Over the past few years, we've talked plenty about Weebly, Drupal Gardens, WordPress.com and other hosted content management systems intended to "just work" out of the Cloud. Considering there are 16 million new websites added to the web every month, it's safe to assume that website design is a thriving business. But what about these DIY site builders? Is the WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) platform they offer ever a viable replacement for professional expertise?
The team at WhoIsHostingThis dives into these questions and more with their latest infograpic: Wicked WYSIWYG: What About Those DIY Websites? In this Infographic they compare Wix, Weebly, and SnapPages. You can find this infographic embedded below the fold.
WordPress 4.0 Beta 2 is now available for download and testing. This is software still in development, so we don’t recommend that you run it on a production site. To get the beta, try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (you’ll want “bleeding edge nightlies”). Or you can download the beta here (zip).
For more of what’s new in version 4.0, check out the Beta 1 blog post. Some of the changes in Beta 2 include:
- Further refinements for the the plugin installation and media library experiences.
- Updated TinyMCE, which now includes better indentation for lists and the restoration of the color picker.
- Cookies are now tied to a session internally, so if you have trouble logging in, #20276 may be the culprit.
- Various bug fixes (there were nearly 170 changes since last week).
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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Following a historically successful first quarter, web content management and digital experience software vendor Hippo today announced new subscription-based business in H1 2014, compared to the same period in 2013 accelerated by 164%. With a near 50% subscription revenue growth rate in 2013, Hippo and its vision of truly personalized multichannel digital experiences show no sign of slowing down.
New research showing major market changes to be presented at the Managed Services & Hosting Summit 2014
[London, 17 July 2014] IT Europa and Angel Business Communications today announced further details of sponsors and content for the Managed Services & Hosting Summit 2014 which will be staged on 25 September 2014 at the Pullman St Pancras Hotel, London. The new speakers being announced will draw on new research to chart the fast developing nature of the managed services sector. The Managed Services & Hosting Summit 2014 is a management-level event designed to help channel organisations identify opportunities arising from the increasing demand for managed and hosted services and to develop and strengthen partnerships aimed at supporting sales.
Who doesn’t like the idea of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) for business? Having employees use their own personal devices for work sounds like a great idea. For one thing, they’ll be more productive as they are already familiar with their devices. They’ll also be more satisfied with their work since they won’t have to struggle with learning how to operate a new smartphone or tablet. Plus, companies can save on costs since they won’t need to buy devices for their employees. So what’s the downside? For many business leaders, the chief concern no matter the BYOD policies enacted is that of security. With employees using their own devices, that opens up more avenues for vital company data to be compromised. That’s why so many businesses now are turning to mobile device management (MDM) systems as a way to address these pressing security issues.
Drupal 7.29 and Drupal 6.32, maintenance releases which contain fixes for security vulnerabilities, are now available for download. See the Drupal 7.29 and Drupal 6.32 release notes for further information.Download Drupal 7.29
Download Drupal 6.32
Upgrading your existing Drupal 7 and 6 sites is strongly recommended. There are no new features or non-security-related bug fixes in these releases. For more information about the Drupal 7.x release series, consult the Drupal 7.0 release announcement. More information on the Drupal 6.x release series can be found in the Drupal 6.0 release announcement.Security information
We have a security announcement mailing list and a history of all security advisories, as well as an RSS feed with the most recent security advisories. We strongly advise Drupal administrators to sign up for the list.
Drupal 7 and 6 include the built-in Update Status module (renamed to Update Manager in Drupal 7), which informs you about important updates to your modules and themes.Bug reports
Drupal 7.29 and 6.32 were released in response to the discovery of security vulnerabilities. Details can be found in the official security advisory:
To fix the security problem, please upgrade to either Drupal 7.29 or Drupal 6.32.Known issues
None.Front page news: Planet DrupalDrupal version: Drupal 6.xDrupal 7.x
Docebo’s SaaS-based e-learning platform meets over 50 key criteria to become one organization’s ideal LMS.
One of my favorite local companies, Blend Interactive, recently made some news this past week. Blend Interactive has named Karla Santi as their Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Santi has been a partner at Blend Interactive since the company formed in 2005, where, to the public, she served as Creative Director and, behind the scenes, handled a good chunk of operational oversight.
With so many security issues, hacks and vulnerabilities in today’s WordPress websites the best defense and sure way to protect your website and data is to have a proper automated backups set.
There are many ways to take backups of your website, some webmasters prefer to take backups manually of their web files and databases. But to save time and be more productive there are many automated tools and services that can be combined and used to take backups.
WordPress 4.0 Beta 1 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 4.0, try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (you’ll want “bleeding edge nightlies”). Or you can download the beta here (zip).
4.0 is due out next month, but to get there, we need your help testing what we’ve been working on:
- Previews of embedding via URLs in the visual editor and the “Insert from URL” tab in the media modal. Try pasting a URL (such as a WordPress.tv or YouTube video) onto its own line in the visual editor. (#28195, #15490)
- The Media Library now has a “grid” view in addition to the existing list view. Clicking on an item takes you into a modal where you can see a larger preview and edit information about that attachment, and you can navigate between items right from the modal without closing it. (#24716)
- We’re freshening up the plugin install experience. You’ll see some early visual changes as well as more information when searching for plugins and viewing details. (#28785, #27440)
- Selecting a language when you run the installation process. (#28577)
- The editor intelligently resizes and its top and bottom bars pin when needed. Browsers don’t like to agree on where to put things like cursors, so if you find a bug here, please also let us know your browser and operating system. (#28328)
- We’ve made some improvements to how your keyboard and cursor interact with TinyMCE views such as the gallery preview. Much like the editor resizing and scrolling improvements, knowing about your setup is particularly important for bug reports here. (#28595)
- Widgets in the Customizer are now loaded in a separate panel. (#27406)
- We’ve also made some changes to some formatting functions, so if you see quotes curling in the wrong direction, please file a bug report.
If you think you’ve found a bug, you can post to the Alpha/Beta area in the support forums. We’d love to hear from you! If you’re comfortable writing a reproducible bug report, file one on the WordPress Trac. There, you can also find a list of known bugs and everything we’ve fixed so far.
Developers: Never fear, we haven’t forgotten you. There’s plenty for you, too – more on that in upcoming posts. In the meantime, check out the API for panels in the Customizer.
Media, things in between
Please help look for bugs
Survey reveals 39% of enterprises not managing, or manually managing their virtual environments, negating any anticipated cost savings
Tensions between application producers and enterprises around virtualization are likely to heat up. As software vendors and intelligent device manufacturers change their licensing rules to profit from virtualization, the latest IDC/Flexera Software report, based on a survey of both application producers (software vendors and intelligent device manufacturers) and enterprises, shows that 42% of application producers plan on changing their licensing/compliance policies for virtualization. At the same time, alarmingly, a large percentage of enterprises, 39%, either don't manage their software licences at all in virtual environments, or they do so manually.
This lack of correlation is likely to increase tensions between buyers and sellers of enterprise software as more organizations are found to be out of compliance with virtualization licensing rules, resulting in steeper "true-up" or cost balancing penalties.
P4Search Makes It Easy to Mine Hundreds of Terabytes of Enterprise IP
Perforce Software today announced the availability of P4Search, a comprehensive search tool for all content stored in the company's version management engine, P4D. Trusted by some of the world's most innovative companies such as Salesforce.com, NVIDIA and Pixar, P4D stores an organisation's most valuable IP-source code, design templates, legal documents and images, among other assets. P4Search is a highly customisable tool, available as a standalone service or as an integrated function within a customer's Perforce environment.
As PANDORA, the global jewellery firm, has been expanding its operations – currently into 80 countries – it has discovered the value of using e-learning to ensure that its sales teams, around the world, sell the right products to the right people.
So I'm halfway through my three month sabbatical from blogging and I get an email from my good friend, Shaun Walker. For those that don't know Shaun, he's the CTO and co-founder for DNN Corp. You know, the guy that started DotNetNuke. To make a long story short, Shaun wanted to remind me that the DNN community recently released 7.3 which focuses on platform performance. Shaun thought it would be a good idea to mention the release to readers here at CMS Report. Given that this was the man that identified wayback that the future of content management systems was in cloud, mobile and social media...it is difficult for me to ignore such requests.
However, I'm not fully giving up my three-month break from blogging. Instead, I'll do what any good blogger in my circumstances would do...steal from Shaun's own blog post about DNN 7.3. It's the only way I know how to keep DNN fans happy while my summer plans stay intact.
"I've found that leaders who make choices to operate in a more participatory way--who operate on principles of high engagement, vs. bureaucracies that treat people as if they were cogs in a machine--see a 30 percent improvement in performance."
- Bill Pasmore, Center for Creative Leadership, Quoted by Rob Reuteman, Value Lessons: How Much Money Is a Good Leader Really Worth?, Entrepreneur, March 28, 2014.
Drupal.org will be affected by maintenance Tuesday, July 8th, 11:00 PDT (July 8th, 18:00 UTC).
To finish our load balancer rebuilds, we are moving traffic from our old load balancer to our new. During this process, there maybe a five minute period of brief instability.
Please follow the @drupal_infra Twitter account for any issues encountered during the maintenance window.
Thanks for your patience!
Combining leading expertise in Customer Experience Management (CXM) and Digital Asset Management (DAM) helps marketers drive consistent customer experiences in real time on any channel
ADAMSoftware, a leading Digital Asset Management (DAM) and Product Content Management (PCM) software provider, today announced that it has entered into a strategic sales and technology partnership with Sitecore, the global leader in customer experience management.