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Content Management Systems (CMSs) help you collaboratively create and edit content such as news articles, manuals, guides, images, videos, and brochures and other publications. There are so many that are available on the web as downloadable apps that I’m certain you’ll find one that fits your needs. This is what they’ve got going for them: A – They’re easy to install and use; B – They give you ready-made templates and customized features; C – They’re free. I thought it would be cool to share some reviews of some of the more popular CMSs that I recently ran across. Here they are: Express Engine: This is a feature-rich and fast CMS, enabling users to have multiple sites running on a single installation. Users can run blogs, community forums, knowledge-base, wiki, contact forms, search engines and more. And Express Engine has a template engine that has custom global va... (more)

OpenPublish Version 2.0 Released Today

Phase2 Technology is pleased to announce the release of OpenPublish Version 2.0 today. OpenPublish taps the power of Drupal, a social publishing platform, and supports everything from news coverage to Web 2.0 trends, semantic metadata tagging with Open Calais, social publishing and topic hubs. Version 2.0 focuses on building a community of developers around the distribution with a new website, expanded online documentation and user guides; a theme layer overhaul and a more robust sub-theming architecture make it easier to create custom designs. In addition, improved administrative and editorial interfaces have been added. It is the 2nd major release of OpenPublish and follows 8 minor releases since March 2009 when the package was debuted by Phase2 Technology and Thomson Reuters. OpenPublish Version 2.0 and the future releases will allow editors to further rethink on... (more)

Moore-Wilson: Efficient Digital Agency DevOps with AppNeta

Moore-Wilson is a British design and development agency, purveyors of "bespoke technology solutions". In other words, they're in charge of the full web app experience, from design and development to lifecycle maintenance. Their projects are mostly PHP-based, often using Drupal as a CMS base. High-profile clients include British National Air Traffic Services, which runs UK air space, and Chatham House, an international think tank. The Challenge With many distinct projects, MW needed a way to ensure new projects got built smoothly while keeping an eye on old ones, resolving operational problems with as little effort as possible. With performance and reliability insight automated, MW's 30 developers could focus on new applications. As a dimension of this challenge, having insight into the mechanics and performance of open-source and 3rd-party software was key. After ev... (more)

Plone and Drupal: Different Approaches, Different Results

Drupal Developer's Journal on Ulitzer Plone and Drupal are two leading open source Content Management Systems (CMS). Both were recognized in the 2009 Open Source CMS awards, run by Packt Publishing.  Both also have large installed bases and large developer communities.  This is made evident by some quick searching on Google: A search for LinkedIn profiles that mention Plone (search for 'plone site:linkedin.com/pub/') turns up 1350 pages-a large increase from 500 results in 2006. The same kind of search for Drupal developers turns up 9700 pages (search for 'drupal site:linkedin.com/pub/').  This tells me that, in LinkedIn anyway, there might be approximately seven to eight times as many Drupal developers as there are Plone developers. Below I will outline the strength and weaknesses of both systems. As a site administrator who has worked with Plone since September 20... (more)

Drupal 8: A View into Performance

This is part 4 in a 5-part series on performance in the upcoming Drupal 8. Check out part 3, on performance in Twig templating, here. Views is one of the most installed Drupal modules with over two thirds of Drupal sites reporting that they have it installed. Soon, though, that number will go up: as of Drupal 8, Views is a core module! This effort started as a community effort and was announced as an official Drupal 8 initiative in a post by Dries explaining why this change is so exciting. One of the reasons that Views is so popular is that it provides an ‘all-in-one' answer without writing a single line of code. But there's a reason that many programmers hate WYSIWYG editors: you see the result, but not the steps taken to produce it, and what you don't know might come back to bite you. While a WYSIWYG editor will get you broken links or weird formatting, WYSIWYG da... (more)

Drupal Tip to Enable Clean URLs on Mac OS

Drupal Developer's Journal Here's a little Drupal Tip O' the Day for our readers. As many of you know, we're platform agnostic here at Orchestra (meaning we run Macs, Linux, Windows and more), so we often end up discovering little tricks and tips about our different OSes. For those of you building a Drupal website from a Mac, this a handy bit of info. Scenario: We have a hosted Drupal website that we want to Enable Clean URLs on. The website is hosted with a company like Media Temple. Problem: When you try to Enable Clean URLs, Drupal tells you that you are missing some configuration needed. Problem Source: When you download the Drupal installation stack from Drupal.org or Acqiua, there is a file called .htaccess in the main folder that doesn't show up. Note the (.) in front of the file name. By default, Mac OS X doesn't show hidden files, including files beginnin... (more)

Did You Know that PHP Runs on Windows?

Did you know that PHP runs on Windows? Run Drupal, WordPress, SugarCRM, or other PHP-based apps on Windows today with the free Microsoft Web Platform Installer. Microsoft® WebsiteSpark is a specially designed program for PHP Web developers and designers to help you explore running on Windows. This program enables you to get new business leads to grow your business, and receive the software, support and trainingyou may need, at no cost for 3 years. To find out how to start getting new business leads, and leveraging the benefits of WebsiteSpark please enter your information here to download the Program Guide and receive enrollment instructions. For your convenience, information from your member profile has been used to fill out this form as far as possible. Please provide any remaining information requested, then click 'Submit'. ... (more)

DrupalCon 2010 San Francisco Venue Announced

Drupal on Ulitzer Orchestra is excited at the possibility of having DrupalCon 2010 in San Francisco, CA. If you think it would be a good idea to have DrupalCon here on the West Coast, sign up for the site updates and check out the proposal. Leave the team feedback and let them know your thoughts on the City by the Bay. To check out the proposal, go here:  DrupalConSF 2010 If you'd like to attend or have suggestions for Orchestra's involvement at DrupalConSF, leave us a comment below. Full Disclosure: I lived in San Francisco in college and really love the city. read more ... (more)

TraceView’s Oboe Symfony No. 1

Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 requires two oboes. Instrumenting Symfony only required one liboboe! Here at AppNeta we’re still recovering from an immensely productive DrupalCon Portland 2013. Our partnership with Acquia and our continuing support for the contrib TraceView Drupal module made sponsoring the event a natural decision. We’re glad we made the long flight out West, as there was a lot of interest in TraceView. In fact, on the plane ride back to Boston I brought back not only three Voodoo Dozens but a stack of business cards two inches high. (I’ll leave it to you to guess which one ran out first!) But for as much fun as I had exploring Portland’s unique culture, my favorite part of the con took place well before it. I spent a lot of time coding up improvements for TraceView’s Drupal support based on customer feedback. My personal goal was to submit enough patche... (more)

Orchestra Contributing to Future of E-Commerce

Open Source Journal It is one thing to use open source software and evangelize its capabilities to a marketplace. It is quite another to actually attempt to contribute to that software. I've read all over the internet that 1 in 100 contribute, or some implementation of The Drake Equation represents the number of active users contributing to an open source project. However, in trying to figure out what exactly the number is on any given project, you enter a quagmire just trying to figure out how many people actually use an open source product. Regardless, Orchestra is beginning to find out what it means to contribute to a major piece of open source software. Our firm is highly committed to using Drupal as our web application platform. We love it, we use it, and we think you'll love it to if you try it out. To extend Drupal into the ecommerce space, we've begun worki... (more)

DrupalCon 2010 Coming to San Francisco in April

Drupal on Ulitzer Marking its first appearance in San Francisco, Calif., DrupalCon 2010 will take place April 19-21, 2010 at the Moscone Center. DrupalCon is the premier conference for Drupal, the award-winning open source content management framework that is galvanizing social publishing and web development today. Session proposals will be accepted through February 15. The Drupal social publishing system has been downloaded over 2 million times since its inception, and project growth has doubled annually for several years. Drupal is used to deliver a wide variety of application types including single or multi-user blogs, wikis, community networks, digital media portals, and web content publishing and management. The hot topic at DrupalCon San Francisco 2010 will be Drupal 7, the latest, greatest, feature packed and easiest to use version of Drupal. Dries Buytaert... (more)