CMS Made Simple

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CMS Made Simple
Developer(s) Ted Kulp (Project Leader)
Stable release 1.6.6 / October 3, 2009; 137907136 ago
Written in PHP
Operating system Cross-platform
Type Content management system, Community
License GNU General Public License

CMS Made Simple (CMSMS) is a free open source (GPL) content management system (CMS) to provide developers, programmers and site owners a web-based development and administration area.


Software Design

CMS Made Simple is an open source package, built using PHP with support for MySQL and PostgreSQL. The template system is driven using the Smarty Template Engine. CMS Made Simple aims to provide easy development and customization with themes, add-on modules, dynamic menus, tags and translations.


CMS Made Simple has a web-based admin section for theme, template, and stylesheet development, installing and updating add-on modules, configuring page content blocks, and user groups and permissions.

Modules and Themes


CMS Made Simple itself is designed as a base package that does not impose unnecessary modules and functionality on the user. It requires that site owners add modules and tags appropriate to the site. A small number of core modules are included with the default installation, notably a news manager, search function, and WYSIWYG editor (TinyMCE).

Popular add-on modules

  • Galleries
  • Guestbook
  • Form Builder
  • Captcha
  • Company and User Directories
  • e-Commerce / shops
  • Calendars
  • Blogs
  • RSS
  • Numerous additional modules are available via the module repository or Module Manager


Create: The internal template and stylesheet system allows for painless Theme creation. (Video Illustrating the Process) Download: Downloadable themes are currently available in a themes repository.

Software Requirements

  • Web server with PHP 4.3.x to PHP 5.2.x (NOT PHP 5.3) (Linux/Unix, Windows 2000/XP/ME/2003, OS X)
    • CMS Made Simple does not officially support PHP safe mode
    • Minimum 16MiB of available memory for PHP
    • PHP tokenizer support enabled
    • ImageMagick or GD enabled
  • MySQL 4.1+ or PostgreSQL 7 +
  • Access to your server to upload files and change some permissions


Support for CMS Made Simple includes the content installed by default, built-in help, online docs, commercial/paid support, and a community.

CMS Made Simple holds an annual meeting for its enthusiasts known as The Geek Moot where how-to seminars and Q&A discussions are held.[1]






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