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|Operating system||Microsoft Windows / Windows Azure|
|Type||Web content management system|
|License||Mozilla Public License|
C1 CMS can be regarded as a CMS without database by default with an option of migrating its data store to a Microsoft SQL Server database. As the CMS without database it uses XML files for its data store.
On 29 September 2010, Composite released C1 version 2.0 as free open source software under the Mozilla Public License, pledging to continue development on the free core and providing paid services.
In October 2010, Composite C1 was added to the .NET 4 enabled parts of Microsoft's Web App Gallery (Web Platform Installer 3 and WebMatrix).
In March 2011, Composite C1 version 2.1 was released, making SQL Server support part of the open source project.
In April 2012, Composite C1 version 3.2 was released, adding "Save and Publish" combo button, support for plugging in external media data bases (like SharePoint or images from Facebook), HTML5 video streaming. It is compatible with .NET Framework 4.5 and Visual Studio 2012.
In July 2013, more than a year since the last release, Composite C1 4.0 was released that is considered the 2nd big milestone release since Composite C1 open-sourced in October 2010, adding end-user features such as the block selector, searchable drop-downs, freehand image resizing, new Starter sites, as well as developer features such as built-in Razor and User Control functions, Razor and Master Page templates, page template features, data tree ordering.
In November 2013, Composite C1 version 4.1 was released, adding drag-and-drop for images and files from the desktop into page content, support for Composite Form Builder, Internet Explorer 11 support, a new "Static Datatypes" folder on the Data Perspective, a 100% customized UI for the "Function Call Editor" for custom C1 Functions, and many more.
In May 2014, Composite C1 version 4.2 was released, adding C1 Function previews in Visual Editor (showing an image of the rendered function rather than an abstract representation of "a macro"), simplified editing of C1 Function properties, a new responsive starter site called "Venus", iPad editing support, ASP.NET Razor 3.1.1 support and more. And in June 2014, version 4.2 update 1 was released, which contained a number of improvements and bug fixes and was a recommended update to 4.2.
In March 2015, version 4.3 was released, which featured scheduled data publishing, native content editing experience with RTL languages like Arabic, enhanced password policy options, image resizing options in Razor, hooking into ASP.NET Full Page Caching key generation and more.
In December 2015, a new version of Composite C1 CMS was released - version 5.0. It features a brand new C1 Console GUI, visual content navigation, data item mapping, better MVC support and more.
As of version 5.3, released 18 October 2016, the name and branding for the product changed to Orckestra CMS.
5.4: This is a minor release, following up on v. 5.3, introducing support for bulk uploading files to the website file system, a small improvement to the hierarchical selector and a new command for Nightwatch.js API to test file uploads.
5.5. This is a service release with minor improvements that includes more stable CMS function previews in Visual Editor, a faster initial CMS setup and support for data updates by add-ons. Learn more
In February 2017, version 6.0 was released, CMS users now have build-in search in the console, visual components for much easier access to adding features and functions to content. Web developers can surface advanced faceted search, build components and use the new Container Class feature to tailor the user experience when editing content. At this point the name changed back to C1 CMS to refer back to the free open source C1 CMS i well known for.
In April 2017, v6.1 has been released. This is a minor release, primarily stabilizing the 6.0 release and bringing the Search features introduced as beta in 6.0 to release level in terms of stability, performance and features.
Packages (also known as addons) are modules that extend the functionality of C1 CMS. They include, but are not limited to:
Most packages are free and distributed under the MPL 1.1. Some packages are commercial. The commercial packages can be purchased via an add-on market.
The administrative panel in C1 CMS is called the "Console". It gives access to the back-end via the so-called "perspectives", sections of the administrative panel that group the back-end functionality of the specific purpose. There are 6 built-in perspectives:
The perspectives can be extended with other functionality as well as more perspectives can be added to the Console. Some packages - when installed - are available from their own perspective, for example, "Extranet" or "Package Creator".
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