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    A CMS built around being simple for new users

    A few months ago I decided to set myself a little challenge. The challenge was to build a system that would take a simple HTML/CSS template and allow it to be used as the theme for a website, with no knowledge of PHP from the user.
    I've been adding bits to the project over time to try and improve my skills in some areas. Although I may not do things the best way first time, I feel this is ok since I did start the project with the objective of learning new skills.
    However, I feel it would be a good idea to get other peoples views and opinions, and maybe even contributions.
    The system has formed into a CMS now, with an addon system ("snippets"), page creation/editing and a few more features down the line. I aim for the system to be a good starting block for someone looking to learn web development from the start up, as they can start with a HTML/CSS theme, then make a simple snippet, then a more complex one etc.
    I'm still trying to figure out if this is a good idea, so if you have any feedback on the concept, please tell me. I don't expect this to be the next Wordpress, but if it's a stupid idea then I might as well work on a better project.
    I've been pushing the code to GitHub to try and learn a little about Git, too. If you're interested in contributing, or having a look at the code (it's a little messy right now, I'm mainly working on cleaning up code at the moment), then I will provide a link to the GitHub page.
    Thank you for your time,
    Joseph Duffy
    Last edited by JosephDuffy; 11-17-2012 at 01:35 PM.

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    As long as it is easily customizable, has great features and secure...many CMS' fail because of security issues.

    Also for it to become widely used, it has to be extensibly marketed due to the wide proliferation of CMS' like Wordpress, Drupal. What will your CMS bring to the market? More features than Wordpress? Better security? Will it serve a niche market? ...

    But if it's just for learning purposes, a CMS is a great starting place.


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