August 25, 2003

Aegir CMS 1.0 released

Henri Bergius writes "POZNAN, ESPOO, Aug 25th 2003 -- The Aegir CMS development team has
released the Aegir CMS Open Source Content Management System version
1.0 "Ludowy CMS".
Version 1.0 marks an important milestone in the development process.
Aegir CMS is derived from the successful Nadmin Studio codebase and is
developed by an international group of Open Source developers. The
application is available under the GNU General Public License (GPL).

Aegir CMS runs on top of the Midgard Content Management Framework built
on the Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP (LAMP) platform. Midgard powers
thousands of websites ranging from small organizational websites ( to major portals like New Zealand eGovernment site ( and Playbill (

Aegir CMS's key features include:

  • MS Word -compatible content editor

    • Easy publishing environment for non-technical users
    • Requires MS Internet Explorer 5.01+ or Mozilla 1.3+
  • Group-based workflow settings
    • Different roles: Designers (layout), Developers (logic and
      structure), Authors (content production), Editors (content approval and
    • Roles are based on group settings and ownership of different content areas
    • Power users have access to revision control (RCS) and moving content objects
  • Staging/live setup
    • Prepare you site changes in staging environment, test
      and finally publish to live site when ready
    • Use scheduled publication or publish to site immediately
  • Multi-company hosting (ASP) support
    • Each company is assigned to their own virtual database
    • User interface can be customized to support ASP
      provider's brand
    • ChangeLogs system provides easy way to publish system
  • Multilingual support
    • Aegir
      CMS ships with several languages including English, Finnish, French,
      German, Japanese, Polish, Russian, Spanish and Swedish
    • Sites can be managed using several character sets, including Unicode
  • Flexible templating and layout system
    • Layout templates can be generated from multiple
      elements gathered from the site style and the page
  • Full Midgard Content Management framework
    • Easy and documented object-oriented PHP programming interface
    • Separation of content, layout and site logic
    • Efficient content management using a hierarchical topic
      and article tree
    • Flexible attachment of metadata and files to all content
    • Support for different languages and character sets including
    • Replication and packaging utilities

Changes from Aegir CMS 1.0 RC2:

  • Changed from HKLC Nadmin Studio Interface License to GNU General Public License
  • Browser detection for default WYSIWYG editor selection
  • Alert added for the "Publish" button
  • Implemented "Index article mode" where content of a
    directory is stored to an article named "index" instead of the
    MidgardTopic object
  • Mime type settings of images uploaded as Zip archives fixed
  • Better cache support for the Aegir attachment server and Sample Site

Aegir CMS 1.0 is available for download at:

Aegir CMS requires a working installation of Midgard 1.4.3 or later. Midgard is available in the following formats:

Installation instructions for Midgard and Aegir CMS can be found from: n/

The Aegir CMS project

The Aegir CMS development project aims to further improve the Nadmin
Studio codebase to provide the most versatile and user-friendly Content
Management System built on an Open Source framework.

New volunteers are welcome to the project. The Aegir CMS codebase
provides PHP and Midgard developers an efficient platform to develop
and improve content management functionalities. Easy way to contribute
is translating Aegir CMS to your local language. See instructions at: html

Aegir CMS credits:

Future plans for Aegir CMS:

  • Migrating to the MidRepository workflow system for staging/live
  • Optimizing the templating system
  • Replacing the different WYSIWYG editors with a combined tool
  • Support for the Midgard Multilang extensions
  • NTLM authentication support

More information:

Aegir CMS developer team"


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