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Posted By: shini on March 9 2013 04:36 pm
The CMS Made Simple ppl realy care about security ^^
They removed a Security Breach in just 3 month ...

And I realy love the 404 Pages, nice style:
Very professional ;-)
Posted By: leon on February 5 2013 04:32 am
nice cms.
Posted By: Simon on February 3 2013 10:22 pm
The demo of CMS Made Simple front end does not work.
Posted By: Mark on November 23 2012 04:52 pm
Its probably not a good idea to take the name of this CMS at face value. I have been using it for nearly 7 years, and it is ANYTHING but simple. If all goes well during setup, you will be fine - but dont expect much in the way of an easy template system. Written in Smarty, even if you know some simple PHP, as I do, you wont get anywhere.

This is NOT a website platform for people who dont want to deal with frequent upgrades, which is not automated like it is with WordPress; it doesnt have the support that the behemoth WP does, and some of the developers can be snobbish. Ask a question without the information they want, and you may suffer their ire with threats of deletion.

Basically, unless your somewhat techy, you will not be happy with this platform, as it is very rigid unless you know Smarty, and beware of modules, which can stop your entire site from working, which happened to me and I ended up having to pay a developer to fix it.

There are so many other problems I have had with this CMS over the years, that time doesnt permit me to elaborate. Down time because of this or that module not working is the biggest issue, the inability to add simple things such as social signal buttons without coding will drive you nuts.

My suggestion, if you are not "Smarty ready" yourself, stay away. WP works better, faster, and has fewer problems. The common complaint that WP is a blogging platform only, doesnt hold water anymore. You can add pages, and are no longer required to utilize it as a blog, there are amazing tools that are simple to work with and sooo much more. I develop many site and I assure, you this. You want a system that is easy to get up and running quickly, has many options (that dont need modifying) and looks slick.

If that's what you are looking for - CMS Made simple isn't it.
Posted By: Connectionary on October 12 2012 07:15 pm
Great CMS, but documentation is very poorly done--both for the CMS itself and for modules. It's self-defeating really, because if more people had access to good documentation a lot more folks would be using this wonderful CMS. It really is quite capable and friendly!

It is, at its heart, what its name implies. It's simple in basic content management. Doing advanced things often requires some tinkering because you can't find documentation or get help. Still, it is great for those who like to code their own sites and prefer a simple way to integrate snippets of custom code into their sites.

Despite its shortcomings, I'm getting ready to launch one site (possibly more, we'll see) with it as soon as I can get the CGBlog module doing what I need it to do. The lack of URL integration with site navigation menu functions for static pages (by the CGBlog module) and breadcrumbs means I've got to do a lot more digging in code than I want or have time to. Still, compared to many CMS out there which restrict your workflow into very narrow paradigms, it is refreshing. The hardest obstacle is the amount of time scouring the web looking for information on how to do things, figuring out where to look to discover what functions are handling what.

Still, I decided that if I were going to invest time learning yet another CMS, it wasn't going to be MODx which I once liked, but has now become convoluted. I'm working on creating my own notion of a CMS using Bonfire & CodeIgniter MVC framework anyway, but CMSMS is just easier than most to build a reasonably complicated site while not having to spend excessive time or money learning the system. Smarty templating is a huge plus for CMSMS, and putting in some time familiarizing yourself with it is helpful, if not mandatory.

If modules were kept up to date (quality control) and if the documentation for the project and modules as a whole had more usage examples, this CMS would really take off. It's come far from the last time I checked it out a couple years ago. Despite it's shortcomings, part of the reason I'm going to deploy a site with it and ride it out for a while is that, in the end, it is simple--elements in the management panel are easy to figure out, locate and make use of. I hope to write a few basic tutorials down the road to share what I learned and experienced on the way in getting the site I'm working on up and running.

At some point, I'm hoping I can find a few users willing to work towards a common set of improvements and workflow ideas to be able to document and explain in detail, in one place, what is needed (and how) to get a basic responsive site up and running with options for various applications....ecommerce, blogging, publishing, and other uses such as economic development/tourism marketing. Once I can sit back and see how my current project goes, I may even consider toying with deploying an SaaS project with CMSMS. Pre-populated CMSMS installs for various functions/applications would do far more for usability than the default kitchen-sink inclusion of code and documentation which is poorly done and only serves to make it harder to find help via search engines--which always seem to return some fresh install on a domain in development. I'm sure someone thought that was a smart marketing idea, but it only adds to user frustration and means that searching can turn up documentation that is erroneous or not up to date. Probably does as much to harm the CMSMS brand as unfriendly/unhelpful forums do.

I think CMSMS is a great piece of software with tons of potential. Having used probably 100+ different CMS in last 12-14 years, I put it in the top handful. It's so pleasant to get away from WordPress (which is glorified blogware in any case, not exactly suited for wide spectrum of applications) and its bloat. MODx is great but has become far too complicated and tedious...great for programmers, but no so much anyone else (I have no interest in establishing individually every resources relationship to moons orbiting distant planets, you know what I mean?).

CMSMS is worth a look, worth the effort to learn. Getting a blog integrated into a site is not just a happy click-fest, however. If your site will be primarily or focus heavily on a blog, you might look elsewhere for a CMS solution unless you intend to dedicate time to learning a platform and spending time tweaking it. I can't fault CMSMS for this however--that basic functionality seems absent natively or woefully inadequate in virtually every CMS out there, which is a shame since a blog is nothing more than content published with time-focused management/interface. Getting a blog up and running in CMSMS is not difficult, but you will spend time tweaking it to get the functionality working the way you want if you intend anything more than basic 'news' updates. If you only need a basic update/news function for blogging as an integrated part of a highly functional site that is the focus of your online presence, CMSMS is much more pleasant, useful and less restricting than WordPress, in my opinion.

I'm not a programmer, but an eBusiness major with a background in systems support, as a pc tech, I've authored an IT column for a newspaper, have military training in technical intelligence and communications....so while not a code jockey, I like to think I'm fairly capable and somewhat techy. That's the focus I bring as a reviewer--more user/content manager, business/marketer focus, just in case that helps assess my review.

Bottom line, try it out. I think for folks in the middle of the usage spectrum, those who aren't the extremes of programmer or WYSIWYG fanatics, it might be a welcome surprise.
Posted By: Ray on October 6 2012 10:03 am
Have been using CMS Made simple for some time now and it is a good system to work with. I have developed over 40 commercial web sites using this system. Very very easy to create custom html templates. New versions are frequent and bug fixes are quick to be released, there is a good level of functionality. Back end control panel is very easy to use for the end user.

There are hundreds of modules available but you do need to test them first. Some are old, don't work with newer versions or don't do what you hoped, but most are very good.

Some people mention that the support forums are unfriendly. I have to say that yes I have experienced this, but on the whole the support has been quick and easy to obtain - most people don't get help from the forums because they don't describe their problem very well.

They also have annual get together with the development team so you can learn from them, raise issues, attend workshops etc. They rotate them between England, USA and Mainland Europe. The lead developer is in Canada but most of the other developers are European based.

Highly recommend you give it a good try.
Posted By: some guy on September 25 2012 07:41 pm
I wonder about the extreme poor quality of the code (no comments, no indentation to name only 2) compared to the rather good end product.
Posted By: Gour on September 9 2012 03:48 pm
> The trouble is their dev team. Most of them are quite arrogant.

I agree...being banned from IRC...although Ted is nice guy.
However, thanks to that, I was brought to Concrete5, so I'm thankful to them. :-)

CMS is nice and I would probably stay with it in PHP world, but community is also something that counts, not code only.
Posted By: Hanna on August 24 2012 08:29 pm
Really nice CMS. I like it.
The trouble is their dev team. Most of them are quite arrogant.
This is what you get to feel when you have a question or problem and post in the forums or the forge.
You must not post code in the forum ... do that in the forge. But it will be disregarded or deleted anyway. Mostly you get answers like 'it works for me' or ' we develop on linux so if you have a windows prob ... your fault'. A well ... better to find a system with a friendly community.

PS.: The German forum is really great -- and friendly!
Posted By: premanath on June 30 2012 01:03 pm
Can someone please help - how do I add the comment field in my main page?
Posted By: Tomas Krejcar on May 22 2012 06:05 pm
In my opinion CMS Made Simple is the best and easiest CMS. Granted that there is the Smarty learning curve, but that is the only thing that could be considered to be "not simple". In Wordpress you have to know php to make custom designs, there aren't a lot of "themes" that can be downloaded for CMSMS because it is just too easy to make your own.
Posted By: devarshi on May 1 2012 07:18 am
good work
Posted By: dev on April 26 2012 06:45 pm
simply great!
Posted By: Syed Irfan on April 22 2012 06:44 am
Posted By: maidbloke on March 23 2012 01:48 am
CMSMS is simple if you need it to be but has the capability to be extremely flexible and so can be used for many types of website. Want search on your site? Put {search} in your template or page and you're most of the way there.

There is a great forum too. Lots of useful modules and the core code is being actively improved all the time. Yes, documentation could be better. I have been using CMSMS for about 3 years and will continue to do so.
Posted By: harryjuselius on February 23 2012 05:30 pm
how you get Facebook like link code into CMS made net pages..?
Posted By: Mark on February 19 2012 10:02 am
Realy now - Why did the developers actually have the audacity to say that this CMS is simple? Oh sure, if you are a developer or know the Smarty Template Language. But if you are someone that just wants to set up the program and run a few modules, be prepared for endless frustrations. This is NOT a CMS for even someone with average CMS experience. I have used several myself and none gave me the grief that this one has. No, I am not super programmer, but I have successfully modified and developed templates for Web Site Baker, and to a lesser extent, Word Press. I think I should be able to set up a CMS that claims to be "simple:". Difficult to set up forms, migration becomes tedious, etc... I have had a site up with this CMS for about 4 years and I can tell you - I sincerely regret it. I recently PAID to have the upgrade done because it is so convoluted.

IF you are not someone with PHP experience and Smarty Templates, STAY AWAY. Use Website Baker, or find a theme for WP if you have a simpler site. Much easier, Much better worldwide support, etc.
Posted By: phpjunkie on February 12 2012 11:50 pm
CMS Made Simple is what the name says it is. Very simple and easy to understand content management system.
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Posted By: Jan on November 11 2011 11:52 am
My favorite CMS. I have used a handful, both open source and commercial.

CMSMS has snappy performance, is easy to get started with, easy for admins and end users to manage. Eeasy to modify in detail.

On the downside, the module repository is not quality / version controlled, you need some trial and error. But the module management, including updates, is extremely simple to use and is all online integrated in the admin interface, no manual downloads needed.
Posted By: raja_ind on November 1 2011 04:06 am
Poor IE support and lousy menu
Posted By: Blessind on September 26 2011 05:26 am
nice CMS
Posted By: Simon Brown on August 24 2011 06:47 pm
Christian - it is still my "go to" CMS - I've been using it for the last 4 years. The support team are pretty dedicated and many have been with the project since the start. Their reasons for using it will be similar to mine - integration with a proper templating system (smarty), ease of use, ease of deployment and redeployment, proper separation of content, function and style.

To answer some of the gripes lower down:

Don't bother with the dev forge - the system comes with automated module management with VERY tight entry requirements - many projects in the dev forge will be deprecated.

The forums are OK but the best way to get support is from the IRC channel. If you use the forums or IRC be prepared to give detailed information "it doesn't work" is not going to get you any help...

Documentation is sparse but it's a fairly simple system and most of the code is readable if you need to delve into the source. Most things work how you would have expected them to work if you've never worked with a CMS before - if that makes sense. So all the stuff you've learnt about working around the quirks of Joomla and Wordpress and Drupal (dear god) - forget them - it works the way it should.

You have tags which act like... tags - if you've ever used JSP or PHP tag libraries. You can write your own - the 3 Pakt books are recommended for this. Modules are used for more complex actions and maintain an almost religious separation of content, function and layout / style - for very good reason - a content management system SHOULD DO THIS! so it does.

Many of the features available in the core are "add ons" in other CMSes - for example expiration dates for articles (a plugin is needed for this in Drupal, not in CMSMS).

The documentation is getting better but it still has some way to go - some of the module documentation is still on the pathetic side but if you've ever worked with Wordpress plugins you'll be pleasantly surprised at the sanity in CMSMS - it is a proper CMS.

All in all my CMS of choice.

Posted By: bbg on August 19 2011 02:36 pm
Christian - I've built many sites over the years using CMSMS, WP, Joomla, Drupal. I've found CMS Made Simple to be extremely lightweight and flexible, but as a first time user, you will probably end up tinkering with quite a bit it to get the results you want. For a long time it was my CMS of choice for most small web projects since the smarty template engine is so easy to rapidly deploy a theme. In the past 9 months I've been falling back to WordPress or Drupal for most of my projects, but it's mostly because of the features requested by my client base. I'd still highly recommend CMSMS to a designer or savvy computer user who doesn't mind learning the smarty syntax.
Posted By: christian gibson on August 11 2011 02:36 pm
I need to make a sound choice for future web developement. My experience is with Joomla, but it is top heavy and not very user friendly. Wordpress and CMSMS seem to be the most likely candidates, but Wordpress remains irritatingly BLOGGY! I do not want a blog site, and I don't want a system designed to create blogs rather that pages. So what is the alternative? CMSMS looks good but seems to have a tiny market share and I wonder how it will be in the future? Are there enough people out there using CMSMS to generate the support we are likely to need?
Posted By: Lars Jensen on August 11 2011 07:59 am
Have installed this cms on 30-40 websites. Super flexible and easy to use. Both for the client and for the designer.
Lots and lots of smart functionality, once you dive into it - but it takes a little while to find out about it. As others have written, documentation is sparse.
Posted By: colinmcc on June 28 2011 09:40 pm
Just finishing converting a 100 page+ site from static .shtml pages to CMSMS..

As has been said, the documentation is poor, but if you have a good grasp of CSS, PHP and HTML, then making sense of the demos doesn't take long, and once you come to grips with Smarty it is ridiculously simple to make a good looking site which you can pass onto a customer for them to add/modify/subtract content from.

I'd have to say that owning these three books also made it easier, all from Packt publishing: Smarty templating, CMS Made Simple Cookbook, and Beginners Guide to CMS Made Simple. I bought them from Amazon, but Packt seem to also sell direct.

With these 3 as your bedside reading you'll have no trouble setting up a complex site. (And probably won't need a second copy to throw at the wall;-) There are also several independent sites with help and many Utube videos . Get Googling! ;-)

I started out using one of the supplied templates and added content, by then I understood the way pages worked pretty well, so I tried to convert the original site's layout and css into a template, and only took an hour to replicate the site.

I'm impressed! I also asked a couple of questions on the forum and both got replies within the hour.

Posted By: Timichango on June 3 2011 12:52 pm
I've got experience developing websites with Wordpress, CMS Made Simple, and Concrete 5, and I need to say that CMSMS is my least favourite thus farmy initial experience with it was inheriting the site maintenance of a v 1.6.6 installation, and every. single. module or core package update has broken something on the site, and required hours of fruitless trawling on the *terrible* dev forums.

The individual forum community contributors are quite friendly and knowledgeable, but the forum software is piss poor, and it's nigh on impossible to actually *find* the relevant discussions.

Additionally (and this completely blows my noodle) the 'dev forge' where the list of available modules is housed is So. Crappy. Unlike wordpress, where you're assured that the most recent version is there, and anecdotal information is collected from other developers concerning version compatibility reports, etc., the modules in the CMSMS forge equivalent aren't up to date (for example the MenuManager module in the forge is only v1.4.something, whereas the current version released with the most recent install is 1.7.something... WTF), and there's no info concerning compatibility.

CMS Made Cryptic. That's my summary.

If you want a great CMS that's utterly compromised by the *fragile* and insanely disorganized module development projects, even with the core modules, then go for ityou'll be spending an immense amount of time bashing your head into the wall everytime you upgrade. Anything.
Posted By: gt on April 1 2011 06:35 pm
I'm disappointed about cmsms. After many years Drupal, I had to work with this. Didn't found complete documentation. Messy code with very few comments and phpdoc tags. The changes in code logic not implemented to the whole code. This CMS needs some years of work (including it's website). Maybe good if you don't want touch the code or write a module.
Posted By: Frank on March 22 2011 04:23 pm
I agree with many of the previous comments. If you are looking for some advise on how to tackle a problem, you're better off doing a Google search for your answer -- you'll solve the problem sooner than getting a response (if you get a response; it took up to a year to get a response on some of the forums).

Most extensions work, a few take some time to figure out before they work, and some I gave up on all together because of the poor documentation (if any).

I've since moved over to Wordpress, as it is heads above CMSMS, only using CMSMS for basic sites.
Posted By: User on March 20 2011 02:47 am
This is a very nice CMS. But when using it be aware that you have to solve problems on your own. In their forum your first 10 posts have to bee approved! Ridiculous isn't it? And that's not easy. Use your national forums and you're ok. Really a pitty and won't bring that CMS any further. But maybe they don't want it to.....
Posted By: vieras nimimerkki on February 23 2011 05:33 am
Quoting myself: "using custom urls in news articles mess the page template system, the detailed news article shows up in the wrong page template"

MY MISTAKE. Didn't read enough...
No messing up in template system using custom urls in news module. Works fine.

Still, to use custom news urls in multilanguage site seems to be a tough one... Hope dev team gets a real multilanguage version out soon!
Posted By: vieras nimimerkki on February 22 2011 06:21 am
CMSMS is simple, but the documentation and support forums are a mess. Be prepared to tackle any problem all by yourself as there probably won't be any help available. Some dev team members are even mean to newbies, so if you're asking any questions in forum get used to answers that don't anser to your question but offend you personally.

Most modules and tags from CMSMS forge are outdated.

1.9.3 codename Buggy.
Pretty urls, custom urls work - but somehow using custom urls in news articles mess the page template system, the detailed news article shows up in the wrong page template. Not very pretty.
Getting multilanguage sites to function properly is hard.

With all this said - I still would not switch to any other CMS as this is SIMPLE. :-)

Posted By: da kiwi on February 13 2011 02:19 pm
Very short learning curve for developers and users. Simple installation and configuration.

Excellent for small organisations that need to update their website on a regular or ad-hoc basis. Once the interface has been explained it users require very little support, even very sporadic users have very little difficulty.

Boasts a large number of third party add-ons or modules. Do not be fooled by this as there is no quality control of these modules and many are of dubious or poor quality and work only on the release they were developed for, if at all.

Having said that the API is powerful and can support quite complicated add-ons. So it is not difficulat to develop ones own modules.

Documentation is good and the support forums usually offer answers to even the most knarly of questions.
Posted By: djbob on January 13 2011 09:57 am
this is not CMS made simple but this is CMS made Harder...
Posted By: Marc on December 11 2010 06:18 pm
Good for small brochureware sites. Great option for freelancers taking their next steps beyond Wordpress, Joomla, etc. for smaller websites.

Not good if you need to use custom content types. If you have a site with different types of dynamic content (custom portfolio, custom events, maybe a trade & media database) you should look at something like Textpattern. As long as you're going to be learning, might as well learn something with a lot of flexibility and more design sense.
Posted By: Wishbone on December 9 2010 12:09 pm
I think that this CMS is the best for several reasons:

1) Smarty. Very easy to create an HTML template (or purchase one) and modify it for use in CMSMS. Just replace the content with {content}, replace the menu with {menu} and a few minor others. As long as your menu is an unordered list, and your CSS tags match the ones in the menu manager, it will be a drop-in replacement. Very easy to put Smarty logic in a template such as "if page = home, do something different".

2) The ability to edit your template and CSS on the fly, from the admin panel. No need to edit template files and upload.

3) Auto-generated menu. By default, if you create a page, it shows up in the menu. Can set hierarchy so it shows up in submenus automatically. Each page has options so that you can create a page that doesn't end up in the menu.

4) Global content blocks. Define a block of information (including Smarty logic if you wish) and display it anywhere with a simple smarty call.

5) Modules. Many features are default in a basic install. Many more available in the forge, free to download and install.

The above items are enough for the average web designer to be able to create a very rich, dynamic website with zero programming experience.

6) Module customization. Most modules give you the ability to modify the template, using Smarty, and the CSS right from the admin panel. Make the output of the module look exactly how you want. Many modules such as News and CGCalendar allow you to add extra fields so that users entering data can leverage the extra fields and display them how they want.

7) User defined tags. If you are a programmer, you can create your own PHP functions in the admin panel that you can display on any page or template. If you want to run a PHP function to do maintenance that you aren't planning on displaying on a page, you can just run it from the admin panel.

8) Create your own modules. If you are a programmer, the possibilities are endless. It's relatively simple to create your own modules and admin panel sections.

This CMS is aimed at web designers and/or developers to create small to medium (100+ pages) websites. Once the site is created it's easy for the average (non-technical) user to maintain, with just a few minutes to learn the basics.

Very easy to take an existing design and convert to a dynamic site. Not intended to use the default theme (or any other pre-made theme), but is geared for those who want to take a custom design and convert it into an easy-to-maintain,dynamic website.
Posted By: Christian on November 17 2010 09:40 pm
I have had 3 clients, for whom I have used cmsms, tell me that it was the best editing experience they have ever had.

The interface is clean and simple and very easy to use.

Designing is also pretty easy, although not really for novice wysiwyg types of users.

On the latest site I built using cmsms my client said, "Using Joomla is a really bad joke compared to using cmsms."

All I can say is that every time I introduce this system to a new client they praise me for it. then they write me a check!
Posted By: Daniel on October 12 2010 09:46 pm
I thought I'd give my $0.02
great and easy to use out of box CMS, easy templating, but hard to customize/extend
Posted By: Simon Romin on October 4 2010 02:46 pm
CMS Made Simple is ideal if you want 100% control over your web site design and a straight forward content management system to organise all your content (I have about 250-300 different pages).

Very easy to insert pieces of content into your custom templates.

Fantastic for SEO (as long as you use good code).

Easy to install modules and extensions.

Very good and hugely devoted forum support - nobody discriminates on your skill level.

I have been using Joomla! for many years, and although there is a massive amount of support for it, there simply is no flexibility in design and it stinks at SEO. I would recommend CMS Made Simple to anyone who needs an online product brochure.
Posted By: ManMade on October 4 2010 07:02 am
Nice cms.
BUT If you're a newbie: poor documentation and forum isn't much of help so be prepared to figure everything out yourself.
Posted By: Newbie on September 29 2010 09:44 pm
CMSms is a great find, and easy to install (if you actually read the how to). What I can't figure out is how to make it so the editors login to a simple user & password screen and then only view the one page they are allowed to edit in a wysiwyg. Any help?
Posted By: mary on September 28 2010 01:57 pm
i am using cmsms for several years now (since 0.12) on my personal website and still am happy to have choosen the right one. From time to time i check opensourcecms.com to see what is new but none of the offered ones reaches cmsms. so thanks so much to the whole team that is offering all that nice piece of work - and all for free.
Posted By: Roberto on September 14 2010 04:39 am
Very easy to use and very configurable too.

Really a good project!
Posted By: Aeonis on September 11 2010 10:46 pm
Excellent CMS. I use it to maintain several sites.
In the past I've used Joomla, Drupal, Wordpress and many more, but CMSMadesimple offered the most control over my websites visual look. It offers terrific flexibility in web layouts and further customization. I've even added custom PHP scripts using its user defined tags to integrate many additional features and mold my site just as I'd like it.

CMSMS does take a bit of learning in the beginning. You may even have to learn smarty to harness it's full power, however, once you get accustomed to it it is indeed very simple.
Posted By: Jan Olav Bollmann on September 11 2010 05:39 am
An excellent and advanced CMS system not unlike Joomla i the admin part.
Posted By: Sean on August 15 2010 08:13 am
Well done! It has all the function yet it is very easy to navigate.
Posted By: Sameeh Yousef on August 2 2010 08:55 am
Great Work and very simple an easy to use
Posted By: Peciura on July 31 2010 02:29 am
Sammy: People who are not reading documentation, and have no clue what template is, will not be able to build a site with CMSms. But even secretary can maintain site.

CMSms does not offer you free lunch.
Posted By: YM on July 29 2010 01:26 pm
CMSMS is great. Installation can be challenging, but read the info on their forum - it solved all my problems. Now managing a large commercial project is a piece of cake. It is easy, custoimzable and open-source. What else can you ask for? Thanks, CMSMS.
Posted By: JornB on July 22 2010 02:38 pm
Been using CMSMS a couple of years now and see it as one of the best on the net. Easy and quick, no problems as long as you follow the instructions. Have run Joomla, WordPress and others but seems to always go back to CMSMS.

Yes something needs to be looked at but the overall impression and functionality of it is awesome, even for a N00b.
Posted By: Sammy on July 12 2010 08:07 am
Not simple,not fast,not php 5.3, not e_strict, most modules are not working, help in the forums is very poor.

Here some words of a developer of CMS Made Simple:

The simple answer is.... CMS Made Simple is NOT targeted towards noobs. it's targeted towards web professionals that know what they want, know about x/html and css... and just want a package that is simple for them to put a simple portfolio/corporate website together, and hand off to the average secretary/admin-assistant to maintain content.
Posted By: Peter S. on June 17 2010 07:36 pm
I have installed couple of scripts before but honestly installation of this CMS just gave me a headache right of the bat. I could not pass through furst checksum test no matter what I did. Their forum was unable to help me - always pointing to "upload all the files in binary mode". I DID UPLOAD the files in BINARY MODE! Result? Still cannot pass that checksum summary test! I am dropping this CMS no matter how god it may be as others here have described.
Posted By: neophron on May 20 2010 04:24 pm
I'm working with cmsms since 2007. There is one big problem ?? once you've started to learn the template system, how to add new modules, how to make it multilingual, how to manage the content and how to adapt your own design, it's very hard to start learning with other cm systems like Drupal, Joomla or Typo3 (I'm a lazy person). From time to time I'm trying some new cm systems. But as soon as I want to adapt the template or add a module, I see how easy it works with cmsms. Be aware this cms is for people who develop their own websites with xhtml and css. It doesn't make sense, if your background is based only on WYSIWYG editors. Don't expect to find themes as in WordPress or Joomla, there are some, but with the help of your brain you can design your own theme.
Once you've installed cmsms, you have a functional site with a lot of explanations, with various template examples and menus. The installed site gives you already an example of a splitted or drop down menu. If you want to install additional modules, go to the ModuleManager and choose a module (they are listed alphabetically with descriptions), click on the desired module and it will be installed, that's it. If you are familiar with smarty, it's a big advantage. It's well suited for static pages, but there is also a blog module. It' s a breeze if you want to add for example some jquery or mootools stuff. The biggest benefit is, that due to it's intuitive backend, that most clients are very soon familiar with it. I even have some clients (who work every day on a PC) who started to edit their pages, without any training. Like every other cms there also some drawbacks. But there will be (hopefully this year) the 2. version with a lot improvements. About the forum: some folks complain about the forum. I think, it depends on how you're asking. There were many issues I got help from the forum. About the documentation: The online documentation could be better.
Posted By: Abdalla on May 18 2010 12:20 pm
If you cant use CMS Made Simple, then frankly you should stick to things much smaller. This is as simple and powerful as it becomes. Have dug around in Joomla, Drupal,Wordpress, but CMS MS wins hands down. But if you can't code or wish not to....stick with something more 'modular' like wordpress or Joomla.I have migrated sites from Joomla to CMS MS and did not need to teach the client to use it. Now that is a true CMS.
Posted By: Keurvels Michele on May 14 2010 04:43 pm
Great CMS once you know how to change the stuff it is amazing.

People who are telling it is crap, maybe you should read instructions ...

Good work !

Posted By: esec on May 9 2010 01:04 pm
Hi all
This is a very good CMS. The content is based on hierarchy (main pages 1 2 3 4... - child pages 1.1 1.2 1.3 2.1 2.2 etc ) .Each page is then link to a css file+xhmtl model so that each page can be embedded differently. Lots of modules can also be installed easily and inserted into content with smarty tags {...}. This is for me the simplest one for these webmasters who want small to medium websites with static pages, easy to teach to their customers.
Nevertheless, if you want a website with lot of dynamic content, like big portals or intranets with workflow, joomla or drupal are better, even thought they are more complex to learn.

The only bad thing for CMS MS is that the mutltilangual edition is a fork, and is not very functional.

Posted By: Jason on May 8 2010 06:39 am
CMSMS is great for certain sites - sites that are primarily static and the content providers / editors / authors are not code savvy. Since 99% of people using CMS's fall into this category, it is ideal.

If you are looking for a CMS that the design can easily change within a few mouse clicks and no web design skills - this is not the CMS you are looking for.

Basically if this is set up by a designer for you, this is a complete no-brainer, a drooling idiot can update and create content EASILY. Most people on here want a push button design process and everything handed to them without that pesky thought process getting in the way.

Out of the box - without configuration - NO CMS is going to be exactly what you want, they all look ugly and have templates that suck. But this baby can have your content wrapped in its ugly skin in mere minutes from first site.

If you can navigate this ugly forum, and use MS Wordpad, you are all trained and ready for CMSMS.
Posted By: ?? on May 6 2010 10:24 am
This is a good piece of sofrware.

Posted By: arif on May 4 2010 07:31 am
there is a lot to explore
Posted By: bryan on April 20 2010 09:36 am
This is one of the easiest and most flexible open source CMS platforms I've ever used. Once you learn the {smarty} syntax and how the software is organized, you can rapidly deploy lightweight custom websites with valid HTML and very little effort. I find it to be perfect for most of my small to midsize web projects.

Modules are easy to install and can be cross-integrated to provide highly customized features. User-defined tags (UDTs) can be written directly in PHP for anything that's not already available as a plugin or a module.

I've deployed CMSMS on more than 30 websites specifically because it's easy to teach non-techies how to use it. Anyone whose ever used an email client can be trained as an author/editor in CMS Made Simple.

BTW - To whomever made the comment "...still need some functionality like Creating Forms." The FormBuilder plugin is far and away better than any form building tool I've used in any other CMS. A simple google search would have at least told you that it was available. Due diligence people, please!
Posted By: ozzy on April 16 2010 11:00 am
best one so far. its so easy to customize for designers. I love it. I have 5 site running with cms made simple and its all good.
Posted By: Colin on April 15 2010 12:26 pm
Fantastic software.
Posted By: German User on April 14 2010 01:37 pm
I've been working with this CMS for a year now .... on multiple projects. Just super. Easy to install, easy to have your own layouts in. No problem with pieces of code of your own or integration of counters and so forth.
Helpful developer team and forum members.
Really great job!
Posted By: Deno on April 13 2010 07:04 am
Anyone tell me how to change the lanuage for the back end (admin area) because I can only read english, this shits me to no end, I have spent half an hour pressing this and pressing that to no avail, please! someone! I would like to try it, thanks
Posted By: Kent Allard on April 9 2010 10:11 am
The name says it all! This is hands down the best open sourced CMS for managing a web site (not a blog). I've tried Joomla and Drupal, and both drove me insane. I hate the admin areas of both Joomla and Drupal, and teaching them to my clients is EXTREMELY frustrating. CMS Made Simple is intuitive and powerful at the same time. The admin area is clean, and layout nice and easy. Most of the modules that I need are installed by default, such as TinyMCE, and the ability to upload documents and images via the admin area without the need for an FTP program is a real time saver. I also like how I can upload documents and images, then access them using TinyMCE.

FYI, WordPress is mainly used for blogging not for managing a web site. You really can't compare the two. If you want a REALLY simple blogging engine, then WordPress works, but if you want to manage a web site, then CMS Made Simple is the way to go.
Posted By: ConnellB on April 5 2010 05:30 pm
If you cant use CMS Made Simple, then frankly you should stick to things much smaller. This is as simple and powerful as it becomes. Have dug around in Joomla, Drupal,Wordpress, but CMS MS wins hands down. But if you can't code or wish not to....stick with something more 'modular' like wordpress or Joomla.I have migrated sites from Joomla to CMS MS and did not need to teach the client to use it. Now that is a true CMS.
Posted By: Anonymous on April 1 2010 04:05 am
Nice and cool work Done :) but still need some functionality like Creating Forms
Posted By: mark reed on March 31 2010 02:01 am
If you have trouble installing it there is a good chance your host wasn't up to the task, even though I've found very few that can't handle it if you get PHP, mySql, on a linux server.
Posted By: nunya on March 24 2010 11:18 pm
Garbage... plain and simple.

I tried to install three times. never worked once. tried contacting devs and reading forums for help. NONE!!!

Simply said, "We cant help you. But you can bypass certain aspects of installation. BUT... then we will not be able to support your installation."

In other words, sorry bout your luck... figure it out yourself... FU!!! This thing is crap!
Posted By: Nite on March 17 2010 09:03 am
It looks good. Though I can't let my costumers use this, its still to hard for a novice user. Anything but simple to them.

Also I get 30975390475938535 errors before it even works stable
Posted By: happy german on March 11 2010 07:02 am
I simply LOVE CMS made simple because everything really works the way it should - you install it and it works - meanwhile I use it on 5 different pages that vary in complexity.

The basic page is really good and solid and it's easy to add more extras when needed. Also there is a huge helpful community. Whenever I had any problem I found the solution there. Our clients really love to use it because the backend is really intuitive and you can block away functions that would only confuse a simple content editor. We had a client that used typo3 before as an editor and wanted our webcompany to do the editing as it was too complex for him. This never happened to me with CMS made simple.

I could easily make ANYONE use it... even our trainees know how to work with it after a short introduction.

Great work!
Posted By: happy german on March 11 2010 07:00 am
I simply LOVE CMS made simple because everything really works the way it should - you install it and it works - meanwhile I use it on 5 different pages that vary in complexity.

The basic page is really good and solid and it's easy to add more extras when needed. Also there is a huge helpful community. Whenever I had any problem I found the solution there. Our clients really love to use it because the backend is really intuitive and you can block away functions that would only confuse a simple content editor. We had a client that used typo3 before as an editor and wanted our webcompany to do the editing as it was too complex for him. This never happened to me with CMS made simple.

I could easily make ANYONE use it... even our trainees know how to work with it after a short introduction.

Great work!
Posted By: Bronto Media on February 28 2010 06:50 pm
Better than Joomla and all other systems. Great CMS!
Posted By: Marc on February 25 2010 05:54 pm
I read a few of the comments that were left and while I'm no guru, I do use Joomla primarily, Drupal and Wordpress to minimize coding. I was surprised by those who felt the admin for this program was more difficult than Drupal or Joomla. Like I said, I don't consider myself a guru, though I've been around for awhile, I thought the five minutes I spent in the admin panel was very straight forward and easy to understand. Drupal and Joomla both have a modest learning curve even for experienced developers.

That's my cms pennies worth.
Posted By: rashaba on February 21 2010 03:32 am
It is a bit sad that the comments here in general are getting more and more moronic. Clearly some of the troubled individuals he shouldn't bother with any CMS.
Posted By: Rob on February 18 2010 08:30 pm
What I like most is how their excellent documentation. They explain everything well and in detail. Great cms...
Posted By: mrperfect on February 4 2010 11:29 am
STanly said "This is real cms! I am working with cms made simple is 2 years. I like cms made simple"
posted by: Stanly October 21 2009 04:16 pm

You moron
Posted By: Tedomatic on January 29 2010 06:22 pm
Don't bother. It is anything but simple. If you have used other CMS, then this will be completely counterintuitive. Common tasks that should be simple end up taking forever.
Posted By: AN on January 28 2010 08:04 pm
I have tried multiple CMS's recently and I was really disappointed not to find a single one that would be fast (=lightweight), simple and would do the most basic stuff (=static pages, newsflashes, 2-level horizontal menu aso.). But then I found CMSMS and realized that I found the one. Even though it's really simple to customize, it stuits perfectly even for my customers to use it on their own. Great work, guys!
Posted By: Wando on January 27 2010 05:10 pm
So.. like.. wheres that simple part comes up with this cms??
Theres absolutely nothing simple in this cms, and i mean absolutely nothing! Periot!

Comparing this to user friendy wordpress is hilarious..
Posted By: liebesiech on January 12 2010 07:21 am
As others I have tried different CMS and stuck with CMSMS. Installation and setup is pretty easy and straight forward. There are quite a lot of modules and plugins available which are relatively easy to add. Ready to be used templates are available as well but a basic understanding of HTML, CSS and other techniques are required if you want tweak a template or add some special features to it. I believe this is a valid statement for almost all CMS around.
Getting a new look and feel isn't so easy as for example with Wordpress but if you don't like to make your hands dirty us Wordpress.
Posted By: Try another Browser on January 11 2010 06:35 pm
My ISP is running on IIS 6.0, windows NT Server. Templates will work in IE 7 but not in IE8 or Mozilla since the css files are not being read or understoord anymore. Shame I had to try other cms but hopefully tis will be fixed soon
Posted By: jeremyBass on January 8 2010 12:51 am
Flat out.. if you??re serious about web development, if you need to pass sites off to clients to edit, this is the smartest choice.. I handle tons of sites and after trying Drupal, WordPress, jumola, typo, mod x and a few more and getting pissed off clients I found CMSMS, I will not go back to any others. Sure they are prettier for now? but power and control for me out weighs pretty? plus you just need to make a template to handle the ??pretty issue?. 2.0 will fix that as well.
For those that find the forum as an issue, I am in there alot, just to help others and there are many like me that want to help.
As the community gets bigger, the better cmsms gets. More and more modules are being developed every day. I know I??ve got a few out.
Overall I??d say if you know how to write html and css you should have no trouble with the basics and you can get the how to book too if you get stuck and don't want to go to the forum. Most complaints on things like speed and what not can be solved with good coding practices.

The future is bright for CMSMS

Cheers -J
Posted By: Anonymous on January 7 2010 06:36 pm
As a drupal user and developer I am used to complex CMS's but CMS made simple is NOT simple.

For example:
In wordpress, to find and use a theme, you search for it, download it, and activate it, using 3 links.

Here are the CMS made simple instructions:

These themes are uploaded here are contributed by independant third parties as a free service. The CMS Made Simple project make no guarantees that the themes available here are functional, tested, valid or compatible with your system. You are encouraged to read the information found in any help files for each theme before attempting the installation. (xml files may not contain help files.)
XML themes

In site admin go to Layout » Theme Manager second tab 'Import', Browse to find .xml file on your comp. dbl. click it, should now be showing in the box, click Import, it will take you back to first tab.

Now go to Layout » Templates under 'Active' you see a red X click that to activate the theme/template, now you can use it...
Zipped themes

Some of these templates come zipped, so you need to take all the images and put them in a folder in uploads/images/, or the file may have a read me which will tell you where to put them, if not when you look at the CSS you will see the path it looks for...

Then open the template file with an editor like notepad, not word pad or word they may add formatting I use the free PSPad editor...

Then copy/paste it into a new template in the admin Layout » Templates at the bottom click Add New Template name it and paste the code in Content: edit box, erasing any thing in it first, click Submit...

Open the CSS file copy/paste into new CSS, Layout » Stylesheets, Add a Stylesheet, name it and paste the code in Content: edit box, erasing any thing in it first, click Submit...

If it came with a .mm file rename it to have .txt then open it in notepad, copy it, then in admin go to Layout » Menu Manager and Add Template name it and paste the code in Content: edit box, click Submit...

You may need to adjust the Template to reflect the name you gave the Menu Template...

Then go back to Layout » Templates and across from the new template right side click the little orange CSS icon you will be at Layout » Templates » Current Associations at the bottom is a drop down for 'Add a Stylesheet' find your new stylesheet click it and it should show in the drop down window, click Add a Stylesheet and it should show in the upper part...

Now it should work...
Posted By: Spiriralph on December 31 2009 01:58 am
Super CMS and very easy to create a web site
I liked it no problems
I have 7 web site run with CMS MS
very simple themeplate system not like otheres Joo... or Dru.. & so on
I create every site in a day

Posted By: cmsfan on December 21 2009 12:37 pm
Does not support php 5.3!
Posted By: John on December 17 2009 06:18 am
What can I say, it's a GREAT cms.
Posted By: Ulf on December 3 2009 12:43 pm
Had a look here. Looks promising. Will give it a try!
Posted By: Leee on November 18 2009 12:27 pm
I use cmsmademsimple. It's a very good cms
Posted By: Steaven on November 8 2009 02:10 am
I like this site! It is so simple! ish =))
Posted By: Stanly on October 21 2009 04:16 pm
This is real cms! I am working with cms made simple is 2 years. I like cms made simple
Posted By: sddd on October 16 2009 09:25 am
owever, custom content types are very important to many clients, and this thing doesn't have that option. I need a way to create my own content forms like I can in Drupal, or like I can in WordPress with the Flutter plugin.
Posted By: JC424 on October 15 2009 06:34 pm
CMSMS lives up to its name. Its simple. I've used since it was beta and find it to be pretty flexable.

One of the core developers appears to be a complete a$$hole The Forums are hard to search and poorly organized, so finding things is initially difficult and asking questions already answered gets you flamed by the guy.
Posted By: henris on October 15 2009 03:34 am
It's great, as it is one of the few CMS tthat can integrate practically whatever design, even on an existing website. It's a blessing for the designer.
Posted By: Seeker on October 14 2009 07:04 pm
I've built many a site with this. I like it in many ways but modules are limited and in many cases, very crude. Especially compared to WordPress, that has zillions of really well crafted modules.

The Forums are largely unfriendly. Especially calguy who will pounce all over you for asking questions. I think he needs a long vacations.
Posted By: Rolf on October 6 2009 09:29 am
CMSMS has also two other well maintained Image Galleries.
- Gallery
- NeoGallery
Posted By: hieuhn@kypernet[dot]com on October 5 2009 10:24 pm
Really good and easy cms for my customer to use. I can do most request of my customer with CMSMS.
Posted By: JO on October 1 2009 03:00 am
I don't know what people are criticising the CMSMS forums for. For my own part I found they could not be more helpful. I wonder if it's the poster rather than the forum...hmmm?
Posted By: Ian Lewis on September 26 2009 06:38 am
I use this on my sister's sandwich shop website and it's great.

She can edit it whenever she needs to and from a web development point of view I have found CMSMS to be very effective and easy to get on with.

I'd go along with the comment that making new templates is easy. Wordpress, though excellent, is a total mess when it comes to templates and the fact CMSMS uses Smarty is great.

I'd like to see easire integration of scripting libraries such as YUI/jQuery but I'm well pleased.

Just about to look into the upgrade from 1.5.4 to 1.6.5
Posted By: Nikolai on September 14 2009 02:52 am
I use it! Very simple to develop small to middle websites.
Posted By: Jason on September 14 2009 12:25 am
I have used this on many clients sites - it is very easy to develop templates and clients can easily understand how the structure of pages works.

I have quickly trained easily 50 separate clients using CMSMS and all have taken to it quickly and easily. Not sure how good the forums are as i have never asked a question or needed to. In this area it s easily the best CMS i have used - in fact since stumbling upon CMSMS i have been reluctant to use anything else.

It is not great as a blog site - mainly static sites that are updated periodically. I use it as my main company site and content is added and removed almost daily and it has performed great.

Uses friendly URL's and performs just the way i wish it to every single time. No nonsense, great design, good features. The performance i hear people complaining about i have not experienced - just as quick as a pure xhtml / css site with the same design.

I would recommend this to anyone - except those interested in a predominate blog site - this is not great at extensive blogging.

Out of the box it has ugly templates but you can easily build templates to any look within minutes. It is very easy to turn a xhtml site into a template - much easier than wordpress, joomla or drupal.

Having only used it for around 4 months - i shudder when asked to do wordpress sites now, especially when the client has no experience with a CMS. Also can easily set group permissions etc.

There are a lot of modules to extend functionality - but in my experience i have not had to use many - those i have used work as expected - Forms, Google Sitemap, Google Analytics.

Most of the CMS decision depends on what the final website is intended to do - CMSMS is perfect for semi static sites that content needs to be updated quickly by non designers or html illiterate users - it hands down kills in this area. If you are a designer it is fast and easy to set up.

Posted By: Adam on September 10 2009 03:27 pm
I was looking fot a CMS to make updating my site easier. Most other CMS's have the most complex way of adding and editing content (I'm pointing at joomla!)
CMSms layout is simple, Page and sub pages, too simple.
Sure there is not very good documentation or support in the forum, but if you can't figure it out you should not be building we sites. 5 stars for this easy to use CMS!
Posted By: James on September 9 2009 05:42 pm
Very slow (uses too much SQL requests), need a lot of memory, ugly API, ugly documentation, not all modules can to use the pretty URLs (the news module), ...

Posted By: clem on September 6 2009 04:12 pm
Album module is without developer, but Gallery module does the same things, it's easier to use, and actively developed
Posted By: Tommy on September 5 2009 11:20 am
Installation was simple, added content easily, but then made some small changes for SEO and problems started. Two issues came up that, to me, were clearly bugs, and when I asked on the forums the bad attitude was enough to make me sick. I figured out one of the bugs on my own, but nobody could help with the other, so I'm looking elsewhere.

If you need a small, static website and don't care about the finer details this is very easy to set up and use, just use it out of the box or from there you are on your own.

Documentation is also very poorly written, with conflicting docs depending on which previous version they may have been discussing. I would suggest, like I am, to look elsewhere.
Posted By: Mike McKee on September 4 2009 01:26 pm
It did look simple and intuitive, and likely won't confuse clients to do their own updates after I've built their site.

However, custom content types are very important to many clients, and this thing doesn't have that option. I need a way to create my own content forms like I can in Drupal, or like I can in WordPress with the Flutter plugin.

I also don't know how easy it is to retheme -- WordPress is about the easiest one to plant an XHTML/CSS template upon.
Posted By: Confused on August 27 2009 03:10 am
People actually use this software? Lok for something freeing...
Posted By: micki on August 24 2009 08:04 am
Many addons and modules are not working.
The forum is unhelpful, and got criticized for asking an installation question.
Many problems with php 5.2.10.
Not working with php 5.3 as they described by itself.
Very slow in action.
Posted By: cgili on August 23 2009 12:12 pm
I've tested this CMS and use it for several things, from handling important ISO 9001:2008 documentation sharing and publication process, to a fast and reliable multipurpose site. I've tested all others, this is the only one that actually works.
Posted By: Psk on August 9 2009 01:36 pm
I found the forum unhelpful, and got criticized for asking yet another installation question. That has turned me against the software in a big way, and now I'm here looking for something else.
Posted By: iCMS.info on August 3 2009 10:09 am
>> I need a cms with a photo album module. I am considering cmsms, but the album module is without a developer. Can anyone tell me if it's working ok with the latest update? Future updates? Thank you.

Yes, it is working module. Please see live examples and tutorials for the module on http://www.icms.info/website-addons/photo-gallery
Posted By: bart on August 2 2009 03:21 am
there is nothing to pay for. Maybe you mistake cms MADE simple to CMSimple which is another cms. You get support in the cmsms forum. Very fast and friendly.
Posted By: bart on August 2 2009 03:12 am
The album module for photo galleries works fine. You have several templates to use (even lightbox if you like) and you can edit all templates and css. Thumbnails will be generated autmatically. With a little more work you are able to adjust the size of thumbnails (defauilt is 72px width). You can upload images via ftp, the module itself and via image manager. You can write comments and titles für every single album or image if you want. The only thing that is still missed is a watermark function.
Posted By: bks on July 28 2009 05:21 am
I need a cms with a photo album module. I am considering cmsms, but the album module is without a developer. Can anyone tell me if it's working ok with the latest update? Future updates? Thank you.
Posted By: someone on July 24 2009 11:42 pm
It's easy to upgrade.
-> Download the full (or base) package and upload it.
-> Run install/upgrade.php
-> Delete install folder.

Posted By: reneh on July 23 2009 08:42 pm
The most easy to maintain cms'es I ever used. Relative small server requirements. Easy upgrade! Design is not limited in any way => full html/xhtml/smarty functionality. A lot of nice add-on modules and rising.
Posted By: Marcel on July 14 2009 02:06 pm
what the hell..I used it since years and now there is no way to get an update to the new version?

so i have to start with an empty page?

boah..no i won´t do that
Posted By: Francine on July 6 2009 02:04 pm
The CMS itself is a nice enough one, great for handing over to inexperienced users. Basic anyday modules are available, but for everything else you have to pay - be it support with trickier problems, modules on par with what you'll get inbuilt in larger CMS or help implementing specific functions already covered by the commercial CMSMS team. Indeed, CMSMS suffers a bit from the same sickness that Typo3 suffers from, it's a platform built to keep a group of devs in butter on the bread. After you've waited out a week to get an answer more than once, you file CMSMS under "use only if out of the box is enough". That's a pity, this one could be the top of the smaller CMSes with a less avaricious dev group. As it is, it's just so-so.
Posted By: Intemediate on July 1 2009 05:09 pm
I found CMSMS very easy to install, upgrade and expand.
While I was struggling to add modules in Joomla!, just upload the one xml file in CMSMS and voila! module installed.
I have been able to do everything I wanted in my sites: add search, news, forums, forms, login areas...
Uses Smarty tags so creating a template very, very easy, then attach your CSS and the site is done.
Documentation could be better but there is lots of info in the Forums.
I've tried to understand Joomla! and couldn't do much with it. Drupal has a very nice interface but but I didn't find it so straight forward. Wordpress is nice but so many things to change to make a website instead of a blog.
I'll stick to CMSMS for a good while.
Posted By: Connell on June 29 2009 11:01 pm
I know that Joomla! and Drupal have their crowd. I am one, but the blunt fact is that for simple sites, this CMS is by far the best of the bunch. Theming is easy and I have even knocked up site in one day. Integratng 3rd party scripts is a breeze. If you are a web designer, you might grumble, but if you have a half decent grasp of coding, quite frankly this is a far more workable cms that a lot of them out there. And you change this around so that no one have a clue what cms you are using.
Posted By: Jean-Sebastien Monzani on June 23 2009 09:37 am
I'm using this CMS for years with clients: it is really easy to use for them on small-to medium-size sites. Seeing how some of my friends / clients are doing simple things in a complicate way with other CMS, I am quite happy I've made the choice.

I've often added functionalities to it without problems.
Posted By: Paulo on June 18 2009 09:33 am
The most simple, extensible and easy to use I've ever tryed. I mean easy for the developer/designer as well as for the final users and content creators. That's why I swapped from Joomla to CMSMS and I also use it wen Drupal is to heavy for simple stuff.
Posted By: Fan on May 19 2009 04:59 am
Many addons with "one klick install" - everything you could need!

I Installed about 10 CMS, before I decided to use one. This one was "the simplest" one - I could, change pages, templates and pictures ;) - without reading doku.

Everything very intuitive and many many addons with "one klick install" - everything you could need.

Thank you CMS MS Team!
Posted By: Gww on May 8 2009 10:52 am
When I logged into the Admin panel I was excited when I saw Users and Groups and creating new Groups. But it all came crashing down when I realized you can't use it to segregate content from users. Doesn't any CMS have native ACL for content?
Posted By: Itken on March 28 2009 11:38 am
I have no deep knowledge and had no problems with this CMS. It is really simple. Hmmm, at least at the beginning. However it was a pain to install and customize new modules or create new templates.
Posted By: John Scotcher on March 20 2009 12:53 pm
Its fair to say that without CMSMS my business would not be as successful as it has been. We have rolled out CMSMS as a solutiion across many many sites ranging from those needed by one to two man organisations to very large organisations.

The basic system provides a robust structure to allow you to create a site that is highly editable by the site owners, and the templating system is extremely easy to use as long as you know your way around an html page. It is very customisable.

Additionally the modules that are availabe extend the usability of this system to entirely new levels. I have, with just a litle amount of customisation been able to build community sites that easily rival the nore compex Joomla.

Finally it is worth notiong that the core development team are both friendly and helpful. Indded when a paid job has necessitated the customisation of a module that is beyond my ability, they have been of tremendous help both as advosors and as commercial sub-contractors.

I wholeheartedly suggest that you stop looking now and install it! And if you can't do something in it, simpy google my name, go to my site, and drop me a mail - free advice available anytime!
Posted By: Brenda on March 18 2009 06:38 am
I've been using CMSMS for about a year now and my clients love it. It's relatively easy for them to use, and I can get a customized CSS Template in the system without ripping my hair out. I've had only a few problems, but overall, I'm very happy with this system, and suggest you try it, especially if you have clients with basic, rather than expert, skill level.
Posted By: Rob on March 14 2009 07:02 pm
phil said : I need to integrate a CMS with an existing site design so I tried the templating first.
Try this with any other CMS and you'll always feel the pain. Use new CMS only for new sites, simple as that.
Posted By: phil on March 13 2009 03:01 am
After all the positives and the 'most promising' this was high on my list of CMS to evaluate. What a disappointment. I need to integrate a CMS with an existing site design so I tried the templating first. The mechanism for developing and trying out templates is very slow and tedious. When I finally got the template to work, I thought I'd try their tag for a simple contact form. Received a notice that it no longer worked. Scouted about the forums. All I could find was a php code listing with no instructions as to how to install it and get it running. After an initially good job of documenting their install the experience goes downhill pretty fast. Their documentation all relates to their previous, outdated version and help is very hard to come by. Sorry. Neither Simple - nor promising - at all.
Posted By: Alexander on March 10 2009 06:08 pm
It´s very easy and intuitive to use, but it´s also highly customizable and designer friendly. You have complete control over outputted sourcecode.
First choice for my projects.
Posted By: my choice on March 2 2009 03:30 am
i needed an cms application to put up a website for my wife's scholarly work. i don't need any fancy javascripts or fastmoving galleries, but an intuitive system that will help me put a lot of written material on the web, and i wanted it to look good. i made a few sites in joomla but it ended up being too complicated - tried some other apps, and this is exactly what i have been looking for. very nice looking templates, and default css menus to choose from. try this. you will like it. (it does have fancy scripts if you need them - i have seen some amazing looking sites, made with CMSMS - look in their forum)
Posted By: TKR99 on February 27 2009 04:51 pm
Each to their own - I started off with this one and really appreciate it for getting me comfortable with CMS in general, BUT the minute I found Joomla, I knew it was going to be the one I'd stick with longterm, and I'm now currently in the process of migrating over my CMSMS site to J1.5. My reasons are partly aesthetic and partly functional - I found it hard to get decent mods in CMSMS for many of the things I wanted to do, and equally very little flexibility of those I was using for my needs. I just find the drab colours and layout of CMSMS put me off doing much work in it to be honest, and the lack of any really good editors doesn't help either. It's a great platform as a very first one, but once you gain experience I think the more "glitzy" GUI's will persuade a few others to move away from it. I was told that it was superior to Joomla because it was lighter and cleaner - but those things are somewhat irrelevant to me as I'm not a developer nor a major site producer in terms of using a lot of fancy things, and I've not found Joomla slow or in any way hard to use - although it did take quite a bit of time to come to grips with the much higher volume of things to play with. But I defo would recommend it for anyone wanting to get started with CMS in general. Test drive it in comparison to some of the others well before you make your choice though. I truly wish I had known this site existed before I dived straight in to using it or I absolutely wouldn't have done so only because I much prefer a more graphical interface.
Posted By: Henris on February 21 2009 02:18 pm
I just love the way, it can integrate any design you like. CMSMS is the easiest way to go from a static to a dynamic website, whatever design it has.
Posted By: Frans on February 21 2009 12:05 pm
This is really the best CMS!

Easy install --> easy upgrade

Posted By: sensei888 on February 20 2009 01:23 am
I was really impressed with the admin panel and how quickly I could paste a design into the template manager and add css etc, and have a site up in about 20 minutes.

But then I had a go using this to make a personal portfolio site. Couldn't get any jquery stuff to work... couldn't really figure out how to use custom libraries such as Mootools within the system. I download the lytebox module from the website. Sat there for an hour trying to make it work. The documentation makes it sound so simple but I seriously couldn't figure out how to make it work.

Then I tried to make a simple contact form using a form module that I downloaded. The documentation was ridiculous...the best advice it had was too just click on stuff and see what happens. I kid you not thats what it says.

I then tried to setup a blog, downloaded the Blogs made simple module. All these modules seem to install so effortlessly and seem so simple until you actually try to make them work. I browsed to my new blog page after installing the module and then started getting smarty errors. It also said it couldn't find the css for it either.

In summary this cms is awesome if you want to make a static website that a client can login and edit their content and add another static page. But if you want to add any functionality to it all, this cms is hopeless in my opinion.

Posted By: esmile on February 15 2009 03:56 am
I like this CMS because it is really simple, but moreover its really slow, too.
Posted By: Mike on February 6 2009 09:49 pm
I'll admit that I just don't have a lot of experience with other CMS's beyond extensive reading. I have been very happy with CMSMS so far though. What I liked about it is how you work. You don't install the thing and try as you might to tweak the look and feel how you want, and merely settle when you can't quite make something work (as is the case with cart scripts I've used).

Instead, you just go ahead and create a static website, and make it look exactly as you want, even program in a dynamic menu - or what have you. Then to make the template you simply replace your content, nav, headers, etc. with little snippets of code that will call in those items.

I will say it took a LONG while to figure out how to swap out all the code for a dynamic javascript menu for the CMSMS code that would make it work, call in the child pages appropriately, etc - but I eventually did it.

I've looked at Website Baker and will say I like their default wysiwyg editor more, as you can throw in tables and such - but that was about it. I haven't really played around with swapping out wysiwyg editors within cmsms, but supposedly it's possible.

The interface really isn't ALL that bad for a non-savvy client. If they can get around web mail, Word, etc. then it's not bad. Sometimes they'll want to make something happen that they just can't quite make work, and you have to go in and help. For really general content it's not bad.

So I've looked around quite a bit, and I think I'll stick with CMSMS for a while.
Posted By: Marcco on February 5 2009 04:37 pm
I have used Joomla for 3 years now, and tried this one, i didnt even managet to create a new page ^^ its kinda weird :) because this is way simple then joomla.. or is it?. Well.. i didnt tryet very long, just very quick testing. Maybe im too joomla oriented or something :)
Posted By: Alan on February 1 2009 11:24 am
Re anonymous comment: "Migrating from one server to another can be a real pain."

I've migrated 100's of CMS Made Simple sites. It's as easy as it gets. Using phpMyAdmin is always an option, but I typically use the MySQL dump module.

1. Click one button from the CMSMS admin panel to backup the entire database.
2. Move that sql file and any associated design assets via ftp to your new server.
3. Click one button to restore on your new server.

Posted By: OA on January 29 2009 08:59 pm
I've been using CMSMS for a long time now myself. It's fantastic for small sites (perfect for just static/content-based ones). The back end is so simple for non-techies to edit pages, and for techies to create a template, and add styles to get the site up and running.

I think as soon as you want more than that it gets hit and miss. There are plenty of useful user-created modules, but using them can be a pain as the documentation is okay, but often very poor - often taking the "simple" out of it.
This leads to people asking for help on the forums, where, if there had been clear documentation in the first place, the user wouldn't have had to ask for help. Nine times out of ten, the information is there, but you have to search pretty hard for it.

I feel that it is a good CMS. If they could get their documentation to a high standard, it would be a GREAT CMS. I think at this point, their ability to fix the documentation will make or break this product in the future.

Give it a try though, certainly recommended.
Posted By: jannu on January 28 2009 06:36 pm
Fantastic CMS never seen anything like this really excellent
Posted By: Simon Brown on January 25 2009 08:11 am
I've been using CMS Made Simple in its various incarnations for 3 years now. I find it to be very lightweight in terms of server load and have had no problems with speed that I didn't get tenfold with other CMSes on the same server setup. In terms of support, because it's not backed by a large open-source company the support is mainly on the forums run by the people who develop the software and on IRC. If you post with a simple "help it doesn't work you're softwarz sux0r" you won't get much help. If you post with proper error messages and details of the steps you took and where you have already tried to find help then you will be assisted.

Personally I haven't had problems installing or running CMSMS for ages but that's just me. If you do have problems, check the forums for previous messages as in all likelihood you aren't the first person to have your problem and others will have experienced, and fixed, the issues you are having.
Posted By: L. Simon on January 23 2009 03:48 pm
Fairly speedy, especially with the user-created caching module.

Great for simple sites, has capability for more --- but the code has no real documentation, and you basically have to read the entire codebase before you can begin serious module development. If you're willing to do that, though, the sky's the limit.
Posted By: user on January 21 2009 03:37 am
Migrating from one server to another can be a real pain. Small community who aren't very helpful.
Posted By: Riyaz on January 18 2009 12:39 pm
I've used Joomla. But comparing to Joomla, this is light weight and fast. And really very easy to understand how it works. But only problem is, it has a small community and poor documentation compare to joomla.
Posted By: mary on January 17 2009 07:40 pm
this is the best cms i ever tried. simple and with regard to usability easy to use.
Posted By: past user on January 15 2009 03:58 pm
as a past user I can guarantee the following: it is slow. doesn't matter what you run it on. it's slow. wait until the v2 release to see if they speed things up. til then, don't waste your time.
Posted By: Pivert on January 9 2009 02:35 pm
Very small CMS, very easy to use. Converting my static web site to CMSMS took me less than 2 hours. I wanted a very special menu, so I took 2 days to understand an rebuild a new menu. Very simple and easy, to recommend for small websites with basic needs (news, search, ...)
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very good
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