Advantages of OpenCms

OpenCms is a website content management system (CMS) that allows to maintain a public website, an extranet or an intranet with little or no help by an external agency or internet professional. Departments and individual users can thus concentrate on creating the content for the website, and publish it in an easy and intuitive way. The build in 2 phase (4 eye) approval workflow allows optional quality assurance before contents go "live" to the website.

OpenCms provides a professional, cost effective Open Source alternative to high expensive and proprietary "commercial" solutions, ready to be deployed by organizations or enterprises of any size. When compared to other Open Source solutions, OpenCms stands out for it's rich feature set, it's maturity and the high level of adoption worldwide. For OpenCms, support is fully available by the active OpenCms development community and also by a number of companies around the world that offer consulting and project services, support agreements and training.

OpenCms is platform independent

Using OpenCms is fully browser based. The OpenCms software is installed on a web server, content managers access the system from any location with their web browser. Security is ensured by using strong encryption https protocols for the login process if required.

All of the web server's software components are based on standard Java technology. Java is today the enterprise application development environment of choice, and has also attracted a large Open Source community. Using high quality Open Source Java components like OpenCms in the enterprise provides an appealing cost-saving opportunity.

OpenCms helps to reduce IT costs

Using quality Open Source software like OpenCms, enterprises can dramatically reduce licensing costs and total cost of ownership (TCO). With the current shift to Open Source operating systems like LINUX, the move to Open Source applications is the logical next step.

OpenCms helps to reduce IT costs because

  • there are NO LICENSING COSTS for the OpenCms core, no matter on how many servers you install the software.
  • you have FULL ACCESS TO THE CORE SOURCE CODE which can be extended and remodeled in any way, without restrictions.
  • optional SUPPORT IS AVAILABLE from a number of companies, reducing dependency on the deploying software consultancy.
  • it is based on STANDARD JAVA TECHNOLOGY, supports a wide number of commercial and Open Source databases and operating systems, and thus can easily fit in almost all existing IT environments.

An enterprise class website content management system like OpenCms is never a product used "out of the box", no matter what all the well trained sales people try to tell you. This is true for all commercial or Open Source products, as well as for OpenCms. The bottom line is, all CMS systems must be configured and setup by a professional consultancy, or by people trained in the product. Since OpenCms is available as Open Source and based on 100% Java, getting to know the system or finding a partner for OpenCms is easy, because Java knowledge is readily available. Using well known standard Java and XML, as well as related standards like e.g. Servlets, JSP, JDBC, also enables you to leverage existing know-how that might already be available in your enterprise or organization.

Latest News

  • OpenCms 10.0.1 available

    Jun 14, 2016 - Being the greatest OpenCms update for years, version 10 brings a vastly improved user experience that combines the intuitive "Direct Edit" approach of OpenCms with a new, well integrated Lauchpad app center. OpenCms 10.0.1 is a maintenance update for 10.0.0 installations. It fixes several issues that persisted in previous releases. This version focuses on performance and stability.

  • OpenCms 10.0.1 Release Notes

    Jun 14, 2016 - The OpenCms 10.0.1 release notes contain detailed information about the updates and fixes in this version.

  • Alkacon OCEE 5.0.1 for OpenCms 10.0.1 available

    Jun 14, 2016 - OCEE 5.0.1 supports OpenCms 10.0.1 and brings a greatly improved Accelerator caching performance based on reducing the CPU load. This version also fixes an issue in the OCEE Cluster module. Updated OCEE packages for 9.x and 8.x based OpenCms installations are also available.

  • OpenCms 10 - X marks the spot

    Mar 23, 2016 - Being the greatest OpenCms update for years, version 10 brings a vastly improved user experience that combines the intuitive "Direct Edit" approach of OpenCms with a new, well integrated Lauchpad app center. OpenCms 10 also ships with the new, responsive Apollo Template. Based on Bootstrap, the Apollo Template is fully customizable without coding.

OpenCms Days 2016

  • OpenCms Days 2016 Conference and Expo

    OpenCms Days 2016 will take place September 26 to 27 in Cologne, Germany.

    Highlight of the international user conference and expo will be the introduction of OpenCms 10.5. OpenCms Days will be the perfect opportunity to exchange experiences around OpenCms with high profile participants and speakers from all over the world.

    Visit this 2 day conference and expo to meet and mingle with leading OpenCms experts and other OpenCms users.

    OpenCms Days 2016 is targeted towards an international audience. The language spoken at the event and used for all presentations is English.

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