Oct 17, 2017
dotCMS, a leading-edge, open source Java content management software company, introduces the concept of Layout-as-a-Service (LaaS) and many other new features and improvements to the platform in their latest release, dotCMS 4.2. This release is a part of the ongoing 4.x Series which focuses on improving the overall dotCMS platform experience.
“Layout-as-a-Service is a step beyond Content-as-a-Service (CaaS) - it addresses a real challenge when business start to explore headless or CaaS solutions,” said Will Ezell, dotCMS CTO. “Layout-as-a-Service allows business users to make meaningful content, module and layout decisions within a friendly authoring environment, all of which can then be accessed via RESTful APIs.
“This means that single page apps (SPAs) and other IoT applications can call not just raw content, but real rendered layouts and modules, which include server side personalization and other context driven information. We've heard again and again that while businesses users appreciate CaaS capabilities, they struggle with how to preview and manage the final look and feel across the various presentation platforms. Layout-as-a-Service helps solve those challenges.”
Along with LaaS, dotCMS 4.2 includes new features that simplify the manageability of SEO and multilingual sites by offering Vanity URLs, URL Rewrites, and Language Variables as content - improving the flexibility and ease of management of these items in dotCMS.
“When we get feedback from our customers on how we can improve the platform to make it easier for them to use and manage, we take it seriously,” said Ezell. “That’s why our customers will see significant improvements in both the performance and scalability of the platform with the dotCMS 4.2 release.”
dotCMS customers can expect to see performance improvements when saving and push publishing content, in some cases by an order of magnitude. They’ll also notice that dotCMS can be run completely stateless, as an auto scaling group that leverages externalized Elasticsearch and datagrid type caches has been upgraded.
Other changes to note in dotCMS 4.2 include IE11 improvements and fixes, improved Windows Touch Screen support, upgrades to several integrated libraries (including Hazelcast), and some security improvements.
For more on all that is included in the dotCMS 4.2 release, visit: https://dotcms.com/docs/latest/changelogs#release-4.2.0
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.