The release candidate for WordPress 4.4 is now available.
RC means we think we’re done, but with millions of users and thousands of plugins and themes, it’s possible we’ve missed something. We hope to ship WordPress 4.4 on Tuesday, December 8, but we need your help to get there.
If you haven’t tested 4.4 yet, now is the time!
For more information about what’s new in version 4.4, check out the Beta blog post.
Developers, please test your plugins and themes against WordPress 4.4 and update your plugin’s Tested up to version in the readme to 4.4 before next week. If you find compatibility problems, we never want to break things, so please be sure to post to the support forums so we can figure those out before the final release.
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SEO is important for most businesses as a source of sales leads or e-commerce revenue — often the most important. For any SEO campaign to succeed, the company website must be properly configured and maintained; if it isn’t, Google will not be able to read or understand the website’s content, and as a result won’t display its pages to search engine users. For all intents and purposes, the company will be invisible.
To make your CMS website perform for SEO, pay special attention to these three areas.
Informal rather than formal learning helps people do their jobs, yet most organizations still focus their learning efforts on the classroom and the course.
The explosive growth of e-commerce, mobile and social media has completely altered the customer’s lifestyle and buying habits. Companies looking to ride the wave of digital transformation need to have a digital strategy in place in order to make the most out of their digital investments.It is equally important to have a sound understanding of the digital lifecycle and identify business processes which would benefit by going digital.
As was mentioned earlier this week, today is the day Drupal 8 becomes official and is released for public consumption. The last time CMS Report was given the opportunity to talk about a major Drupal release was in January 2011 with the release of Drupal 7. If you thought the three year waiting period from Drupal 6 to Drupal 7 was long, waiting nearly half a decade for Drupal 8 certainly feels like a lifetime in the world of content management. During this cycle of development, Drupal's own open source community has evolved and its developers have introduced hundreds of changes into the Drupal content management platform.
Today we released Drupal 8.0.0, the first fully supported release of Drupal 8! This is the biggest update ever to Drupal, our open source content management platform. Here are just a few of the hundreds of improvements in Drupal 8:
- In-context, what-you-see-is-what-you-get (WYSIWYG) editing and previews
- Comprehensive content modeling out of the box with entities, fields, and views
- Customization of content pages and even forms and administrative pages via the administrative interface
- Full translatability and localization out of the box
- Reliable configuration management for safe and straightforward deployment of changes between environments
- Mobile-first, responsive, HTML5 output
- REST-first native web services
- Enhanced accessibility and WAI-ARIA compliance
- Modern PHP standards and practices, with integration of popular libraries such as Composer, Symfony2, Guzzle, and Twig
- Significantly improved front-end performance out of the box
- Enhanced caching and best-of-class integration with CDNs and reverse proxies
- Full compatibility with PHP7, and the PostgreSQL and SQLite databases
- ...And much more!
Drupal 8 in action
With key modules like Views and Entity Reference fully included in Drupal 8 core, and many contributed projects already available for Drupal 8, you can start building new Drupal 8 sites right now, today. You can also use the crowd-sourced Drupal 8 Contrib Porting Tracker to get updates on the status of your favorite modules and themes, or read how you can help.How do I upgrade my current site?
If you have a Drupal 6 or 7 site you want to upgrade, install or update the Upgrade Status module to get a customized, up-to-date report on the status of your modules and themes in Drupal 8. Once you are ready, Drupal 8 core also includes the Migrate module to update existing Drupal 7 and 6 sites to Drupal 8 directly. Migrate is marked "experimental" in Drupal 8.0.0, but will be fully supported in an upcoming release. Read more about how you can migrate from Drupal 6 or 7.
Drupal 8.0.0 marks several changes for Drupal releases. We will add new features to Drupal 8 every six months in minor releases, with bug fix and security release windows every month. The next bugfix release window is December 2, 2015, and next scheduled minor release (Drupal 8.1.0) is planned for mid-April 2016.
The release of Drupal 8 also means that it's time to say a fond farewell to Drupal 6 after eight great years. Drupal 6 will reach its end-of-life (EOL) on February 24, 2016, meaning that it will no longer receive official community support and you should plan to update Drupal 6 sites soon. Refer to the Drupal 6 end-of-life announcement for more information.
Drupal 7 is still fully supported and will remain so for several more years. Read more about the Drupal core release cycle.Found a bug?
With your help, we can find and fix bugs sooner rather than later. If you find a bug in Drupal 8, search for it in the Drupal 8 issue queue, and if you don't find an existing bug report, file a new one.Celebrating the release
Help share and celebrate this milestone for the Drupal community! The Drupal 8 media kit includes the official Drupal 8 press release which has already been translated into many languages. Share this press release with your community, or use the #Drupal8 hashtag to talk about Drupal 8 on social media. Then, join one of over 200 Drupal 8 release parties on six continents.
Drupal 8 core is the work of more than 3300 contributors in over 16,000 Drupal core commits during nearly five years of development, and it is by far the best release of Drupal yet. There are already more than 50,000 Drupal 8 installations, so start yours today!
Build something amazing, for anyone.Front page news: Drupal NewsDrupal version: Drupal 8.x
A new ‘starting point’ website was released this week from unroole.com to simplify website construction; this exciting new feature is built entirely from Bootstrap components.
SandSIV Announces Partnership With KNIME To Deliver Predictive Analytics To Customer Experience Management
Zurich, Switzerland, November 18, 2015, SandSIV recently announced their partnership with KNIME to deliver predictive analytics to customer experience management. Since 2008, they have been delivering an end-to-end Customer Experience Management platform and a Voice-of-the-Customer platform to blue chip customers all over Europe. The goal of the partnership is to move Customer Experience Management methodology to the next level, integrating predictive analytics. This evolution will put organizations in a position to really act on Customer Experience Management activities to drastically reduce churn and increase sales. KNIME has been delivering since 2004 an open source platform integrating various machine learning and data mining algorithms into its modular data pipelining concept.
Google is a company that definitely needs no introduction. Starting off with a search engine embedded with artificial intelligence now this tech giant has taken the market with great ease. In the wake of advancement in internet connectivity devices and components, Google is all set to stun the market with its hardware capabilities. OnHub is the latest addition to the Google hardware family which has been launched in partnership with TP link.
One of the top priorities of Google is to have additional security when compared to the other machines that are available. OnHub has many intriguing features that demonstrate how security should be one of the most vital considerations in the workplace. The following are some points worth mentioning in this regard.
The Ivy League university kicks off project to preserve one petabyte of history including the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies
The Yale University Library, which recently celebrated its 314th anniversary, is collaborating with Preservica to preserve nearly one petabyte of digital content.
The Yale Library comprises 15 libraries and houses more than 15 million volumes and information in all media, ranging from ancient papyri to early printed books to electronic databases. Renowned globally for the size and rarity of much of its archive, it is highly regarded as an archival repository for many major 20th century American leaders. It is also home to The Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies which contains approximately 4400 videotaped interviews. These have been digitized for preservation and access purposes, due to the degradation of their original media, and will be ingested into Preservica.
Knowledge management specialist, Intuition, is benefitting from using eXact learning solutions’ learning content management system (LCMS) to maintain and update its library of online content materials.
New services for UK2.net, Midphase and WestHost help customers tune websites for discoverability and fast load times
We are so stoked to announce our partnership with Fastly. Fastly is now serving up all of our traffic from the *.drupal.org domain Drupal sites and related services.Drupal.org is big
Drupal.org and its services handle over 1.5 billion requests per month; this is a massive amount of traffic for an open source project.
Every time cron runs the update service on your Drupal site, it talks to updates.drupal.org. Every time you download a copy of Drupal or any projects on Drupal.org, you talk to ftp.drupal.org. (We see over 400,000 downloads of Drupal core in a typical month—way more around DrupalCons and major community sprints.)
Each month we have over 15 million unique pageviews on Drupal.org—by over 2 million unique visitors.
All of those stats are about to rise significantly with the launch of Drupal 8. Drupal 7 caused a 30% bump in traffic when it was released and we expect even more with the launch of Drupal 8.Fastly is… well… fast
In 2014, we implemented a CDN (content delivery network) for Drupal.org. The impact was immediate. Everything was faster. We met our initial goal of getting Drupal.org sites and services fronted by a CDN.
That CDN solution was a good start, and while it lacked features we didn’t know we needed, it improved our ability to deliver Drupal-generated content as well as packaged projects.
Late in 2014, we were introduced to Fastly. They offered us an opportunity to try out the service for ftp.drupal.org and we haven't looked back.Varnish for the win!
You may already use the open source Varnish for your Drupal sites. Varnish is an HTTP accelerator. Drupal.org began using Varnish in 2009 to reduce load on its web servers. It is a powerful cache that likely sits in front of your web origins. Fastly gives us a globally distributed Varnish cache with all of the features we are familiar with.
Fastly hires maintainers of the Varnish project and are helping move it forward. Drupal 8 cache keys are also a straight correllation to Fastly Surrogate Key purging and Fastly's active involvement is another great example of Fastly working with an open source community (ours!) to build a better experience.
Yay, open source!Open Source Alliance
Speaking of open source, Fastly has an open source alliance that provides free content delivery to projects like Debian, the MIT Media Lab, the W3C, Memcached, Linux Foundation, and more. They have even open sourced some of their technology stack to make it easier for others to build systems with their tools. We love partnering with these sorts of organizations.Supporting Technology Partner
Speaking of partnering, Fastly took their partnership a step further and are helping fund a lot of great work on Drupal.org through commitments to sponsor DrupalCons and even the release of Drupal 8. Look for them at upcoming DrupalCons. Thanks Fastly!How Fastly Works
Fastly’s Global Network consists of Points of Presence (POPs) running Fastly’s custom Varnish software stack. These POPs are spread around the world in strategic locations close to the highest density Internet Exchange Points, ensuring cached content is just a few milliseconds away.
Fastly has a powerful feature that allows us to specify a specific POP as a shield to our origin server. In our case we chose the Seattle POP because of its proximity to our servers at the OSL in Corvallis, Oregon in the United States.
The origin shield configuration means all requests to Drupal.org flow through Fastly’s origin server in Seattle before reaching our Drupal.org origin. If Fastly’s origin server in Seattle has already cached the file, no request to our Drupal.org origin is necessary.
In practice, this allows us to deliver a huge amount of content with an extremely high hit ratio. (See that spike in the GIF below, that's one of those regular times that cron jobs request a ton of content from our updates server. Fastly is just churning along.)
(Fastly made us confident we could put this enormous GIF in our write up.)Faster changes, faster response time
Another advantage to Fastly has been the efficiencies it has given us by allowing us to quickly make changes to how they cache our content. With our previous CDN, changes could take up to 4 hours to propagate through the system. We can now change a Varnish config and reflect those changes in under 5 seconds. That has been a huge help when we need to make a hot fix to production and keep Drupal.org delivering Drupal to the world.Logging and improving our usage stats
Fastly also allows us to stream our logs. This means we can parse those logs and turn them into data. We are already seeing much more reliable project usage statistics with from our new log processing for updates.drupal.org thanks to Fastly’s log streaming.
More accurate logs mean we can provide users with better data to help them to make better decisions about modules, themes and distributions that have the most installations.Next Steps with Fastly
We have been impressed with Fastly, both for their responsiveness and the performance improvements we have seen while using their services. They have given a ton to our community and we can't wait to see where they take Varnish and their open-source-powered service. If you are interested in using Fastly with your own Drupal sites, you can learn more about Fastly on their Drupal.org organization page or sign up for a developer account at Fastly.com—there is even a Fastly module for Drupal7, and one for Drupal8 is on the way!Front page news: Drupal News
I admit it. When looking at the calendar my eyes have been focused on November 19, 2015. This is the date that Drupal 8, under development since 2011, is expected to be released. But for Drupal 6 users, the beginning of Drupal 8 also marks the beginning of the end for Drupal 6 support. Announced on Drupal.org, Michael Hess writes that Drupal 6 will reach end-of-life on February 24 2016.
Within the past couple days, I've received emails and phone calls from TERMINALFOUR's marketing best encouraging me to cover the company's latest news. The announcement concerns new software from TERMINALFOUR, which the company believes will help universities drive students to register to attend through better online engagement. The company already works with leading universities across the United States including the University of Florida, Texas Woman’s University and Central Wyoming College.
I've included TERMINALFOUR's announcement below. TERMINALFOUR has incorporated a ‘Form Builder’ and automated migration tool into v8.1 to help increase engagement. The company's past experience in working with universities have shown the migration tool allows site administrators to automatically migrate up to 93% of their content. That's an impressive number as anyone that has ever worked on a migration project well knows. I've worked on some projects where the automation was "zero" due to the joys of an in-house customized CMS. It's one of the reasons I recommend CMSs like TERMINALFOUR instead of letting your IT shop build their own CMS.
This was a busy week for web developers, marketers, and users of both Episerver and Ektron. This was the week where many that follow these platforms converged in Las Vegas for EPiServer Ascend 2015. I didn't attend the customer conference, but from what I have been told and what I have read is that people walked away from this conference impressed. It is also at this conference that the Fall 2015 release of the Episerver Digital Experience Cloud was announced.
As most of you recall, earlier this year Episerver and Ektron merged to support the digital experience platform in the cloud to better meet their customer's content and commerce needs. The Fall 2015 release of the Episerver Digital Experience Cloud is expected to offer substantive new and converged functionality from the best of Ektron and Episerver. The Fall Release is promising to empower marketers, merchandisers and digital developers to achieve their ideas through a productive “people-first technology” platform.
Preservica reports surge in demand for digital preservation software
Digital Preservation specialist, Preservica, has seen a 50% growth in new customer signings in the last six months, as organizations increase their focus on protecting and future-proofing critical, long-term information assets.
The acceleration in new signings could see the company doubling its customer base year-on-year in the first half of 2016.
Docebo today unveiled two new modules that, alongside the familiar LMS, capture and structure informal and social learning.
WordPress 4.4 Beta 4 is now available!
This software is still in development, so we don’t recommend you run it on a production site. Consider setting up a test site just to play with the new version. To test WordPress 4.4, try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (you’ll want “bleeding edge nightlies”). Or you can download the beta here (zip).
For more information about what’s new in version 4.4, check out the Beta 1 blog post. This our final planned beta. Next week will be our first Release Candidate.
If you think you’ve found a bug, you can post to the Alpha/Beta area in the support forums. Or, if you’re comfortable writing a bug report, file one on the WordPress Trac. There, you can also find a list of known bugs and everything we’ve fixed.
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Blue Jeans Network, the global leader in cloud-based video collaboration services, today unveiled its latest product offering with the release of Blue Jeans 3.0.