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BuddyPress 2.1 Release Candidate Now Available

CMS News from cmscritic.com - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 21:55
BuddyPress are now edging closer to the release of version 2.1, making the release candidate available for the first (and last) time. Built by the guys behind WordPress, BuddyPress allows you to create a fully featured social network inside your WordPress.org powered site. 
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Advanced Guide to A/B Testing: Take Your Site from Professional to Elite

CMS News from cmscritic.com - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 14:18
Perfection is always in your approach. It’s in the manner that you move toward an untouchable ideal. This is what I believe A/B testing is all about, the pursuit of perfection. In the case of A/B testing, perfection would be a conversion rate of 100% — a metric that is completely impossible to achieve.
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PlushForums Review

CMS News from cmscritic.com - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 14:52
PlushForums, a cloud-based forum platform, is a new player in what is now a matured game. Aimed primarily at businesses and large organizations, its mission is to be the driving force behind such healthy communities, in a more professional setting. Founded in 2014 by London-based Adrian Flitcroft, PlushForums describes itself as, "simple, polished and engaging". I guess that's my cue to find out exactly how true that is.
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The Sitecore Symposium 2014

CMS News from cmscritic.com - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 05:10
The 2014 Sitecore Symposium has come and gone but has left an imprint in the minds of all the attendees. It's one week later and you can still feel the buzz in the air. Read on to find out how it went and why you should attend next year.
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Mastering Application Lifecycles with Jahia Digital Factory 7

CMS News from cmscritic.com - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 13:42
Capturing and engaging increasingly shrewd audiences whilst delivering the smoothest user experience is paramount for any website or application. However, the creation process, especially in a professional environment, has a long list of requirements. For example, local needs such as language and region-specific services need to be met, whilst corporate guidelines like logos, layouts, corporate information on websites, intranets and extranets need to be respected.
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SiteSupra Announces Major Price Drop

CMS News from cmscritic.com - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 23:19
SiteSupra has announced significant price cuts for its Standard and Business packages. Fresh after announcing new templates and features, SiteSupra has made this move, "in response to market demand". 
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PrestaShop's Love Affair with Statistics

CMS News from cmscritic.com - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 23:07
Love is in the air, but there are no poems or love notes being exchanged. Instead, the numbers are doing all the talking. Ever since the release of version 1.6, PrestaShop has been head over heels in love with statistics. As a result, PrestaShop users have been enjoying some unique stat-based benefits, all from the comfort of their PrestaShop back office (otherwise known as the admin panel). 
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Coveo Announces Free Edition of Coveo Search for Sitecore #SYMNA

CMS News from cmscritic.com - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 17:33
To a cheering audience at Sitecore's North American Symposium (#SYMNA), Coveo announced they will now be offering a free edition of their popular search solution for Sitecore.
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Ecwid Introduces Improved Order Statuses

CMS News from cmscritic.com - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 10:56
Ecwid has taken steps to improve their order status listings, making them more descriptive. Powering over 500,000 online stores across 175 countries, Ecwid is a popular eCommerce platform with a growing user base.
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Day One of Sitecore Symposium 2014: Exploring Sitecore 8

CMS News from cmscritic.com - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 20:57
For those of you who don't know, Sitecore are currently hosting their biggest event of the year, Sitecore Symposium 2014 Las Vegas. CMS Critic are on the ground right now to cover the event, in the form of Founder and Editor-in-Chief Mike Johnston. Mike has already covered Sitecore's day one keynote by CEO Michael Seifert, and you can follow his live tweets from the CMS Critic Twitter page, or by using the #SYNMA hashtag. 
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The Keynote - Sitecore North American Symposium #SYMNA

CMS News from cmscritic.com - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 21:38
As some of you may have seen if you’ve been watching our Twitter feed, CMS Critic is on site here in beautiful Las Vegas (thank god because Edmonton has snow at the moment) for Sitecore’s North American Symposium (#SYMNA if you want to follow on Twitter).
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People's Choice CMS Awards - Result Update #2

CMS News from cmscritic.com - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 20:36
I've been getting a ton of emails asking for another update on the People's Choice CMS awards since the last time I shared it so I thought now would be a good time to do so again. Without further hesitation, here are the results as they stand so far. Keep in mind we still have about a month and a bit to go so the results can change at any time. There are definitely a few upsets since the last time I posted this. 
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Moxi9 Store Front Goes Live

CMS News from cmscritic.com - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 13:59
Moxi9, recently re-branded from PHPfox, has unveiled its official store front. The community CMS has a long history under the name of PHPfox, but are now looking to evolve under the banner of Moxi9.
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BlackMonk v3.4 Released With New Templates & Business Reports

CMS News from cmscritic.com - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 14:31
BlackMonk CMS users received good new this week, as version 3.4 of the platform was released. Founded in 2012, the Banglore based CMS can power online magazines business directories, community portals and more. For more informaion on BlackMonk, you can read my full review of BlackMonk CMS.
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A Look Inside the New Jimdo Experience

CMS News from cmscritic.com - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 13:04
Jimdo, the widely popular website builder, has recently unveiled a newer, sleeker version of itself. Originally founded in 2004 under the name "NorthClick", Jimdo has grown into one of the most user friendly website builders on the market. Now, with the arrival of this "New Jimdo Experience", the platform is pushing itself even further up the website builder ladder. 
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WordPress 4.0 "Benny" Released With Editing & Interface Improvements

CMS News from cmscritic.com - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 19:22
WordPress 4.0 is finally here, and it goes by the name of "Benny". As per usual, WordPress has named this major release after a famous Jazz artist. This time, it's Clarinetist, Benny Goodman. But that's not what we're really interested in here (Sorry, Jazz fans).  
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DotCMS Partners With Azul Systems to Improve Scalability & Reliability

CMS News from cmscritic.com - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 13:57
DotCMS , a renowned open source Enterprise Content Management System, has partnered up  with Azul Systems  an award-winning Java runtime solution. Azul Zing ® is the Azul Systems product in question. Zing is now certified with DotCMS, enabling DotCMS users to benefit from vastly improved scalability, consistent response times and improved reliability.
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Nominations are open for the Critics' Choice CMS Awards

CMS News from cmscritic.com - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 16:48
We are now accepting nominations for the Critics' Choice portion of the CMS Awards. These awards will be selected by our panel of judges however, we are allowing everyone to submit products for consideration as well.
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Event Preview: Sitecore Symposium 2014 Las Vegas

CMS News from cmscritic.com - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 14:24
Sitecore Symposium 2014 Las Vegas is right around the corner. Scheduled to be held in the Aria Resort, Las Vegas from September 8th - 10th, Sitecore's latest symposium is promising to offer plenty in the way of best practises and customer experience insights. Not to mention, the thoughts of industry leading experts concerning the latest customer engagement trends will also be present.
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Creating a Simple MailChimp Newsletter Signup Form for Foundation 5 Framework

CMS News from cmscritic.com - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 15:53
I had a hard time finding good articles that guide you through this process so to help save anyone who may be looking to use the awesome Foundation Framework from Zurb and need to create a super simple MailChimp signup or subscription form with it, I thought I'd share the process.
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