|| ||Paul Baranowski <paul-AT-paulbaranowski.org>|
|| ||Linux Weekly News - PR <pr-AT-lwn.net>|
|| ||Announce: Release of Campsite 2.6.0 "Joey"|
|| ||Tue, 11 Jul 2006 16:40:30 -0400|
Announce: Release of Campsite 2.6.0 "Joey"
Campsite 2.6.0 "Joey" has been released. It is available for download
WHAT IS CAMPSITE?
Campsite is an open-source multi-lingual content management system (CMS)
for newspaper and magazine-style websites.
Campsite was made for medium-to-large size news organizations, those
with multiple journalists, one or more editors, and a subscriber
base, but it is capable of supporting smaller sites as well.
Here are a few of Campsite's main features:
1. Journalist/user-friendly. The interface is made to be simple and
require as few clicks as possible to get the job done. The
interface can be configured to suit different profiles of users -
to each according his or her own technological prowess.
2. Supports multi-lingual content. This means you can publish your
articles in multiple languages at once - for example, have the same
article in English, French, and Spanish. All content in Campsite
can be translated.
3. Content management functionality designed for newspapers: issue
publishing, exclusive content for subscribers, multi-media content,
content categories, subscriber comments, WYSIWYG editor, article
locking (so only one journalist can work on an article at a time),
and timed release of articles or issues.
4. Subscription management with fine-grain control over what content
your subscribers have access to.
5. Total design freedom over the look and layout of your site.
Campsite does not impose any sort of predefined "block" layout to
the structure of your site.
Take a look at the full list of features here:
Try out a demo of the administration interface here:
For more information about Campsite, visit the homepage:
WHAT'S NEW IN CAMPSITE 2.6
Campsite 2.6 is a major feature release.
1) One of the major features of the 2.6 release is the ability for site
visitors to make comments on articles. These comments can be linked to a
forum, so that each article corresponds to a thread in a forum. Various
settings give you control over whether you only want to allow
subscribers to comment, whether comments are moderated, and whether to
enable spam prevention features.
2) Campsite has always had a component called "Article Types", which
allows you to create your own definition of an article. We have made a
major overhaul to this component and transformed it into what we call
"flexible article types". With flexible article types, you can choose to
hide or display each field in an article type, you can translate the
field names, you can reorder the fields, and you can change the data
type for a field.
3) We've made a number of improvements to the administration interface
in order to improve usability. The user is now notified about each
action they have performed, and if an action was unsuccessful a detailed
error message is given. The "Article Edit" screen has a new, more
compact layout, and also makes it more obvious how to switch between
"View" and "Edit" modes. The time the article was last modified is also
displayed, and when an article is locked, you now have the option to
view it without unlocking it.
4) One new feature should help us significantly improve the quality of
Campsite and make it easy for our users to give us feedback: automated
bug reporting. If anything goes wrong while you are using the software,
you will be taken to a screen that allows you to send a bug report
directly to the Campsite team. There is also an option in the
administration interface to send suggestions or other feedback.
5) The "backup" and "restore" scripts have had a major overhaul. These
scripts allow you to make a copy of your entire website and then restore
it later. We've made these scripts much more user-friendly and you can
now use them to make daily backups, to transfer your web site from one
server to another, and to install the demo templates.
In addition there were many smaller changes made for ease-of-use and
39 bug fixes.
The full changelog can be found here:
A list of sites using Campsite can be found here:
Campsite is brought to you by Campware, an initiative of the Media
Development Loan Fund, Inc. MDLF is a New York-registered 501(c)3
public charity providing support to independent news media in emerging
democracies. Campware is dedicated to develop, distribute, support and
implement useful tools for independent news media in emerging
democracies. All Campware software is released as open source and under
the GNU General Public License.
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