dotCMS Releases version 2.2

Oct 09, 2012

dotCMS Unveils 2.2 with Dynamic Spring Plugins using OSGi

Miami, Florida | Boston, Massachusetts – October 10, 2012 – dotCMS, an open source, Java-based web content management system, is pleased to announce the release of v2.2.  Continuing to build on the solid momentum and marketplace success of the dotCMS 2.0 series, this latest release unveils dynamic plugins (OSGI), form-builder enhancements, front-end content editing, a starter site with mobile first Responsive (twitter’s bootstrap) design, improved index management as well as several other user and performance upgrades.

“Since introducing Spring MVC in the 2.0 series, we've wanted to take our plugin architecture to another level for dotCMS developers.” said Will Ezell, CTO of dotCMS. “2.2 brings in the ability to hot-swap Spring web apps, servlets and content hooks without a server restart and adds tremendous power for developers looking to use dotCMS as a platform for Rapid Java Application development.  Along with other improvements and upgrades in version 2.2, dotCMS’s R&D is on pace to continue rolling out meaningful and practical features and functionality -- meeting the real needs of developers and business users in the marketplace.”

Overview of Changes

Dynamic Plugin/OSGi Improvements

  • With the new dotCMS Dynamic Plugins, web app developers can hot swap Spring MVC Apps, Servlets, ViewTools, Content Hooks, etc. without a server restart.
  • Many more examples are provided under
  • Added framework controls to Dynamic Plugins in the UI.  Administrators can reload/restart the Framework from the UI without restarting the application.

Starter Site uses Responsive HTML Framework (Bootstrap)

  • Build mobile ready sites out of the box.
  • New responsive templating using Twiiter Bootstrap Framework.
  • Automatically size templates and images based on client viewport size, for phones, tablets and computers.

Front End Content Forms

  • Added the ${esc.h}submitContentEdit macro - content can be added and edited by site visitors with proper permissions.
  • Custom fields are now supported on the Front End of dotCMS Forms and SubmitContent Macro.

CMIS Library Update

  • Updated to the latest Chemistry Open CMIS 0.7 libraries
  • RESTful XML/ATOM read write access to content repository

Related Content Improvements

  • You can now select multiple Contents to relate at once.
  • When relating Content you can filter by language.
  • The Relationship Field UI is much improved when saving content for dotCMS installs with multiple languages.

Index Management

  • Added new methods to the Restful API for Index Management providing easier backup/restore functionality.
  • Aliases now work and SiteSearch Indices can now be managed from the API.
  • The following methods have been added getIndexName,getIndexStatus,getIndexRecordCount,getNotActiveIndexNames,StopReindexThread, startReindexThread, getReindexThreadStatus.

General Backend Enhancements

  • Error Pages - You can now control the logo on the default error pages ie.. 403, 404, 500.
  • dotCMS Browser - You can now copy/paste at root level of Host.
  • The Drop Old Assets and Fix Asset Inconsistencies are much improved in both performance and functionality.

Overview of Fixes/Improvements

  • Permission performance is hugely improved, especially on large installations.
  • Re-index performance is greatly improved - by a factor of 10 on some installs.
  • Upgraded WebDav library and fixed many bugs with WebDav including issues with limited users.
  • Upgraded CMIS from the aging Chemistry-1.0 libs to the latest OpenCMIS 0.7.0.  Implemented the RESTful atom interfaces for read /write access to the content repository.
  • Fixed issues with Site Search fields not be fully searchable.
  • Fixed the issue with the WEB-INF/binary directory needing to be on the same partition as the Assets directory in clustered installations.
  • The Autoupdater uses hardlinks for assets now to help with disk space.
  • URL Map Content has much improved multiple language support.
  • DOJO has been upgraded to 1.8 for latest Browser support.
  • Upgraded Elastic Search to 0.19.9.
  • Upgraded TinyMCE to 3.5.7.
  • dotCMS will now respect the URL you are trying to hit when not logged into the backend. This allows you to go right to the correct tooling/portlet in the backend.
  • Admin console fully translated into Chinese, French, Italian, Dutch, German, Russian, and Spanish.

Things to Know

About dotCMS

dotCMS is a content management system that helps global enterprises with multiple brands, subsidiaries, and franchises manage, optimize, and scale content across languages and channels.  Brands such as Dairy Queen, Newell, Firstmac, Telus, and Comcast have chosen dotCMS for its unique ability to manage thousands of sites and consolidate multiple CMSs onto a single, unified instance of dotCMS to streamline content management across teams while saving money on platform costs.

dotCMS’ universal approach to content management also means that companies have the choice to deliver content traditionally or headlessly. Headless developers can work within the front-end framework of choice while still providing marketers with visual editing tools so they can go to market with their business-critical content and decrease their dependency on technical teams.