The CMS Connection: what's next in content management.




The memories started flooding back, causing me to reflect on both the last and the next decade of MODX.


We wanted to build sites that could be styled just with CSS. We worked for non-technical clients that wanted to own their day-to-day content management tasks, even for content protected behind a login. We didn’t want alpha-engineers forcing us to compromise to their ideal way of how the web should work; we wanted to control how sites were built, and to have the ability to easily adapt to the future on our schedule.

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Cloud CMS

Cloud content management systems are low cost, hyper-efficient and allow businesses to produce better customer experiences across multiple channels without incurring the cost of doing so multiple times.

Unlike legacy ECM and LAMP-stack web CMS systems, modern cloud content management systems are built natively in the cloud and provide a low-cost and scalable alternative.  They offer a simpler and easier user interface without sacrificing powerful and important enterprise features.

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601am acquired by Six Apart

This news just in, issued by 601am and Six Apart:

Six Apart, international provider of blogging software, has acquired 601am, a Denver-based design and development firm that has long served as a Six Apart support and services partner. Six Apart is joining forces with 601am to encourage mutual growth and to offer customers a broader range of solutions for building websites.

The two companies have an extended history of working closely together. Now, Six Apart has stepped forward to purchase 601am and take this partnership to the next level. 601am will continue to operate independently, with an influx of funds and resources for sustainable growth. This acquisition will have a number of long-term benefits for Six Apart, 601am and their clients.

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Less than four years after SocialKaty, the social media media marketing firm led by President and co-founder Katy Lynch (pictured above), got off the ground here in Chicago, the company is announcing its merge with Manifest Digital.

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WordPress 4.0 Beta 1 Is Now Available

WordPress 4.0 Beta 1 is now available! This software is still in development, so we don’t recommend you run it on a production site. Consider setting up a test site just to play with the new version. To test WordPress 4.0, try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (you’ll want “bleeding edge nightlies”). Or you can download the beta here (zip).

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This blog posts presents rolling time window counting and rate limiting in Redis. You can apply it to activate login CAPTCHA on your site only when it is needed. For the syntax highlighted Python source code please see the original blog post.

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If you have been thinking about increasing your Drupal skills, it's time to take the plunge and submerge yourself in a full-day course with one of our leading world-class Drupal training companies.

These trainings are designed to increase your knowledge and expand your skill set by providing you with:

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Digital Clarity Group Guide to Service Providers

This month, Digital Clarity Group released its 2014 Edition of its Guide to Service Providers For Web Content and Customer Experience Management. If you don't yet have this, I highly recommend the DCG guide. It's one of a kind in its depth and breadth. No advertising, sponsorships or paid postings, this independent guide is packed with over five months of research, written by many of the best folks in the CMS & CEM world.

The DCG Guide is a comprehensive resource created to help narrow the search for capable WCM and CEM outside service providers. Whether you may be looking for a systems integrator or digital marketing agency, DCG helps clear the fog and deliver the facts you need. You can download a free sample or purchase a license here. A single user license starts at $349. It's intelligently written, thorough and easy to read (even I could follow it), so all members of the selection team have access, and are well-equipped with relevant information to participate. 

More software only means that more emphasis must be placed on finding the right partners to implement and integrate the technologies and to assist with research, analytics, business strategy, and other services for a complete solution. 

Scott Liewehr
President, Digital Clarity Group

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We really did make a difference – Kentico’s 10 Year Anniversary Red Cross and Red Crescent initiative was an absolute success. Considering that our initial goal was to raise $10,000 in donations, we surpassed our mark in flying colors, raising a grand total of $41,500!

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Until now, I had not had the opportunity to see Karen McGrane speak and, having had it, I highly recommend it. She’s engaging, funny, and knows how to drive home a point in a way that’s easy to understand and in a way that will help you go back to your CMO/CTO/CEO and make the argument for a good content strategy. I couldn’t ask for more.

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Marketers face the daily challenge of getting their message out, having it resonate in the marketplace, and having prospects listen, react, and convert to that message. As the adoption of content and inbound marketing strategies continues, marketers are creating more and more great content. The glaring problem – hardly anyone is finding it, reading it, and converting from it.

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No.  It isn’t.  That is the point.

Ask yourself this question:

  • Is your web site good enough?
  • Or… is your web site extraordinary?

If you’re using responsive design as a fallback mechanism for delivering your mobile application experiences, you’re sending a clear message to the world:

"We are just like everyone else."

Great brands and the great companies behind them will not settle for being "good enough."  They strive to be extraordinary.  They aspire for their brand and their products and their mobile experiences to be ahead of the pack. To be nothing short of amazing.

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Thomas Robbins

Recently, Thomas Robbins announced he was on the move, from his position at Kentico as Chief Software Evangelist, over to Seattle-based Socrata, as Senior Manager, Product Marketing. Here is his announcement, from the Kentico site:

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New York, NY / Paris, France – June 17, 2014 – Nuxeo, the provider of a content management platform for business applications, makes the list of the 2014 hottest companies in New York City, by Lead411.

Lead411 is a technology and research firm providing news and data about US companies. They scour the web looking for information about the fast growing companies and for the last five years have turned this research in a series of “hottest companies” awards.

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Parth Lawate recently presented to developers and sitebuilders on how to use the powerful open source Joomla Framework to leverage a powerful lighting control managment system. 

The presentation to fellow developers is the first of its kind to demonstrate a working model that is now being used to leverage Internet of Things (IoT) controls.  Watch for more on this innovative new technology, coming from Parth Lawate and the Joomla Framework team.

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