Whenever a content management system first appears on my screen, I always look at whether the developers' initial claims are true. In this case, I'm looking at Microweber and its claim that their software offers a "new generation" CMS with "cool features and innovative concepts". Given that most of the software development in Microweber CMS is recent, from 2012 to present, the goals and claims are ambitious.
What's new and who's who in the Content Management world.
Recently, I was relieved to see, one of my top ten favorite open source CMS projects decided to finally drop the label "non-commercial" from its app marketplace. Rather than "non-commercial," they chose instead to label many of its open source offerings as either "free" or "paid." Good move!
I've contended for years, while there is a small segment in which "non-commercial" software, fits, the label is nothing more than a hyper-stretched fabrication by Animal Farm-loving ideologues, trying to make space for themselves in a community of young (and many immature) upstarts.
Newsflash: Except for a few uber-geek clubs (and I've been in them), charities and coffee clutches where people grow their own beans, no software is "non-commercial." They're not non-commercial, any more than free broadcast TV, free refills at McDonald's, a free Facebook account, a free download of Microsoft Internet Explorer or even Apple's now free-of-charge Mavericks OSX.
Think those are "non-commercial," or are they freemium offers, intended to change your commercial behavior? If you guessed "freemium," make a "ding!" sound now. They, along with open source projects, even the ones that are "no charge," are indeed commercial.
Want a little leadership tip that will help you clarify your open source project's purpose, and gain more credibility? Avoid using the term "volunteer" in your marketing, and replace it with the word "contributor."
Whether you're a developer with a new open source project on Github, or you want to avoid the trappings that many open source projects fell into over a decade ago, that little point of clarity (and honesty) will save you a ton of headaches later on, when you're trying to grow, marshal your troops, and move forward.
As of Q4, 2013, more mobile smart devices are being purchased around the world than desktop and laptop computers. Surprised? Well, you shouldn't be. After all, how many times per day do you see someone pull out a pad or smartphone to while away a few minutes or to quickly check a fact? The simple truth is that the sale and use of mobile devices has absolutely skyrocketed in the past few years, and shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon.
Magnolia provides an excellent directory of global partners who implement Magnolia CMS for businesses, government and non-profits on a global basis. Magnolia also supports their partners in marketing and sales activities with references and proposals.
You're rebuilding your website and you don't want to make the same mistakes as the last one. This time around it needs to be different. This time you realize that building a website is a lot easier than maintaining a website.
You're in luck. The second annual Now What? Conference — the conference that gives you the know-how to manage your website post-launch — has finalized its lineup and looks to expand upon last year's successful event with bigger names and a full day of workshops.
Today, we received an announcement from the folks at Joomla! which we couldn't pass up. The Joomla CMS has been downloaded more than 50 million times. Just as impressive, Joomla is currently being download at 1 million downloads a month.
Last October, Facebook announced that 49 percent of advertising revenue comes from its mobile platform. The percentage was up from zero just 18 months before. How did the company manage that? With big data, of course. The social media site used data analysis to determine how many ads should be featured, and how a user would react to a particular ad before placing it in the news feed.
Facebook is just one example of how big data and the rise of mobile technology are influencing each other. Mobile data is a big source of the rising volume of data known as big data that companies can use to understand their customers better. At the same time, mobile developers use big data to help them develop their product and cater to their audience, and sometimes data is the product mobile developers are offering to their consumers. Let’s look at this partnership in action.
Magnolia recently announced their upcoming Magnolia Conference, coming June 24th through 26th, in Basel, Switzerland. The Magnolia Conference is the only place to meet all Magnolia developers, users and partners for 3 days of sharing, learning, networking, as well as getting best practice and product updates from the Magnolia team itself.
I love when Andy Miller makes an announcement. Why? Because he doesn't have a lot to say, but when he has something to say, it's important news, and unlike quite a few folks in the marketplace, his information you can count on. So I was glad to hear the news (on a Skype chat I'm part of) that his business launched its 3rd major site into action today, totally replacing its predecessor on www.RocketTheme.com.
RocketTheme is the undisputed leader in CMS templates, the model company which many others emulate - some successfully, most plummeting back to earth, after a failure to launch. He's been at the theme business since the advent of CMS themes, back when the Mambo team pushed the ejector seat button and fork-launched what would become Joomla 1.0.