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10 Must-Have Drupal Modules

Our favourite ten Drupal modules.

Owing to our experience with Drupal, we have seen many a theme or module come and go since time immemorial. Or some time way before AOL discs served as useful cup coasters (which is going back a bit). A fair amount of which have been used on our customers' websites, and our own. Any CMS is worth its salt if supported by a good collection of modules, as well as its usability and security. For us, Drupal won hands down, and courtesy of our experience, here are the ten Drupal plugins you cannot live without.

1. Mollom

If you have an issue with Spiced Ham related emails, Mollom enables you to stop them. It evaluates content quality and enables you to...

On Target for Brazil 2014: World Cup Widgets

CMS Connex's Look At Football Themed Widgets

Joomla!, Drupal, dotCMS, TYPO3, WordPress, your widgets have given the bookies one hell of a beating!

We can only hope!

For sports clubs, a content management system offers a most attractive alternative to hard coding. Especially given the amount of times you need to update league tables, fixtures, results, player information and - where applicable - attendance figures. There is even a specialist CMS and hosting company for sports clubs, in the form of Pitchero.

Supposing your favoured Association Football side uses a content management system to display its news items, statistics and fans' forums, their website is...

Niche CMSs: Jadu

A niche content management system for public sector and non-profit clients.

There is more to Jadu than a single content management system. It can form part of a one-stop shop for its customers. Founded in the city of Leicester by Richard Chamberlain and Suraj Kika, it is also a British success story. It is often the content management system of choice for local government, schools, universities and non-profit organisations.

Oil, gas and solar panels owes its existence to Jadu. It was initiated in 1999 as an Oil and Gas and Renewable Energy Consultation Portal for the Department of Trade and Industry. Originally, it was used to publish electronic documents generated in Microsoft Word and Adobe PDF formats. By 2001,...

10 Must-Have Joomla! Extensions

Ten Joomla! extensions, components, modules and plugin you cannot live without.

Joomla! has featured in the Top Ten of any content management system chart for the last decade. It has won friends on the amount of themes and add-ons. Therefore a number of free and paid-for extensions and templates have been created for its loyal user base. All of which available via The Joomla! Extensions Directory and third party sites including Theme Forest.

1. JoomSEF

ARTIO's JoomSEF extension is almost as old as Joomla! itself with versions going back to 28 August 2006. It enables Joomla! to create Search Engine Friendly URLs, add and generate metadata, customise 404 Page Not Found pages and supports other...

Niche CMSs: Campus Suite

A niche content management system for schools, universities and colleges.

Responsive Web Design... (Present, Sir). User-friendliness... (Present, Miss). Explorer Six, stop laughing at the back... (Yes, Sir).

Many schools, colleges and universities may choose a standard content management system, such Joomla! or Drupal for their websites. Sometimes they may prefer something more specialist, encompassing staff/student/parental announcements. Maybe a system which allows its pupils to send coursework or homework assignments electronically.

For over 15 years, Innersync has offered Campus Suite, a content management system designed for educational institutions. The Newport (Kentucky state) based company's CMS is targeted...

10 Must-Have TYPO3 Extensions

Ten Tempting TYPO3 Extensions.

Most of TYPO3's Extensions are available to download via their Extensions Repository, with a small number from third party sources.

1. PMK Shadowbox

PMK Shadowbox adds lightbox effects to your TYPO3 installation and supports all the main media publishing formats. It is written entirely in JavaScript and CSS and highly customisable.

  • Also Available For: Extension exclusive to TYPO3, though a CMS agnostic equivalent is available free for non-commercial purposes.
  • Website:...

Pull Up Your Umbraco

A look at the ASP.NET based CMS with Scandinavian origins.

Scandinavian design is often associated with Volvos, Nokia phones and bookcases called Billy. Since 2000, there has been a content management system which exudes these principles: Umbraco. It has been hailed as one of the leading .NET based open source content management systems, after making the switch from proprietary to open source in 2004. Umbraco was developed in Denmark by Niels Hartvig, and primarily written in C#. It is pitched as a CMS ideal for major businesses, or 'your uncle's website on model trains'.

Umbraco's history begins in 1997 with its creator, Niels Hartvig learned about content management systems in his first job straight from high school....

CMS User Groups in Greater Manchester

Where to meet up with like minded Magentons and Drupalians

"There's a club if you'd like to go, you could meet somebody..."
- 'How Soon Is Now?', The Smiths (1985)

Supposing you are stuck on a Drupal or Joomla related issue, the first place you are likely to turn to is their support forums. For many people, this is an effective approach. However, some people would like to see a fellow Drupalian or Joomlan in person. They may be able to point the way to any solutions better than any forum. Even in the age of the internet, a problem shared is a problem solved, and amongst fellow persons.

Back in the pre-internet era, if you had a problem with your 48k ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64 or Amiga...

What's In A (Plugin) Name

Extension, Plugin or Module? Our At-A-Glance Guide At The Semantics of Adding Stuff To Your Content Management System.

If you've used more than one CMS in your time, there is one thing which could be confusing to most users and technical support staff:

What is an extension, a plugin or a module?

No matter which term CMS designers use, they tend to amount to the same purpose. Wouldn't it be easier if all CMSs had a standard term to define their modules or extensions. Widgets could be used as a standard term. Most users, in plain English, would understand what a Widget is (though some may think of widgets as that thing in the bottom of a can of John Smith's Extra Smooth bitter). But WordPress uses the term Widgets...

Aboard the DotCMS Enterprise

A look at the enterprise level content management system, conceived as a Java alternative to PHP based CMSs.

Most content management systems tend to have a PHP base, which is consistent with open source systems, and the amount of servers which support PHP technologies (for instance Apache, Debian, UNIX). DotCMS proves you can have an open source content management system that supports anything other than PHP. Instead, it is built on Java, a programming language originally used to programme electronic devices.

DotCMS emerged in 2005 after five years development by dotMarketing Inc. in creating a low...

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