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.”

mojoPortal Released

A new version of mojoPortal is out and about. The developers consider  the release of mojoPortal a "significant release with lots of new goodness". New features and improvements in this version include Windows Llive Writer support, IOS 5 support, and forum enhancements.

The following is a more detailed list of improvements in mojoPortal

  • Improvements to Windows Live Writer support. A completely new implementation of metaweblog api with new support for Creating and Editing CMS pages in addition to Blog posts.
  • Support for Windows Azure AppFabric cache and new guidance for hosting mojoPortal on Windows Azure.
  • New button in Add/Edit Pages (aka PageTree.aspx) to resort child pages of the selected page alphabetically.
  • IOS 5 support for rich text editors: Use of WYSIWYG editors CKeditor and TinyMCE is now possible in IOS 5 devices.
  • Default roles for new root level pages has been promoted from a web,.config setting to site settings.
  • New permission for Roles That Are Allowed To Set Page Level Skins (when page level skins are enabled).
  • File Dialog used in the editors now shows meaningful messages when a user's file system quotas prevent upload
  • Updated to jQuery 1.7.1 and jQueryUI 1.8.16 when using the Google CDN.
  • Webstore improvements: 1) There is a new provider model for OrderCompletedEventHandlers that allows developers to plugin custom code that will be executed after payment clears on an order. 2) It is now possible to checkout in webstore with a zero balance.
  • Forum improvements: 1) New setting to copy the posting user on the notifications. 2) New setting to suppress email notifications when a user edits an existing post. 3) New setting to limit the timespan in which a user may edit his post.

mojoPortal is available now on mojoPortal's download page. Information on this page was provided via the official announcement.

Open Source CMS, Market Share Report, and White Elephants

Last weekend, digital agency water&stone, released their 2011 Open Source CMS Market Share Report. I consider this report one of the few non-bias and detailed surveys that come across my desk each year. The report isn't perfect, but the report does help give a good snapshot on the state of who's who in the world of open source content management systems.

You are most definitely going to want to take a look at the details in the report. The findings in this year’s report were based on a survey of more than 2,500 CMS users and additional research into a wide variety of measures of market share and brand strength. I'm still combing through the survey and taking note of the interesting individual nuggets of information that can be found in the results of the survey.

WaterandStone's 2011 Open Source CMS Markert Share ReportNot surprisingly, the report confirms the ranking position of open source's three most dominate Web content management systems in the market. The press release itself summarizes the results this way:

PHP-based systems WordPress, Joomla! and Drupal continue to dominate the web content management space. But, while the Big Three remain unchanged from last year, the Report concludes that WordPress retains a clear lead in the face of decreasing competition from Joomla!.

The decreasing competition from Joomla! can be seen most noticeably in the decrease of installations reported by the survey respondents in 2011 compared to 2010. The survey does note that this dramatic drop is likely due to the Joomla! community aggressively promoting the survey last year. This year, the promotion efforts were not coordinated and less influential. I only point this out because this is an example of where the report isn't "perfect" via inconsistencies in the yearly survey sample introducing  a margin of error in the trend comparisons. 

How CMS Websites are Overcoming Modern Day Development Challenges

CMS websites are now the norm as the preferred content management and delivery solution. Nevertheless, many CMS web applications face scalability issues. However, when a CMS is put in the cloud, it theoretically resolves the scalability issue to obtain a complete benefit.

But, if a cloud platform is not configured to match the particular needs of the CMS, it will need to work harder. This will result in higher loads than what is actually needed to serve the incoming traffic. Therefore, in most cases, it is sensible to cache the static content. The issue that one faces here is whether the cloud is able to tell the difference between a user who has signed into an application and is therefore being served with dynamic content and the one who has not yet signed into the application.

At the same time, a CMS presents many other challenges other than scalability due to the paradigm shift from the traditional model of sharing files from a central repository.  The reason behind this is that websites no longer operate isolated or in standalone mode. They must be able to interact with a range of other business applications that range from ecommerce business solutions to CRM databases to a range of reporting as well as analytics tools. To cut a long story short, websites have become increasingly data and content hungry because of their complex nature and the requirements of their users.

Managing such websites is now a full-time job.  Earlier in the traditional hosting scenario, the site owner had to figure out how to look after the application, but also the servers, backups, databases, and others.  Now, the platforms are specialized, so handling a web application which was a full time job can now be addressed by a person who can pay full-time attention.

XOOPS 2.5.4 Final Released

The XOOPS Development Team is pleased to announce that a new version, XOOPS 2.5.4 Final, is available for download and testing. In addition libraries have been updated to their latest versions:

  • phpMailer 5.1
  • TinyMCE 3.4.6
  • jQuery 1.6.4
  • jQueryUI 1.8.16
The major focus of this release is on updating all Core modules (PM, Profile, Protector) to our new ModuleAdmin GUI, so all of them have a consistent "look & feel": 
The new Module GUI will be the official GUI for all modules supported by XOOPS, and  will drive:
  • Increased productivity
  • Decreased training and support costs
  • Reduced development time and costs
  • Reduced maintenance costs
  • Increased customer satisfaction
As next step, we'll be working on a "Basic Module Pack", which will contain the most popular XOOPS module in one user-friendly package, all with the new Module GUI. 

Book Club: Pro Drupal 7 Development

As I mentioned in a previous post, I'm currently playing catch-up in discussing all the good books sent my way this past year. Many of the books have been sent by the authors and publishers themselves for review and some of the books I've bought on my own dime. There should be no further evidence that I'm a procrastinator in posting book reviews than this particular review of Todd Tomlinson and John K. Vandyke's Pro Drupal 7 Development. This book was published almost a year ago, and I'm only now finding the time to blog about this book.


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