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2014 Critics' Choice Award Winner - Best Cloud CMS for SMB

CMS News from cmscritic.com - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 16:01

In today's market, there is certainly no shortage of cloud-based content management systems. In fact, offering a cloud-hosted service is becoming something of a necessity for all platforms across the board.

But of course, some products do it better than others. LightCMS were crowned the winners by the people -- and also qualified for in-depth coverage over at Website Builders Critic, but now it's the turn of the judges.

And the winner is...

dotCMS is a Javaopen source, content management system with a giant reputation. It has been in the running for a number of awards this year, and with the successful (and recent) release of DotCMS 3.0, it's not difficult to see why they've managed to bag this one. 

Congratulations to everybody at dotCMS!

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2014 Critics' Choice Award Winner - Best CMS for Corporate Intranets

CMS News from cmscritic.com - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 13:29

When it comes to the inner workings of most medium and large sized businesses across the world, intranets play an integral role. Their purpose is to simplify communication, promote collaboration and streamline work flows. 

Products like Liferay, Bittrix24, Entando and ocPortal are the front runners in this category. Liferay was selected by the people, but now it's time to see who the judges selected.

And the winner is...

Bitrix24 by Bitrix Inc is a high-end enterprise social network, mobile intranet portal, CRM and collaboration suite. With a wide range of features and over 300,000 organizations making use of the platform, Bitrix24 is a highly respected intranet solution. What's more is, on top of a totally free plan, Bitrix24's higher plans are far more reasonable than some of its competitors. 

Congratulations to everybody at Bitrix24!

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TYPO3 Releases Neos 1.2

CMS News from cmscritic.com - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 15:50

TYPO3 has released a new version of its latest product, Neos.

Just a few days after the release of TYPO3 CMS 7, the Swiss platform's community has come together to release of Neos 1.2.

Neos' newly implemented functions will help make the everyday work of editors and developers much easier. For example, the Open Source Content Management System (CMS) can now be operated a lot more intuitively. 

Improvements for Editors & Developers

Neos 1.2 is geared toward the needs and wishes of editors and developers, no matter whether they use a PC or a tablet. The perspective of the target audience can also be understood at all times because all contents can be viewed and worked on in a channel-specific manner.

As with the previous versions, Neos relies on working on the contents directly inside the display, therefore the editor is immediately able to see all of the changes that have been made in the corrected layout. The many minor and major improvements that have been made to the working environment for the content manager, which together define a new standard for quality in this main area of digital marketing are new in version 1.2.

Here's what editors can expect to benefit from:

  • Easier linking of contents and pages
  • New shortcut types, including links to social media channels
  • The right documents are displayed in the right places
  • Automatic review and display of access rights
  • Re-log in dialogue shows the contents that were worked on most recently after the password is entered again
  • Content that can be used multiple times
  • Longer texts can be worked on more easily
  • Pages can be selected manually and user-defined menus can be created
  • Improvements to the publishing button
  • Optimized inspector

 Also, developers can look forward to the following:

  • Improved HTML Editor supports various formats such as CSS or Java Script
  • NodeURI TS: Easy links from TypoScript to Nodes
  • HTTP Header: Changes in the HTTP Header from TypoScript
  • Image TS: Rendering of images and image URI development from TypoScript
  • @if: Conditions on TypoScript buttons/objects
  • Configuration module: Review of various types of configurations and display of validation errors
  • Improved import and export of websites

Although Neos 1.2 is a sizable update within itself, it also paves the way for the upcoming version 1.3 -- which is already available as a preview.

Version 1.3 (planned for the spring of 2015) will being a slew of innovations, particularly in the areas administration of rolls and rights, cloud capability, integration of Google Analytics, SEO optimization, multiple languages and a localized back end.

Neos 1.2 is available for download right here. To find out more about Neos, check out the official website.

You can also explore more of TYPO3 Neos via our CMS Directory.

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2014 Critics' Choice Award Winner - Best Commercial Forum

CMS News from cmscritic.com - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 14:20

Ah, the commercial forum niche. A province of the CMS world which is home to much discussion and debate (quite literally). 

Prominent names like Vanilla Forums, NinjaPost a, IP.Board and GetSatisfaction all spring to mind, with the former reigning supreme this year as far as the people are concerned. However, now it's the turn of the judges. 

And the winner is...

Founded in 2007, Get Satisfaction offers a classy, enterprise-level customer community platform. It serves some of the world's largest companies, integrating with platforms such as SalesForce, SugarCRM, HootSuite, Zendesk, Yammer, Mailchimp and more. 

Congratulations to everybody at Get Satisfaction!

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2014 Critics' Choice Award Winner - Best Free Java CMS

CMS News from cmscritic.com - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 14:07

The free Java CMS space isn't an easy one to stand out in. 

Blockbuster platforms such as Magnolia, Hippo, Liferay and DotCMS (to name a few) dominate this area of the CMS market. The people had their say on the subject, and now the judges have weighed in, too. Here's the verdict.

The 2014 Critics' Choice Award for Best Free Java CMS goes to,..

Hippo CMS has grown aplenty during 2014, particularly with the release of Hippo 7.9. In fact, we here at CMS Critic got to see some of that progress for ourselves when we attended the 2014 Hippo Get Together in Amsterdam. We learnt about their passion for not just their product, but for the open source community as a whole. Their work with the Dutch Police Force is a testament to that.

Recently, Hippo was also crowned the 2014 People's Choice Winner for Best Enterprise Java CMS.

Congratulations to everybody at Hippo!

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Newly Released Ghost Labs Lets Users Test Unreleased Features

CMS News from cmscritic.com - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 23:18

Not too long ago, Ghost announced plans to release features on a (very) regular basis. Now though, the youthful blogging platform has gone a step further, enabling users to test features still under construction. 

Ghost is a relatively new and exciting blogging platform. Recently, it was crowned the 2014 Critics' Choice Award Winner for Most Promising CMS.

This new feature has been given the name Ghost Labs. 

Protective Eye Goggles Not Necessary

Essentially, Ghost Labs is a brand new settings page within Ghost which allows you to access bits of brand new and unreleased Ghost functionality.

John O'Nolan, the founder of Ghost, had this to say:

"The intention is to get real people testing new features as early as possible so that we can get lots of feedback about how well it is (or isn't) working before we roll it out to everyone."

So, Ghost users can now access import and export features more easily (whereas previously these were hidden on a debug page), as well as some handy tools to reset content.

Ghost Pro users can start using Ghost Labs immediately. Users running Ghost on their own servers can jump into the digital lab by upgrading to Ghost 0.5.6.

For more information on Ghost, visit their website.

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This is why I started the CMS Awards

CMS News from cmscritic.com - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 17:48

As you may know, the reason I chose to start the CMS Awards was to help give projects around the world that may not necessarily have a huge marketing budget, an opportunity to get noticed.

My hope with the awards was that projects that won would feel energized, appreciated and that it would give them the pat on the back they deserve for all their hard work. We think everyone who develops content management systems should be given the chance to showcase it and gain recognition for their contribution to the industry.

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2014 Critics' Choice Award Winner - Best Cloud CMS For Enterprise

CMS News from cmscritic.com - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 17:41

Today we're unveiling yet another Critics' Choice Award Winner. This time, its for the Best Cloud CMS For Enterprise. When it came down to it, Acquia, Clickability and Crownpeak were slugging all it out for both for the People's Choice and the Critics' Choice award this year. All three are great products, but it goes without saying that there can only be one winner. 

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Umbraco 7.2 Released

CMS News from cmscritic.com - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 15:16

Umbraco 7.2 has arrived with, "incredible enthusiasm and unseen amounts of jazz." Launched in 2003, Umbraco has grown into a free, open source, .NET CMS with a reputation as a solid solution for small as well as enterprise-level projects. 

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Faster & Cleaner: TYPO3 CMS 7 Released

CMS News from cmscritic.com - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 13:34

The latest version of TYPO3 CMS has arrived, and it's a big one, both technically and visually. TYPO3 is a free and open source web content management framework based on PHP. The Swiss software company was founded in 2004.

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What It Will Take to Dethrone WordPress

CMS News from cmscritic.com - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 18:22

Let's face it, there simply is no other CMS that has even come close the the level of popularity that WordPress has managed to achieve. It's an admirable accomplishment that is well deserved. WordPress has taken what used to be complex functionality that only technical people could accomplish and dumbed it down to make things, for the most part, easier for the average user. As with most things however, it's only a matter of time before a better solution comes around. Nothing can stay on top forever so the question I will pose today is, what will it take to dethrone WordPress?

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Webnodes 5.0 Arrives With Focus on Developer Productivity & Responsive Technologies

CMS News from cmscritic.com - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 12:23

Webnodes, an ASP.NET enterprise CMS and eCommerce solution, has unveiled its latest version. The release, Webnodes 5.0, has a focus on, "developer productivity and responsive technologies." The Norwegian platform boasts flexibility via its semantic content engine, while at the same time offering a user-friendly interface.

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2014 Critics' Choice Award Winner - Best Enterprise Java CMS

CMS News from cmscritic.com - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 18:05

Java is one of the most popular programming languages today with support for a myriad of applications, content management being one of them. When it comes to reliability and the ability to deploy it on a wide range of hardware, Java is hard to beat. Today, we're going to look at the project we selected as the Critics' Choice winner for Best Enterprise Java CMS.

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dotCMS 3.0 Brings In Enhancements Tailored For Java & Web Developers

CMS News from cmscritic.com - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 12:34

dotCMS, the popular Java, open source, content management system, has rolled out version 3.0. Java and Web developers in particular will want to take note.The update brings about advanced tools and features, including Cluster Auto-scale and Auto-wire, eliminating manual configuration of dotCMS server clusters.…

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Blogging Platform Roon.io Acquired by Ghost

CMS News from cmscritic.com - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 19:08

Ghost, the freshly crowned winner of the 2014 Critic's Choice Award for Most Promising CMS, has taken another important step forward in the world of blogging platforms -- by buying up some competition.

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Craft 2.3 Arrives With Flurry of Features

CMS News from cmscritic.com - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 18:43

Craft CMS has just released its latest version, bringing about a wide range of updates. It's not a "major" update, but it's definitely not a minor one either. Flexibility, simplicity and control are the three buzzwords Craft use to describe themselves. With tailorable sections, custom fields and content creation tools, Craft is designed to be able to suit the needs and wants of each user. 

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eZ Publish Releases version 5.4 of their flagship CMS

CMS News from cmscritic.com - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 15:25

eZ Systems has announced the release of version 5.4 of their enterprise content management system, eZ Publish. According to the release notes, 5.4 introduces several new features which makes it easier to use, faster to develop on and also continues to improve performance.

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Elgg 1.9.6 released

CMS News from cmscritic.com - Mon, 12/01/2014 - 12:42

Elgg has released an update with a focus on improving their documentation for the benefit of their users. The open source social networking platform has been around for a number of years. It enables businesses, schools and universities to create their own social networks and applications.

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2014 Critics Choice Winner - Most Innovative CMS

CMS News from cmscritic.com - Fri, 11/28/2014 - 17:01

When it comes to innovation, the world of Content Management is at the forefront. With ever changing requirements and technologies and the ever increasing power of social media, change is happening every day. These days, a CMS has to be agile and innovative to survive.

Today, we're going to announce our pick for Most Innovative CMS for 2014.

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Oxwall 1.7.2 Brings Avatars & Messaging Improvements

CMS News from cmscritic.com - Fri, 11/28/2014 - 12:17

Oxwall, a CMS for social networking websites, has released some notable updates in the form of Oxwall 1.7.2. Seen as a steady solution for a number of years, Oxwall is a free and open source software package for building social networks, family sites and collaboration systems.

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