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Content Management System (CMS)

The English abbreviation «CMS» has become established in German-speaking countries. Such software is also used by online publishers, which is why it is also called an editorial system.

Its main feature is the separation of content, data structure and design (layout) as well as the possibility of access control (user administration).

Internet presences created with CMS have a clear menu structure and are therefore usually easy to use.

User-friendly CMS

Behind the scenes, things look very different. The backend, i.e. the user interface for the administrator/webmaster/editor, is user-friendly only with a few CMS.

The prerequisite is generally a web hosting offer with PHP. Most CMS require a MySQL database. Some time ago I tested all free testable CMS without database and my conclusion is: there are only a few unrestrictedly recommendable CMS which do not need a database. I will describe one of them right away …

All systems mentioned here are suitable for websites with hundreds of pages!

CMSimple_XH

is based on an Open Source PHP Flat-File CMS, which the Dane Peter Harteg has published on 10.04.2003 named CMSimple 1.0.
It was very small - only 20 kB and hasn´t needed a database. Peter Harteg put his software under GPL3 on 01.01.2010, freeing it, as well as CMSimple_XH, from any link requirement. 2009 some users began working on a follow-up version while keeping the compatibility with the original program as far as possible. In agreement with Peter Harteg it was called CMSimple_XH (X for XHTML- and H for HTML-compliance). CMSimple_XH 1.0 was published in December 2009. The current version 1.72 was released on 21.12.2017.
CMSimple_XH needs no database like its predecessor and saves the content of your website in one text file. If anything is changed, CMSimple_XH files it with timestamp after your logout. Restore of saved content is similary easy. CMSimple_XH only requires PHP version 5.3 or higher. It also works well with PHP version 7.2.7. The administrative burden is very low. A user administration can be retrofitted with a plug-in. There is a large selection of responsive design templates. Highly recommended!

WebsiteBaker

was published in 2004 by Ryan Djurovich.
We have him to thank for this unbeatably easy-to-use editorial system. In 2008, Ryan left the development team to further develop and commercially market his work under a new name. Unfortunately, the remaining development team fell out and development came to a standstill. In the meantime almost all developers have left the team.
But some of them have developed Ryan's ingenious editorial system further:

WBCE CMS – Way Better Content Editing

is a further development initiated from one web developer who needs WebsiteBaker urgently for his business and could not wait until the every last of the original team will continue the development. So he has begun his own fork and some WebsiteBaker friends and fans of the original version are working with him. This software is very easy to install and has a very nice user interface! Highly recommended!

Tips for CMS Beginners

PHP is already included in the smallest hosting offers

Since 2013, the PHP, which is absolutely necessary for CMS operation, is already included in the smallest hosting offers of the large web hosters for 3–4 EUR. For demanding CMS projects I would not like to recommend low-performance cheap offers.

Your homepage – impressive?

Invest in it …

For a commercial web presence the budget should not be too tight!

light bulb as icon for a hintA good homepage is advertising, but a bad one is business damaging!

Don't rush things, start small

If only a small CMS is needed and computer skills or time is very limited, you can start small with an instant homepage of the big webhosters.

Light bulb as icon for a hintOr get help from professionals.

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