OpenCms, since its first public version, features a module mechanism that allows encapsulating functionalities in separate modules. However, the template mechanism of OpenCms up to version 7.5 left many details to the developer. It turned out that developing reusable modules is quite difficult, since there used to be many dependencies from a module to the template it was developed for. The improved template and module mechanism of OpenCms 8 addresses these issues, removes theses dependencies and therefore allows creating modules that are not depended on the template.
Rüdigers presentation did include an overview of the problem with pre-OpenCms 8 modules using the “Template 2” example from the OpenCms 7.x distribution. He did then show how the problems have been addressed in OpenCms 8. Among other things, this includes the possibility to create HTML output that is rendered differently depending on the space available in the template.
Best practices for structuring modules were also explained, for example how to layout module resources in different folders and naming conventions we suggest.
Dec 9, 2016 - OCEE 5.5.0 supports OpenCms 10.5.0 and brings seveal improvements to the LDAP Connector. It also adds more shell commands for remote cluster administration, and fixes some issues. Updated OCEE packages for 10.0, 9.x and 8.x based OpenCms installations are also available.
Nov 30, 2016 - OpenCms 10.5 focuses on site localization, adding tools for assisted translation of pages and sitemaps. Many usability improvements have been made for the Page Editor and the Explorer. OpenCms 10.5 also ships a much improved version of the Apollo Template. Based on Bootstrap, the Apollo Template is fully customizable without coding.
Nov 30, 2016 - The OpenCms 10.5 release notes contain detailed information about the new features and fixes in this version.
Nov 30, 2016 - Test OpenCms 10.5 using the official image from the Docker hub registry - the fastest way to evaluate and test OpenCms.