Our goal is to build up the plugins to be on par with other CMS’s, but ContentBox is fairly new and the early adopters have simply been writing the plugins they need as they run across them and then (hopefully) submitting them to ForgeBox so the community can benefit.
As far as features, we do support blogging features, but haven’t done any work in the way of news feeds that I’m aware of. That does sound like a fun module for someone to create though.
We have security as far as what a user can access in the admin, but I think the only security we have for the front-end of your site is the ability to secure a single page with a one-time password.
ColdBox Platform Evangelist
Ortus Solutions, Corp