PRESS RELEASE: Liferay Announces Rapid Community Growth in 2011
Liferay Sync, Liferay Portal 6.1 EE set to launch with strong open-source community momentum
LOS ANGELES — (January 24, 2012) — Liferay, Inc., provider of the world's leading enterprise-class open source portal, announced today the expansion of its community to 56,000 members in 2011, a nearly 40 percent increase over the previous year. The participation of the Liferay community continues to strengthen the portal provider's offerings, including the new Liferay Sync and Liferay Portal 6.1 Enterprise Edition, both planned for release later this quarter.
Liferay's community saw an average growth of 1,300 members per month in 2011, with increased contributions to forums, wiki posts, blogs, code contributions and activity in special projects teams. Forum posts, which represent the amount of online knowledge and online community support for questions, rose 25 percent, while the number of new members who are contributing to posts grew 10 percent and the number of posts quantified as useful by the original poster of the question increased by over 125 percent.
"Liferay's commitment to community and open source development has been apparent in the healthy growth and enthusiasm of our community members," said James Falkner, Liferay's Community Manager. "Last year, our renewed emphasis on our worldwide community led to the creation of new programs, such as the BugSquad and Liferay Community Leadership, aimed to engage, equip and help coordinate all the great people and ideas that feed our open-source, open-community dialogue."
The creation last year of the BugSquad led to important contributions from the community, through usability testing and functional bug finding, for a major product release—Liferay Portal 6.1 CE. Liferay also started the Liferay Community Leadership program as a means to identify leaders and strengthen contributions from the community through improved organization and structure. Last year also saw the addition of 18 new User Groups, regional grassroots organizations for the global Liferay community.
Strong momentum in the Liferay community is in place for new 2012 initiatives, including Liferay Community Projects, Community Blog Stream, Developer Contests and the upcoming Liferay University. In addition, Liferay is set for major product launches this quarter including powerful file-sharing technology Liferay Sync and the latest version of the company's flagship product, Liferay Portal 6.1 EE.
For more information about the Liferay Portal and Liferay's community activities, visit www.liferay.com.
Liferay makes software that helps companies create digital experiences on web, mobile and connected devices. Our platform is open source, which makes it more reliable, innovative and secure. We try to leave a positive mark on the world through business and technology. Thousands of organizations in financial services, healthcare, government, insurance, retail, manufacturing and multiple other industries use Liferay. Visit us at www.liferay.com.