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Developer(s) dotCMS Development Group
Stable release 1.7a / June 30, 2009; 365237425 ago
Written in Java
Operating system Cross-platform
Type Content Management System
License GNU General Public License v2

dotCMS is a free software / open source web content management system (wCMS) for building/managing websites, content and content driven web applications. dotCMS includes features such as support for virtual hosting, WebDav (beta), structured content, clustering and can run on multiple databases PostgreSQL, MySQL, MSSQL and Oracle. It also includes standard wCMS features like page caching, templating, and a API. There are a number of features and modules in dotCMS, including RSS feeds, AJAX calendar, a reporting engine, news listing, blogs, forums, user tracking and tagging, built in search engine and language internationalization to name a few.



dotCMS was initially developed as a Java alternative to the PHP CMSes on the market, as well as to provide a counterpoint to high cost, enterprise applications.[citation needed] It is the result of over 5 years of development by dotMarketing, Inc, which also developed and released the open source project management tool dotProject, Both dotCMS and dotProject were conceived and originated by William Ezell. In order to achieve compliance with JSR-168 portlet specification dotCMS was built upon the Liferay portal, though has since forked Liferay at version 3.2.2. dotCMS 1.0 was initially open sourced and made available in 2005 under the dotMarketing Public License. In 2006, dotCMS released version 1.2 which included the structured content engine. In 2007 dotCMS released version 1.5, which included a new user interface and permissions. In October, 2007 dotCMS 1.5 was the runner up for Packt Publishing's "Best New Open Source CMS" award, followed in 2008 by a second place finish for Packt's "Best Other Open Source CMS (best non PHP CMS)".[citation needed]dotCMS was runner-up in the 2009 Packt Publishing category, "Best Other Open Source CMS."

In April 2009 version 1.7 was released, introducing a plugin architecture, providing a wide range of extension points. A Windows installer to expedite the installation process was released October 2009.

1.9 Update

The upcoming 1.9 patch is a significant revision to the code base and will have a number of changes and improvements, including:

  • i18n compliance for the administration interface
  • Complete template redesign for the administration interface
  • Conversion to the Dojo Javascript framework for AJAX functions
  • Binary content fields for structures
  • Additional form structure and new form submission engine
  • Completely refactored permissions system

Recently dotCMS announced its plan to integrate CMIS (Content Management Interoperability Services) into v1.9--making dotCMS the first WCMS to do so. dotCMS is an Oasis TC Member.


dotCMS is a standards based CMS written in the Java programming language, and comes bundled with the Apache Tomcat Application Server.[citation needed] It is database agnostic and can run on PostgreSQL, MySQL, MSSQL or Oracle. It is capable of integrating with user's authentication scheme's, such as Active Directory or LDAP, and will support operation in a clustered or load balanced environment. It leverages a number of standards based open source projects such as:

Structured Content

The driving concept behind content stored within dotCMS is that it is addressed through a system of structures. Structures are administrated through a back end portlet where fields are assigned to them. Fields are named and given a content type and then ordered. Each structure can then be permissioned and used when creating content, and allows different types of content with consistent components to be referenced for display on the front end. A "web page content" structure could be assigned a title and body, for instance, while "events" have titles, dates, times, locations, descriptions, links, etc. Structures therefore allow the CMS to tailor itself to the content demands of the institution using it, because they can create and define structures that are specific to their needs. Those structures can then be created through relationships, allowing content from one structure to be associated content items in another. There is no limit to the number of structures one can use within dotCMS.

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