Greetings! This isAndrew, and I'm going to recap the news, and explain how our karma contest works.
This Week's News
- We welcome six new add-ons and one new commercial theme to our marketplace: Google Base for eCommerce, Scrolling Wrapper, Cleanbiz Theme, WP Audio Player, Facebook Like Button, Print Page and Example FAQ.
- I released a new how-to titled "Building a Single-Paged Powered Editing Interface for concrete5". It can also be read and commented on at andrewembler.com. It uses lots of sample code that we're providing for free, including the newExample FAQadd-on.
- Our new showcase is live! Add your sites to earn karma and show off your handiwork to the concrete5 community!
- We want to get you to host concrete5 meetups, and we're providing tools to make it easier to do just that. Check out this page for information on how to host your own meetup.
How we assign your karma raffle numbers
For each raffle, we're going to assign a total of 1,000,000 raffle tickets to all the winner's of karma points.For this contest, we grabbed all karma points assigned from midnight April 30th to 11:59 May 6th. The total? 50,265 points. That means, each karma point is going to get you 19 tickets, with 44,965 extra tickets dispersed randomly throughout the previous winners. That means if you got 1,000 karma points during the last week, you're going to get at least 19,000 raffle tickets. THAT'S 19,000 CHANCES TO WIN!
Pinball Probability Principle
Want to generate random numbers from pinball scores? Use this approach: no matter how many numbers your score contains, if you take three digits total, and start two digits in from the left, you're going to get yourself some random numbers. Combine two or more scores for a total of six digits, and you get yourself a raffle ticket number.That's not conjecture. THAT'S SCIENCE.
TheWinners, and What They Got
Watch the video to find out!
Well if you've been paying attention to concrete5.org recently you've seen some fairly cool new stuff like the Karma system. Now we're launching a weekly video show "Totally Random" where we share news on concrete5 and interesting things we bump into along the way. Check out our super rough but amusing pilot here:
The first update for concrete5 version 4 is now available. concrete5 18.104.22.168 includes a number of bug fixes and stability improvements. It is highly recommended for those running concrete5 5.4.0.
A complete list of changes is available here
You can download concrete5 22.214.171.124 from here:
Just a quick note to announce some new add-ons & themes in our marketplace:
eCommerce 1.7.1 – a new version that supports with support for optional checkout parameters, price-affecting customer choices (e.g. size XL adds $3 to base cost) and more currency formatting.
Digital Downloads 1.0 – and add-on for eCommerce that lets you securely offer digital files to your customers after purchase.
RSS Feed Manager – Create and configure rich-text feeds for your site.
Tell a Friend Form – Cross promotion for your site.
Search Tools – A searchable page list interface.
Highslide Web Album – Another cool image gallery
Dojo Storyboard designer – Make a wireframe/cartoon like storyboard
And a bunch of new Themes too:
Thanks to all our 3rd part developers for helping grow concrete5!
This was fun!
Got to talk about how and why concrete5 got started, what my own background is, and what makes a startup work. It's always flattering to be called a "go-getter."
Here's the link to the site: http://www.go-getters.ideatewith.com
Also, here's the iTunes link: http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/go-getters/id337491910
Revolutionary Device Simplifies the Architecture Process for ‘Problem Clients'
Portland, OR (PRWEB) April 1, 2010 – concrete5 is an open source content management system that powers over 35,000 websites – from tiny churches to major institutions and startups. Now the concrete CMS team has created a new appliance to deliver project success with even the most difficult client.
The process of using a Web Architecture Appliance (WAA) is nothing short of shocking. A base concrete5 install is setup on a webserver, and connected to a computer using the WAA via USB. The client simply lays one hand on the sensor on top, and starts describing their vision for the site in their own tone.
"Leveraging this level of synergy has been a dream of mine for ages," says Lead Developer Ryan Tyler. "I've had clients who just couldn't communicate in real terms at all. I can't count the times I've heard ‘I'm not really sure – but you know what I'm talking about' on a fixed budget. Well I don't, but now I can hook them up to the WAA and problem solved. It's amazing."
Andrew Embler, CTO explains "hardware is not easy, and certainly inferring what someone actually needs when the direction is ‘it needs more buttons' is no small challenge either. That's why we knew we had to do this. "
Learn more about the WAA here.
Open Source CMS concrete5 Gets Even Sexier to Use, and Catches the Eye of Drupal and Joomla! Developers at SXSW.
Portland, OR (PRWEB) March 29, 2010 — concrete CMS was commercial software that went open source in late 2008, quickly winning project of the month on SourceForge and much attention from a community of open source fans used to dealing with painful user experiences and scattered code. During the last year the core team behind concrete5 has been flushing out features in their CMS, along with building an active community and marketplace at concrete5.org. Now with the release of version 5.4 concrete5 has really hit its stride and the core team expects continued great growth this summer.
concrete5 powers over 35,000 websites today, with a developer community some 18,000 members strong. "We've grown very quickly since going open source," says CTO Andrew Embler. "The core application has always been very stable, but in the past we knew there were a few areas we wanted to clean up. With the sitemap improvements and even faster AJAX editing in 5.4 we've really covered the big items on my radar. "
Some architectural changes to better support the needs of enterprise level clients have already allowed some larger organizations to choose concrete5 over Drupal, Joomla!, and Wordpress. The additional changes to fully embrace the Zend framework by using Zend Cache and Zend Translate has proven well worth the investment.
"It was great fun showing off the release candidate of 5.4 at SXSW:Interactive this year,' says Franz Maruna, CEO. "We met a lot of Joomla! and Drupal developers who begrudgingly gave us 5 minutes to see the competition, only to walk away 20 minutes later lamenting about time they'd wasted on other systems. I think we showed quite a few people that you can build big powerful sites with concrete5 that really are easy to use."
See the complete feature list in 5.4 here:
concrete CMS is a leading developer of next- generation open source solutions for web sites. The company's flagship product, concrete5, combines the ease-of-use of a blogging platform with the flexibility and power of a web development platform. To date, thousands of advertising and creative agencies and web developers around the world have downloaded concrete5 for free and used the technology to quickly and inexpensively build enterprise-quality web sites that can be updated by end users. concrete CMS is a privately held company based in Portland, Oregon, and manages the concrete5.org project. For more information, please visit https://www.concrete5.org.
franz (at) concrete5.org
5.4.0 is now available. This update includes a much smoother editing experience, powerful in-context layout controls, a better sitemap and page search, an improved update center, better integration with the concrete5 marketplace, and much more.
A complete list of changes is available here
You can download concrete5 5.4.0 from here: