CMSwire reports from the CMS Expo 2009 that the web development firm ZacWare will release the Jentla CMS as the first “enterprise level” version of the popular open source content management system, Joomla. According to the story, the CTO of Jentla Russel Burstow made a special trip to the conference to make a presentation and announcement on the matter. The Jentla/Joomla release is targeted at large scale publishers who need to manage up to 1000 individual websites under one CMS canopy. The Jentla version allows for one click updates across all sites, and offers a number of extensible controls that expand configuration options.
“Russell Burstow took an 18 hour flight to represent Jentla at CMS Expo. The company’s Chief Technology Officer spoke about his company’s enterprise layer software for Joomla. Could this be the next great evolution of the open source content management system? Those of us who admin multiple Joomla sites are keenly aware of the enterprise layer functionality missing in Joomla. Jentla Multi-Site CMS, says Burstow, solves critical issues which have discouraged large scale enterprise from adapting Joomla. Most importantly, Jentla offers one click updates (both Joomla and extensions) on multiple sites, automated backups, one seat management and ‘near infinite’ scalability.”
Following the release of their WordPress for Joomla module, which integrates two of the most popular open source content management systems, CorePHP has just released an update that adds support for WordPress MU (Multi-User). Many sites like to differentiate the theme of the blog section from the main design, and for those using the WordPress MU plugin, all of the individual users will be able to customize their own blog. The display of the page will be similar to the “wrapper” function of Joomla – the base Joomla theme will wrap around the user blog page, allowing for the retention of main site navigation, blocks, and banners, while giving the freedom to create to the individual bloggers.
Many multi-user sites will have bloggers more familiar with WordPress than Joomla due to its ease of use for web publishing, so this plugin will allow webmasters to give their clients & community the best of both worlds when it comes to publication options. Combining this with the emerging Joomla enterprise versions allowing multi-site hosting of 1000′s of sites under the same administration hood, the WordPress for Joomla module becomes even more powerful and expansive.
“WordPress for Joomla is the most complete blogging soution for Joomla 1.5. While Joomla! is extremely versatile, it does not make for the best blogging platform. WordPress is the best blogging platform there is. With its ease of use and its pure blogging power you could not ask for anything else. WordPress is very rich in features, allowing authors to password protect their posts, as well as have WordPress decide if comments are spam or not with great accuracy. You can even blog on your iPhone/iPod Touch directly onto your Joomla! site!”
As a web designer working online since Netscape 1.0 building sites for clients, the biggest change I’ve seen in thirteen years in the industry is the advent of the Open Source Content Management System as the preferred platform for development. Nothing is more illustrative of the change between first generation web standards and the web 2.0 evolution than the CMS trend. Providing a great base for social networking, including blogs, forums, wikis, image galleries, comment logs, ecommerce, voting, bookmarking, tags, and innumerable other extensions along with traditional web publishing methods, the CMS is the preferred platform for most web designers building sites today. Open Source has led to the establishment of huge, user-powered development communities that are dynamically changing and constantly upgrading, offering free software, themes, and modules for building professional web sites. The ubiquity of the shared hosting LAMP – Cpanel – Fantastico set up has popularized the CMS far beyond even the developer/design community.
The top 10 Open Source Content Management Systems:
4. Media Wiki
10. Movable Type
Xoops, Geeklog, e107, Mambo, Nucleus