7. CMS Redefined: Cloud. Mobile. Social
  8. CMS Report upgrades to Drupal 7
  9. DotNetNuke, Drupal, Liferay, and SharePoint in Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Horizontal Portals
  10. CMS in the Fast Lane: Joomla! 1.7

Introducing CumulusClips - A Video Sharing CMS

As a former meteorologist, I think it goes without saying that by default I will talk about any content management system with "cumulus" in the name. In this case, I'm talking about CumulusClips, a video sharing CMS officially out of Beta and released a stable version (v.1.1).

If you are in need of sharing videos but a little uneasy with allowing someone else manage those videos then perhaps CumulusClips is your answer. Requirements for hosting CumulusClips aren't too difficult to meet although you'll want plenty of memory for all that video encoding you'll need to do for new videos uploads.

The video sharing cms CumulusClips is officially out of Beta and released a stable version (v.1.1). CumulusClips is an open source video script that allows users to create their own video website or YouTube like clone. CumulusClips has several great attributes. These include free & open source, mobile support, and automatic updates, just to name a few.

Who really invented the tablet?

Illustration of the Dynabook

The 1994 Knight-Ridder video I attached at the bottom of this post  is a fantastic reminder that the tablet predates the iPad and Android tablet by many decades. During the "hypermedia" era of the late 1980's, I can recall taking a "tech of the future" class where my professor discussed in similar detail what a tablet might look like in the future. He described a day where students would be sitting under trees reading not not from paper books but utilizing exactly what we know today as the digital tablet. 

 Believe it or not though, the origins of the tablet computer date back to the 19th century.

Contensis launches R7.1 - Reinforcing customer investment

Contensis continues its innovation in content management systems with the launch of the latest version of its market-leading web CMS.
R7.1 is the very latest release of the Contensis Enterprise CMS and the first using its new release schedule that sees a new version every 4 months.
Highlights include a redesigned dashboard, a new Social Media module and further updates to the Quality Assurance module.
The new Social Media module will allow organisations to post to Twitter with thresholds and moderation, so any of their staff can get involved, even if they are not the social media guru, although the social media guru may tweak their post if needed at moderation stage.
Contensis CTO Richard Chivers said:
"Adopting our CMS is an investment and with each release of Contensis we prove that our clients have made a great decision. We like to reward their loyalty by rolling-out solid and frequent advances in-line with, and ahead of, developments on the web.”


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