CMS Critic In-depth CMS Reviews and editorials on Content Management. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:03:05 -0700 60 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
Umbraco 7.2 Released Umbraco 7.2  has arrived with, "incredible enthusiasm and unseen amounts of jazz."

Launched in 2003, Umbraco has grown into a free, open source, .NET CMS with a reputation as a solid solution for small as well as enterprise-level projects. 

Umbraco 7.2

I covered the details of Umbraco 7.2  when the final release candidate went live. Now though, there are two new handy videos to help you get acquanited with that's new with Umbraco.

First up, it's Umbraco's new Grid layout, which is designed and engineered to deliver maximum flexibility for editors, yet deliver high quality semantic markup for CSS grid systems.

Next, Umbraco's responsive preview feature, which complements the new Grid layout.

Not only is this the most thoroughly tested version of Umbraco to date, but the Umbraco team has labelled this as the best Umbraco release ever. The user response on the blog announcement  seems to be very positive already. 

You can download Umbraco 7.2 right here.

Also, be sure to explore more of  Umbraco via our CMS Directory.

Mon, 08 Dec 2014 07:16:00 -0700 Kaya Ismail
Faster & Cleaner: TYPO3 CMS 7 Released The latest version of TYPO3 CMS has arrived, and it's a big one, both technically and visually. 

TYPO3 is a free and open source web content management framework based on PHP. The Swiss software company was founded in 2004.

Let's take a look at what TYPO3 CMS 7 brings to the table.

Speedier & Far Better Looking


According to the TYPO3 team, their main focus with this release was to clean up the back end - both technically and visually.

First of all, it’s the fastest release in TYPO3’s history. It now features twice as many merges in the same time frame into the current codebase than previous releases did. This has been achieved thanks to TYPO3 replacing their previous combination of PHP, HTML and CSS, simplifying Javascript and optimizing PHP.

Also, TYPO3's “new” core now runs Twitter Bootstrap under the hood. Not only does this make everything look a little better, but it also gives TYPO3 more an "app style" appearance. 

Buttons that initiate actions are now clearly marked as such, the color scheme is more streamlined, and comes with less distraction in general. By using this new icon set, all icons look ultra-crisp even when scaling up the back end or using hi-dpi or retina displays.

Speaking of scaling, the first important steps have been made to make TYPO3 CMS’ back end mobile ready, which is something TYPO3 want to introduce at some point in the future. 

A HTML Crusade


The TYPO3 team also started what they referred to as a, "crusade to make the HTML markup of the backend more clean and semantically ready."

What sounds rather technical at first is in fact a very big deal for editors - simply because the aim is to get the back end to behave more organically. 

The same thing goes for all forms in the back end. A new, better markup for form fields (which will pave the way for adding a lot of accessibility features in TYPO3) is also being laboured over.

For more information pn TYPO3 CMS 7, check out their website, and their blog announcement.

Also, you can explore more of TYPO3 via our CMS Directory.

Fri, 05 Dec 2014 05:34:00 -0700 Kaya Ismail