Hippo CMS is an open-source information centered Content Management System. The Hippo CMS project was initiated and is maintained by Hippo. It's targeted at medium to large organisations managing content for multi-channel distribution like web sites and intranets. It facilitates an open and flexible way of using your information by following international accepted open standards.
The Hippo product suite or Hippo CMS (Enterprise Content Management) comprises a collection of components which by means of separation of concerns maximizes extensibility, interoperability and scalability. The components available include:
||A web application providing the user interface for content management and administrative functionality. Its GUI plugin architecture is based upon Apache Wicket web application framework.
||The central component that stores content and provides content management and administration functionality. Content and functionality are exposed by Content repository API for Java, JSR-170 and are implemented on the reference implementation Apache Jackrabbit.
||Hippo Site Toolkit and Hippo Portal
||Hippo Site Toolkit
||This component provides the tools for rapid development of websites. A templating engine if offered that can be controlled from Hippo CMS. Furthermore, a tag library and expression language offer development of a JSP based view layer.
||The portal component allows for choice in user experience, personalized applications based on role, context, actions, location, preferences and team collaboration. Hippo Portal is based on Apache Jetspeed.
Open Source and Open Standards
Hippo CMS is user friendly, has an open architecture and is designed for interoperability with existing environments. Hippo CMS is built to integrate external sources of content into one. Therefore, it uses all relevant open standards to allow this integration. For many existing sources, connectors are available in the codebase.
The open architecture of Hippo CMS has the following key points:
- Faceted repository
- Open source
- Content repository API for Java, JSR-170
- Works with open standards
- Reuse of content
- Separation of content, design, logic and the CMS itself.
- User friendly user interface
- Native XML, 100% Java
- No vendor lock-in
Open source projects
Hippo CMS is based on several proven open source projects, mainly the following from the Apache Software Foundation:
Hippo CMS is, like the projects listed above, available under the Apache 2.0 license. It also uses Xinha for editing rich text fields, which has a BSD license.