Blogs Now Running Liferay 6!

I am happy to announce that is now running on Liferay Portal 6 EE. The re-fresh is a minor one with respect to content but a major infrastructural upgrade that will pave the way for future enhancements to the site, including leveraging workflow for our web publishing and community interaction, and the introduction of social equity for our community participation. 

As for the changes you can see, here is a summary: 

Liferay Projects Pages
With all the open source projects we've incubated in the company over the last couple of years, we decided it was finally time to give them a home. Liferay's new Projects Pages puts faces to the names behind these efforts and will be the best place to look for new information and updates. Check it out!

Updated Community Pages
Also as part of our project page refresh, we've re-organized the forums to have a top-level category for each project. These will break down further by language as each project grows. Of course, Portal is still the heavyweight here. :) 

​New Events Pages
With the rapid growth of our community and partner network, Liferay is the topic of conversation in a growing number of places! We re-designed the events pages to make it easier than ever to meet in person with other Liferay enthusiasts. Now we have a single events list that shows all upcoming events regardless of type in a single view. We also made it easier to filter the list with several different parameters including geography. 

Mobile Device Friendly Layouts
The update with the biggest WOW factor has to be the new layouts that adjust to the detected width of your browser. Liferay wants its site to be accessible by people on the go, but we didn't want to have to invest too heavily in a single platform's proprietary aspects since there are so many great ones out there to support. So we took a standards-based approach, and using just HTML5 and CSS, re-designed the site so that each device's browsable area will be accommodated. Here are three different views for desktop, tablet, and smartphone: 

Desktop view. This has all the content on the home page.


Tablet view (iPad portrait mode). The difference is subtle but the banner image has been resized and
the entire right column of content (Gartner MQ, France Symposium Mini-Banner) has been removed.



Smartphone view (iPhone portrait mode). Navigation is now phone-friendly and
the most essential information is shown first; graphics are reduced for bandwidth. 


Of course you can try it yourself—just resize your browser window now and see what happens! 

Revamped Customer Portal
EE customers will notice a new layout for the Customer Portal home page. We got rid of the introductory fluff and provided links to the most often accessed content to make the whole site easier to navigate. 

Miscellaneous: Pingbacks
Pingbacks on blogs are now enabled, so when someone refers to your blog from the web, you should automatically get a comment on that entry (testing this out on Olaf's latest blog). 

Miscellaneous: Updated HTML Editors
The HTML Editors used in Liferay 6 should perform better and be easier to use than the previous versions. 


Oui, Nous Mangeons Notre Nourriture Pour Chiens
Yes, we eat our own dog food here at Liferay. :) But the reason we find it so tasty is because it meets so many of our business needs: 

  • Rich Web content management capabilities. We serve hundreds of pages on and support multiple editors working in the same system. LIferay's integrated portal + WCM foundation makes this easy. 
  • Multi-lingual support. We have community members around the world and do our best to support them in their language.
  • Collaboration and Community. Obviously Liferay's community is an important part of our business and we want to support interaction through Blogs, MBs, Wikis, Activity Tracking, Profiles, Relationships and meta-data (tagging, comments, ratings). 
  • Multi-site Management. users can access our public website, employee portal, customer portal, and personal user profile all in one place. Our site administrators are thankful that they don't have to deal with several different deployments.
  • Personalization. Each user should have his own view of portal assets across various sites, from the website to their support entitlements and license key management. 
  • Workflow and Customization. We also use Liferay for a lot of our marketing initiatives. We try to understand what kind of content people are looking for and help them get connected to the right collateral. We also follow up with people when there's new information available that might interest them.   
  • Integration with Salesforce and Other Enterprise Systems. Of course a portal isn't a portal without some EAI thrown in and we have plenty of needs in that area. 

Many of these areas saw vast improvements in Liferay 6 and we we will be taking advantage of them with this new launch. We hope you enjoy it too and definitely let us know if you come across any issues or have suggestions for further improvements! 

Hi Brian

Good to have running with Liferay 6 as your own site is really the best show case for your product. Anyway it looks good.

- Sampsa
Hi Brian,

Nice introduction. Last time James Falkner has mentioned, that there should be a new blog category comming, where all users can post their blog entries, not just Liferay staff. Is there any road map for this feature ?

Hi Jan, yes we are working toward that but I don't know the timeline. I will ask James to comment on that.

Not only that but I would like to see more sophisticated profile pages for each user in the community and also more dynamic partner profile pages. A partner should have an aggregate view of all of their developers' activities in the community. That way people will know that they are very knowledgeable on Liferay technology.
Hi Bryan,

I am happy to hear that ! I find very important to have a possibility of presentation on not only as a single person, but as a partner/organization. It allows all members of liferay eco-system to profit from it.

So keep on good work!

Yes, we will have to sort out the relationship between the User Profile, Partner Profile, and Marketplace apps. I'm sure we will want the three to reference each other intuitively.
Hi Jan,

Yep, we are working on the community blogging functionality now. The idea will be to have multiple streams of blogs, one for community, one for corporate/business topics. Each stream will be visually distinct (as well has having different programmatic streams like RSS or Atom feeds) and all community members will be able to post into the community stream. I don't have a firm due date for this, given the constant juggling of resources and features (such as Marketplace and the associated profile work Bryan mentioned), but I would guesstimate in the next 3-4 months.
Hi James,

Thats sounds pretty interesting. What am I missing, is a stream for partners. Are you planning to merge partner articles into community stream, or business ?

Hi Brian,

This looks good, i have seen there are lot of improvements in Liferay 6 and i believe this is a very good platform to build portals.

Nice layout, I think its using media queries for resize, earlier there some UI Break in IE but now its looks fine. Please share the technique used for creating this layout.

-Wasim Shaikh,
Hi Brian,

Lovely functionality. This works beautifully across all my browsers on my pc. Still shows poorly on my blackberry 3g curve's mobile browser though. Some pages are even unable to load.

I've always had a not-so-good experience with liferay on mobile phones. Any idea why?

- Bobby
Hi there,
I haven't personally tested on a blackberry curve, but if you have any screenshots of what you're seeing, I'd be very curious.
The main reason why you would see issues though is that the Blackberry web browsers have been exceptionally poor when it comes to rendering. Their recent phones have adopted webkit, but many of them have still gotten rather poor reviews from the user experience side (here's one such review that mentions some of the problems:
It's even worse for developers emoticon

There are recommendations of Opera Mini as an alternative browser that works somewhat better.

The Playbook (while not a phone) has gotten good reviews for it's browser, but I'm not sure if/when they'll apply that technology to their phones.

Blackberry phones almost need a special theme unto themselves (which sounds like either a great community contribution or if someone needs it asap, sponsored dev emoticon).

As for general experiences with Liferay and mobile, we're currently working on making it easier for developers to build in mobile on Liferay, but many times it just depends on the specific implementation.
At this years ECS, a community member showed me their implementation of a mobile site that ran quite snappy, looked exactly like a custom mobile app, and was running on Liferay over the web.

So I think some of that is the implementation, but also it's our job to help make that easier, which is one of the areas we're focusing on emoticon
The images from the wiki pages are gone. Is it related to the migration?
This is great, but what's the deal with searching the Forums? Only 20 results are returned, no additional pages, there are no dates (created, last update, etc) in the results, and no way to sort the results. Did I miss something or is this a "feature"?
@Andrius this may be so, we'll have our website team look into this.
@Jeremy I know what you mean about the search, we're working on fixing this.