News from the Plone-iverse - January 2012

Catch up on the headlines and interesting stories that shaped the Plone community in January 2012

Plone Conference 2012 Coming to Arnhem, the Netherlands


Arnhem, the Netherlands will host the 2012 Plone Conference, the Plone Foundation announced today following a vote of the foundation membership.  The Arnhem proposal, championed by Dutch Plone Developers Four Digits, beat out a competing proposal for the conference to be held in Paris, France which was made by Abstract and Fanelli Consulting.The Plone Conference 2012 will be held in Arnhem on October 10-12, with pre-conference training on October 8-9 and a post-conference sprint October 13-14.You can find out more here -


Munich Plone Conference is Just Around the Corner


The first Plone Conference in Munich is being held from February 22-24, featuring talks, training and Sprints. Keynote Speakers include Plone Foundation President Matt Hamilton, Elizabeth Leddy of the Plone Framework Team, and Plone co-founder Alan Runyan.

You can find out more about the conference by visiting their website -


Introducing Ploud

by Saba Resnick

Ploud is a free software as a service platform for the Plone content management system (Plone SaaS). Evaluating and deploying a basic Plone site got a lot easier recently thanks to the folks at Enfold Systems. They have developed Ploud, a platform that allows users to create a Plone site in under a minute (or as it is written on the company’s web site, in 10 seconds). Ploud can be used by individuals, consultants and organizations to evaluate or deploy the Plone CMS without having to install any software. In addition to Plone's standard features, Ploud includes popular, trusted, add-ons for enhanced functionality like web forms, image rotation, calendaring, Facebook integration, and a choice of themes.Ploud is free for basic usage. If later your site requirements grow in complexity or you need expanded support, you can easily migrate to a fee-based hosting platform.Ploud is deployed using a high-availability VMware vCloud solution on multiple redundant SANs with redundant switch fabric. The facilities feature low-latency IP connections through multiple providers on enterprise Cisco routers and switches. The facility has 24×7 onsite security staffing with surveillance and access control and is SAS 70 Type II certified.Ploud provides a valuable service to the Plone community by allowing anyone to quickly and easily create a free Plone site. It is currently in Beta status and Enfold Systems is soliciting feedback to help them improve the service. Give it a try!

Plone Welcomes New Contributors


Since the recent Plone Conference 2011 in San Francisco, we've seen an influx of new contributors sign up to add their code to Plone.  We'd like to welcome the newest members of the contributors group and say how much we appreciate your deciding to be involved.The latest contributors are:Adam CheasleyAdam TerreyAleksi KorvenrantaAlin VoineaAndre Gustavo E NogueiraAsko SoukkaChris ThomasCleber J SantosDaniel MarksDavid MoteDerrick StoneDouwe uld MeyEmanuel SartorEsa Matti SuuronenFederico Marcelo CastroFranco PellegriniGhica AlexandruGiacomo SpettoliGustavo A. LepriHeather HarterJoão Sebastião de Oliveira BuenoJukka OjaniemiKai LautaporttiKim PaulissenLukas GrafMarco MartinezMark CorumMichael DavisNoe NietoNuyens AndrePhilippe GrossRichard BarrellRichard MitchellRoberto AllendeRoman SusiRoss ReedstromThiago Tamo SauskasTom BlockleyTyler RandlesWilliam Deegar

Chrissy Wainwright and Maurizio Delmonte Chosen Plone Foundation Members


The Plone Foundation Board of Directors has announced the selection of Chrissy Wainwright and Maurizio Delmonte as the newest members of the Plone Foundation. Chrissy Wainwright is the Senior Template Developer at Six Feet Up, based in Indianapolis, Indiana (USA).  She has implemented Plone themes for dozens of sites, including,, and  She has taught Plone theming classes for several years, including the Plone Symposium East at PSU and the Plone Conference 2011 in San Francisco.Maurizio Delmonte is a Plone consultant with Abstract Open Solutions in Potenza Picena, Italy.  Part of the Plone community from the outset, he contributed the first italian translation of Plone, and still maintains the current version with the Plone Italian Translation Group. You can find out more here -


Plone Symposium East Puts Out Calls for Speakers and Training


Plone Symposium East 2012 (PSE12) at Penn State University is just around the corner - May 22-23, 2012.SpeakersShare your knowledge with the Plone and Zope communities at the Plone Symposium East 2012. Tell others about what you are doing. Teach others about your latest development. Show off your latest tools. Weblion has begun accepting proposal for Speaker sessions. Speaker slots fill up quickly and speakers get a reduced registration fee, so get your proposal in TODAY!  Proposals will be accepted until March 12, 2012, so don't delay! Here is the link for proposing talks - folks at Weblion have put out the call for trainers who would like to hold training sessions in the two days prior to PSE - on May 20-21st. It is an opportunity to teach others how to be successful with open source. Interested trainers have time to submit their proposals between now and February 13.  You can find out more about the proposals process by visiting


Meet the Plone Editorial Team


We're happy to announce that a brand new group of writers and editors located around the world has stepped up to help make that news more up-to-date and global.  The new Plone Editorial Team will oversee the writing and  approval of news on as part of our overall efforts to better market and communicate about our favorite CMS.Jules AllenMark CorumJorge GonçalvesGustav FranzsenCarol GanzJean JordaanSally KleinfeldtRose PruyneSaba ResnickJon StahlRijk StofbergYou can find out more here -


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