CiviCRM 4.0.0 has been released for the latest Drupal version - 7 and the new Joomla version - 1.6. Up until now it was necessary to install CiviCRM on the older Drupal 6 and Joomla 1.5.
- CiviCampaign has been integrated with other components such as CiviContribute, CiviMember, CiviEvent, CiviMail and CiviEngage
- Joomla v1.6 introduced an ACL based permissioning system. This gets CiviJoomla to much closer parity with CiviDrupal.
- CiviMember now allows membership upsell. This allows membership type to be changed on renewal
- CiviCRM Extensions. You can now browse and download CiviCRM extensions from within your CiviCRM install.
- A new API - version 3, introduces standardisation of functions, inputs and outputs.
For users of existing Drupal 6 and Joomla 1.5 CiviCRM installs, the simultaneous release of 3.4 for these versions includes the same features.
Comparison of the upgrade methods used in Joomla, WordPress and Drupal
Popular content management systems require updating from time to time. Sometimes this is for new features, often because a security loophole needs patching. In this article we're not going to look at which CMS most often requires updates, but at the upgrade procedure itself. How easy is it, are the instructions clear and easy to follow, what the potential problems, and what can you do if something goes wrong? At the time of writing new major versions of Drupal (7.0) and Joomla (1.6) have been released and no updates have yet been produced for these releases. We therefore concentrate on the older versions, which run the vast majority of existing sites.
Drupal is used on many thousands of websites, but a recent convert to Drupal is The Economist. The Economist is now using Drupal 6 to serve the vast majority of content pages to its primary web site, economist.com. Drupal powers the homepage, along with all articles, channels, comments, and more.
The site is incredibly busy - over 100,000 stories and a Posting rate exceeding a comment per minute. It also boasts 20-30 million page views per month with 3-4 millon unique visitors over the same period.
The Economist has a large varied dataset and moving from the previous system (based on ColdFusion and Oracle) was no easy task. They hired a specialist company called Cyrve who've written and open-sourced a Drupal module to enable migrations of existing complex databases to Drupal. Read more about the migration, or check out Drupal Hosting from 2020Media.
The CiviCRM July Newsletter is hot off the press.
View online at CiviCRM.org
There’s a new CiviCRM book out! The CiviCRM Cookbook covers a wide range of CiviCRM core and component topics with practical in depth recipes with accompanying screenshots.
The CiviCRM Starter Kit is a Drupal-and-CiviCRM-in-one bundle which makes downloading and installing a fairly standard instance of Drupal and Civi straightforward. It includes a sensible selection of modules and extensions to get you going.
2020Media will install this for you free of charge.
You've decided to use CiviCRM. Now what? This 45 minute episode will cover what you should (and should not) do before starting to use CiviCRM. First hangout - Tuesday, July 16th at 9am Pacific
Introduction to CiviCRM Mini-series: Before You Login Google Hangout link
Announcing the 6th stable release of CiviCRM 4.3, containing small bug fixes and two minor security updates to make your CRM more stable and secure.
This is a security release. You should upgrade your site immediately. If you are unable to do so and host with 2020Media, we're happy to help.
Content Management Systems Market Share
We last looked at market share of web content management systems in 2011 so we thought it was time for an update.
Last time we looked, WordPress had a 14% market share of the entire web. Now its higher. WordPress is used by 17.7% of all the websites, that is a content management system market share of 54.9% (as many websites don't use a recognisable content management system at all).
WordPress now claim to serve 65 million websites, up from 50 million 22 months ago. This includes hosted blogs.
Best of the Rest
Joomla has maintained it's position as No.2 CMS with a 2.7% market share. Drupal is in 3rd place with 2.3%. Blogger (Google Blogs) has overtaken vBulletin with 1.3% of the web.
How to read the diagram from Web Technology Surveys:
67.8% of the websites use none of the content management systems that are monitored.
WordPress is used by 17.7% of all the websites, that is a content management system market share of 54.9%.
The trends look good for WordPress. It's growth continues, and it is actively maintained and updated. New releases are generally welcomed by the community.
And not so good for Joomla. However Joomla has been much more active recently, so it will be worth watching to see if it can recover. Drupal appears to be in the midst of an internal restructuring so we will see how things change in the next 12 months. However it's a firm favourite with a loyal band of developers so it's not likely to disappear any time soon.
This graph shows the decline in websites that don't use a content management system at all (that we could detect).
It's goes from over 80% in 2010 to under 70% today. That's a drop of 15% in 3 years.
The trend does seem to be flattening out, but here at 2020Media, we would say most - say 70% of new websites we host use a content management system.
Why use a CMS?
Content Management Systems (CMS) give non technical people the tools to add/edit web pages. Using a CMS running a website becomes all about the content and not the ins and outs of how it works. With a CMS a user doesn't need to understand html or any other type of coding, a CMS allows a website owner to concentrate on the important stuff, the content.
- Lower setup and operating costs
- Website Owners keep control over site content
- Page styles can be changes from a single source file
- Multiple users can update a site at once
Why NOT use a CMS
- Lack of personality - many CMS based sites use off the shelf templates and don't look distintive or truly reflect the company or person they are about.
- Lack of quality - A CMS can allow anyone to edit the site - and as it's now so easy, this job is sometimes delegated to someone inadequately trained to do justice to the job. A website is your company or your personality on the web. Should it really be controlled by someone you barely trust to make the tea?
- Poor design - When designing a site from scratch, a good designer will seek to find the right calls to action. Some CMS based sites are a morass of irrelevant information with no clear priority given to the most important content. But good design work can overcome this and succeed with a CMS.
- Security - security is the bugbear of all CMS systems - they are victims of their own success and a target for hackers. Bad actors can target thousands of sites with the same attack script and will get some success. A hand coded site rarely gets attacked in the first place - even though it may still contain vulnerabilities. If someone is going after you in particular neither option is a guarantee of safety.
2020Media is a UK host specialising in hosting popular content mangement systems like WordPress, Joomla and Drupal. We also provide standard PHP, ASP, Java and ColdFusion hosting platforms for any website.