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Time for Changes! Check a Set of Major 2015 CMS Releases

January 8, 2016
| Articles, VPS Hosting, Web Hosting

New Year – new beginning! It’s time to adorn your website!


Phew! 2015 were intensive, but in a good way.  A very good way. Major software releases were introduced, starting from striking WordPress 4.4. updates and ending with so long-awaited PHP7 turn-out. If it still didn’t fill your expectations – that’s fine. Because we have some more to share! Dive in and pick up one of the best 2015 CMS updates to let your website flow smoothly in the midst of remarkable new features or extensions.



Responsive WordPress 4.4




After four months of development and testing, WordPress 4.4 has been released on December 8th of 2015! Improved version of WordPress has brought its users newly integrated and improved features that are beneficial both for developers and bloggers.


Developer’s package. Lots of under the hood improvements and changes such as WordPress REST API, Taxonomy Term Meta Data,  comment queries, template files for single page and more! All of it to give your website more functionality and easier development.


Responsive images. Users access the web using lots of different kind of devices with different screen sizes, resolutions, pixel density, etc. WordPress now provides out of the box responsive images for your website. This is done by using srcset attribute. The following attribute allows client’s browsers to display an image based on device capabilities.


Enhanced embeds. WordPress users can automatically embed videos, Tweets, and Facebook status updates by simply entering their URL in a post. However, this feature was limited to only some sites that were white-listed by the WordPress project until version 4.4 came out! Now it is possible for you to add embeds from any site that supports oEmbed. This also includes all WordPress sites.


If you still haven’t upgraded to WordPress 4.4 it’s about time to do so! There is no room for hesitation if you want to have the best experience possible, and if by any means you are still wondering should you use the new version or not, read this article and find out everything about the new WordPress 4.4!



Do More With Joomla 3.4!




Released on February 24th, 2015, Joomla Team has primarily concentrated on cleaning up and simplifying existing features while also integrating new ones with the idea to begin transition to the new release cycle and provide core improvements in the Joomla package.


Lightened core. Joomla team has lightened the core by removing weblinks component. Don’t worry if you’re a fan of the weblinks component – it is still available for use in your Joomla installation, just not included in the core. Instead – it is available as any other extension that is out there for Joomla users.


Front-end module editing. Joomla 3.4 has changed the behavior when you want to modify modules. As opposed to Joomla 3.2, now there is no need to access the administrator area if you want to edit the module. This is important for beginners as it is an easier approach. This feature is also useful if you don’t want to share administrator access with users who need to have access to module configuration.


No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA. Spam is like heavy rain – irritating if caught unaware, but with the right umbrella it won’t ever bother you. One of the most robust tools for stopping spam is reCAPTCHA, otherwise known as those fiddly “Type the numbers” or “Discern the nigh-impossible to read text” boxes that act as gatekeepers to posting comments, registering and online forms in general. Though occasionally a challenge, they’re still a great way to protect a website from the horrors of spam. Thankfully Joomla 3.4 included the support for Google’s reCAPTCHA API in the login and registration forms.


Although there’s significantly lots of space for further improvement, keep up your positive mode, because somewhere in February of 2016 we will be introduced to Joomla 3.5 version with UX improvements, email notifications, Emojis!, flipping images, anonimyzed data  and much more to benefit from.



Powerful Suite of Tools in Drupal 8




Meet up Drupal 8 – a powerful suite of tools, and the strongest link in your new content supply chain, states official Drupal website. This would take more than a year to get a detailed overview of more than 2000 new features in this system version, so let’s take a quick look only to the major ones.


Native support for integrations. Along with Drupal 8 introduction, 4 web service modules were integrated. Now any of you may build interactions using RESTful web services, Serialization, HAL or HTTP Basic Authentication. Such a set of choices! Moreover, you can patch your performance records through CRM or marketing automation tool straight through your Drupal-based website.


Enhanced content experience. Drupal team has integrated specific CKEditor feature that allows its user to align images and captions effortlessly. Following content experience enhancement, Drupal has also built-in responsive default themes to manage your website content from any mobile device on your demand.


Configuration storage. Now you have full control to decide how and where you will store your data. Benefit from universal config settings, using Drupal UI, Drush or file-based workflows.


There’s no doubt Drupal is moving ahead through giant steps but its versatility and power in some cases comes as its own enemy. Drupal gets to be critiqued for its complexity that simply puts people forward giving up on this super-clever website engineering system.



Magento Community Edition 2




May your e-commerce sales grow-up instantly! Together with Magento Community Edition 2, released back on November 18th, 2015, you will be introduced to improved system performance and simplified website development.


Enhanced scalability. Full page caching has been introduced together with the new e-commerce system version. By upgrading your website to Magento 2 you will shorten your customer shopping journey as it speeds up his overall experience by reducing the number of disk reads and network round-trips.


Improved performance. The new Magento release includes major improvements to enhance overall system performance. This includes improved indexers that may now keep various tables updated and optimized. As a result the end user receive speedy queries and page load times.


Simplified development. Since Magento 2 release, its front and back ends were coupled which has raised issues when trying to test cosmetic website changes of the storefront. Well this is resolved, as together with the new release front and back ends were decoupled and the risk of ruining the code has been reduced. Moreover, mixins and test scripts were implemented in order to ease entire front-end development.


Overall, the tests processed has shown that Magento 2 is 25% faster for the end user browsing the site and the shopping experience has been speeded up to 52%, leaving no doubt to upgrade to a new CMS version.



Let’s hope that 2016 will be as rich in development as 2015 and we will be introduced to a striking new software updates that will ease our routine tasks wasting so much of our precious time.


The last thing to do is to pick up an updated CMS in regard your preferences and enhance your business performance to the maximum! Good luck!


Do you think WordPress is still the best? Which CMS do you use and why? Share your thoughts in the comment section below! And if you’ve found included information valuable, click to share! Appreciate.



By Judita Maslauskaite
Categories: Articles, VPS Hosting, Web Hosting
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