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CMS Report's Top 10 Content Management Stories of 2015

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Welcome to the last article of 2015. I look back with amazement. This year, CMS Report published over 250 articles related to content management systems, content strategy, business strategy, and information technology. I'm forever grateful for the many authors that submitted their articles this past year for review and publication. 

So do you want to know which content management system articles were our most popular? Below are the top ten stories of 2015 that we posted here at CMSReport.com. The articles in this list are ranked based on the rate they were viewed since the article first appeared online.

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A new era for Drupal begins with Drupal 8

As was mentioned earlier this week, today is the day Drupal 8 becomes official and is released for public consumption. The last time CMS Report was given the opportunity to talk about a major Drupal release was in January 2011 with the release of Drupal 7. If you thought the three year waiting period from Drupal 6 to Drupal 7 was long, waiting nearly half a decade for Drupal 8 certainly feels like a lifetime in the world of content management. During this cycle of development, Drupal's own open source community has evolved and its developers have introduced hundreds of changes into the Drupal content management platform.

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Date for Drupal 6 end-of-life announced

I admit it. When looking at the calendar my eyes have been focused on November 19, 2015. This is the date that Drupal 8, under development since 2011, is expected to be released. But for Drupal 6 users, the beginning of Drupal 8 also marks the beginning of the end for Drupal 6 support. Announced on Drupal.org, Michael Hess writes that Drupal 6 will reach end-of-life on February 24 2016.

As announced in the Drupal 6 extended support policy, 3 months after Drupal 8 comes out, Drupal 6 will be end-of-life (EOL).

On February 24th 2016, Drupal 6 will reach end of life and no longer be supported.

What this means for you:

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Centerview Capital invests $55 Million into Acquia

Acquia has announced that they have closed a $55 million equity financing round through the help of Centerview Capital Technology. Centerview Capital specializes in partnering with the management teams of midsize companies they see as "high potential" for growth. Centerview Capital Technology led the financing round, with support from existing investors including New Enterprise Associates and Split Rock Partners. This funding will help Acquia scale its global operations, sales and marketing as well as the development of its solutions for building, delivering, and optimizing digital experiences.

“We are delighted to partner with Acquia, the industry leading web-content management solutions company,” said Ned Hooper, managing partner at Centerview Capital Technology. “We are strong believers in the massive opportunity in digital transformation for the enterprise, and believe that Acquia, with its technology leadership and strong management team, is uniquely positioned to lead this transformation.”

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The 2015 WordPress vs Joomla vs Drupal Infographic

Which Big Name Do You Choose?

When it comes to content management systems, there are three very popular names. There is WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla. Each of course has their own pros and cons, but which one is best? If you ask a hundred different people, you will answers from all across the board. 

Jamie from makeawebsitehub.com has created a comparison of these "three big CMS beasts". We've attached the infographic at the bottom of this article, but you can also visit Jamie's website for an image with higher resolution. A few CMS comparison highlights from Jamie and the infographic include:

WordPress

This CMS was released in 2003 by Matt Mullenweg. There are currently 74.6 million websites running on WordPress. Of those 74.6 million websites, 37 million of them are being hosted for free. 

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CMS Security 2015: Top 5 Security Tools for WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla

WordPress swag image by Christopher Ross from Flickr Creative Commons

WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla power three-fourths of the world’s CMS-based websites. A few simple steps will keep your CMS-powered website secure:

  • Keep your CMS software up-to-date. Immediately install all updates to core software and plug-ins. If you don’t visit your admin panel daily, schedule a reminder in your smartphone for updating your CMS regularly.

  • Perform regular backups. Backup your site and its database at least weekly, perhaps at the same time you check it for updates.

  • Delete default admin usernames. Also, require strong passwords for admins, and consider adding a two-factor authentication (2FA) plug-in.

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A Look at WordPress and Drupal for Creating Websites

WordPress and Drupal Icons

It goes without saying that both WordPress and Drupal are two of the biggest open-source content management systems available today. It’s also well known that WordPress has garnered a bigger user base since its inception in 2003, with a current user base that’s nearly 10 times that of Drupal.

Just like every other technical debate, there are proponents and opponents to each side. And for web designers who have yet to form an opinion or make a decision, there are compelling arguments for and against each platform. However, rather than consider popularity only, a wiser scheme might be to examine how each CMS performs against the key design factors, and then make the best decision for each client’s business, away from any personal biases.

Ultimately, the debate can be condensed into the level of user skill. Drupal comes with more features, making it an awesome platform if you know how to navigate around it, but there is also a higher learning curve that some find frustrating. WordPress, on the other hand, is much simpler to navigate, use and customize, but has less features. Let’s examine a few factors in detail.

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Drupal Association Announces the Aaron Winborn Award

This Tuesday, March 24, 2015, the Drupal community lost Aaron Winborn who was diagnosed with ALS a few years ago. In honor of Aaron, the Drupal Association and Angie Bryon recently announced the Aaron Winborn Award. The announcement reads as is:

Announcing The Aaron Winborn Award to honor amazing community members

In honor of long-time Drupal contributor Aaron Winborn (see his recent Community Spotlight), whose battle with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) (also referred to as Lou Gehrig's Disease) is coming to an end later today, the Community Working Group, with the support of the Drupal Association, would like to announce the establishment of the Aaron Winborn Award.

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Zend Makes Z-Ray Toolkit Available for PHP, WordPress, Drupal, Magento

Provides Real-time Debugging and Optimized Productivity with Newest Certified PHP Stack

Cupertino, Calif. -- January 13th, 2015 – Zend, the PHP Company, today announced the immediate availability of Z-Ray, the ultimate PHP debugging and productivity solution for real-time visibility into PHP application and framework code. Z-Ray’s “X-Ray vision” inside PHP requests also encompasses several common applications and frameworks including WordPress, Drupal and Magento. Z-Ray, included within the developer-centric Zend Server 8, offers unprecedented, in-context visibility inside apps, showing exactly what happens to construct each page. Z-Ray empowers developers to quickly write and deliver quality code, detect and fix issues earlier, and collaborate with operations staff to resolve production problems faster.

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CMS Report's Top 10 Content Management Stories of 2014

Welcome to the last article of 2014. This year, CMS Report published over 280 articles related to content management systems, content strategy, business strategy, and information technology. During this time we also declined about an equal amount of articles that weren't quite right for our readers. In each case, I'm grateful for the many authors that submitted their articles for review and publication. 

This site would likely not remain online if it were not for our sponsors. We close out the year with a special thanks to Agility CMS, the Digital Clarity Group, and Jahia. Without these sponsors there would be no CMS Report and no time spent reflecting on some of the best articles we've published here at CMS Report this past year.

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