Developer Blogs for dotCMS Java CMS

dotCMS developer blog and tutorials on the worlds leading Open Source Java Content Management System (CMS).

Getting Ready for dotCMS 3.5 |

Let's take a moment and consider the implications of the dotCMS 3.5 release. We have a few ideas to help you get ready for the upgrade in advance, and to help you get the most out of the powerful new features.

Tracking Personas in dotCMS Using Google Analytics Custom Dimensions |

Learn how to track and report on personalized user experiences using dotCMS Personas, Targeted Content and Google Analytics custom dimensions.

dotCMS Rules, Targeted Content and Personalization |

Introducing dotCMS 3.5 - now with Rules, Targeted content and personalization, keys to improving user engagement and customer experiences across marketing channels. Now available for download.

Snapshot dotCMS 3.3 |

Summary and Tips for Getting the Most from the New dotCMS Version 3.3 Software Release. The release highlights include advanced caching with the Redis external cache provider.

Developing a Github Flavored Markdown Plugin |

Recently, we were asked if dotCMS can deliver Github flavored Markdown content. We thought that developing a Markdown would be a great example of how easy it is to extend dotCMS with OSGi plugins.

DotCMS On the Horizon - New Feature Preview |

Earlier this year we made some important enhancements to dotCMS adding significant new capabilities; pages-as-content, enhanced workflows, faceted search, Java 8 support. Now, it's time to take a look on the horizon and preview some powerful and performance enhancing features slated for upcoming releases in the dotCMS 3.x series.

Real World Benchmarking with dotCMS |

Editor’s note: Recently, dotCMS CTO Will Ezell has been seen tinkering in the data center with the latest release of software in the dotCMS 3.x series. After some thorough testing and experimenting late into the night, he’s ready to publish the results of his handy work. No doubt, as a user of dotCMS software, you’ll be pleased with the results of this new dotCMS "Real World" Benchmark Performance Report.

Build a Comments Component with AngularJS and dotCMS |

The dotCMS Content API is very powerful and can be used to make your site more engaging and responsive. Allowing visitors to make comments and displaying their user generated content instantly on a page, without reloading the page, is a great way to keep site visitors engaged and provide a more dynamic user experience.

Fresh Release: dotCMS 3.1 |

Just released, dotCMS 3.1 - new features and loads of fun. Veteran or newb with dotCMS, you’ll be pleased with the latest release and the powerful and creative options it brings for building dynamic, compelling, content driven user experiences (UX).

Developing a Dynamic Vimeo Search Widget |

This article will walk you through how to build a dynamic Vimeo widget in dotCMS. You will learn how to set-up your widget, use the Vimeo API to search for videos and save them in your widget using Velocity and Dojo.

A Dozen Ways to Get Started (faster) with dotCMS |

Web Developer, UI/UX Designer, Marketing Director, Content Manager, Java Developer or System Admin, IT Director or CMO... We are frequently asked the question: "What’s the best way to learn more about dotCMS?" Ready to dive in? Here are a Dozen Ways to Get Started (faster) with dotCMS.

Two Trends in Content Management for 2015 |

As a vendor to a broad base of industries, working with companies operating with a variety of business models, we get to observe and gain a unique insight into trends in content management. In 2015, advanced and open API’s are lowering the barrier to integration and collaboration in content management and in content strategy projects and the Internet of Things (IoT) marches on...

A Square Look at What’s New in dotCMS 3.0 |

It’s time to let our community and customers know more about what’s new with dotCMS 3.0. The list of improvements, enhancements, new features and fixes is long. Thus, here’s a “square look” at the highlights of dotCMS 3.0 - 3 things you need to know; 3 things you should know and 3 things that are nice to know about dotCMS 3.0.

dotCMS Enterprise 2.5.5 Release |

DotCMS Enterprise version 2.5.5 release is focused around fixes and improvements to the dotCMS advanced feature: Push Publishing. Customers that want to take advantage of publishing content in dotCMS from one instance to another will want to be sure to get this update.

Ten of the Most Common Reasons for Moving to the Cloud with dotCMS |

For years, companies large and small have been finding ways to take strategic advantage of moving key systems and applications to the cloud. Maybe you've been debating the advantages between an on-premise and an on-the-cloud implementation?

What's Coming in 2.3 |

After releasing dotCMS 2.2 in October, we will be releasing dotCMS 2.3 the first week of May of 2013. There are a lot of new features, improvements and fixes in this upcoming release. Here is a sneak peek of a few of them.

Accessing Spring Beans from an OSGI Plugin |

dotCMS has a built-in OSGI plugin that allows a developer to use the standard Spring Web MVC framework. This post shows how to also create and access Spring Beans from other classes, such as a Controller.

Environments and Implementation/Life Cycle Strategy |

Once you know dotCMS is the right product to host your website, one of the questions that is next to be answered is: "how many servers will I need?"
In this blog you will find the description of the basic set of environments that we recommend you to plan for during your initiation phase.
Also in the blog, we will talk about the different strategies you may follow to launch your new sites hosted in dotCMS and the life cycle that you will need to considered once your new website is live.

Installing dotCMS on Amazon AMI (CentOS) instance |

This is a procedure to get up and running with dotCMS on an Amazon EC2 instance, using the Amazon AMI (CentOS).

Submitting Content Securely |

Sponsored by HCA, the development of the Secure Form plugin allows the communication between public and private dotCMS instances so that the information submitted in a form is captured, transferred, and stored securely.

This post will give you a brief idea of how the basic submit process provided by the dotCMS Form Handler functionality has been modified to achieve a higher lever of security.

Creating a Keyword Faceted Search in dotCMS 2.1 |

This blog will show you a step by step guide to create a keyword faceted search in dotCMS 2.1.
Learn how to create a new “keywords” tag field on your content types, use the tags as meta keywords on your templates and use ElasticSearch to create a keyword faceted search.

Implementing multilingual sites using Dotcms |

After a couple of large scale multilingual implementations in of Dotcms we thought we should share some of the lessons learned and recommend some best practices. Over the years we have implemented many "bilingual" sites, however in the process of implementing an extensive and diverse multi-lingual site we had to find solutions to a number of challenges.

Developing a Dynamic YouTube Search Widget |

This article will walk you through how to build a dynamic YouTube widget in dotCMS. You will learn how to use the YouTube API to search for videos and save them in your widget using Dojo.

Sneak Peek of dotCMS 2.1 |

After releasing dotCMS 2.0 in May we’re set to release dotCMS 2.1 by the end of July. Here is a sneak peak of the features that will be released soon, hope you enjoy using them as much as our R&D team did building them!

Developing a Forum in dotCMS |

The forum plugin was developed as a way to easily deploy the common functionalities of a forum on your dotCMS website. It offers a solution where discussions can take place, with forum members able to contribute and subscribe to topics and threads. Although a plugin needs to be deployed to take advantage of all of the features, the forum is based mainly on velocity code, structures and existing macros.

Using dotCMS as a Document Management System (DMS) |

In this blog post we will discuss how to implement a Document Management System using dotCMS and utilize Files as Content.

Spring MVC Support in dotCMS 2.0 |

dotCMS 2.0 now comes with support for the widely popular Spring MVC Web development framework.

New in dotCMS 1.9 - Custom Fields and URL Mapping |

The dotCMS CTO walks through two new features included in dotCMS, Custom Fields and URL Mapping.

Ignore the Spec - CMIS 1.0 is for Web Content Management too |

CMIS has been called a glorified wrapper for Document Management. But we are finding that CMIS answers many of web content management integration questions as well.

Rehabilitating the Web With Section 508 |

The Rehabilitation Act was amended with section 508 a little over 10 years ago to require Federal agencies to deliver their electronic information in such a way that it is accessible for individuals with disabilities or impairments of some kind (low vision or low hearing for example). Section 508 mandates implementation of the accessibility measures set forth by the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).

Best Practices with dotCMS Taxonomies |

Despite all the fancy plugins, widgets, and fancy macros, the dotCMS really helps your website do just three simple things: store, retrieve, and display website data. Carefully designed wireframes help you plan how to display data but not necessarily how to properly label, segregate, and store it. This article makes some suggestions on how to take advantage of dotCMS taxonomies so that content can be retrieved and displayed easily and efficiently.

dotCMS Enterprise: The Journey of a Bug. |

Giving support to dotCMS EE clients on dealing with bugs that may restraint the proper behavior of their websites is one of the main goals to be achieved under dotCMS Enterprise model.

dotCMS and Dojo |

It's been roughly two months since we included Dojo as part of the dotCMS core javascript framework. We chose Dojo after evaluating the most popular frameworks out there including JQuery, mootools, prototype/scriptaculous and YUI. Each of these frameworks is pretty good but none is perfect. Although none of them met all our requirements, Dojo was clearly the best fit due to its extensive set of rich widgets and form controls.

Validating dotCMS Pages |

Validating large sites can be a daunting task. Aside from being aware of HTML best practices, it’s useful to understand some dotCMS idiosyncrasies and commonly encountered errors.

dotCMS' content Import Tool: Or how to save time on bulk content imports and edits. |

Anyone can be a content editor in the dotCMS. No need to know any HTML or CSS, just fill in the blanks and select "Save and Publish" and you're set. This is not only true for the popular form-like "Add/Edit Content" page, but this concept also extends to one of the lesser known out-of-the-box tools of the dotCMS: the CSV import tool.

dotCMS and the Scripting Worlds Collide |

Have you ever worked within a CMS and thought to yourself, “I wish I could knock out a script in something I'm more familiar with?" If so, you're going to love the new dotCMS Scripting plugin. This plugin allows you to execute server side code directly from Velocity in these popular scripting languages: Ruby, Python, Groovy and Javascript. You can declare variables in your velocity code and use them within your scripting language. You can call methods or functions in your script (from Velocity). Best of all, you can access any dotCMS Java class directly from your php/ruby/js/python/groovy scripts.

You Asked for it, You got it, PHP in dotCMS |

There have been previous attempts to integrate PHP with dotCMS. The most difficult hurdle was figuring out how to get PHP files to live within the dotCMS browser tree and have all INCLUDES and REQUIRES work properly, which is key to running any PHP app in dotCMS. While the original effort to integrate PHP into dotCMS eventually lost steam, interest in a PHP+dotCMS solution remained strong.  The good news is that with our new Scripting Plugin, we took a little different approach to integrating PHP with dotCMS and in doing so, solved the issues that originally stopped us.

Must haves for any CMS |

I'm going to highlight the features that any Content Management System (CMS) worthy of the acronym should offer. I think there are concepts, best practices and technologies related to this term that the many CMSs offer in varying degrees.

Why dotCMS plugins change everything… |

The pending release of dotCMS 1.7 is the most stable, solid, performant release of dotCMS to date. We have spent countless hours and development cycles improving and QAing the multitude of functionality included in dotCMS. There are also a host of new features, which we’ll talk about later. So of course all that’s great news. Blah, blah, blah.