Today the easiest way to create a website and take care of its management is using a CMS. Nowadays the challenge is extremely competitive for HTML CMS like Joomla, Drupal, WordPress etc... But if you want create something different, in graphics and behaviours, something that only Flash and its stunning graphical effects can do, the outlook is a desert landscape.
Many freelancers, artists, modern painters, musical groups etc, use Flash graphics with the aim of making web sites with a higher impact, in order to show better their professional activities (like info events, media contents like mp3, video and much more).
Images and sounds in some art's expressions are the best way of communication to got users involved.
All users starting web activity take care of an important issue: the costly price of doing works in Flash, with various media contents. For flash contents the best solution available at the moment is a free CMS that let you manage and create any works in a easy and intuitive way. Unfortunately in the world of Flash CMS there isn't a big window of opportunities but one of them is surely Mosite.
Bitrix, Inc., a technology trendsetter in business communications solutions, introduces Bitrix® Virtual Appliance 2.0 – the world’s first dedicated ready-to-use solution designed to run social collaboration and e-commerce applications in the most popular virtual environments including VMware, Microsoft Hyper-V, Parallels Virtuozzo and Amazon EC2. As a result, SMBs can achieve cost savings up to 50% on deployment and management of applications and reach a new level of business continuity and agility.
New Solution Packages Enable Commercial Edition Customers to Get Up to Speed Faster
DotNetNuke Corp., the company behind the most widely adopted Web Content Management Platform for Microsoft .NET, introduced support for two innovative new products from Microsoft: WebMatrix and Razor. New adopters of DotNetNuke with limited technical experience can take advantage of the WebMatrix development environment to efficiently build their web site. More experienced developers can leverage the deep DotNetNuke integration with Razor to more quickly and easily create powerful extensions for the DotNetNuke platform. Version 5.6 of DotNetNuke also now includes a Configuration Manager feature which simplifies web site administrative tasks. In addition, the new DotNetNuke Solution Packages enable customers to get up to speed faster and take full advantage of the commercial editions of DotNetNuke.
Available today is deep integration of the new Razor scripting syntax which Microsoft launched at CodeMash last week. Supported as a core aspect of the DotNetNuke platform, Razor enables developers to quickly and easily create custom extensions for their DotNetNuke web site or web application.
Through support of WebMatrix, new adopters of DotNetNuke with limited technical experience can now take advantage of the WebMatrix development environment to efficiently build web sites.
DotNetNuke 5.6.1 features a new Configuration Manager that allows a host user to manage the various configuration files that control the run-time operation of DotNetNuke. Administrators can now select the desired configuration file and load it into a multi-line textbox in a web browser where modifications can be made manually and changes can be saved where they will take effect immediately. Administrators can also upload a Configuration Merge script which can be used to automate many of the more repetitive and complex configuration operations.
Last fall, I once again had the privilege of participating as a member of the judging panel for Packt Publishing's Open Source Awards. For the 2010 event, I participated by voting for the category of Open Source CMS Awards. In that award, the winner was declared by the panel to be CMS Made Simple, with SilverStripe as first runner up followed by MODx as second runner up.
I received a lot of inquiries asking me how and in what order did I rank the content management systems. Each of the judges on the panel, selects and ranks their top three CMS from the five included in this category. The judges are given a lot of reign for how they rank the CMS and may consider a number of factors including performance, usability, size and support from community, accessibility, ease of configuration, customization, scalability and security.
It has been my history to be transparent to all with how I rank each CMS as my vote will have some differences to those of the panel. This time around, I find myself hesitant and under personal protest with me providing information on how I ranked the five content management systems.
I question whether we're doing any good by declaring one CMS as better than another CMS. Dean Barker discussed on his blog some time ago this same uneasy feeling you get when you judge a CMS without having some reference to real world requirements. None of these content management systems would I consider losers and all of them remain worthy of future consideration. Yet, I'm disturbed that people will look at the numbers and interpret the results in a ways I never intended my rankings to be used.
My rankings for the Five Best Open Source CMS (with number one being the highest) were:
XOOPS and CMS Made Simple (Tie)
I'm not a firm believer in ties when it comes to ranking content management systems. Yet, this year I did just that for XOOPS and CMS Made Simple. All five content management systems that were reviewed I would consider as a candidate for a future project. None of the CMS would I consider a "last place" CMS so I refused to do so. It is also important to note that neither Drupal, Joomla!, or WordPress competed in this ranking as previous winners in this category duke it out in the Hall of Fame category.
While I try to do my best to cover some of the big names in content management systems, I think the best part about CMS Report is it has introduced to both you and me web applications that are just starting to become known to the CMS world.
Ryan Cramer recently introduced me to a relatively new CMS called ProcessWire. Ryan is so passionate about this CMS that he would like to now grow both the user base and the open source community behind ProcessWire. In Ryan's own words:
I'm a regular reader of your Twitter feed (which I enjoy a lot, so thanks for doing it).
I've been designing and developing CMSs for about 10 years now, and specialize in large scale content management solutions for several companies throughout the US. I recently released an open source CMF/CMS project called ProcessWire. As a user of multiple CMS platforms, I built this tool to be one that fills my own needs where other products don't, and I think it's fairly unique in several aspects (especially with regard to the API).
I'd like to grow the user base with the goal of getting more people involved in the project itself. Now that we've gone past the developer preview stage, I'm starting to look at how to get the word out...
ProcessWire 2.0 is very similar in look and function to Dictator CMS (2003) and ProcessWire 1.0 (2007), both of which are still in use on many sites today. Despite intentions to do so, neither product was ever released open source, except for the projects the author used it with. ProcessWire 2.0 is the first GNU/GPL licensed version, and it is architecturally stronger than the CMSs that preceded it.
Recent Mallsoft acquisition lays foundation for advanced Sitefinity e-commerce functionality
WALTHAM, MA, JANUARY 17, 2011 –Telerik, an end-to-end provider of software application lifecycle and content management solutions today announced the launch of Sitefinity 4.0, the newest edition of its powerful, scalable Content Management System (CMS). The platform’s redesigned product architecture delivers an array of enhancements, like advanced workflow control for better business process management and improved ease-of-use, generating considerable productivity gains of up to 70 percent. Underscoring its commitment to meeting the needs of customers developing commercial websites, Telerik also announced its recent acquisition of Mallsoft, leading developers of e-commerce shopping cart technologies. The acquisition lays the groundwork for the integration of advanced e-commerce functionalityand a robust system for handling online stores within the Sitefinity platform.
“This is the culmination of many years of real-world experience, extensive time and resources invested in product R&D, and in gathering customer feedback. Additionally, with new frameworks supporting Mallsoft’s e-commerce technologies, users have the ability to fully manage all aspects of their online business, from corporate websites to intranets to online stores. Sitefinity 4.0 has matured into one of the market’s most powerful, comprehensive, and highest quality content management solutions being shipped today,” said Martin Kirov, executive vice president of Sitefinity atTelerik. “By minimizing complexities while providing robust tools and innovative features addressing every aspect of the site building and management experience, Sitefinity 4.0 enables users to quickly, easily, and efficiently optimize their web presence.”
There are a lot of good conferences taking place this Spring and Summer, but what do you do for the Winter months? If you're smart, you start looking for a conference in warmer climate. If you're a Drupal enthusiast (we'll assume you're already smart) then you have to consider attending the two-day Southwest Drupal Summit in Houston, Texas. This January 27-28, 2011 conference brings Drupal experts, novices, and business leaders together to share successes, explore opportunities, and learn more about why and how Drupal is making headlines across the world as a superior enterprise-level web application platform.
Intersoft Solutions today announced the official release of WebUI Studio® 2010 R2, the world’s most advanced presentation layer toolset for ASP.NET, Silverlight and WPF application development. Featuring over 60 new rich controls for Silverlight and WPF platform, and dozens of new business-inspiring samples, developers can now rapidly build cross-platform applications with the next-generation user experiences, while at the same time leveraging the best practice in architectural design pattern.
With the new R2 release, WebUI Studio® delivers a total of 280 high quality UI components for ASP.NET, Silverlight and WPF development, setting its position as the world’s most comprehensive user interface library suite available today.
Joomla, the world’s most popular open source CMS (content management system), announced the immediate availability of Joomla 1.6. Users will be able to download the latest version effective this evening from the Joomla website. Designed to offer enhanced site control and a more polished user experience, Joomla 1.6 delivers a variety of new tools to improve website management and access, a more robust organizational structure for content control, and various other user-experience improvements throughout the software.
“With new features and capabilities such as the hierarchical design of the access control system, semantic XHTML layouts, one-click extension updates and multi-language functionality, Joomla 1.6 has evolved to become the most user-friendly and powerful tool to develop a web presence,” said Ryan Ozimek, president of Open Source Matters, a not-for-profit created to provide organization, legal, and financial support to the Joomla project. “This has been accomplished through the tireless feedback and work on 1.6 by the thousands of members of the Joomla community over the past year.”
Joomla’s ease-of-use and extensibility has made it the most popular and downloaded open source website software in the industry today (it has been downloaded more than 22 million times). It is used for everything from small personal websites to the backend management for some of the largest enterprises and highest traffic sites on the Web, including sites operated by Citibank, eBay, General Electric, Harvard University, Ikea, McDonald’s and many more.
Key Features in Joomla 1.6:
New Access Control System – Allows site administrators control over who can view and manage content.
Unlimited Depth Organizational Model – Gives site administrators and content creators user-defined category levels that allow for the creation of a category tree with as many or as few levels for organizing articles and other content as needed.
One-Click Extension Updates – Allows users to keep sites secure and controlled by simplifying the process of updating extensions.
Semantic XHTML Layouts – Provides a better baseline for content presentation.
Multi-language Functionality – Allows site builders to implement a multi-language site.
In addition, developers and implementers will enjoy the new ability Joomla 1.6 provides in allowing extensions to be built with granular control and permissions. This makes it easier to create more advanced, enterprise-focused applications and extensions for Joomla. Furthermore, there are numerous improvements in areas like code reuse, and considerable success in ensuring the stability of application programming interfaces via unit testing.
“The current Joomla Platform provides developers with the tools they need to rapidly build the Web of the future,” said Ron Severdia, a member of the Joomla production leadership team. “Although 1.6 is being released today, the Joomla production team is not resting on its laurels. We’re hard at work developing even more powerful Joomla features for the future, such as new search capabilities and new ways to leverage website content.”
Smaller, Faster, Better. Those are the claims for ImpressCMS 1.3 and now you have the ability to put it to the test. The project developers have published a review release of the upcoming version. In addition to the internal changes, ImpressCMS 1.3 will run under PHP 5.3, positioning it for better implementations as web hosts begin upgrading their servers.