Early this year, I decided to take a very long break from blogging about content management systems. At the time of my announcement, I hinted that you might hear from me time to time as I still want to be an advocate for people and companies I believe do "good work" in the CMS industry.
Web Summer Camp 2016 continues to build on past efforts of hosting a conference which covers both PHP and eZ Publish while adding Design as a new topic this year. Those attending the conference will be able to dive into PHP and Symfony at our PHP topic, learn more about eZ Publish and eZ Platform at our eZ Publish topic, and learn about web design, UX, content, project management, and information architecture in the Design topic.
Campaign highlights move away from traditional beliefs about software piracy as industry now focuses on the legally minded, accidental license infringement
The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) and long-term industry member V.i. Labs, have launched a campaign aimed at educating software providers about individuals and businesses who unintentionally use software that is not licensed correctly. The campaign dispels long held beliefs that have resonated within the industry for decades – that all pirates are individuals who deliberately copy and use software with no regard to intellectual property. Not so.
Working together, FAST and V.i. Labs aim to raise awareness of the realities of unpaid licenses and accidental, but material, infringement. Legally inclined businesses and end users who are unaware that they are using unlicensed software represent a significant business opportunity for software providers.
Alfresco delivers its next generation of leading, tightly integrated ECM and BPM solutions with Ness SES development and test services
TEANECK, NJ – April 19, 2016 –Ness Software Engineering Services (SES), a leading provider of software product engineering services, today revealed how it has contributed to the successful release of the latest versions of Alfresco One and Activiti by Alfresco Software, the leading open-source provider of Enterprise Content Management (ECM) and Business Process Management (BPM) solutions. Alfresco is enabling companies to meet their digital transformation goals through platforms its customers trust to take full advantage of their content, people, and business processes. Ness is helping Alfresco by providing ongoing software development, support and test engineering services.
123ContactForm announces today that a new integration for its CaptainForm plugin is live: WordPress users registration. The integration is suitable for those who need to sign up new users on their WordPress websites through a registration form and is available on the Hero plan.
It allows anyone to create WordPress users through form submissions in just a few steps. This new integration is important when protected content is published on a WordPress site and users need a special WordPress user account to have access to that content.
With the help of it, different roles can be created such as editors, administrators, authors subscribers, contributors, which is helpful especially for users who have a blog or a forum.
To add the WordPress users integration is a breeze. The first requirement is to install and activate the CaptainForm plugin. Then, users need to go to the form editor and build the registration form. After the registration form is created, just a few more steps are required. Find out more details here.
Today, 123ContactForm, the popular web form and survey builder unveils the latest news about CaptainForm, the plugin officially released by the company last year in November. 123ContactForm is focusing on turning CaptainForm into one of the most popular and trustworthy WordPress form builders on the market by constantly staying in touch with its customers’ needs and by continuing to deliver long-term value.
The company took a look at the plugin’s usage statistics and discovered important aspects in terms of form features, integrations and types of businesses that use the plugin.
The team concluded that 18.18% customers use PDF submissions and 12.12% custom autoresponders. In terms of integrations, 14.29% chose ActiveCampaign and an even 25% use Salesforce. Furthermore, 25% integrate their forms with Stripe to receive payments. (These are percentages extracted out of the total number of users who have access to the specific features, based on their service plan.)
The idea of a “headless CMS” is gaining momentum lately. If you’ve not heard of it, the concept is that of a decoupled CMS in the sense that content storage and management is handled entirely separately from the presentation.
The idea, which is truly a re-hash of a debate that also occurred a decade ago – is that today’s optimal content management system isn’t one that also handles the display of the look and feel of the content it manages. It simply manages the raw, structured content in a unified repository. It then makes the content available as a “service” through an API and it is up to the developer to create and develop the presentation layer; be it in a web site, web app, mobile app etc… And, now, there are some that are passionately arguing for this model to be the new standard.
This is wrong.
Now, it may be that some of the people weren’t around when we debated the agility, flexibility and ultimate scalability of this model ten years ago. But, the argument remain the same.
A Hybrid Content Platform for a Harmonious Cross-Channel Experience and the Best Customer Journey
Hybrid cloud storage has reinvented the way the cloud is used and implemented. Companies can use aspects of the cloud but choose to store data in a private or public cloud, or on their premises. They are opting to choose which data to store on site and what is stored in the cloud based on risk identification, bandwidth, and other factors. A public storage cloud is certainly fine for disaster recovery and backup, depending on the business’ needs, such as apache pig in the cloud.
Software storage by nature separates the data storage aspects from physical storage resources. This has given rise to services based solely on data storage and offerings such as software-defined networking. Administrators often have flexible management options while policy-based management may be automated. The biggest impact, however, is how vendors are evolving their product lines or creating new ones to accommodate the demand for hybrid cloud software storage.
The annual survey of the top 500 Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) in Europe shows some major changes due to substantial growth in some areas, consolidation and changing market conditions. After a slow rise of 5% in the previous year, it looks like ISV fortunes have turned around strongly in 2015, based on early figures. The latest database report by IT Europa, ISVs in Europe - the top 500, published today shows a shake-up at the top of the list of individual companies, with three newcomers to the top ten. There has also been a big jump in those reporting that they offer Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). In 2016, nearly 90% of ISVs said they offer SaaS, an increase of over 60% from 2014. But it is not all packages and cloud; bespoke software development is also on the rise with just under 60% offering it.
When it comes to content management systems, these two questions are the ones that I get asked the most:
What is the best CMS out there?
What features do I need to have in my CMS?
Here on the website, we've tried answering that question through a numberofarticles we have published over the years. But the best answer is, I don't know until I better understand your business goals and current workflow. But I can tell you with a straight face what is the most important feature your new CMS needs to have.