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Elxis 4.0 and Elxis 2009.3 comparison

Friday, 21 September 2012

At this time 2 parallel releases are available for Elxis CMS. The new Elxis 4.x series and the old one Elxis 2009.x (development stopped on 2009.3 Aphrodite). So which version to download? An easy answer is the newest one (Elxis 4.x), we strongly recommend you to always pick the newest Elxis version. But in some cases the 2009.3 version might be the one you need. For instance if you absolutely need to use an extension such as IOS Reservations which is only available, at this time, for Elxis 2009.x you should pick Elxis 2009.x. Dont worry, the old 2009.x series will be supported for a long time.

Important notes

  • Elxis 4.x is a brand new software. It is not as well tested as 2009.3 and it might contain bugs (especially if it is released as a beta version).
  • Elxis 4.x and 2009.x are not compatible. You can not use extensions created for 2009.x in 4.x and the opposite.
  • You can not update Elxis 2009.x to Elxis 4.x
  • Elxis 4.x and 2009.x have not the same features.

Comparison table

The table bellow is a quick (not full) comparison table between Elxis 4.0 and Elxis 2009.3 to help you choose the version you need or get notified about their differences. The table does not lists the features of each release but focuses on their differences.

Elxis 2009.3 Aphrodite Elxis 4.0 Nautilus
Initial release October 2009 September 2012
Elxis generation 3rd 4th
Package size 10,4mb 5,2mb
License GNU/GPL Elxis Public License (EPL)
Architecture Mambo based Elxis OO framework
Large third party libraries About 20 2
Database layer AdoDB PDO
Site scale Small, medium Small, medium, large
Backup Database Files and database
Caching File caching, static cache Improved file caching, APC
Multisites No Yes
Sub-categories No Yes
Elxis defender Yes (manual settings) Yes (improved, automatic)
Notification alerts No Yes
Security levels No Yes
Encryption No Yes
Rename admin folder No Yes
Debug DB queries, module positions DB queries, module positions, performance monitor, errors per extension
Logging No Yes
Web statistics No Yes
Multilingual config data No Yes (site name, META description and keywords)
Multilingual content Language specific items Translations
XML parameters Yes, simple Yes, extended
User access control ACL Elxis ACL
Lists Tables AJAX grid
HTML forms API No Yes (elxisForm library)
Framework support Limited Full, library based
Content extension Bots Plugins (very improved bots)
Bots/Plugins execution Always Only those used in the specific article (huge speed improvement)
Output buffering Components, bots Everything
Update installed extensions No Yes
External authentication No Yes (open ID, LDAP, gmail, twitter, etc)
jQuery ready No Yes
Built-in lightbox No Yes
Custom routing No Yes
WYSIWYG editor TinyMCE CK editor
Doctype XHTML 1.0 transitional (served as html/text) XHTML 1.0 strict, XHTML 1.0 transitional, XHTML 5, HTML 5
Session control System System, Files, Database
Errors handler System Elxis
URLs SEF - non SEF Elxis URIs
Site portability Requires edit config and SQL data Fully portable
Page layout Controlled by menu items Controlled by the page itself (through parameters)
Syndication RSS/ATOM for the whole site Feeds central, RSS/ATOM for the whole site and per category.
Site frontpage First item in mainmenu Design via drag and drop interface
Menu item types 21 4 (Link, URL, Separator, Wrapper)
Unified extension installer No Yes
Auto expand menus No Yes
Administration modules No (some hard coded) Yes
Icon packages No Yes
User specific timezone No Yes
Custom exit pages No Yes
Frontend content submission Yes No
Publish content based on date Yes No (Yes, via cron jobs)
Unpublish content based on date Yes No (Yes, via cron jobs)
Frontend/Administration Separated Unified file system and user login
Active templates Unlimited (assigned on menu items) 1 template with heavy parametrization
Search Search bots, limited functionality Search engines, super configurable
Open Search No Yes
User registration Component registration Component user
User login Component login Component user
Blogs Component eBlog Component content
Banners Component banner Module ads
Polls Component polls Free third party module
Contact Component contact Component content (plugin contact)
Frontpage Component frontpage Component content
RSS Component RSS Component content