Joomla! is one of the popular Content Management System’s around and it makes it easier for you to build websites and online applications. It is designed to offer enhanced site control and a more polished user experience. It’s extensibility has made it the most popular and downloaded open source website software in the industry today.
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.
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 will make it easier to create more advanced, enterprise-focused applications and extensions for Joomla.
Source: Joomla! 1.6 now available
Magnolia, Open Source Content Management System, Version 4.3 Introduces Highly Flexible Multi-Site Functionality
Magnolia is an open source content management system which is one of the leading Content Management System’s (CMS) known for its ease-of-use. It’s page editing interface enables authors to format content exactly as it would appear to the website visitors.
Magnolia is based on Java, which provides better scope for overall performance and better solutions. You might want to go through a comprehensive list of the features Magnolia provides. You can also check out a live demo of the Magnolia CMS.
Magnolia has released its new version 4.3 recently, which focuses on a new and flexible framework to make the administration of multi-site, multi-lingual website infrastructure easier. This new version of magnolia also includes full support for the Groovy scripting language and the launch of Magnolia Store.
Following is an overview of the new features in this release,
Ultimate Multi-Site Flexibility: This version of magnolia provides you with better flexibility for users looking to support and administer complex multi-site/multi-domain environments. For enterprise installations, Magnolia provides website administrators with a wide range of options for developing new web sites, re-branding existing web sites and content, through to creating entirely new websites with the ability to use existing syndicated content.
For instance, creating new websites for mobile devices from existing content, creating new microsites etc., can be made much easier with this new release.
Multi-Lingual Support: Website administrators will now be able to mandate one single site structure across multiple languages. A fallback mechanism allows local administrators to define a default language that will be displayed where translated content is unavailable.
Magnolia Store: A first version of the Magnolia Store has been announced, which introduces some basic functions to allow administrators and developers to view installed modules, download their latest versions and browse for new modules from within the administration interface.
Magnolia 4.3 now offers full support for Groovy. This is a dynamic language for the Java platform with features similar to those of Python, Ruby, Perl, and Smalltalk. Groovy allows for a much more agile approach to implementing new functionality for your web site, while retaining the full power, scalability and security of the Java stack.
Magnolia, latest version, provides clean and simpler template tags. The refinement of the tags architecture provides focus on a cleaner, simpler set of components, as well as a clean separation of the tag library implementation from the UI component rendering.
Concrete5, an open source content management system has recently released its new version 5.4 with some major feature updates. You might want to go through more about Concrete5 here. Following are some of the major features updates in this new release.
- Improved layouts and design: with a new layouts engine that lets areas be split into columns, allows for saving layouts into presets. This updated design engine lets areas and blocks take custom designs, and allows for saving of designs into presets.
- This version of Concrete5 has a better marketplace integration. It provides you with better search/filtering from within concrete5 dashboard. You can connect your web site once, rather than continuously login with your concrete5 account. You can also get support from your add-ons from a project page.
- Improved Editing Experience: It makes adding and editing of blocks, updating page properties easy through AJAX, without having to reload pages. Add Block Overlay can be filtered using the keyboard, ala OS X Spotlight/Google Live Search.
- One click upgrade, including the ability to download updates, and upgrade to them when you wish.
- Core updates, addon updates, news and guide updates are unified in system notifications, which are available from the dashboard home page and a new notifications area.
- Improved Sitemap performance, including a new sitemap “explore” mode that offers paging.
- Better Permissions: Added task-based permissions, including the ability to set who can log in as another user, edit page defaults, perform database backups, access the sitemap, un-install packages and search users.
Major Performance Improvements include,
- As ‘Page list’ and ‘Autonav’ blocks were causing problems when previewing on large sites – preview no longer loads on init in this release
- The loading performance of the dashboard has been improved by making feed load asynchronously.
- The number of queries have been cut down in this release, by using cache. Cache should now cache files, packages, page types, block types.
Read more about Concrete5 version 5.4 here.
WordPress for iPhone version 2.3.1 is now available in the App store. This new version of WordPress for iPhone supports geotagging for WordPress.com blogs. Briefly, WordPress for iPhone application enables you to write posts, upload photos, edit pages, and manage comments on your blog from your iPhone or iPod touch. It has support for both WordPress.com and self-hosted WordPress (2.7 or higher).
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Joomla! is an award winning Content Management System(CMS) with a wide range of features. It’s a prolific CMS which is suitable for designing and maintaining any type of websites. Joomla has a modular architecture, providing the users with lots of options for extensibility. Apart from the fabulous modules, it is also well known for strong security, template’s system, extensive community support and the authorization framework.
Extensions for Joomla! provide further customization and aid in enhancing the functionality as well as the ease of administration. Joomla is a prolific CMS designed to organize and deliver content within a website environment.
Multimedia plays a key role in web designing and helps in providing wonderful user experience, but it requires effort and knowledge to utilize it effectively. We wanted to share an interesting book with you, Joomla! 1.5 Multimedia, which helps take advantage of this powerful CMS architecture to portray media-rich content on your websites.
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e-Spirit extends FirstSpirit 4.2 with a new release. It sports more functions for editors and developers.
With FirstSpirit version 4.2 release 2, e-Spirit announced a new version of its content management system (CMS). It offers many new functions and upgrades for editors, template developers, and administrators. One of the highlights of this release is the support for Internet Explorer in the integrated preview of the FirstSpirit JavaClient.
Overview of new features with FirstSpirit 4.2R2:
Microsoft Internet Explorer for the integrated preview:
Now Internet Explorer(IE) can also be run on Windows systems alongside Mozilla Firefox for the preview function in the FirstSpirit JavaClient. Editors can switch between the two browsers at their leisure to see how a web page is displayed in the two systems.
Now FirstSpirit applications JavaClient, WebClient, server and project configuration, and server monitoring are also available in Dutch along with six other languages.
Full-text search in FirstSpirit online documentation and Access API
This new version offers a full-text search feature, which can also be used to search online documentation and the FirstSpirit Access API. Search results can be filtered by target groups (administrators, users, developers).
Using FirstSpirit on Mac OS X
With 4.2R2, e-Spirit implemented some important features and optimizations for the planned release of the FirstSpirit application on Mac OS X in future versions. The look and feel of the JavaClient and the application for the server and project configuration have been adapted to blend in with the familiar Mac menus.
Filtering, search, and limiting of displayed data records
To make it easier for editors, who manage large quantities of data records, release 2 introduced a limiting and filtering option for displaying results.
Read more about this press release here.
ocPortal, which we have mentioned here, one of the upcoming web content management systems has released its new version 4.3 RC 3. This version introduces some new features and a number of bug fixes have been made since the last release. If you haven’t tried ocPortal yet, you might want to check a personal demo here.
Following are the new features and fixes that have been made in this new releae.
- Fixed problems with CSS image paths on SSL
- Fixed that CEDI pages were missing in the Permission Tree Editor
- Fixed errors in the CEDI new-post notification emails
- Fixed some major problems that had developed with Facebook HPHP support
- Fixed problem with main_quotes block on Facebook HPHP
- Fixed Comcode-render permissions on various notification emails*
- Fixed various problems on our inbuilt database for developers
- Fixed stack trace when stock maintenance warnings are sent
- Fixed problems on multi-site installs with regard to template overriding in the default theme
- Fixed stack trace when uploading archives to the attachment system
- Fixed problem with cache-safety of the Comcode ‘list’ tag
- Fixed rare missing parameter error in side_forum_news block, if certain parameters used
- Fixed error when adding a zero-byte file to a TAR file
- Fixed bugs in shopping cart system, with regard to disabling stock control and hiding protected fields.
- Fixed problem whereby on galleries in flow mode it would say ‘edit image’ for a video (now just says ‘edit’)
- Fixed error when hovering over the Zones icon
- Fixed proxy server support via the cURL library
- Fixed problem with results-browser template producing (unseen) errors
- Fixed the instant messengers intelligent chat message box growth on Google Chrome
- Fixed the mouse monitoring API on IE
- Fixed the Comcode ‘section_controller’ tag so that the controller may go before the content, if desired
- Fixed problem submitting uploaded files on IE if URLs are supported also
- Fixed rare stack trace in XHTML validation code
- Fixed problem with SpellChecker since 4.3.1
- Upgraded side_weather block for Yahoo’s new location IDs
- Added extra parameters to main_rss and side_rss blocks
- Added date sorting to side_rss block
- Improved catalogue AED usability, less abstract UI
- Made chat bots have decent usernames instead of being just a Guest
- Allowed chat bots to respond to general messages (rather than just private messages sent to them)
- Allowed chat bots to decide whether to make a response or not
- Stopped errors inside previews giving links to show a stack trace
- Speculative fix to an error message showing a problem inside the points API for an AJAX script
- Added Google Chrome detection support
- Changes to primary-key-length restrictions, to ensure compatibility with file-system based database such as our inbuilt development database
- Allowed MySQL ‘DESCRIBE’ queries to work correctly
- Allowed canceling of eCommerce orders that were not taken up, and making them sink to the bottom
- Made the point count on the OCF member bar a link to the logged-in member’s points profile
- Added missing description for the products catalogue
- Added warning to stop people accidentally locking themselves out of the Admin Zone by making their usergroup not a super-administrator
- Reference the ‘development tools’ in the footer, in the Style section of the Admin Zone
- Added dismissible warning if the Setup Wizard is never run
Read more about this new release of OcPortal 4.3.2 here.
ocPortal, one of the upcoming web content management systems has released its new version 4.3 RC 3. This version introduces some new features and a number of bug fixes have been made since the last release. If you haven’t tried ocPortal yet, you might want to check a personal demo here.
- WordPress, Joomla and HTML web site importer
- iCal exporter and quiz responses CSV exporter
- New ‘importer redirects’, which lets you easily redirect to the appropriate place in ocPortal, for cases when import is done natively through modules
- Added submit-URLs to the side_news block, main_forum_news block and side_forum_news block
- Reply counts have been added to the side_forum_news block
- New Comcode ‘pulse’ tag which is configurable with parameters
- New parameter to main_leader_board block has been added to filter out staff from the points leaderboard
- CAPTCHA support has been added to the main_contact_simple block and main_contact_us block
- Auto search capability for expanded day selection
- Allowed the download A-Z index to support ocFilter notation
New features for developers:
- Generalised shared-installs support so it is more flexible for people
- Improved shared-install functionality, so that theme files and Comcode pages may be shared between sites also, if desired
- Added memory debugging functions for developers
- ocPortal can now run without a database as the inbuilt database is now a bundled feature
- New developer feature has been added for the quick addition of language strings, written (temporarily) in-line into the code
- Added support for running a server behind a proxy server
Read more at ocPortal News
ImpressPages is an open source content management system which lets you build functional and effective websites in quick time. It’s interface is user friendly and can be adapted to your needs. It’s multilingual, absolutely free and open source.
If you spend lot of time on editing font type, re-sizing pictures, regulating spaces between elements etc., then ImpressPages could be a real time saver for you. It is based on the idea that most functions of CMS could be performed automatically. With ImpressPages, all the information could be administered directly in the website without the need to perform sequential tasks.
Recently we reviewed the book, Joomla with Flash, build stunning, content-rich, and interactive websites with Joomla! 1.5 and Flash CS4.
As indicated in the review, the book, Joomla! with Flash, is aimed at explaining how to use Flash objects with Joomla! content with minimal efforts and maximum output.
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