MySource Matrix has been slowly but steadily building up steam over the past few years and Squiz, the creators of the popular open source Content Management System recently announced a new era in it’s development.The Squiz Suite will launch in November 2010 and will contain a multitude of tools to offer a complete solution for enterprises.The new suite consists of:
What? No Mysource Matrix? No MySource Mini? Surely these are hallmark features of any new system from the developers over at Squiz labs?Don’t worry people, they’ve been rebranded.
It all appears to be happening in the open source CMS world right now with eagerly awaited updates coming very soon to some of the major players in the world of Content Management.Joomla! 1.6 Beta was released today with some huge upgrades that could cement their place in the enterprise content management market.Improved access permissions are one of the main improvements to the system that will build heavily on the competent but limited user model of Joomla! 1.5.
So, after a 3 month hiatus, I’m back in the world of WordPress – arguably the worlds favourite blogging engine?I fell in and out of love with wordpress quite quickly. Initially I was impressed with the ease of installation and backend interface. It almost seemed too easy to get blogging!But then, I encountered the limitations and grew frustrated. It quickly became apparent that although you can create a fully fledged website in WordPress, it becomes increasingly hard to manage. Off I went in search of a more powerful CMS to use in my own projects. I had been using MySource Matrix at work and the backend interface is very easy for administrators to manage the content. But the installation process was really confusing. Maybe MySource Mini is more up my street?Failing that, I looked at Drupal and Joomla! With no time to learn both through and through, I bought a few books and got down and dirty with Drupal. Nothing against Joomla, but I may try that one next year! For now, the power of drupal awaits!I’m looking to launch with a new commercial site soon and have plans to start some ecommerce sites as well! Hopefully this will prove to be the right choice!But, it has made me recognise the importance of WordPress. We must use the best tools for the job in any instance, I’ve returned to WordPress with this site for a number of reasons. I don’t care if I don’t receive any hits, this is as much an experiment to help improve my writing than attain a community of blog followers! The fact that I’m able to sit and write this blog on my iPhone whilst sitting on the long tube journey to Stockwell is testament to the fact that you use the best tool for the job. The versatility of wordpress will enable me to keep the blog going in a variety of situations, which is the fundamental flaw in most blogs.So.I’ve returned.It took less than 24 hours to get the entire blog up, customised and running. And that is owed in part to the huge community of developers that wordpress has. Hopefully, I’ll have a similar experience with Drupal.
This isn’t a full review of MySource Matrix, in the mode of a car review, opinions can change over time so this is an early review having worked on MySource Matrix for about 3 months.Coast have been granted the unenviable task of migrating the old Westminster University website (consisting of approx 13 mini sites) into a brand new structure consisting of 1 site.Early advantages of this asset based system were apparent because the migration was largely rushed and unprepared for. The ability to move and rename assets and add multiple URLs in the process allowed us to alter the structure of the site due to changes in the approach.The system is quite robust as well with the inclusion of workflows for content editors ensuring control throughout the site.
The migration faltered when we were inputting data from the old website that was hosted in immediacy, but that was largely due to the erroneous code from the old site. Matrix tried it’s best to strip out as much of this code as possible, but countless hours were used manually stripping out useless span tags, old HTML and styles that would prove to be quite harmful to a page. On one occasion, an empowered content editor was responsible for the ultimate faux pas of pasting in from Microsoft Word!
Coast Studios are currently working on the migration of the brand new Westminster University website from their old CMS, Immediacy, to MySource Matrix.Coast was won over by this CMS system instantly due to it being open source but having spent a week training on it and having a play about, the functionality of it all is just overwhelming. Is it just open source projects in general that tend to include everything that you need. MySource Matrix is so extensive that after a week, we have only just touched the surface.There will be a lot more to write about this CMS in the coming weeks so watch this space.