Burda releases open-source online CMS platform

International media group Hubert Burda Media has made its Drupal 8-based Thunder Content Management System (CMS) available online as a free open-source platform for use and further development by other publishers, the group said.

With this move, Burda joins forces with sector and industry partners including Acquia, Facebook, Microsoft, nexx.tv, Riddle.com and Valiton, aiming to develop the best open-source CMS platform for publishers.

With the launch of the new CMS, Burda is creating a worldwide coalition for publishers, industry partners, and developers. At the core of the community is a team of publishing experts and developers led by Ingo Rübe, CTO for Burda´s German publishing operations, and initiator of Thunder.

This team will also be responsible for coordinating the continuous development and enhancement of Thunder.

Thunder is a Drupal distribution based on the new version 8 of the framework, released in November 2015. It features a range of publisher-centric Drupal modules with custom enhancements, including tools for interactive content, IVW counting tools, single sign-on (SSO) and Responsive Web Design (RWD). With RWD, the layout of both the front-end (websites) and the back-end (authoring tool) automatically adjusts to each user´s device.

Thunder is a web-based, open-source, Drupal 8-based Content Management System setting new standards for publishers´ CMS. As members of the Thunder Coalition, publishers, industry partners, and developers can leverage worldwide community collaboration to implement Thunder, build custom extensions and share them with the Coalition to further enhance Thunder. Thunder was designed by Hubert Burda Media in 2016.