The third annual CMS Awards have come to a close, having attracted more nominations and voters than ever before. Thankfully though, the results are probably my favourite part! For the 2014 People's Choice CMS Award for Best Website Builder, participants selected the industry's "big three" website builders to battle it out. Wix, Squarespace and Weebly.
After a new $2M investment and 55,000 hours of development, TERMINALFOUR, has evolved their product beyond its web content management roots to a full digital engagement platform for higher education institutes. Headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, TERMINALFOUR is a CMS focused on improving the online presence of universities, colleges and school districts across the world.
TechCrunch Disrupt Europe is currently taking place in London, and CloudCannon, a platform which, "streamlines the process of deploying a simple website", is one of the products in the spotlight. In less than a year, CloudCannon has evolved from bedroom project to global venture, having just landed $500,000 worth of funding, along with a partnership with Rightside Group, Ltd.
This year has been an incredibly successful one for the CMS Awards and as our third consecutive year, we've had more nominations and voters than ever before! Competition this year was very tight between contenders LightCMS, Surreal CMS and Acquia Cloud but in the end, there can be only one winner.
WebsiteBox, a Toronto-based startup that provides real estate professionals with a professional website for a one-time fee of $99, has announced a print-marketing tool called Prints App. Focusing on providing a powerful online presence for real estate agents, WebsiteBox serves up a hundreds of responsive templates, customization options, and options between different types of real estate websites.
Is being hacked fun? Certainly not. The worst part about it is that you could potentially lose everything. Your content. Your media. Personal data. It's natural to want to protect your site from being hacked. It’s just as important as protecting your home from burglars.
Recently, in the world of eCommerce, PrestaShop has been making somewhat of a splash. It serves a massive community of around 700,000 merchants, and has been in business since 2007, but 2014 has probably been its most expressive year to date. The release of PrestaShop 1.6 brought about a face lift on all fronts, a bunch of genuinely useful features, and a more focused approach to statistics.
After running for their third straight year, the CMS Awards 2014 are coming to an end. Mike Johnston launched the awards back in 2012, to give the CMS Critic community a chance to vote for their favourite products, and the CMS vendors an opportunity to shine. The awards are comprised of the People's Choice Awards, which give the public power over which CMS wins each category, and the Critic's Choice Awards, where a select few judges are appointed to select the winners.
Cratejoy is a brand new eCommerce platform with a focus on subscription payments. A streamlined way to build an online subscription busines. The platform enables you to build a subscription business via pre-designed templates, comprehensive subscriber management options, built in analytics and more.
The recently announced Squarespace 7 beta is still being rolled out, but I've managed to put together an up-to-date Squarespace 7 review to give you a peek at what it's like. More than anything else, Squarespace 7 is mainly an upgrade for your eyes to enjoy. A revamped admin interface that looks more professional is accompanied by 15 brand new templates, each one as shiny and Squarespace-esque as the last.
Open Source software, by definition, is freely available to the public. Anybody and everbody can use it, add to it and create extensions for it. PrestaShop - one of the world’s most popular eCommerce solutions - has played an interesting and notable role in the open source eCommerce industry.
The Concrete5 Marketplace consists of a Themes marketplace and an Add-ons Marketplace. Both have now been upgraded to include dedicated Concrete5 5.7 sections. The open source content management system has a strong history and a firm community. Recently, version 5.7 was released, and then swiftly upgraded with a further two minor updates.
WordPress is the most vulnerable CMS to cyber attacks, according to a report by Imperva, a data security firm. The Imperva Web Application Attack Report (WAAR) - an annual report now published for the fifth time - was recently released via the Imperva blog. Amongst a long list of findings, it turns out that websites running on WordPress are attacked 24% more than those running on all other content management systems combined.
Weebly, the world-famous website builder, has just made their iPad users' lives a whole lot easier. Powering millions of websites worldwide, Weebly has built its reputation by enabling users to build good-looking websites via a drag-and-drop system, for free.
Squarespace, the popular website builder, has announced the release of Squarespace 7 to the public.
Squarespace 7 features a number of significant changes including a completely redesigned interface, integration with Getty Images making over 40 million images available for just $10 each, an integration with Google Apps allowing for easy email setup under your domain, and more.
Ghost, the blogging world's newest platform, has given users custom post meta data features, and has also changed the prices charged for Ghost Pro, their hosted solution. Released in late 2013, Ghost is still relatively young platform. It offers a simplified user interface for uses to focus on creating good blog content, and has been tipped to soon oust WordPress as the number one blogging platform on the market.
Hotaru CMS has just released version 1.6.4, bringing about a number of core changes. Hotaru allows users to build social bookmarking and social media websites. With over 4,200 members, they have a decent sized, well-knit community residing in the Hotaru forums too.
With the People's Choice CMS Awards coming to a close in the next 10 days or so, it's time now to announce the judges for this year's Critics' Choice CMS Awards. This is the portion of the awards that are selected by our panel of judges.
For those of you who have always wondered what the difference was between Squarespace and WordPress and how they compare, check out our latest article on Website Builders Critic entitled "Squarespace vs WordPress".
Today is a big day. Mike Johnston and I (the CMS Critic team) are joining forces to launch a project that we have been toiling over behind the scenes. We have compiled a number of the world’s best website builders in order to review, compare and demonstrate their abilities via real and replicable examples.