Liferay Debuts Portal 6EE with New UI Tools, Analytics, and Extensibility

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Liferay Debuts Portal 6EE with New UI Tools, Analytics, and Extensibility

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Two months ago, the open core portal company, Liferay, unveiled a new UI meta-framework called Alloy UI along with a migration program and several other services.  Today's release of Liferay Portal 6 Enterprise Edition contains enhanced social collaboration functionality, a built-in web CMS, and better development tools.  

Liferay is serious about beating its competitors like eXo platform and Jive.  The “Design with Liferay” program gives major discounts (first year free) to certain converts from other enterprise portal products.  Today's Liferay 6EE release is available in a free 30-day trial as well.

The process for building websites and applications is even more streamlined in Liferay Portal EE6.  New features include:

UI Development Tools
- Includes tools for easy administration and rich UI building:

  • First, there's the Alloy UI meta-framework.  

The UI library will abstract away complexities with web languages and common cross-browser compatibility issues.  The Alloy UI library also doesn't require a portal.  Liferay Portal is going to standardize its front-end framework around Alloy UI, simplifying UI development with its API that builds applications across three levels of the browser: structure, style, and behavior.  Works with HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript.

  • Simple page and community navigation
  • Familiar desktop controls for friendly end-user adoption

Extensibility and Integrations – Liferay currently runs PHP, Ruby, Python, Grails and other lightweight scripting technologies within a robust Java framework, with wide standards and web services support. New integrations and extensions include:

  • Liferay Developer Studio - a special set of Eclipse plugins that make plug-in development more efficient
  • Built-in social API framework for creating custom social networks
  • Built-in scripting frameworks and flexible scripting support
  • Built-in personalization rules engine
  • A new plugin architecture

Making a new jQuery plugin

Analytics and Management - Liferay Portal provides helpful dashboards, user activity tracking, and management so administrators can monitor portal performance.  Performance statistics include hits/page, average time/hit, max time per request, and more. Here are the new features:

  • Administrative dashboards for portlet, portal, and system performance monitoring
  • Increased scalability of the portal’s search engine via ClusterLink, allowing administrators to cluster a series of search engines without a SAN
  • Sharding capabilities that make more efficient use of the portal database
  • Liferay Enterprise Support Application (LESA): a user-friendly support interface for customers

Social Tools - The new enterprise collaboration features enhance real-time activity tracking and add some web standards to the platform:

  • RSS-enabled and ratable blogs, wikis, and forums
  • OpenSocial support
  • Full Social API framework integrated with WCM
  • Familiar office tools built-in (calendars, address books, email, and chat)
  • Collaborative content creation features

Web Content Management (WCM)
- Simplifies web publishing, editing, page creation, workflows, and template development for technical and non-technical users:

  • One-click page creation plus dynamic templates and structures
  • User-defined workflow that leverages a granular system of roles-based authorization
  • Dynamic content sharing and document management with Microsoft Office integration
  • Localization into over 30 languages
  • Seamless integration with social collaboration features

Check out several video tutorials on the new features in Liferay Portal 6. You can compare community and enterprise editions here.

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