CMS Critic In-depth CMS Reviews and editorials on Content Management. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 13:19:45 -0700 60 Pikock Releases New Smart Blocks Editor Pikock, a website builder which makes user of a rather interesting "Layout Slider", has released a new update.

Pikock was founded in Paris in 2012. The user friendly drag-and-drop website building platform, is designed to make website creation as easy as possible.  

Here's what's new with Pikock.

Smart Blocks, Beautiful Backgrounds & More

  • Smart Blocks Editor: Build your page in minutes thanks to our 100 pre-designed with structured content blocks based on your essential needs. 
  • New image uploader: Import your images twice faster and sublime them when you want with our in house Photo editor.
  • Beautiful background images: Create beautiful pages with our designer selection of background images.

Furthermore, Pikock's new update brings about a cleaner interface, favicons, archived versions, Google and Pinterest site verification, and more.

You can find out more about the latest version of Pikock right here.

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:47:00 -0700 Kaya Ismail
WordPress 4.1 “Dinah” Released As usual, WordPress have named their latest release after yet another Jazz star. This time, it's Dinah Washington. Oh, and it's available for download via your WordPress dashboard, too.

I covered much of what's new when WordPress released their first beta for version 4.1, but it won't hurt to recap, because there has been a couple of new features thrown in since that first beta.

Twenty Fifteen & Distraction Free Writing

As mentioned in my previous coverage of WordPress 4.1, Twenty Fifteen, is perhaps the first default WordPress theme ever which doesn't make me want to immediately swap it out for a third party solution. It actually looks pretty darn good.

There's also a brand new (and productive) way to write.

When you turn on "distraction-free writing mode", all distractions outside the editor will fade away as you begin typing. But don't worry, all your editing tools instantly return when you need them. I'm personally eager to try this out. 

Vine Embedding, Plugin Recommendations & More

On top of the two core features above, here's what else WordPress 4.1 has to offer:

  • Choose a language: Right now, WordPress 4.1 is already translated into over forty languages, with more always in progress. You can switch to any translation on the General Settings screen.
  • Log out everywhere: If you’ve ever worried you forgot to sign out from a shared computer, you can now go to your profile and log out everywhere.
  • Vine embedding: Embedding videos from Vine is as simple as pasting a URL onto its own line in a post. See the full list of supported embeds.
  • Plugin recommendations: The plugin installer suggests plugins for you to try. Recommendations are based on the plugins you and other users have installed.

Head over to your WordPress dashboard now to update, or check out the .

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 04:15:00 -0700 Kaya Ismail
2014 Critics' Choice Award Winner - Best Cloud CMS for SMB In today's market, there is certainly no shortage of cloud-based content management systems. In fact, offering a cloud-hosted service is becoming something of a necessity for all platforms across the board.

But of course, some products do it better than others. LightCMS were crowned the winners by the people -- and also qualified for in-depth coverage over at Website Builders Critic, but now it's the turn of the judges.

And the winner is...

dotCMS is a Javaopen source, content management system with a giant reputation. It has been in the running for a number of awards this year, and with the successful (and recent) release of DotCMS 3.0, it's not difficult to see why they've managed to bag this one. 

Congratulations to everybody at dotCMS!

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 08:01:00 -0700 Kaya Ismail
2014 Critics' Choice Award Winner - Best CMS for Corporate Intranets When it comes to the inner workings of most medium and large sized businesses across the world, intranets play an integral role. Their purpose is to simplify communication, promote collaboration and streamline work flows. 

Products like Liferay, Bittrix24, Entando and ocPortal are the front runners in this category. Liferay was selected by the people, but now it's time to see who the judges selected.

And the winner is...


Bitrix24 by Bitrix Inc is a high-end enterprise social network, mobile intranet portal, CRM and collaboration suite. With a wide range of features and over 300,000 organizations making use of the platform, Bitrix24 is a highly respected intranet solution. What's more is, on top of a totally free plan, Bitrix24's higher plans are far more reasonable than some of its competitors. 

Congratulations to everybody at Bitrix24!

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:29:00 -0700 Kaya Ismail
TYPO3 Releases Neos 1.2 TYPO3 has released a new version of its latest product, Neos.

Just a few days after the release of TYPO3 CMS 7, the Swiss platform's community has come together to release of Neos 1.2.

Neos' newly implemented functions will help make the everyday work of editors and developers much easier. For example, the Open Source Content Management System (CMS) can now be operated a lot more intuitively. 

Improvements for Editors & Developers

Neos 1.2 is geared toward the needs and wishes of editors and developers, no matter whether they use a PC or a tablet. The perspective of the target audience can also be understood at all times because all contents can be viewed and worked on in a channel-specific manner.

As with the previous versions, Neos relies on working on the contents directly inside the display, therefore the editor is immediately able to see all of the changes that have been made in the corrected layout. The many minor and major improvements that have been made to the working environment for the content manager, which together define a new standard for quality in this main area of digital marketing are new in version 1.2.

Here's what editors can expect to benefit from:

  • Easier linking of contents and pages
  • New shortcut types, including links to social media channels
  • The right documents are displayed in the right places
  • Automatic review and display of access rights
  • Re-log in dialogue shows the contents that were worked on most recently after the password is entered again
  • Content that can be used multiple times
  • Longer texts can be worked on more easily
  • Pages can be selected manually and user-defined menus can be created
  • Improvements to the publishing button
  • Optimized inspector

 Also, developers can look forward to the following:

  • Improved HTML Editor supports various formats such as CSS or Java Script
  • NodeURI TS: Easy links from TypoScript to Nodes
  • HTTP Header: Changes in the HTTP Header from TypoScript
  • Image TS: Rendering of images and image URI development from TypoScript
  • @if: Conditions on TypoScript buttons/objects
  • Configuration module: Review of various types of configurations and display of validation errors
  • Improved import and export of websites

Although Neos 1.2 is a sizable update within itself, it also paves the way for the upcoming version 1.3 -- which is already available as a preview.

Version 1.3 (planned for the spring of 2015) will being a slew of innovations, particularly in the areas administration of rolls and rights, cloud capability, integration of Google Analytics, SEO optimization, multiple languages and a localized back end.

Neos 1.2 is available for download right here. To find out more about Neos, check out the official website.

You can also explore more of TYPO3 Neos via our CMS Directory.

Tue, 16 Dec 2014 07:50:00 -0700 Kaya Ismail
2014 Critics' Choice Award Winner - Best Commercial Forum Ah, the commercial forum niche. A province of the CMS world which is home to much discussion and debate (quite literally). 

Prominent names like Vanilla Forums, NinjaPost a, IP.Board and GetSatisfaction all spring to mind, with the former reigning supreme this year as far as the people are concerned. However, now it's the turn of the judges. 

And the winner is...

Founded in 2007, Get Satisfaction offers a classy, enterprise-level customer community platform. It serves some of the world's largest companies, integrating with platforms such as SalesForce, SugarCRM, HootSuite, Zendesk, Yammer, Mailchimp and more. 

Congratulations to everybody at Get Satisfaction!

Tue, 16 Dec 2014 06:20:00 -0700 Kaya Ismail
2014 Critics' Choice Award Winner - Best Free Java CMS The free Java CMS space isn't an easy one to stand out in. 

Blockbuster platforms such as Magnolia, Hippo, Liferay and DotCMS (to name a few) dominate this area of the CMS market. The people had their say on the subject, and now the judges have weighed in, too. Here's the verdict.

The 2014 Critics' Choice Award for Best Free Java CMS goes to,..

Hippo CMS has grown aplenty during 2014, particularly with the release of Hippo 7.9. In fact, we here at CMS Critic got to see some of that progress for ourselves when we attended the 2014 Hippo Get Together in Amsterdam. We learnt about their passion for not just their product, but for the open source community as a whole. Their work with the Dutch Police Force is a testament to that.

Recently, Hippo was also crowned the 2014 People's Choice Winner for Best Enterprise Java CMS.

Congratulations to everybody at Hippo!

Mon, 15 Dec 2014 06:07:00 -0700 Kaya Ismail
Newly Released Ghost Labs Lets Users Test Unreleased Features Not too long ago, Ghost announced plans to release features on a (very) regular basis. Now though, the youthful blogging platform has gone a step further, enabling users to test features still under construction. 

Ghost is a relatively new and exciting blogging platform. Recently, it was crowned the 2014 Critics' Choice Award Winner for Most Promising CMS.

This new feature has been given the name Ghost Labs. 

Protective Eye Goggles Not Necessary

Essentially, Ghost Labs is a brand new settings page within Ghost which allows you to access bits of brand new and unreleased Ghost functionality.

John O'Nolan, the founder of Ghost, had this to say:

"The intention is to get real people testing new features as early as possible so that we can get lots of feedback about how well it is (or isn't) working before we roll it out to everyone."

So, Ghost users can now access import and export features more easily (whereas previously these were hidden on a debug page), as well as some handy tools to reset content.

Ghost Pro users can start using Ghost Labs immediately. Users running Ghost on their own servers can jump into the digital lab by upgrading to Ghost 0.5.6.

For more information on Ghost, visit their website.

Wed, 10 Dec 2014 15:18:00 -0700 Kaya Ismail
This is why I started the CMS Awards As you may know, the reason I chose to start the CMS Awards was to help give projects around the world that may not necessarily have a huge marketing budget, an opportunity to get noticed.

My hope with the awards was that projects that won would feel energized, appreciated and that it would give them the pat on the back they deserve for all their hard work. We think everyone who develops content management systems should be given the chance to showcase it and gain recognition for their contribution to the industry.

The best part of the People's Choice Awards is that the winners are chosen by our readers. Recently, Sageframe (a great .NET CMS) won Best .NET Open Source CMS in the People's Choice CMS Awards and here is how they celebrated:

Seeing this picture absolutely made my day.  These kind of great moments inspire us to keep on trucking with the Critic awards as it shows us all that not only is the community given a chance to give back in a way that obviously matters, they are also embracing it enthusiastically.I want to personally thank Sageframe for sharing this picture with me. It's good to know that they are sharing and celebrating their success.

This folks, is why we do what we do here on CMS Critic. The awards are constantly evolving and we're always striving to do more but in the end, what matters is that those who win get to experience the joy of having created something special and for that, I'm eternally grateful.

Cake. Matters.


Mon, 08 Dec 2014 09:48:00 -0700 Mike Johnston
2014 Critics' Choice Award Winner - Best Cloud CMS For Enterprise Today we're unveiling yet another Critics' Choice Award Winner. This time, its for the Best Cloud CMS For Enterprise. 

When it came down to it, Acquia, Clickability and CrownPeak were all slugging it out for both the People's Choice, and the Critics' Choice award for 2014. All three are great products, but it goes without saying that there can only be one winner. 

So, without any further ado, this year's winner is...

CrownPeak has long been a respectable enterprise solution, and has shown steady improvement as of late, with their most notable update coming in the form of a Digital Asset Management Solution. Also, CrownPeak has been heralded as a “Visionary” in 2014 Magic Quadrant for Web Content Management (WCM) by Gartner, Inc

A big congratulations to the CrownPeak team!

Mon, 08 Dec 2014 09:41:00 -0700 Kaya Ismail