I recently had the opportunity to beta test an early version of CMS from scratch – a new simple and easy to use content management system developed by Ben Hunt – web designer and creator of Web Design from Scratch.
One of the most frustrating aspects of content management systems that I have tried in the past is the actual integration of the systems into an existing website, it’s rarely straightforward and tends to involve a certain amount of programming knowledge combined with lots of trial and error. This is where CMS from scratch impresses – it really is simple to implement it into existing HTML pages. Sections of a page can be converted to ‘includes’ and these can be edited without having to mess with the page structure. These ‘includes’ can be anything from the meta description in the head section of a page to a paragraph of formatted text.
As a designer you have complete control over which sections of a site are client editable, this ensures a client can’t mess with the structure of their site and also cuts out all the unnecessary clutter – they only see the bits relevant to them, which in turn provides a much cleaner and easier to use interface.
CMS from scratch isn’t open source, it costs £100 for a single license, when you consider what you get for your money I personally think it’s worth the investment -
CMS from scratch can be tried free of charge for 14 days, to see the system in action take a look at this demonstration video.