PencilBlue v0.3.0 Released

RALEIGH, N.C. -- PencilBlue has released the latest version of its Node.js online publishing and content management software, bringing with it a long list of new features and improvements. Version 0.3.0 is the first major version upgrade since PencilBlue’s initial, open source release in June of this year. Along with multiple feature requests and fixes, this update brings a complete redesign of the platforms administration interface with AngularJS, Google’s popular HTML5 framework, making the entire management of PencilBlue API based.

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“Taking the feedback we received from our first adopters, we redesigned the management of PencilBlue websites to be even easier and more versatile,” said PencilBlue cofounder and CEO, Blake Callens. “Though we’ve only been open source for less than six months, PencilBlue has already been used on several, top-tier commercial websites. The feedback we’ve received from those developers and users, as well as our partners in the hosting community, have been integral in the great strides we have made with this release.”

The 0.3.0 update also brings improvements to Custom Objects, PencilBlue’s relational data management tool, that allows users to easily create data points that can be turned into dynamically generated pages, adding Boolean (true/false) and WYSIWYG components.

Also added are a bevy of backend improvements for cloud hosting of the platform. Website configurations can now be dynamically generated, based on the environment, and plugins will now automatically manage their dependencies in scaling cloud servers. Distributed media support has also been added through MongoDB, removing the need for a third party media provider when using elastic services.

“This release solidifies PencilBlue's position as the CMS of choice for those looking to run in the cloud,” said PencilBlue cofounder and CTO, Brian Hyder.

You can download the 0.3.0 update from the PencilBlue website (

PencilBlue was founded in 2014 and is headquartered in Raleigh, NC by software engineers Blake Callens and Brian Hyder.