Content Management System (CMS)
In the German-speaking world the term "CMS" is been adopted into the language. To administrate journalistic content, especially newspapers, magazines and web pages. Primary feature is the separation of content, data structure and layout and also the possibility of access control (user management).
A website professional built with a CMS offers a neat menu arrangement and therefore it is easy to use for website visitors.
For the administrator the situation is not so simple. Few CMS have an user-friendly interface for the administrator at the backend.
System requirement is a web hosting offering with PHP version 5.6 or higher. Unfortunately, most CMSs require a MySQL database.
All CMS mentioned below are applicable for very big web sites. Please have a look at the following systems.
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 recent version 1.6.7 was published at the 30.06.2015. 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. Users who miss an user administration can install a plugin. There is a big offering of templates also with responsive design. Highly recommended!
is unbeatable easy to use. Because of wrangling in the developer team the developing has stopped.
Some developers are gone and have further developed the ingenious WebsiteBaker with a new or modified name ...
Since November 2010 one of these further developed CMS is LEPTON. Whose developers are also wrangling. Originated of further wrangling more developers leave the team and some of them give it up completely.
Result of Struggling between the Developers were two other Forks
is further development of LEPTON and not bad at all.
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!
PHP is often included already in the smallest services offered
Since 2013 PHP - necessary for every CMS - is included in the smallest web hosting offerings about three to four EUR. For ambitious website projects I cannot recommend those cheap offerings (better invest ten to twenty EUR every month to have fun with non-profit websites like senseful-online.info and success even with revenue for business websites).
For a commercial website do not set your budget too low because the visitors (customers) will note that cause of long page loading times, slow answering times of your website or (worst case) not reachable servers.
If you want a small CMS solution and your computer knowledge or budget is very limited you can start with an instant homepage from one of the big internet service providers. Such offerings have a guided tour and assisted user interface where you can make a website menu structure easy with some mouse clicks and then fill the added pages with your text.