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Simple CMS for customers.

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Slavik, May 28, 2012.

  1. Slavik

    Slavik XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Many of my customers are local businesses with simple websites and no need for fully fledged CMS systems. Nor do I want to spend the time integrating full CMS systems with these bread and butter HTML websites.

    However, in recent weeks, many of them want to have the ability to update text on their site as they have seen the 1+1 easy website advert.

    Anyways, as such i've been looking for simple solutions to give them these options. I seem to have narrowed it down to these... Just wondering if anyone has had any experience with them first hand?

    Nuggetz - http://www.nuggetz.co.uk/
    Pros: Very intuative see it and edit it sytle of system, free
    Cons: Some options not entirely apparent or easy to see.

    Perch - http://grabaperch.com/
    Pro's - Simple to use, good admin, addons, custom brandable
    Con's - Small fee to buy per site.

    Pluse CMS - http://pulsecms.com/
    Pro's - Solid admin, simple yet good feature set
    Con's - Not overly user-friendly admin, small purchase fee

    Couch CMS - http://www.couchcms.com/
    Pro's - Designed to be retro-fitted to old sites, good feature set, nice admin, rebrandable
    Con's - Purchase fee

    GetSimple CMS - http://get-simple.info/
    Pro's - Great admin, lots of support, easy to understand
    Con's - Sites would have to be re-coded rather than retro-fitted.

    Just wondering if anyone knows any others I could look at, or if they've used any of the above and can reccomend them?


  2. euantor

    euantor Well-Known Member

    Have you looked at PyroCMS (http://www.pyrocms.com/) at all? It's my current favourite CMS for any new projects I start.
  3. Slavik

    Slavik XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Their website alone is enough to make me say forget it! However, if its a solid system I cant ignore it.

    From your experience, how easily could I retro-fit it to existing html sites and whats the management of content like?
  4. Lost

    Lost Well-Known Member

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  5. euantor

    euantor Well-Known Member

    It's not too hard to retro-fit it, though it may be a PITA for complex layouts due to it using the MVC structure. The content management is good though. It's supremely easy to use for just about anybody and offers a great deal of control.
  6. Slavik

    Slavik XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Had a go with CMS made simple... don't think I would use it enough.

    How is C5 these days? I thought about it but IIRC it was an absolute resource hog...
  7. OSS 117

    OSS 117 Well-Known Member

    Joomla/Drupal? I personally prefer EE - thought that comes at a premium.
  8. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    Simple = Wordpress.
    Might be able to update it from their iphones.
    (Wordpress for iphones).
  9. Panupat

    Panupat Well-Known Member

    My newest discovery is Impress Page. Haven't tried it out tho. From the presentation, it looks very similar to that . . . drag and drop online cms I can't seem to recall the name.
  10. Gabby

    Gabby Well-Known Member

    Pablo software has got to be the best with the most features, CMS and great photo editing. Def worth demo-ing. I have at least 117 add ons already. Able to merge and split pic projects and then save as total image. This software is better than dreamweaver, MUCH easier to use and only $44 bucks. It is a WYSIWYG but you can import HTML and all the rest of that jargon I know little about. LOL

    Very easy to use, great interface, good forum. Easy cms for customers.

    Massive list of extension here. http://www.wysiwygwebbuilder.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=42&t=21051
  11. Adam Howard

    Adam Howard Well-Known Member

    Word Press

    I've seen whole web site use it and you'd never know it was Word Press. Local news here uses it for their site


    That's all Word Press, even with live streaming video and radar.

    Word Press is free, open source, and very customizable.
  12. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    Xenforo CMS should attempt to compete in this area. Xenforo CMS should be able to function *WITHOUT* the Xenforo forum. Or that the forum can be all but entirely disabled. As Slavik suggests, there is a need for a simple CMS that small businesses can update themselves.
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  13. Lost

    Lost Well-Known Member

    I don't know to be honest. It's been a while since I used it.
  14. Slavik

    Slavik XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Joomla, drupal and wordpress don't match my requirements. Plus, the last time I looked at Joomla the code was a mess, drupal was hardly "user friendly" and wordpress would require too much time to convert, and I offer wordpress services as one of my packages, so I wouldn't be using it for "simple" anyway.

    Will have a look
  15. Gabby

    Gabby Well-Known Member

    Slavik.. With Pablo's software, almost all of the extensions are free or already included in purchase. Plus adding or upgrading extensions is done through builder. It really is amazing software.
  16. Paul

    Paul Well-Known Member

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  17. Gabby

    Gabby Well-Known Member

    Yeah when that happens, talk about perfect match between the two software companies!! Would be great if they talked to each other. Would blow the hell out of any webbuilder or forum software. I couldn't imagine a more lucrative partership. :)
  18. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    If you get lucky some of these smaller CMSes will be around in a few years.
    Wordpress has many advantages due to it's size.
    It isn't "simple" but it's a great companion for Xenforo .... and the Wordpress Xenforo bridge is great.
  19. craigiri

    craigiri Well-Known Member

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  20. Slavik

    Slavik XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Very proffessional looking.


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