ImpressCMS 1.3.3 RC is Ready for Review

The ImpressCMS team is proud to present a release candidate (RC) for ImpressCMS 1.3.3. 

Major changes in 1.3.3

Password encryption

This release has a major change in password encryption methods and also to some authentication methods.  When you upgrade an existing site with 1.3.3, all the current passwords will be expired and users will need to reset their passwords upon their next login.

Delivering Performance: ImpressCMS 1.3 Comes to Market

New version of ImpressCMS improves speed, memory use and efficiency, while laying the groundwork for features communities need for their online applications. 

The ImpressCMS team is very proud to announce the release of ImpressCMS 1.3 - smaller, faster and better! ImpressCMS enables communities to easily build websites around many different areas of interest and functions. 

Testing popular CMS and blogging systems

For a long time I’ve been really interested in performance aspects of content management systems and smarter blogging systems. This is the reason for my decision to test some of the popular systems on a workbench and to get some technical information about these systems.

The test was quite simple. I installed the packages on my sandbox server and added a function (cip-bench()) to the installation. Then I ran the index page with the default template and configuration. The data I got from the test was limited on the raw index page after the installation. I picked up 5 aspects for the test:

  • The first one was the memory usage of the system
  • The execution time
  • Executed database queries
  • How many database tables exist
  • And the last parameter shows how many files are required.

It is interesting to see how different some CMS solve their tasks. I was surprised of some results for example 399 database queries of contenido.

To sum up this test I was impressed by chyrp. It’s delivered with an elegant backend and I think it has got a lot of potential to become more popular and famous. The memory usage of wordpress seems to be improved in contrast to previous versions.


name memory avg time queries tables required files
chyrp 5.556 MB 0.3 – 0.5 7-10 8 63
geeklog 6.97 MB 0.6 – 0.7 59 50 38
serendipity 6.773 MB 0.5 – 0.55 11 21 48
textpattern 2.823 MB 0.2 – 0.3 21 17 12
wordpress 12.044 MB 0.4 – 0.6 15 11 73


name memory avg time queries tables required files
cmsmadesimple 7.543 MB 1.1 – 1.48 38 – 52 52 92
contenido 9.562 MB 0.6 – 0.9 254 – 265 (399) 76 123
impressCMS 10.938 MB 0.5 – 0.6 53-55 57 139
joomla 6.289 MB 0.7 – 0.8 7 – 11 33 127

ImpressCMS 1.2 Final is Released

Half a year ago, I posted a video previewing the upcoming release of ImpressCMS 1.2. Unknown to me at the time was that it would take another six months before the content management system was to become finally released. According to the project developers, it's actually been 14 months since the release of ImpressCMS 1.1.

Almost 14 months in the making, ImpressCMS 1.2 is now ready as a Final release! ImpressCMS 1.1 was released at the end of October 2008 and the scope of changes in this release has kept the developers, testers and translators busy.

ImpressCMS has had a short, but notable history - founded in 2007, an initial release in January 2008, 3rd place in Packt Publishing's Most Promising Open Source CMS in 2008 and 1st place in 2009, a 2008 finalist in SourceForge's Community Choice Awards, 32 separate releases and almost 10,000 commits in its code repository.

Some of the new features and improvements in ImpressCMS 1.2 include:

  • Imagemanager, with online editing
  • Fully customizable Profile module, with social networking features
  • Content module

ImpressCMS is awarded Most Promising Open Source CMS

Logo for Packt 2009 CMS AwardPackt Publishing announced that ImpressCMS has won the Most Promising Open Source CMS category in their 2009 Open Source CMS Award.

While ImpressCMS took first place in this category, Pixie and Pligg weren’t far behind and settled for a tie in the first runner up spot.

ImpressCMS has featured in the top three in this category for the second time in a row, and has lived up to its reputation this year by winning the top spot.

Pixie and Pligg, on the other hand, featured in this category for the first time and managed to impress a lot of judges with their quality and support.

The "Most Promising" category is my favorite of all the categories in Packt's open source CMS award system. The CMSs in this category are lesser known applications requiring the judges on the panel to do a lot more homework than usual and sometimes coming up with some surprises in their analysis. This category is Packt's biggest contribution for getting lesser known open source CMSs the exposure they most likely deserve.

Last year, I had the honor of judging the Most Promising category and was pleased to see SilverStripe get the nod from this award. In 2008, ImpressCMS was also evaluated for this category and left me with a positive impression.

Judging five most promising Content Management Systems

This year, I was given the privilege of sitting on the judging panel for Packt Publishing's 2008 Most Promising Open Source CMS Award.  Judges on the panel were required to select their top three CMS based on a number of factors including performance, usability, accessibility, ease of configuration and customization, scalability and security.  These top three CMS were to originate from the five finalists in the most promising category which included: CMS Made Simple, ImpressCMS, MemHT Portal, MiaCMS, and SilverStripe.

As I promised earlier, I'm posting online my notes and comments on how I ranked all five finalists in the most promising category.  For better or for worse, Packt Publishing also gives their judges a lot of flexibility in how they rank a CMS.  While I wouldn't consider this a complete analysis of the CMS, it should provide enough information on the impression each CMS left me when reviewed.  While the methodology for determining the best CMS may be subjective, I do try to design my ranking of the CMS to be fair and non-biased.

The order in which I ranked the top "most promising" CMS were:

  1. SilverStripe (my highest ranked)
  2. ImpressCMS
  3. CMS Made Simple
  4. MiaCMS
  5. MemHT Portal (my lowest ranked)

In order to come with the above rank, I chose to use factors such as performance, usability, accessibility, ease of configuration, ease of customization, scalability, the the amount of support/documentation offered through the project's site/infrastructure.  I did not use security as a factor in my ranking.  Since the CMS must be less than two years old to qualify in the most promising category, it seemed unfair to rank these CMS by security since by definition they're not fully matured projects.