Akismet Anti-Spam Modules for Drupal and phpBB

For our Wordpress 2.0 sites, we have been using the Akismet plugin to fight off the spam thrown at us through our comment pages. We've been impressed with the results with over 550 spam filled comments blocked since early 2006 and only two spam comments slipping by Akismet's filters. With these impressive results, we have been hoping to see an Akismet Drupal module also developed. Now both Drupal and phpBB users have access to an Akismet module for their CMS.

Markus Petrux from phpmix.org announced at Drupal.org:

After several days of work and tests at phpMiX.org, I'm proud to announce the immediate availability of about 2000 lines of code compiled into Akismet module v1.0.0 for Drupal 4.7.

Nick Lewis: Overriding Themeable Drupal Functions

I have to admit something. Before today I had never visited Nick Lewis' blog. However, I'm extremely impressed with the how-to content on his site. I'm sort of known to be theme development "challenged", so I look forward to articles such as the one I'm reading now.

The following is an excerpt of his latest article with regards to theming in Drupal using the PHPtemplate engine:

I have good news and bad news. The good news is that overriding theme functions is easy. The bad news is that every theme function is different, and there isn’t a standard proceedure of going about it — and its very easy to accidently do something ugly, or foolish if you don’t know what you are doing.

Family 2.0 Sites?

Taking the term of Web 2.0 further, CNET has an article about Family 2.0 sites:

Cook is one of a growing number of parent-entrepreneurs who are putting their time and money behind their familial interests and starting a new generation of Web sites for parents and older people--sites that borrow many of the social networking concepts, such as photo-sharing and the wiki, that are found on well-known destinations like MySpace.com and the aforementioned Wikipedia.

Call them "Family 2.0" sites--places for people who may feel a little strange hanging out with the teenybopper set on MySpace. While big family-friendly sites have been around for a long time, few of them have taken advantage of newer Web technologies, even things as widespread as RSS feeds and mapping links.

Akismet: Spam Stats

We too have been seeing an increase in blog spam at some of our sister sites, especially those using Wordpress. Akismet, an anti-trackback spam group, is confirming the case in their own stats too. It looks to me that the spammers have declared a new war on many fronts. Our theory, there are a lot of lonely servers on the University campus in the United States that are just sitting there now that the students have gone home for the summer.

There has been a ton of buzz around the blogosphere about the huge spikes in spam the past few weeks, and we've been blogging about it a fair amount too, but I was getting tired of blogging the doubling every few days. 

Now we have a pretty neat Akismet stats page which graphs out the number of spams and legitimate comments (aka ham) that we see each day. Check it out and be glad you're not having to deal with all that by hand any more.

Source: Akismet

osCommerce 2.2 Milestone 2 Update Released Last November

osCommerce recommended a few months ago that osCommerce users update to the latest version, osCommerce 2.2 Milestone 2 051112 Update. The update "addresses security related issues and bug reports that exist in the released version". The changes are minimal and are not expected to break compatibility with contributions (third-party plugins). Additional information:

Make your own Wikipedia

Thanks to Line 56 News, we came across MediaWiki . MediaWiki is the same wiki application that the infamous Wikipedia site also uses.  How can you argue with success?

While we are a little unclear as to the terms and license of the software, it is free software.  This application is well worth the look for those interested in installing a Wiki on their server.

MediaWiki for Dummies - Line 56 News -

... MediaWiki site. MediaWiki, the software behind Wikipedia, is a powerful collaboration platform and content management system. Start ... 

Joomla one of many reaching critical mass

The folks at Joomla.org continue to point out the success they have had since leaving the confines of the Mambo Content Management System (CMS).  While we are glad to see their numbers are up, we believe that Joomla isn't alone in seeing those numbers climb.  Just yesterday the folks at Drupal.org was making the same claim during their release of Drupal 4.7.

CMS Report has observed that Web CMS in general are seeing an increase in widespread adoption by the masses. Our theory as to why this is happening? We believe that while CMS has reached critical mass in Canada, Europe, and Asia...it has only been in recent years that CMS are being understood and adopted by those in the United States.  Perhaps early adopter of the Web, the United States is only now ready for the paradigm shift currently taking place on the Internet with static HTML pages being fully replaced by CMS applications.  These are just some early observations for future discussion here at CMS Report.  Stay tuned!

Drupal 4.7.0 Has Been Released

Early this Monday morning Drupal 4.7 was released.  Since then, about every Drupal blog from Belgium (where Drupal founder Dries is from) to South Dakota in the United States (where CMS Report is based) has talked about the release.  Here at CMSReport.com we've been testing Drupal 4.7 since Beta 1 and have been very pleased to see it through a mature released.  The following "press release" was posted at Drupal.org

After more than a year of development we are ready to release Drupal 4.7.0 to the world. More than five years, 13 major releases, 30+ servicing firms employing 100+ Drupal professionals, 300+ third party modules, and over 55,000+ Drupal powered sites later, Drupal 4.7.0 is finally here and it rocks!

The Beginning of CMSReport.com

The following was submitted on our sister site, Like that Idea on December 21, 2005.

For awhile now, I've wanted to build a Website focused on reporting today's news in the world of content management systems (CMS). In simple terms, a CMS is a system used for storing, managing, organizing, and displaying content. There are all kinds of CMS out there, with one that you're most likely familiar with, the Web CMS (we use one here at Like that Idea). While a CMS is more than just software, among the computer techies it is usually the software that is talked about most.

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