First off thanks for all the comments, emails and donations towards Top 10 Best Flat File Content Management Systems which was posted in 2009. I received a lot of emails too from script authors who wanted their scripts on my site and people who just suggested other flat file content management scripts. Thanks for all your support and interest in the post, didn't know that many people were as interested in flat file CMSes and I am. I compiled the ultimate collection of almost all Flat File Content Management Systems just for you... Enjoy.
A plugin system using the concept of observable classes.A lightweight corhttp://www.lotuscms.orge, around which everything else is plugged into.
Multiple Users and user roles. WYSIWYG content editor. A Blogging System.Improved general usability and design.
An advanced speed caching system for standard pages, with up to a 3 times average speed increase for server-side processing.
SEO settings (Search Engine Optimisation), if your installed template supports it. A back-up system.
Lemon CMS is a simple to use web based content management system that allows you easily, quickly and dynamically update the content on your website. The CMS uses a file based system making it simple to port into any website.
Macs CMS is a Flat File ( XML and SQLite ) based AJAX Content Management System. It focuses mainly on the Edit In Place editing concept. It comes with a built in blog with moderation support, user manager section, roles manager section, SEO / SEF URL
WonderCMS is a small flat file CMS (does not require a database). Editing content is easy - clicking anywhere in your admin panel will enable you to edit any content you see.
AdaptCMS is brought to you by Insane Visions, with the 2.x versions being the first big step in the new generation of software being released by Insane Visions.
AdaptCMS is a long-term development of an idea that started as a gaming CMS where you can easily control your website (OneCMS), to being useable on any content website.
The AdaptCMS system has always strived to provide that along with great support, continued updates and just a great CMS altogether. With the 1.x expiring soon, the 2.x series will pickup as a free-only script (GPL) being completely re-written, brand new design and more possibilities.
feindura is lightweight flat file based content management system for small and medium websites. It's main target is to provide a easy to integrate content management system for webdesigners who want to focus on their design rather than the backend.
S40 CMS is FREE Content Management System
S40 CMS 0.4 beta is lightwieght flat file CMS written on PHP, suitable for small and medium sites.
S40 is open-source MIT-license CMS developed by AWEN art studio Ltd.
S40 is fast and easy to customize system with build-in installer.
Cute news is a powerful and easy-to-use news management system that uses flat files to store its database. It supports commenting, archives, search function, file upload management, backup & restore, IP banning, flood protection...
gpEasy is a complete content management system that lets users create rich and flexible Web sites with a simple and easy-to-use interface. The embedded design of the admin interface allows users to instantly see changes in a single browser window.
Peardrop CMS is a content management system which allows you to create and manage a website easily though any compatible web browser without the need for FTP Uploading or the use of web creation suites.
The project aims to be simple to use, compact and fast. It is written in PHP and runs on Linux/Apache servers, or on Win32 with Apache and is licensed under the terms of the GPL.
demo : Try Demo
latest release : 06/07/2012
latest version : v. 0.2.3
download : download link
Very small : the complete content management system is less than 100kb, PHP core is less 23 ko
Very simple, really simple to install and really easy to manage it. Nanomus store all datas in secure PHP files, no database is required. With Nanomus you have a real small dynamic website. Really fast: with nanomus your website is really light and fast ! CMS SEO compliant
Symphony is a web-based content management system (CMS) that enables users to create and manage websites and web applications of all shapes and sizes—from the simplest of blogs to bustling news sites and feature-packed social networks. With Symphony, you can build just about anything, and that's what sets it apart from most other CMSs.
phpSQLiteCMS is good if you want to quickly set up a small website without needing to spend a lot of time studying, installing and configuring (as SQLite is file-based, it just runs "out of the box"). But note that it is no large scale content management system - it's a tiny and simple one!
Stacey is a lightweight content management system.
No database setup or installation files, simply drop the application on a server and it runs. Your content is managed by creating folders and editing text files. No login screens, no admin interface.
Take any HTML/CSS template and make it CMS enabled in minutes. Just drop in a few special XHTML tags into your code and watch your static web pages come to life!
Flat file cms for personal web projects. WYSIWYG editor, Flat File DB, dynamic menus. No HTML PHP knowledgement are necessary for Standard Users. One-click installation/update. Safe Update. Compatible with Picoflatcms.
If you need a system for either deploying a personal website with half a dozen pages or for quickly deploying a client site, LightNEasy is the simplest and most intuitive solution you will find.
LightNEasy uses an incredibly simple template system: take a normal HTML page, replace the content with a few markers, rename the page to template.php, and you're done!
After watching Joomla, WordPress, and Drupal grow, I noticed that while these platforms offer many features, their often staggering download sizes are too heavy for many bloggers. For that reason, I coded Blagger, a flat-file blogging platform. This is a simple program that runs on your desktop, uploading blog posts to a well-formatted file (Markdown or Textile will be implemented). I also coded in Google-Calendar syncing, a feature that has not yet been implemented in WordPress plugins, Drupal modules, or Joomla extensions!... -from author!
demo : N/A
latest release : 00/00/0000
latest version : v. 0.1
download : download link
Yes, it's a blogging tool - and a pretty brilliant one if you ask us - but PivotX is also a great tool to maintain more complex websites as well. Its powerful core and flexible template system make it easy for developers to adjust and extend. No matter if you want an easy-to-use, robust blogging tool or are looking to push things to the max - PivotX offers the best of both worlds
It's tiny, powered by 16 php files (that's micro-featherweight). Create web pages in just one click, including add to menu, title tag, text banner, and page heading. Add new pages and images in seconds, from anywhere online. Database not required.
Use Rumba as CMS, blog, site of news or personal page. The Rumba Netware Team focuses on building a solid application framework rather than on add-ons that are typically found in many portal solutions. This keeps the Rumba core extremely lightweight and efficient, thus making it easier for anybody to extend Rumba through custom third party component and modules that directly serve their needs.
PluXml est un script pour creer un site ou un blog, nul besoin de connaissance en programmation ni besoin d'une base de donnnees sur son hebergement, un environnment php5 classigue lui suffit. PluXml se veut leger et facile d'utilisation grqace a une interface d'administration simple at le stockage de vos ecrits dans des fichiers Xml facilement transportables.
PmWiki is a wiki-based system for collaborative creation and maintenance of websites.
PmWiki pages look and act like normal web pages, except they have an "Edit" link that makes it easy to modify existing pages and add new pages into the website, using basic editing rules. You do not need to know or use any HTML or CSS. Page editing can be left open to the public or restricted to small groups of authors.
Mog*CMS is built around a complete server-based administration system that takes the strain out of creating and managing multi-lingual sites. It is designed to serve moderate web traffic and, as such, it is ideal for individuals, organizations, charities, and small business. When used correctly, it generates clean, standards-based code by encouraging the practise of separating content, structure/display and behavior.
SAPID is a tool for site creation and management. SAPID is distinguished through the comfortable Ajax-based site structure management interface and high flexibility of design, content and functionality integration. SAPID does not need DB (file-flat CMS). SAPID is inline CMS.
A cross-platform, file-based weblog/mini-CMS. Aims to be feature-rich but still easy to use and low on requirements. Includes plugin and theme support, along with lots of other handy features.
ShedCMS is an ultra-simplistic, text-file driven CMS designed to put up a quick website or a demo site or a landing page.
Its really simple to use, there isn't really any configuration, and all you really need is PHP support
Otherwise, everything is driven by text files.
log1 CMS is no data base content managment system written in PHP, very simple to install and use. Allows to create one level menu web page in 5 simple steps. + drag and drop feature, TinyMCE WYSWIG editor, RSS2 feed, search engine.
Easy Coursework Manager
Easily upload, download and delete your coursework from a simplistic php flat file CMS. It's secure, easy and smart! Did we forget to say it's open source and was also developed by a 16 year-old? Follow the developer on Twitter @PatrickSocha
Personal note: Having looked through this code I find it to be messy, however if it can help anyone, then why not.
CMME means "Content Management Made Easy". It is a web content management system that is easy to use, doesn't have a lot of requirements and allows for reasonable flexibility.
Simple content management system on flat files. Allows you to easily maintain your own site(s) on your own server.
Simple No Database PHP Content Management Systems For Mac Os X Project By Origami-iATKOS Team(Asia-America) the osx86 custom p.c software company
un programma CMS che consente di creare e aggiornare in modo semplice un sito internet.
FlatNuke is a CMS (Content Management System) that makes no use of a DBMS but is instead based exclusively on plain text files (hence the name).
LCS stands for Lightweight Content System.
It is a very simple content system designed for PHP developpers
SQLite is a lightweight, fast, public domain, easily integrable, multiplatform database system.
It's used by many of the greatest open source projects; just to name one... Mozilla Foundation on Firefox & Thunderbird.
Mapix is a CMS/framework designed to develop websites entirely (as far as possible) with the XML/XSL/XSD technology. The objective of Mapix is to become a complete gateway between the HTTP server and XML services.
easy-CMS is a free Open Source content management system based on PHP. Its main purpose is to offer a user-friendly interface for easy content modifications while allowing web developpers to keep a clear distinction between content and presentation.
easy-CMS has great potential because of its platform architecture that allows unlimited and easy addition of new features (fully object oriented development).
XsltCMS.org is a simple, easy to use PHP CMS based on XML and XSL transformations. It is light and permit manipulations of user policies and rights, any documents and images, backups and various languages.
JAF CMS - ...just another flat file CMS is a personal home-page oriented CMSs engine without database needed for small private sites. its easy to install, to use, easy to expand to suit your personal home page. It includes page editor, and page creator.
FlatPress is a new blog engine. Written from scratch, it features same plugin interface as WordPress and plain compatibility with SimplePHPBlog stored entries. Plus, a template based theming engine, and full conformance to web standards and usability
CMSQLite supports natively mulit languages.
The standard installation supports German and English. All sites and menue items can be translated inside the CMS.
An implemented language detection shows your visitors the content in the specific language.
GetSimple is an XML based, stand-a-alone, fully independant and lite Content Management System. To go along with its best-in-class user interface, we have loaded it with features that every website needs, but with nothing it doesn't. GetSimple is truly the simplest way to manage a small-business website.
Nuggetz facilitates simple content management for websites that either don't have database resources or, a full CMS system is overkill for the level of content management required
Sections of webpages can be made editable using Nuggetz, it integrates easilly with any website design, and is very straightforward to use.
RuubikCMS is an open source website content management tool which is designed to be user-friendly for both the end-user and the webmaster.
TinyCMS uses AJAX page loading to add a little more style to your website. TinyCMS also includes a simple administration panel to manage pages and settings easily. You can create, modify and rename pages from the admin panel, and modify the settings file directly.
Sky Blue Canvas
An easy-to-use Web Content Management System, that makes it simple to keep the content of your site fresh. You simply upload the software to your web server, and you are ready to start adding text and pictures to your web site.
Cushy CMS is an excellent option. With Cushy CMS you can easily give clients the access and ability to change content of a specific number of pages without everything else that they won’t need.
CMS from Scratch
CMS from Scratch is a quick, easy, and affordable FREE solution that lets web designers give their customers a web site they can edit themselves.
Zimplit is the easiest CMS (Content Management System) ever made.
Zimplit is extremely lightweight, simple and customizable. It's easy to install, and easy to use via a simple web interface. Zimplit consists of only one core engine file. And of course – it’s FREE.