There is a good reason for my posting this in the PHP board here, and I'll get to that shortly.
Are any of you familiar with this CMS, cmsfromscratch
I really like this CMS, it has some fantastic features that I have yet to see in any other CMS/CMF.
The way that you just design your site using HTML/CSS normally and then just break it up into includes and use it to define templates is extremely easy to work with. You don't end up feeling limited by the CMS at all. Sure other CMSs can be customized and extended to accommodate any design but generally not without extensive technical knowledge or learning new template systems.
Also the 'Set Includes' are a really great feature, worth looking into even if you have little interest in the CMS - if only for inspiration and insight into a really powerful and yet elegantly simple solution which can be put to a very broad range of uses.
So to the point(s):
I should mention that this CMS still has a number of bugs and issues which plague it. A quick skimming over their forums may scare many away. But so far in actual practice I have not run into any serious problems that I couldn't solve while using this CMS.
First - I am surprised that there seems to be nothing else like this anywhere. I have spent days searching for an alternative that offers similar functionality but I have yet to see anything that is even remotely similar. There are so many CMS/CMFs out there though that I could just be missing something really great. If any of you know of an alternative CMS that offers similar functionality and ease of use (preferably open source) than please offer your suggestions.
Second - I am disappointed that this great CMS has been floundering for several years now. No real development is being done on it in any sort of cohesive manner. People have fixed many of the bugs in the current (now ancient) releases but those fixes must be dug out of the forums and implemented oneself. So I am hoping to get some of you PHP people interested in this CMS (the very small community is mostly designers with limited code expertise).
Finaly, I believe the terms of the open source license would allow someone to take the existing code base and branch off to create a new CMS. It is unlikely that the original creators will ever get around to iron out the remaining issues with the CMS but they would love to see the project move forward - even if that meant moving forward under a new name.
And lastly, maybe some of you would have a look at this CMS and the way it works. How their templates, includes, page includes, directory based includes, and set templates actually work and the way set templates can be used to create menus, product lists, galleries and all sorts of other stuff from existing HTML code. And the way all of it works easily right out of the box even for people who have only knowledge of basic HTML/CSS. Why? Because even if this project never moves forward and no branch ever materializes - maybe some of you will be inspired to make something even better! Currently I've yet to find anything else even remotely like it and for designers who work with HTML and CSS this system is pure brilliance. It is a CMS that bends to the designers will - not the other way arround!
To sum up:
1) Any recommendations for a similar CMS/CMF?
2) Anyone want to help develop this CMS?
3) Anyone want to make a new branch from this CMS?
4) Anyone want to be inspired to make something better?