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Best Open Source CMS Out There… Getting Better…

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Drupal… Man! We love it at our web technology company. It is so powerful, flexible (strong technical customization is needed) and so usable for both us or our clients.

The current stable deployment is version 5.2 and now we are hearing version 6.0 beta 1 released for testing… Wow! The best is just going to get even better soon… (Best CMS is subjective of course but if are in the open source industry, you will definitely agree that Drupal is very powerful and very forward moving as the development are very active and it just keep getting better. Even IBM, after evaluating many open source CMS, decided to use Drupal for one of their deployment. Dell did the same thing on their IdeaStorm site. Nothing can suite all needs, but Drupal do come pretty close to that. Others open source CMS are like WordPress, eGroupWare, Joomla, Moodle, osCommerce, TYPO3… and more)

Here is the excerpt from the Drupal community:

After eight months of development, we are proud to announce the release of the first beta version of the Drupal 6.x family. This beta includes a tremendous number of new features and new programming APIs for both users and developers. We improved Drupal’s human language related features, interoperability with databases, logging solutions, sign on systems and also included an update notification module for improved security, so it becomes easier than ever to get up to date with the latest security and bug fixes.

It is important to note that this beta version should not be used on production sites. We’ve resolved most errors reported so far, but there are outstanding known issues and most likely some problems that have not been reported as of yet. It is expected that there will be at least one more beta version followed by at least one release candidate before Drupal 6.0 is ready to be packaged. You can help us reach the final release date sooner by testing this beta and providing feedback.

What’s new, what’s changed?


The new Drupal 6 experience starts with the installer, which has been highly improved. Now it guides you through the initial setup steps, so starting a new Drupal site get significantly easier. Configuration parameters that used to be all around the place are now prompted for during the install so there are far fewer steps to get the site configured.



You will notice the improved language features as well, in both the installer and throughout using Drupal. Right to left (RTL) languages are supported, interface translations are automatically imported, and you can translate your posts right from the built-in interface, without installing more modules.



The OpenID client module has been added to core. This allows your users to sign on your site with their OpenID accounts.


Actions and triggers

A new Trigger module has been added to core. The Trigger module lets you assign flexible configurable actions to several events happening on your site (eg. send an email when a post gets published).


Update status

The highly popular Update status module is now in core. This informs you about the latest bug fix and security updates for modules and themes enabled on your site, so you can always keep your site secure and clean.


Menu system

The menu system was rewritten from scratch, making it much more efficient. The menu interface is nearly identical so aside from the performance improvements, you will only notice the other changes if you are a programmer.



Themeing has been made more flexible and easier by moving most of PHPTemplate engine deeper into core. Default template files (.tpl.php) can now be implemented by modules and a handful have already been converted. If you don’t like the way something looks, just find the .tpl file, copy it to your theme, and change the HTML.


Book and Forum changes

The book module and forum module have been reworked from the ground up: it is now possible to have any type of content in forums (polls for example) and the book administration is simplified.

Lots of smaller touches are included in this release. Just to name a few improvements, Drupal 6 has password strength checking, post teasers are much easier to define and table headers are sticky for easy vertical scrolling. We also took a lot of care to improve the performance of this release: more data is cached, JavaScript files are aggregated, less PHP code is loaded for each page request, and so on.


Written by gooddealz

September 16, 2007 at 4:04 pm

Posted in Great Stuff

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