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WordPress 3.1.1 is a recommended security update, also improves performance

WordPress.org, the insanely popular self-hosted blogging platform, has just received an update that bumps it to version 3.1.1. According to the official blog post on the matter -- and made obvious by the minor revision number -- this isn't a release centered on exciting new features, but that really shouldn't deter any WordPress.org user from updating. WordPress 3.1.1 contains many security fix...

WordPress 3.2 to remove support for old tech and introduce distraction-free writing

According to a developer post from WordPress, the popular content management platforms has its sights set on becoming both lighter and faster than ever before. The company is focused on moving ahead, and that means it's time to leave behind some old technologies. A minimum of PHP 5.2.4 will be required, as will MySQL 5. IE6 support is also being shoved to the back burner -- security updates whi...

WordPress.com hit by massive DDoS attack

DDoS attacks aren't entirely uncommon nowadays, but the scale of the attack against WordPress.com is truly staggering. CEO Matt Mullenweg told TechCrunch that the attack has affected all three of the company's data centers -- which are located in Chicago, Dallas, and San Antonio. The sites were being blasted by tens of millions of packets (and multiple Gigabits) per second. Mullenweg says the a...

Drupal 7 launches with friendlier UI and simpler installation

In the world of open source content management systems, it's easy to forget that there's another big player aside from WordPress: Drupal. With Drupal powering 1% of all the websites in the world, including such high profile sites as WhiteHouse.gov, it should probably show up on your radar if you're looking for a solid CMS. Some of the quirks that have always been associated with Drupal have bee...

Notational Velocity ALT, the supremo Mac note-taking tool, goes 1.0

It's no secret that Notational Velocity is my favorite Mac note-taking application. It synchronizes with the SimpleNote online service, which means you can access your notes on your Mac, iPhone, online, and, if you store your notes in a folder that is in your Dropbox account, on a plethora of iOS plain text editing applications. It's made for speed, letting you find what you need instantly, make ...

Posterous blogging platform gets static pages, customizable from your browser

It's weird to get excited about a blogging platform adding pages you can customize using your browser (doesn't everyone have those?) but for Posterous, it's a bold new feature. The lightweight blogging service distinguished itself with a unique post-via-email interface that meant you didn't even have to sign up for an account to get started. That works great for impromptu short posts, but what if...

The White House releases its open source code

If you've visited WhiteHouse.gov since its change of ownership back in 2009 you'll hopefully have noticed some very cool changes. The site itself was jazzed up -- CHANGE! -- and, as best befits this 'information age', accessibility has been greatly improved for all citizens and denizens of the USA. What you may not have noticed, however, is that the entire site runs on a customized version of Drup...

Viviti is a compelling CMS + host for beginners

Similar to recently covered Lifeyo, Viviti is a CMS for people starting out with their first website. The concept is very similar, and the execution is quite nice. You build your page out of drag-and-drop "blocks", which are high-level components. You can drop in a blog, a feedback form, a PayPal payment widget, and also arbitrary HTML and Javascript code. You start off with a template, bu...

DLS @ SXSW - Crowd Fusion

I spoke to Brian Alvey, co-founder of Weblogs, Inc. and the guy who built Blogsmith -- the same engine Download Squad, TUAW, Engadget and our other blogs use) about his newest creation: Crowd Fusion. There are quite a few CMS products to choose from out there, but Crowd Fusion is built to perform at scale while boasting an impressive feature set. That's because Brian knows a thing or two about ...

Lifeyo is an incredible content management system for newbies

Lifeyo is an incredible content management system for someone just trying to put together their first website. The whole system is very web2.0, but they manage to pull off this design cliché in a way which is actually useful -- all the dialogs are sensibly laid out, and the large fonts and bright colors actually make the system less intimidating to use. Their business model is also qu...

WordPress 2.9 arrives, with an image editor and a trash folder

Good news for users of the popular WordPress blogging platform: WordPress 2.9 has arrived, and it includes some major new features that make blogging easier, as well as hundreds of under-the-hood improvements to important stuff like databases and SEO. The most visible new features are a built-in image editor, a much easier way to embed video, a better plug-in updater, and a trash for your deleted...

Divine Project converts Photoshop docs to Wordpress layouts

If you've got an eye for design, but lack the proficiency in HTML and CSS to convert your ideas into functional websites, Divine might be for you. It's currently in the beta stage, but it aims to transform Photoshop documents into working Wordpress layouts. There's no coding involved, just selecting the appropriate sections of your PSD layout and assigning them the appropriate parts of the layout...

FireRift - a CMS to rock the ages!

Launching a new CMS these days is a tough proposition. It's a crowded field, and distinguishing your product takes some ingenuity. Well, FireRift is one publishing platform that knows how to take a marketing concept way, way over the top. The video commercial for FireRift is like something out of a campy Ronnie James Dio video from the '80s, with a meteor, glowing eyes, and a couple of wizardly g...

Acquia: Commercially supported Drupal

When it comes to choosing a content management system (CMS), the open-source Drupal is often a great choice for large or content-rich sites, because it scales well, supports multiple authors and is thoroughly customizable. The downside of all of this power is that for new users especially, the learning curve can be pretty steep. Although Drupal 6 was a huge step forward in overall usability, fro...

Drupal 6 is released

The powerful Open Source CMS Drupal has released its latest version onto the world. Drupal 6 adds a host of new features, including an easier installation process, built-in OpenID support and updates to the theming structure. As far as content management systems (CMS) go, Drupal is easily one of the most powerful, especially for scaling large sites with multiple authors. But that power has alway...