What is eZ Publish?
eZ Publish is an Enterprise Open-Source Content Management System/Framework (CMS/F) at its core. It is highly extendable so with extensions it provides "WCMS" capabilities. Its default Enterprise offering as of version 5, "eZ Publish Platform", is extended to provide full set of Customer Experience Management (CXM) capabilities.
What is eZ Publish 5.x?
Version 5 represents a big step forward for eZ Publish, as it introduces a whole new architecture and embraces the full Symfony2 stack and community around it. As is often the case with architecture, most of it is under the hood in 5.x releases, and there is no new User Interfaces (UI) yet running on the new kernel; however with our "Dual-kernel" approach all existing UI's are still here running on legacy kernel, and same goes for all extensions and solutions made for eZ Publish 4.x.
When 5.x is considered "feature complete" enough to be able to stand on its own both in terms of kernel and user interfaces, then it will become "6.x" (working title) and will ship without legacy stack (kernel & extensions).
From high level 5.x is:
- “Ready for the future, data compatible with the past”: Content Repository accessible via Public API & REST API v2 (full read & write support)
- “Full Symfony2 access”: Symfony2 Full-stack as the framework, extended with eZ Publish features
- DemoBundle front-end on top of eZ's Symfony2 stack (read only)
- “Dual kernel: Full code and data backwards compatibility”: 5.x stack is not fully functional on its own, it's combined with 4.x ("legacy stack") in a "Dual-kernel" setup (see developer section for more) to be able to provide all features you would expect, this is fully exposed to website developers who want/need to take advantage of legacy stack, 5.x stack or both.
For more information on the status eZ Publish 5.x, known issues, change logs and architecture updates, see the latest release notes.