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dotCMS is a Java Open Source Web Content Management System for building/managing websites, content and content driven web applications.

While dotCMS includes the features you might expect in a complete CMS, including true separation of content and design, ease of editing, page caching, advanced templating, this software also includes many features you might not expect such as a Web2.0 calendar and events management, e-communications tools and more.

dotCMS is fully supported and has been deployed by thousands of companies, news organizations, Web 2.0 sites, universities, associations and foundations.

dotCMS also provides at cost a full suite of training and certification courses for all dotCMS developers, architects and general users.

 dotCMS 3.2

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System Requirements
JDK 5 or 6
One of MySQL, PostgreSQL or Oracle

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Features include:

  • Integrated WYSIWYG editor
  • Built in Editing/Staging/Publishing allows for content editing and previewing before approving and publishing
  • Task based workflow emails on change requests, content edits, approvals and publishing
  • Content versioning and rollback
  • Widgets allow end users to easily create rich web pages:
    • AJAX Photo Galleries
    • RSS Feeds
    • Streaming MP3 Player
    • Social Networking
    • Video Player / Galleries
    • Google Maps Integration
    • Online Form Creator / Handler
  • AJAX Calendar
    • iCal Compatible
    • Multiple Calendars
    • Event Approval Process
  • News Center
  • RSS Feeds
  • User Login and Account Creation
  • Blogs
  • Web Store / Ecommerce
  • Simple templates and content layouts places no limits on design or what a template should look or act like.
  • Content as XML, RSS, XHTML, PDF, email or standards-compliant html
  • WebDAV access to the file store
  • Permission the ownership, creation, editing and publishing of web content, pages, assets
  • Dynamic Navigation: menus, sub-menus, site maps and crumb trails
  • Easily create and use custom content types
  • Mark sections or content public or private
  • Advanced Macros:
    • Custom Content Displays
    • SQL queries
    • Use any js lib including JQuery, EXT, Dojo or Scriptaculas
  • Supports Oracle, MSSQL, MySQL and PostgreSQL).
  • Virtual Hosting - Host and manage multiple sites from a single CMS instance
  • Clustering Support with Distributed Object Caching
  • Built in search engine for site and content
  • Multi-Lingual i18n Engine both for variables and for site content
  • JSR-168 compliant with servlet support
  • LDAP / Active Directory authentication connectors included
  • CAS single sign on integration
  • .war deployment on JBoss
  • Makes use of a number of different standards based open source projects including:
    • Apache Tomcat 6 - Industry Standard JSP/Servlet Container
    • Apache Struts - Web Application Framework
    • DWR - Java AJAX framework
    • Spring - the Spring Application Framework
    • Hibernate ORM - Object Relation Mapping Engine
    • Velocity Templating Language - Lightweight templating engine
    • Velocity Tools Project - Expose tools and widgets to velocity templates
    • Lucene Search Engine - Mature and robust java search engine

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