Free Flat-File CMSs Reviewed, Part 3
Friday, September 19, 2008 10:45:34 AM
Phew! This has become quite an investigation!
TinyCMS is really small and really simple. It uses the OpenWYSIWYG editor. There is no gallery support. Most importantly, I was unable to enter the admin page - "You are not allowed to access the admin panel". There were several similar reports on the support forum. The workaround seemed to be to fiddle with the cookie settings in the script. I could see the script was correctly setting the login cookie in the browser, but for reasons unknown nothing would work. If it worked, I suspect it might be suitable for my simple customer sites, but as it doesn't...
The next CMS, phpCMS, I had tried out ages ago while I was looking for a simple CMS for my customer sites (and settled on CMSimple). It had been a while, so I installed it again. FCKeditor support is available as an option, as is a gallery (instructions are given for integrating SPGM). phpCMS operates at a rather low level. It handles static content, but there is no set structure. This makes for an extremely flexible system, but it's also a very steep learning curve.
Those are all the flat-file CMSs I've run into so far. During my search I also considered wikis.
The WikiMatrix Wizard allows for a wide selection of wikis to be analyzed. Comparison of flat-file wikis written in PHP. Of those, DokuWiki looks the most promising, followed by PmWiki. DokuWiki has plugins for page comments, photo galleries, and for blogging. However, I'm not so sure about using a wiki for a web site. Some further research will be required.