Updates for Joomla and WordPress users.
Today, WordPress 3.9 was released.
New features include:
- Drag and drop images right into the editor.
- Images formatted as galleries now show up in the editor.
- Audio and Video Playlists.
- Improvements to Widget editor and Themes with previews
The built in updater will NOT upgrade your WordPress site automatically, this only works within the same point release. Contact 2020Media if you'd like us to backup, upgrade and test your site, or for just £12 let us do this for you for an entire year. See www.2020media.com/managedwp for details.
Joomla 3.3 is just around the corner.
An important change is that the minimum supported version of PHP will be PHP 5.3.10. Users who are unable to update to 3.3 due to the new PHP requirements are able to use the one click-click update, once they can update to PHP 5.3.10. You can quickly check this from your Joomla System - System information menu - last PHP Information tab.
The main features/changes of Joomla 3.3 are:
- PHP 5.3.10 and above is now required
- stronger password hashing storage
- microdata implementation for Joomla content opens the door to better search engine experience
- new cloud storage API
Read more on the changes at the Joomla Community site.
*Statistics are taken on April 14th 2014.
CiviCRM is the CRM system designed for non-profits. Not only is it an Enterprise level bit of software, it's also open-source and free to download and install. Investing in a CRM (constituent relationship management) for an organisation of any size is a major undertaking, as it will likely underpin all the actions that organisation takes in relation to its supporters.
Therefore it's best to evaluate the shortlist of CRM software in as much detail as possible. One way of doing that with CiviCRM is to go along to a meetup - an informal gathering of people intersested in the software. Usually led by an expert, meetups can take different formats. Here we present a typical line-up at the London CiviCRM group.
"The meetups are designed for those looking to find out more about CiviCRM or considering it for their organisation. There are always a mix of experience levels represented and are a great forum for asking your questions or meeting current users, implementors or developers who can help with your project."
- Introduction to CiviCRM
- Case study (often presented by someone non-technical from a organisation using CiviCRM)
- Community update
- What's new?
The London user group is especially lucky in that it is attended by several of the core development team of CiviCRM so it's a fantastic opportunity to talk with them.
We at 2020Media have attended CiviCRM meetups and found them refreshingly non-techie, friendly to all skill levels, with many newcomers at every meeting (so there aren't of those cliques of old hands who eye suspiciously any new face!). Many of the developers who are there especially like to talk with actual users and implementors (as do we, as a specialist CiviCRM Hosting Service Provider).
Find out about the next CiviCRM event near you at https://civicrm.org/civi-upcoming-events
Billed as "Something for Everyone to Love", Drupal 8 is now in Beta testing and we are expecting the release of a final version soon.
The new release clearly owes a lot to WordPress, and this is no bad thing. WordPress is rightly praised for its ease of use, and conversely the opposite always been the first thing people say when they start to use Drupal. So from a user perspective, the new design and associated features such as the mobile admin interface can only benefit the Drupal community.
What has caused some controversy is the move to a completely different coding methodology (Drupal 7’s procedural code versus object-oriented programming (OOP) in Drupal 8). What's the problem? It means developers have some work to do to migrate modules and themes to work in Drupal 8. Drupal is often used for enterprise and/or complex bespoke sites that have undergone a lot of customisation work (always one of the strengths of Drupal) and the coding change will result in a lot of work before an upgrade to the new version is possible.
However it is worth remembering that the previous major version change (from 6 to 7) was also a big jump (and has even resulted in many, many Drupal sites remaining on version 6). A similar effect can be found in Joomla, with Joomla 1.0, 1.5 and 2/3 being majorly different from each other, with no simple upgrade available. Only WordPress seems to have escaped this painful process so far. Perhaps WordPress benefiting from coming to the party later and learning from these other established CMS's growing pains.
Key New Features in Drupal 8
Mobile in its DNA
Deploy content once and watch it display the way you want on any device.
Translate anything in the system with built-in user interfaces.
New Configuration Management
Transport configuration changes and manage versions with ease.
Built-in Web Services
Build mobile apps with Drupal as the data source, or even post back to Drupal from the client.
Use the WYSIWYG editor and in-place editing to quickly create formatted content and make changes on the fly.
Fun and Fast Theming
Build sites quickly with the fast, secure and flexible TWIG template engine.
Views, Out of the Box
Easily customize the front page, listing blocks, and more. Simply create custom admin pages, customize filters, actions, and more.
Drupal 8 includes more field types in core, and lets you attach fields to more types of content like entity reference, link, date, e-mail, telephone, etc.
Better Markup with HTML 5
The page markup in Drupal 8 is now HTML 5-based. Each output template has simplified elements and classes with native input tools for mobile fields like date, email and phone.
Industry Standard Approach
Non-Drupal developers can embrace object oriented programming and proven technologies from the larger PHP community.
CMS Market Share - March 2014
Let's take a look at the latest distribution of market share amongst the most popular website content management systems (all supported by 2020Media, natch!)
- WordPress 60.2%
- Joomla 8.7%
- Drupal 5.4%
A year on year comparison shows why Drupal just might be making radical changes (click to enlarge slide):
Whilst WordPress continues to grow, Joomla more or less holds it position but Drupal is clearly losing share. Is the drop due to the uncertainty over what Drupal 8 would hold, or is it the end-users are switching to easier to use CMS systems and this downswing is temporary and the new look D8 will win them back?
2020Media will be watching developments and will keep you updated.
There's a new Joomla version out - one reason to upgrade is the old version has a cross-site scripting vulnerability.
- Version affected 2.5.14 and earlier 2.5.x versions. 3.1.5 and earlier 3.x versions.
- Vulnerability: Inadequate filtering leads to XSS vulnerability in com_contact.
The other reason to upgrade is that Joomla 3.2 has a host of exciting new features. Here's one of those trendy infographics to give you the details
Joomla 3.2 - 10 new features - An infographic by the team at JoomlArt.com