21 New Features in cm3 Acora CMS Version 6.x

Monday 20 October, 2014
by Rob Wells

A screenshot of the upgraded CMS administration interface.Version 6 of the cm3 Acora CMS platform has been around for quite a while now. Plenty of our clients have been using it in production environments for the past year or so. However there are still a number of version 5 installations floating around. So with the release of our latest upgrade this month we thought it might be a good idea to list some of the most exciting differences between the version 5 and version 6 platforms.

The Features

Keep in mind that these are just some of the highlights. We'll write some more about these features another day, but feel free to ask us questions or leave a comment in the meantime.

  1. Multi-site management platform, and updated licensing policy
  2. Powerful personalization capability built right into content pages (the <personalize> tag)
  3. Built in device targeting, geolocation, user targeting, and other personalization options
  4. Dynamic, programmable in-page widget framework
  5. Super charged caching engine
  6. Automatic code optimization
  7. Robust customization framework - easier development, easier upgrades
  8. Smart, true WYSIWYG preview with no development effort
  9. Manage multiple content elements at once in a tabbed administration view
  10. Flexible, powerful forms manager
  11. Major mailouts module upgrades including a new UI, user database integration, dynamic list filtering, real time email design previews, and built-in delivery reports
  12. Powerful URL handling and redirections module
  13. Mobile push notifications module
  14. Upgraded automatic backups module
  15. Security upgrades (as a result of formal penetration testing)
  16. Single sign on through Active Directory and other methods
  17. Responsive website templates out of the box
  18. Upgraded white site with new and improved features
  19. Inline content editing (currently experimental)
  20. Full, automatic versioning and version comparison tools for content and templates
  21. Overhauled administrative system interface - it's fast, pretty, and includes heaps of new functions

And just as a reminder, there are plenty of other noteworthy features in the platform.

The Latest Release

The current cm3 Acora CMS version is 6.5.2/1, released on 20th October 2014.

I heard a few murmurs from the back of the room... "Is it worth upgrading if my site is on version 6.2 or 6.3?" Yes it is! Let us know if you'd like a more granular list of the differences between your version and the latest one.

The Clients

Here are a few example sites running on the version 6 platform.

ClientWebsite(s)
Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority www.gbcma.vic.gov.au
Mitchell Shire Council www.mitchellshire.vic.gov.au
www.mitchellshire.vic.gov.au/activitytrails
Telstra #ONE one.telstra.com
Chess Moving www.chessmoving.com.au
www.internationalmove.com.au
www.globalmovingquote.com.au
...and others.
Quit (Cancer Council Victoria) www.quit.org.au

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