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Posted By: Ashish on August 2 2014 06:10 pm
This is a great CMS for small websites. I converted a site from HTML to GetSimple in less than 2 hours flat, far easier than WordPress which I generally use. Only gripe is about having to upgrade manually. I give this a 5 star rating.
Posted By: alex on April 24 2013 04:59 pm
Useless blocked admin. You can't edit anything.
Posted By: Knuzen on November 15 2012 09:19 pm
That's what I need, Text, Gallery, Mailform with CAPTCHA, and easy to use. Fast!
Posted By: Leaving on November 10 2012 06:33 pm
Demo won't let me make changes to try it out, see how I like it.
Posted By: KNUZEN on November 9 2012 12:01 pm
YES! I needed a small CMS with normal Text, a small but powerful Gallery, and a Mailform with Captcha, furthermore a nice template, which I could simply modify, without so much trouble. A really nice programmer work which I can really recommend.
Posted By: Sanni on October 9 2012 10:47 pm
that is exactly what i need
Posted By: Chris Cagle on April 24 2012 09:39 pm
Thank you very much @John Jackman!
Posted By: John Jackman on April 21 2012 10:38 pm
For years I have been frustrated with overly complex CMS -- my clients mostly need a clearly-defined set of basic functions in an easy-to-understand interface. Joomla and Drupal have a learning curve way beyond the average customer. GetSimple hits all the bases for most of the sites I host, so far it is rock-solid, easy to implement and then (very important!) easy to teach to a client. I have used this software for four sites now, it certainly won't do for complex sites with special needs for functionality, but hey, that's not most of my small-business customers. As we update sites, I will be converting a number of customer sites to GetSImple. Thanks, Chris Cagle, for some great, straightforward work without crazy furbelows and trumpery. GREAT WORK, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. If you need Drupal with a hundred plugins, please don't complain about GetSimple, that's not what it's for.
Posted By: Pixinfinity on March 26 2012 05:21 pm
Easy, clean, fast, no database, free. Very good project.
Posted By: TheFish on March 16 2012 11:34 am
It is a a really great peace of software.

I've seen a lot of CMS and actually I prefer Joomla if needed, but in all other cases GS is the answer. I looked around for a little CMS with sqlite-Database, but I've found no matching one. Getsimple based on XML. The first time I read this I was not impressed.

XML as CMS storage? Yes, a good solution.

It is true that there are no mass of plugins or themes like Joomla, but it's easy to create and almost everything is possible with some template changes.

I've found no important bugs.
Its simply nice. Nice to work with and nice to setup.

It's true that you can setup an entire site under 5 min (I think I am faster ...)... Ready to run. And like other CMS its very helpfull to have some html and php skills for templating or integrating stuff.
Posted By: Chris on February 26 2012 03:20 pm
Like this simple lite CMS every day more (using it over 1 month now)
Posted By: capnix.com on February 4 2012 11:13 pm
Best CMS! As the name suggest it is really simple and easy to use. Easy to install, very easy to modify templates, php/html code integration is a breeze, diverse plugins with excellent documentation and demos.
Posted By: Draxeiro on January 24 2012 10:17 am
@steven k:
Have you actually taken the time to properly test this CMS? Comments like 'trashcan software' and 'total waste of time' lead me to believe you either only had a quick glance at the demo here or you haven't even given it a proper test drive.

I've used this CMS on various production sites, as do many people on the forum. It is stable, very extendable (more plugins every day) and has a very dedicated community. It is easy to setup, very easy to create templates and a breeze to install plugins. Very much recommended as far as I am concerned.

With regards to your 'many unsolved bugs', in day-to-day use you do not run into them all that often (or in my case: hardly at all). But doesn't any program tend to have bugs? Even a powerhouse application like Adobe Photoshop which has been out for eons has bugs. Fact is that this CMS is under active development and work is done on any bugs found.

Is it perfect? No, improvements can always be made but as far a lite CMSes go, GetSimple is damn near close.

Just my 2 cents...
Posted By: vasitellapahki on January 11 2012 07:45 am
GS is a great lite CMS!
I'm really happy to have found it.
Posted By: Steven K. on January 5 2012 07:37 am
Current GS is still a total waste of time.

The latest GS version has no login link, etc.

Due to no option(s) to select password during installation,
it makes it a waste of time to test GS on a localhost, etc.

@Chris Cagle???
Blue Rocket CMS or the domain has nothing to do with me.

Still too many unsolved bugs make GS a trashcan software.
About login, see following reply:

"Opensourcecms bar" has nothing to do with the original GS.

I hope most of the current bugs/problems is solved in v3.1

Regards: Steven K.
Posted By: Chris Cagle on December 6 2011 11:25 am
Help GetSimple test it's next version, 3.1. We need all the testers we can find... Thanks!

Posted By: Chris Cagle on October 19 2011 11:40 am
@Steven K: Thank you for that honest opinion. We will try to fix some of those hundreds of problems before we release our 3.1 version.

Also, when I get a free minute to test out your Blue Rocket CMS [ http://www.stevenword.com/2011/07/07/blue-rocket-cms/ ] product, I will make sure that I am just as honest in my critique. Good luck!
Posted By: NickW on October 16 2011 11:50 am
@Steven K. : "Can not find any link at the demo to log in to the administration."

Click on the 'Demo Pages' icon on the OSCMS panel at the bottom of the screen, then click 'Admin Page'. That's a feature of this demo site, not GetSimple.

Comment on things you have actually tried ...

GetSimple is the finest no-database CMS that I have used (and I have tried many). In fact, for most common uses, it beats the big-name alternatives hands down, with or without a database.

Easy enough for an end-user to master; flexible and accessible enough for professional web development.
Posted By: Anonymous on October 11 2011 08:25 pm
@Steven K.
Have you tried using the Opensourcecms bar at the bottom, which contains a pop-up menu with a link to the admin page? Perhaps, GetSimple is too intellectually taxing for you? You could always try an easier and simpler CMS. Welcome to Open Source! People do this stuff for free in their spare time! Sorry it doesn't live up to your "expectations".
Posted By: Steven K. on October 9 2011 05:33 pm
Getsimple is a total waste of time...

Can not find any link at the demo to log in to the administration.

On the getsimple forum there is hundreds of unsolved problems with getsimple.

If you manage to test getsimple demo here, then here is the place to share your experiance.

Well, there is no stable getsimple if you read all problems with the 'stable' version at getsimple forum.

That says it all = trashcan software.
Posted By: joshas on September 23 2011 08:02 am
To all users experiencing bugs - please report them to GetSimple issue tracker (http://code.google.com/p/get-simple-cms/issues/list), that way they will be solved quicker. Be sure to include detailed description how to reproduce it and don't forget to mention your configuration (server setup, PHP version, etc.).
Posted By: FIVEthoughs on August 25 2011 03:14 pm
Excellent system. Installation is very easy, no errors or problems. We are using shared hosting through godaddy. We have set up 5 customer sites so far and they have been running for about 6 months, and have not heard any complaints.

Theme design is very simple, I love how easy it is to include editable content in random sections of the sites design using the custom components.
Posted By: Simple Tech on July 13 2011 05:42 am
This is really coooooooooooooooooool
Posted By: Felipe on June 16 2011 12:03 am
Very easy to use, especially for those who doesnt know much about content system. This is great for them. Lite and Free!
Posted By: Anonymous on April 30 2011 01:08 pm
I have also tested the latest "stable" version 3.0
with the same bad results as other commenters have.

The most annoying problems and bugs is:
1. "CSRF detected!"
2. "Create New Archive Now" double sizing
3. "File uploader is ActiveX dependend"
4. "external server-calls"

I can not find any solutions in the getsimple forums,
so i will wait for a version with the issues solved.

Some reflections:
Who the h*ll is using "Chris", the GS developers name?

No serious developer meet creative criticism with:
1. Blames the "bloopers" on the "group-mentality".
2. Force public criticism to his internal "forums".
3. Goes totally paranoid with "ulterior motives".

I am convinced that Chris Cagle, the GS developer,
does not handle creative criticism in these ways!

IMO getsimple is well structured with plugins + themes.

Tommy Carlsson
Posted By: Chris on April 20 2011 03:55 pm
Thanks for the great comment Benny.

Open source is great because of the group-mentality the community displays since everyone is working towards one common goal: Making the piece of software the best it can be. Your complaints would be better served on the forums where we could actually delve into some of the problems you speak of. But alas, you posted it here... I think you and Arto have ulterior motives.

If GS really is as bad as you say then why do we have the highest rated lite-cms listed here on OpenSourceCMS?
Posted By: Benny Andersson on April 17 2011 12:44 pm
The latest "stable" version 3.0 is still full of bugs.

Reading get-simple.info/forum/forum/3/general-problems
confirms that nothing has improved from beta-versions.

I downloaded the latest v3.0 from get-simple.info/latest
installed GS both on a localhost and an online web-host.

The first error is "CSRF detected!" in the administration
when try to save new password following the instructions:
..."to change your password from that random generated"...

The bug who causes the error is a simple code-beginners
mistake of having two input-submit instead of only one.
The bug is repeated in more places in the administration.

The function "Create New Archive Now" doubles the size of
every new "Archive" when previous archives is present...

File uploader is ActiveX dependend (if not begin to hack).

The default installed Innovation template is a catastrofy
due to external server-calls to s7.addthis.com
fonts.googleapis.com html5shiv.googlecode.com
wich spoils a test on a (internet disconnected) localhost.

External server-calls to get-simple.info/api/start/v3.php
makes lots of error-messages instead of letting the admin
decide when, or if ever, checking for a new version, etc.

I also tested plugins in v3.0, following Arto Honkonen
adventures, with the same result of the p code blooper.

To many bugs followed, so i dumped getSimple in trashcan.

I can not recommend to use getSimple for production sites.

Regards: Benny Andersson (not the ABBA-Benny)
Posted By: Connie on April 17 2011 06:34 am
GS is out in Version 3.0
It is easily configurable, themes can be added, themes can be edited online, more and more useful plugins available

that's why I decided to use it and to support it.
Posted By: Xav F on April 14 2011 12:26 pm
I would have been happy to try this CMS but I get an error when trying to install. Error is in admin/inc/common.php
Posted By: Andy Sheppard on April 11 2011 07:06 am
Very nice and easy setup & usage - Good job!
Posted By: Connell on March 24 2011 02:50 pm
Some of the comments are humorous. This is hands down the best lite CMS on offer for a while. Extending the functionality is a breeze. Great work. If you gonna complain, better get into Wordpress.
Posted By: Mike H on March 24 2011 02:11 pm
@Arto Honkonen

As other said, the svn represents the beta, which obviously would have lots of updates and corrections to make sure the final version 3.0 will be successful.
Posted By: Arto Honkonen on March 23 2011 08:58 pm
The latest v2.03.1 is still full of bloopers.
Some answers, solutions and recommendations:

*** rip out our existing WYSIWYG editor ***
Eh Chris, it is not yours, it is Copyright
(C) 2003-2011, CKSource - Frederico Knabben.
All rights reserved. - ckeditor.com/license
You should not delete references to CKEditor
licenses and then call it yours...
Some honesty could and should be appropriate.

*** ridiculous complaint ***
Read again:
When i deleted the p's, i made both main and plugins
out of 8 different wysiwyg editors which all runs OK.
Other code-mods i made, did Safari and Firefox happy.

If you correct your tiny p code blooper, at least 8 new
wysiwyg plugins producing XHTML valid code can be nice?
Try a bit more code cleaning, then Safari and Firefox...

Facts of v2.03.1:
2 802 404 bytes in 140 directories and 380 files.
The (C) ckEditor takes about 62 percent of all Mb:
1 745 535 bytes in 93 directories and 192 files.

Hmm.. Who is owning who and what? ;-)

Check out unverse.net nicedit.com www.wymeditor.org
for examples of smaller main and plugin editors...
Maybe a search for: javascript wysiwyg editors

Most of your code is nice and promising, cheer up! :-)

Regards: Arto Honkonen
Posted By: Anonymous on March 13 2011 12:31 pm
@Arto Honkonen
All of these updates refer to the upcoming version 3.0, which is still in beta. These constant updates do not refer to the current version 2.03.1. Of course it is good that the beta is constantly being updated in order to squash the bugs.
Posted By: Chris Cagle on March 12 2011 09:24 pm
@Arto Honkonen - That is called progress.

On top of that, we are gearing up for the next 3.0 release in the next month, so naturally there will be a lot of updates around this time.

Also, it is not our job to make it an easy job for you to rip out our existing WYSIWYG editor and replace it with something else. That is just a ridiculous complaint on your part...
Posted By: Arto Honkonen on March 2 2011 03:44 am
Avoid this permanent beta with its constant updates:

The code is full of bloopers and scattered with faults
which creates havocs if exchanging the bloated tinyMce
(65 percent of all space/files/codes) to a smaller one.

Tested nicEdit and whizzyWig and it was OK, only if i
deleted the start and end paragraph tags in edit.php
surrounding the textarea... Typical a coding blooper!

When i deleted the p's, i made both main and plugins
out of 8 different wysiwyg editors which all runs OK.

Other code-mods i made, did Safari and Firefox happy.

A normal user should not be concerned with these problems
and definitely not be confronted with arbitrary errors...

It can be a promising project when all bloopers is gone.

- Faux pas? Telle est la question... ;-)

Regards: Arto Honkonen
Posted By: Tibor on February 25 2011 06:09 pm
Could not edit the demo..., if is possible at all to do that.
Using Safari 5.0.3
Posted By: MartinC on February 24 2011 03:48 am
Same problem with Firefox 3.6.13: in the Page Editing Mode the content form-field is in some way hidden and not editable. Otherwise looking clean and promising for 1-page-websites...
Posted By: Andrew on February 19 2011 09:02 am
Unable to edit pages on Firefox 3.6.13
Posted By: Ricky on February 16 2011 11:44 pm
I like the system overall, but just could not find a simple and easy way to change the font size of website "Name". It takes the name from settings, but has font size of 52+ for which there is no easy option to reduce, unless we fool around with CSS.Or maybe I could be missing something.
Posted By: Tobias on February 12 2011 09:37 am
This is definetely worth a try.

I am currently testing a few flat database CSMs for a small website, and GetSimple is very nice, but as already said: You have to enable WYSIWYG in gsconfig.php :).

GetSimple is somewhere in the middle between completely decoupling the admin pages, from the normal user view. And completely integrating it like for example gpEasy.

Nice compromise, but here and there still a bit too simplistic for my taste.

A nice WYSIWYG template editor and a few more plugins would make it perfect.
Posted By: Chris Cagle on February 1 2011 09:06 am
Colin - The WYSIWYG has an advanced option that can be turned on by editing the gsconfig.php file
Posted By: Colin on January 24 2011 02:21 pm
Great for what I want to do.
Only thing I would like in the WYSIWYG is the H1-2-3.
Posted By: Carlos on January 13 2011 10:41 am
Posted By: amy on November 25 2010 08:53 pm
Excellent! a life saver!
Posted By: gery on November 15 2010 10:28 am
nice, fast and no sql need...

a dream come true!
excellent for those that dont really need a wordpress installation.
I've been trying the jcart plugin for selling online, but it's too simple for a really ecommerce site.
but as an fast and simple CMS, it's an excellent piece of work!
Posted By: misho on September 11 2010 08:55 am
one of the best for simplicity till now. MARVELOUS!!!
Posted By: pete on August 4 2010 10:16 am
If you can't see the WYSIWYG editor on the edit page in Firefox try breaking the site out of the opensource CMS frame.

Worked fine for me after that.
Posted By: infoplace.gr on August 3 2010 05:58 am
this is overestimated i think. pluck & gpEasy are much more better. poor themes/plugins/addon/modules/suppport.
The file manager is not site-global!
Posted By: dd on July 21 2010 03:09 pm
best easiest and lightest cms u will ever find! extremely easy to customize..
Posted By: anonym on July 18 2010 05:01 pm
best easiest and lightest cms u will ever find! extremely easy to customize..
Posted By: Donkey Man on July 18 2010 09:04 am
I built a theme for this thing, very easy, excellent for those small to medium jobs.
Posted By: Rara on July 11 2010 11:12 am
I've not been able to Edit pages (though I could create them) in Firefox 3.6.6 on either a Mac or PC too!
Posted By: Jamz on July 9 2010 05:37 pm
Just had to post to say what an excellent CMS this is... I was looking for something simple for my clients to use, and out of all the one's I have tested this is the best!

Easy to create your own theme, easy to get content onto the page (from a coder and customer point of view)

No problems with install (2.01), admin panel is rather sexual and easy to use for anyone (tech minded or not)

Also loving some of the add-ons available via the GetSimple forum (will addon some of the things people have mentioned already i.e. more levels of links)
Posted By: Emma on July 9 2010 03:12 pm
I've not been able to Edit pages (though I could create them) in Firefox 3.6.6 on either a Mac or PC; Chrome was fine.
Posted By: Jay on June 27 2010 07:06 pm
Almost perfect. Simple, lightweight, fast and portable. Doesn't utilize any database engine. Recommended for small websites (up to 5-6 pages). There are also couple plugins made by users.
Creating a template from scratch for this cms is intuitive. I fallen in love with this cms since I made my last website :)
Posted By: Jerry on June 10 2010 05:45 am
The Codebase is a bit quirky, hacks and violations of good practice here and there.
But it does what it should and that's good.
Its easy to modify, even with very basic php knowledge, no magic or complex design patterns there.
On the plus side the admin interface is kinda sexy :)
Posted By: Rodge on May 28 2010 09:21 am
I am very impressed. I have been using and trying CMS systems since about 2004. Wordpress, Mambo, Joomla, Drupal, CuchyCMS, Simplecms etc. There's something very elegant about this one. I like it very much.
Posted By: andieevans on May 13 2010 06:34 am
This is a really simple and effective cms. TOP STUFF! ***** 5 STARS
Posted By: anonymious on May 12 2010 04:40 pm
A cool tool for small site-projects. I like it!
Posted By: anon on May 6 2010 04:44 am
tried the new version, cannot edit pages as the editor does not load, only get page title and options.
Posted By: JOKER 666 on May 4 2010 12:23 pm
best, excellent ! 5 STARS
Posted By: anon on April 26 2010 03:47 pm
I love this cms. It is perfect for creating a quick and easy website. Sure there aren't a lot of features but sometimes you don't want a lot of features, that is the whole point. Get SImple isn't pretending to be all-singing and dancing cms, it is SIMPLE without the fluff.
The forum is friendly and helpful.
I didn't try the demo on here but if there are problems I didn't have any to speak of during installation. Tell a lie, I did, but due to my own ifnorance regarding permissions and someone on the forum soon helped me out.
Posted By: Aaron Champagne on March 11 2010 02:31 pm
Thinking about doing my first ever CMS for a not-for-profit.
The need a blog that can handle hyperlinked text, images, and text, multiple users, and passwords, with an admin.
Posted By: smiffy on March 9 2010 01:57 am

Do not take bugs in the demo as bugs in the system, I am the author of another CMS on here, and my system (which I am not going to shamelessly self promote here) is the same once we release a new version, things don't work on here straight away.

I would suggest emailing the people at open source cms, they are nice people and always willing to sort things out, after a few emails my demo normally pretty much works, well done for a very important service opensourcecms.

(nice cms too)

Posted By: Chris on February 26 2010 07:00 am
@Tim - Thanks for checking us out. I can't say for sure why the demo is not working, but these are not issues that anyone else has had once they've installed it. My best guess is that there is some sort of restrictions on the OpenSourceCMS server that prohibits certain files from being saved.

Being a flat file system, folder permissions are key. However, the install of GS should take of these for you...
Posted By: Tim on February 19 2010 07:46 am
Haven't tried installing it yet...I'm still playing with the demo. I can't seem to view any nested posts in the demo? How do you view them?

Also, I couldn't change the theme. It said the theme changed successfully, but when I refreshed, it was the same?

Sorry, maybe I'll be back once you get the bugs out.
Posted By: mike on February 11 2010 07:51 am
if only this had a news/blog feature...
Posted By: amar on January 10 2010 08:26 pm
the CMS that I dreamed about, thanks you guys to make my dream come true
Posted By: Andy on December 23 2009 12:55 am
I'm not an expert..but after installing and trying out 15 other non-sql cms I played with this the least amount of time and with the least amount of hassle.
I don't really programme or write scripts but managed to get somethng good looking up and running with 12+ pages for my use in under 20 minutes.
I'd have liked the side bar to be a bit more easy to use and the manual to be a bit longer and slight less techie but apart from that I really recommend this to all.
Posted By: internet54 on December 17 2009 05:54 pm
Wow... I just had to comment to get rid of off this negativity.

Yes, some things aren't perfect, but this is a new system. God forbid we "developers" have to hard code a menu that will never change. Heck, even if it does change then there is a contribution that fixes it.

As for me... I've already installed 2 websites with this setup. I created a 25 page website in 4 hours last night. Try doing that with Drupal or Wordpress. I used to be the biggest fan of WP and then I realized that it was just all fluff that I never needed, and was always having to shift it from it's main purpose.

Get Simple is meant for small business websites that don't require a blog. If you want flexibility, speed, and simple template integration, give it a shot.
Posted By: Jonzo on November 3 2009 07:53 am
Seems that navigation is rendering only about 1 level.
Posted By: Mohammad Azad Shaikh on September 26 2009 04:30 am
May be this help me for some small website projects.
Hope for some very good development.
Good work.
Keep it on.

Azad Shaikh
Posted By: Les on September 23 2009 05:06 pm
Very simple!
Posted By: jdoe on September 17 2009 02:22 am
-disable "use fancy urls" or it will not work on most stock linux webservers

-does not work with WAMPserver for windows
Posted By: Anonymous on September 11 2009 10:00 am

-you currently can't change the color of the text, maybe needs new editor component

-new pages did not create, got file not found even though
chmod 777 was given to data and backup folders.

-only 2 themes

-sidebar text should be editable as a GUI page, currently you can only edit in HTML style
Posted By: yxcvbnm on August 27 2009 04:26 pm
set the permissions... the install file has to be deleted automatically by the script...

i love this cms
Posted By: anon on August 16 2009 07:04 am
looks good, but why use flash?
Posted By: chris on August 12 2009 01:19 am
same problem here, installation loop...
Posted By: Nicklas on August 6 2009 01:12 am
Looks really interesting, but I got stuck in an installation-loop
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