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dotCMS 2.0 Preview Release

Mar 02, 2012

dotCMS is pleased to announce the availability of an initial Preview Release of dotCMS 2.0 (click to download).  There are hundreds of improvements in the codebase and in underlying functionality.  

We recommend anyone getting started with the dotCMS platform to use the 2.0 preview release as their starting point.

Highlights of the 2.0 release include:

New Customizable/Extendable Workflow Engine 

  • Allows the creation of multiple, muli-level workflow schemes for content and files.
  • Workflows can trigger customizable subactions.
  • Different content type can have different workflows.

Files as Content

  • New file types can be created, fields can be customized on a per filetype basis.
  • URL addressable binary files with all the benefits of being content.
  • CDN friendly pathing to image manipulation with no query strings.
  • Greatly improved Multi-file uploads

Metadata Extraction/Indexing

  • Metadata/content is extracted from files and is indexed and made searchable, including full-text indexing.  This allows for document management solutions to be created using the dotCMS platform.

ElasticSearch replaces (wraps) lucene for performance and horizontal scalability

  • Index Replication/Auto-sharding
  • Index once, available everywhere in clustered installations.
  • Allows index infrastructure to scale separately from dotCMS installation based on an implementation’s need.

Pessimistic Content Check-in / Checkout

  • Content can be locked for editing - only the editing user or CMS Administrators can release the lock.

Content Editing UI improvements

  • Workflows and content locking are integrated into an improved content editing UI.

Key/Value Field Type

  • Allows a content type an unlimited number of values that can be determined when the content is being entered – think the specifications page for various electronic products in an ecommerce environment.

Data Model/API Improvements

  • Content state has been moved to a separate table 
  • Identifiers, live and working versions all enforced by referential integrity

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2.0 preview release can be experienced here – note that it is automatically rebuilt every 12h:

public : http://demo.dotcms.com
admin : http://demo.dotcms.com/admin
Login with : admin@dotcms.com : admin

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Currently, dotCMS 2.0 is targeted to be released in late March 2012.   We welcome any questions, issues or feedback!

About dotCMS

dotCMS is a leading, open source content and customer experience management platform for companies that want innovation and performance driving their websites and other content-driven applications. Extensible and massively scalable, both small and large organizations can rapidly deliver personalized and engaging content across browsers, mobile devices, channels, second screens and endpoints -- all from a single system.

Founded in 2003, dotCMS is a privately owned US company with offices in Miami, Florida; Boston, Massachusetts and San Jose, Costa Rica. With a global network of certified development partners and an active open source community, dotCMS has generated more than a half-million downloads and thousands of implementations and integration projects worldwide. Notable dotCMS customers include: Telus, Standard & Poors, Hospital Corporation of America, Royal Bank of Canada, DirecTV, Thomson Reuters, China Mobile, Aon, and DriveTest Ontario.