I thought I'd start with the Concrete5 CMS. Not as famous as other platforms (wordpress, drupal, joomla etc.) but a great base to build your web sites.
Concrete5 is now open source but was originally built in 2003 for AdCouncil (an American non-profit organisation that distributes public service adverts on behalf of various sponsors including the US government).
Unlike many other CMS platforms Concrete5 didn't start out as a blogging tool - this makes it great for building non-blog style websites (but you can add blog functionality using a free blog add-on).
Some of the benefits of Concrete5:
- It's free
- You can rebrand and resell
- It's easy to take HTML/CSS designs and then add the CMS functionality
- There's a marketplace of Add-ons (blogs, widgets, ecommerce)
If you like the idea of this Content Management System then check out:
www.concrete5.org for more info and free downloads
Concrete5 Marketplace for an idea of the add-ons available (some are free - others cost $)
What I like about this CMS is that it starts from the design/layout where I'm in control rather than trying to pimp the default layout or theme using yet another set of code snippets that I will have to decipher.
Have you used Concrete5?
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