TangoCMS 2.3.0 “Dolphin” launched – another open source PHP/MYSQL content management system competing with the sharks
That’s not an easy task going out there, in the wild, and challenge the big white shark (Drupal), the tiger shark (Joomla), the blue shark (WordPress) and the plethora of other sharks (try some demos here).
They added improvments to the WYSIWYG editor, page loading time, security and some more general features (see the roadmap here).
If you feel like tasting this kind of dolphin meat then head on the download page and get it from there (already prepared for you): http://tangocms.org/download
Don’t be a savage and please use some ustensils for eating this: PHP 5.2.0 or greater, MySQL 4.1 or greater and Apache/Lighttpd are required.
Melody is a new open source content management system for bloggers and publishers. It is a project initiated and governed by many of the members of the Movable Type(which we reviewed here) community who have a shared desire to help in building a better blogging product that benefits Movable Type and Melody users alike.
The promise of Melody is to serve its community by working to build a product according to the principles and philosophies that have helped make WordPress, Apache, Linux, Firefox and other open source applications so successful. Those principles include creating and fostering open communication channels with its user base, by building transparency into its roadmap, and by permitting users to more freely contribute back to the core product.
- Secure, scalable and rock solid platform.
- Community supported.
- 100% Open Source. Forever.
- Proven content management system.
- Highly extensible and customizable.
The team behind it just released the version 2.0 of this shopping cart software I never heard of until now. But that’s no wonder because there are way too many shopping cart solutions out there (free or paid).
CS-Cart is just one of those e-commerce solutions and it’s not free, will cost you $265 to get a license (they offer a free trial though so I might try it and see how it looks/works – they offer an online demo as well).
The technology behind it is a classic open source PHP/MySQL stack, like many other solutions and the target of this software seem to be geared towards small shops (which don’t have too much technology knowledge – that’s why this solution it’s called “out of the box”). If that is so then they have to compete with Zencart, Cubecart, osCommerce which are more established e-commerce shopping cart solutions and are free.
In this new version they seem to have improved their product by adding new designs and skins, layout block manager, design mode, web-based upgrade center, product filters and others (see the complete list here). Also, now it is possible to customize the software without any (or with minimum) modification in the source code which is always a good thing if you don’t want to spend money on the programmers.
One thing they should put on their website though is their contact details (and I don’t mean just the contact form but their location, maybe a phone number). This can boost the customers confidence.
After years in the making, Pligg, the PHP/MySQL open source social networking content management system, reached the official version 1.0.0.
It took small baby steps to reach this version and probably it will the same baby steps to reach the version 2.0.
But we can’t complain: the software is free and open source (still).
Pligg combines social bookmarking, blogging, and syndication and a democratic editorial system which enables users to collaboratively submit and vote articles.
Sounds like Digg? Well, it is a Digg clone.
Pligg was founded by Yankidank (this is a nickname) and is headed by the lead developer AshDigg (another nickname). It was originally an English translation of Menéame’s source code when it was released in early December 2005 (Menéame being a Spanish CMS created by Ricardo Galli and was inspired by Digg). In December 2005, the name Pligg was added to differentiate from the Spanish version. Since then Pligg has now expanded from just a translation of that Spanish CMS to a very popular CMS system.
This new version is more secure and stable than the previous (obviously) but also packs more features:
- groups feature
- re-vamped admin panel
- new languages: English, German and Thai (more languages to be added by volunteers)
- more database optimization making it more scalable
- pages feature
- upload module
- SEO updates
- many new modules included…
Tu run this software you need to have at least PHP 4 (version 5 recommended) and MySQL database (both open source).
Pligg website also offers the possibility to customize more the software by buying templates and modules developed by Pligg developers themselves.
Interesting is that Pligg generated a fork named SocialWebCMS, pretty much like Mambo CMS generated a very succesful fork named Joomla! . Since then Joomla! surpassed Mambo in popularity shortly after launching. Will SocialWebCMS do the same to Pligg? Remains to be seen…
There are many web services for easy form building like jotform, Wufoo etc. Most of them can serve handy for creating forms. But, if you are looking for a perfect solution for form processing, entries storage, management and access, then Form Tools is at your rescue.
Form Tools is designed for people who work on online registration sites and require any mode of information gathering from their online visitors. In short, its a form processor, storage and data access script written in PHP and MySQL.
It’s designed to work with any existing web forms. It allows you to store form submissions in a database, provides your clients with a user-friendly interface to manage their form submissions. It includes options such as mass data export via excel, printer-friendly pages, data sorting, form submission editing and optional email notifications.
You might want to check out a demo of Form Tools here.
- It’s freely available for anyone to download and modify under the GNU General Public License.
- It’s Re-usable, you can use Form Tools to handle multiple forms – even from different websites. Multiple user accounts can be setup with edit / view permissions based on your requirement.
- Form Tools is Multi-lingual. It provides full internationalization and localization support. Click here for a list of currently available translations.
- Its user interface is simple and easy to get started. Every aspect of the user interface including color, fonts and the logo can be customized.
LiteCommerce is a compact e-commerce and shopping cart commercial software developed by Qualiteam Software. Their other product lines are X-cart shopping cart software for more comprehensive e-commerce needs, Sales’n Stats and Hacker Proof/Hacker Guardian.
LiteCommerce license for one store costs $109 and there are several optional add-on modules available like Wish List, Affiliate Management, E-Commerce reports, Gift Certificates, Wholesale Trading, Multi Currency, etc for $13-$17 each for your particular store needs.
The difference between LiteCommerce and X-cart is that LiteCommerce have modular design. When purchasing X-cart you will have all the functions included to one license as in LiteCommerce, you will purchase the basic core license, and then will specify your shop needs by purchasing those extra modules for $13 each or download some of those free of charge.
If you want to become an e-commerce application service provider Qualiteam has another package for you: LiteCommerce ASPE
With LiteCommerce ASPE you can take full advantage of Application Service Provider business model. LiteCommerce ASPE is specially designed for:
* Hosting service providers (HSP)
* Companies running multiple shops powered by LiteCommerce
* Companies that provide ecommerce application services
* Companies who need the ability of rapid shops deployment (e.g. shops dedicated to special events to catch up market opportunities)
By registering to the 30 day evaluation version, I got email containing several download links for different operating systems.
As my hosting runs with Debian GNU/Linux, I decided to download the Linux version.
Other Options where Windows 98/NT/2000&2003, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, BSDi, Solaris and Mac OS X.
LiteCommerce is built using the open source PHP/MySQL technology which can run on operating systems above.
WordPress 2.8 ‘Baker‘ is now available as a full release. It has a whole bunch of new features and improvements to themes, widgets, taxonomies, and overall speed. And over 790 bugs have been fixed. Now you can now browse the entire theme directory and install a theme with one click right from your WordPress dashboard.
It also features the new CodePress editor which gives syntax highlighting, allowing you to make minor edits to themes or plugins from your dashboard. With the redesigned widgets interface, you can edit widgets easily, have multiple copies of the same widget, drag and drop widgets between sidebars, and save inactive widgets so you don’t lose all their settings.
The highlights of WordPress 2.8 include,
- New drag-and-drop widgets admin interface and new widgets API.
- Syntax highlighting and function lookup built into plugin and theme editors.
- Browse the theme directory and install themes from the admin with one click.
- Allow the dashboard widgets to be arranged in up to four columns.
- Allow configuring the number of items to show on management pages with an option in Screen Options.
- Support timezones and automatic daylight savings time adjustment.
- Faster loading of admin pages via script compression and concatenation.
You might want to go through the full list of over 180 new features, changes, upgrades, and improvements on the WordPress Codex.
Our upgrade went well, without a hitch (using the automatic update). But DO backup your database and files before upgrading, just in case.
Source: WordPress Development Blog
Joomla, one of the popular Open Source content management systems, which we have mentioned here, celebrates a remarkable accomplishment in the Open Source world today – 10 millionth download.
Since it’s first release in 2005, Joomla has grown exponentially as one of the most powerful publishing platforms.
With Joomla 1.6 yet to be released, the Joomla team states that,
Development is underway on the next generation content management system, which will enable you, our faithful users, to achieve new heights and hopefully accomplish another 10 million downloads.
Source: Joomla Annoncements
OpenGoo is an Open Source Web Office software that allows a group of people to collaborate by sharing information over the Internet. It is a complete solution for every organization to create, collaborate, share and publish all its internal and external documents (kind of Microsoft Office but on the web).
Members of an organization can create and collaborate on:
- Text documents
- Task Lists
- Web Links and
OpenGoo provides you with all the tools to manage the work of all the divisions of your company. You can plan and manage all your projects, easily following the status of every task, set milestones, pending tasks, personal notes etc.
OpenGoo can run on XAMPP installations. It can be installed, configured and used with Firefox 2+ and Internet Explorer 7+. It currently requires:
You might want to check out a demo of Opengoo here.
Step by Step Installation Guide
Here, I’m test installing Opengoo on localhost using XAMPP (an easy to install Apache distribution containing MySQL, PHP and Perl. XAMPP is really very easy to install and to use – just download, extract and start.).