Dries Buytaert

Mollom and SilverStripe

I'm excited to announce that SilverStripe Limited, the commercial firm responsible for the open source SilverStripe CMS, have become Mollom's second formal software partner.

In February, we announced our software partner program, explaining that our goal was finding high-quality companies able to deliver a seamless, trouble-free Mollom experience within the leading CMS products.

We have been working with Sigurd Magnusson and others at SilverStripe Limited to meet technical and commercial requirements of being a partner, and have been pleased at how easy this has been. SilverStripe's CMS also looks to have a bright future: while young, it now has over 150,000 downloads to date, a great user interface and underlying architecture, and last year won Packtpub's most promising open source CMS award. Therefore, our partnership with SilverStripe certainly meets our goals, and we're happy to have them on board to help the Mollom ecosystem grow.

This announcement coincides with the recent release of SilverStripe 2.3.1, and for an obvious reason: Mollom is now available as an official vendor-supported module for SilverStripe. The Mollom implementation in the new version protects page and blog comments, forum module user registrations, forum posts, custom forms created within the CMS user interface, and (optionally) custom PHP forms using a special field type. These features are detailed at SilverStripe's announcement blog post, which contains this 3 minute screencast:

SilverStripe's Mollom module page and Mollom installation instructions provide further information and screenshots. You can also easily try it out at the official SilverStripe demo website, which has Mollom activated on the blog comment and forum registration pages.

SilverStripe's Mollom code was originally contributed late last year by Dieter Orens, an experienced programmer within SilverStripe's open source developer community. Initially only supporting Mollom's CAPTCHA feature, Dieter's code was significantly extended by the core SilverStripe team to meet quality and feature requirements we requested. Underscoring the need for a spam filter, Sigurd mentions that their SilverStripe.com and SilverStripe.org websites received together over 400,000 website spam attempts in the last month. Only about one in 10,000 spam attempts get through, though, making the moderation process feasible and efficient to control. Needless to say, SilverStripe understands the value of Mollom.

Product partnerships like this are one way we give you time to focus on your site, rather than fighting spam. Our other partners are listed on the Mollom partners page, and a complete list of available plugins is available on the Download page. Other projects or vendors interested in offering Mollom to their users through our Software Partner program should contact us.

— Dries Buytaert

Dries Buytaert is an Open Source advocate and technology executive. More than 10,000 people are subscribed to his blog. Sign up to have new posts emailed to you or subscribe using RSS.