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SitePoint PHP Blog:
Introduction to Kirby CMS
April 28, 2014 @ 13:48:31

The SitePoint PHP blog has posted a new article introducing you to Kirby, a database-less content management system that's all file based.

Kirby is a lightweight CMS that probably fits somewhere between feature-rich platforms such as Drupal, and static site generators such as Jekyll. What makes Kirby quite different to most CMS's - and closer to Jekyll in the process - is that it has no database. Instead, everything is stored as files; some for configuration, some for content - all in addition to the usual template files, partials and plugins. In this article I'm going to take a look at Kirby, demonstrate how to use it, and assess some of its strengths and weaknesses.

He walks you through the download and installation process and provides a general overview of the structure of the application and how it works. He gets into the specifics of theming the site to match your own look and feel, shows you how to use "kirbytext", a custom extension of Markdown. He also briefly covers plugins, the main panel and some of the pros and cons of using the system.

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Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/introduction-kirby-cms/

SitePoint PHP Blog:
CMS Showdown Nginx, Ghost, PHP and Phalcon
March 20, 2014 @ 12:58:18

On the SitePoint PHP blog today Bruno Skvorc has written up the first part of his look at installing Ghost with Nginx and Phalcon on his hosting provider. This is the first post in his "showdown" series of trials on various CMS systems.

You might be wondering why I'm writing about Ghost on a PHP oriented channel - this series will be a showdown of all the various PHP based CMS' I can find, benchmarked against each other and against Ghost, as I look for the next best alternative. Since my DigitalOcean droplet already runs Nginx as a reverse proxy for the blog, I'll also be deploying all the CMS' on that same installation, each on its own subdomain.

He walks you through the whole process from start to finish:

  • Installing PHP on Nginx
  • Setting up a virtual host on a subdomain
  • Installing Phalcon
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Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/cms-showdown-nginx-ghost-php-phalcon

NetTuts.com:
Statamic 101
December 11, 2013 @ 10:40:41

NetTuts.com has a new tutorial posted today introducing you to Statamic, a PHP-based content management system that uses flat-files instead of database entries to manage its content. (One note, Statamic is not free software and there's no "trial" version)

Statamic is a modern PHP CMS which really makes an effort to be easy and intuitive to use. From its flat-file design to its use of technologies, like markdown and Yaml, you can accomplish an outstanding amount of work without writing any code at all. In this article we will take a look at the process from installation to setting up a basic portfolio.

The CMS (downloadable here) has a simpler structure than some other systems as most of the content is just files in the "_content" directory. They talk some about the directory structure of the tool and help you get things configured via the main YAML config. The post then moves on to working with themes and how to get dynamic content in a basic layout. From there they go on to talk about making new content, adding entries and various other topics like administration and templating.

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Link: http://net.tutsplus.com/tutorials/php/statamic-101

PHPMaster.com:
Getting Started with Fuel CMS, Part 2
December 20, 2012 @ 11:07:08

PHPMaster.com has published the second article in their working with Fuel CMS series (part one here). This time he focuses on working with modules and creating self-contained blocks of reusable functionality.

In the previous article you learned about the basics of Fuel CMS: how to create views and simple pages. Most websites these days are not that simple though, they have a blog, a gallery, etc. In this part, I'll explain how Fuel CMS modules work and create a basic guestbook module to demonstrate.

He starts off by introducing the concept of a "module" and what kind of functionality that represents in the Fuel CMS ecosystem. Then he gets into the actual code, showing you how to create a model that connects to a "guestbook_comments" table and a controller to handle a request to "view" and "add" (save) them.

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PHPMaster.com:
Getting Started with Fuel CMS, Part 1
December 13, 2012 @ 12:36:24

On PHPMaster.com today there's a new tutorial posted helping you get started with the Fuel CMS (not related to the Fuel PHP framework), a CodeIgniter-based content management system.

When you hear the abbreviation CMS, you probably think about Drupal, Joomla, and even WordPress. However, there are alternatives to those heavy hitters if you want something more lightweight or flexible. If you're look a simple administration interface, or integrate custom application code into the site, then I suggest exploring Fuel CMS. In this two-part series I'll discuss some concepts of Fuel CMS. In this part I'll talk about its installation and how to set up views. In the second part I'll talk about writing a Fuel CMS module.

This first of the two articles starts with an overview of the CMS, helps you get it installed (via github) and how to create some of the basics - a first page and a new view.

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Tom Barrett's Blog:
WordPress is more than a CMS, it is a PHP Framework
May 11, 2012 @ 12:10:00

Tom Barrett has a new post that shares an opinion he has about WordPress and what it can be used for - that the popular software is more than just a blog, it's a PHP framework.

A software library is a collection of resources used to develop software. [...] A Software Framework is a software library with certain goals in mind [...]. Hopefully theme and plugin developers will be familiar enough with WordPress to see where I am going with this.

He mentions some of the similarities WordPress has with other PHP frameworks including the integration of hooks/filters/plugins, working with core files that are maintained by an external entity and that it's a full-functional CMS out of the box.

From this, I conclude that WordPress is a framework. It provides us with a library of resources that allow us to extend and specialize it into the site and CMS that we want.
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WebInsightLab.com:
30 Best PHP Based Open Source CMS (besides WordPress)
October 13, 2011 @ 11:46:59

On the WebInsightLab.com blog there's a new post with a long list (30 to be exact) of PHP-based content management systems besides WordPress that you could select from for your next project.

Yes, there are many CMS available for your website, most of them are Open Source. You can not only use them but may modify too according to your need but under GNU license. [...] Now move on to other PHP Based Open Source CMS, following list shows you 30 Open Source CMS besides WordPress which can be useful to build your website and manage your content.

Other content management systems that made their list include:

Each one on the list comes with a brief description of what it offers and where it comes from.

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PHPClasses.org:
Lately in PHP Episode 16 - APC in PHP, MODX CMS, Top Developers
September 30, 2011 @ 09:11:53

PHPClasses.org has posted their latest episode of their "Lately In PHP" podcast today - PHP 5.4.0 Will not Include APC, Is MODX CMS better than Wordpress? Top PHP Developers in Every Country.

PHP 5.4 beta 1 was released but APC is not going to be included at least in PHP 5.4.0. Manuel Lemos and Ernani Joppert discuss this and other happenings in the PHP world, like the adoption of more robust Continuous Integration methods to prevent shipping buggy PHP versions like what happened with PHP 5.3.7.

The podcast also features an interview with Bob Ray, an author and contributor to the MODX CMS platform project. You can listen to this latest episode either through the in-page player, by downloading it directly or by subscribing to their feed and getting this and past shows automatically.

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PHPClasses.org:
MODX A CMS Framework Designed with PHP Developers in Mind
September 23, 2011 @ 13:56:52

On PHPClasses.org there's a new article talking about a CMS that's "designed with developers in mind" - MODX, technically a "content management framework".

If you have ever wrestled with trying to create a custom Web site using a CMS that made you jump through hoops to get the desired output, you should definitely check out MODX, a CMS framework designed from the ground up with Object Oriented Programming PHP developers in mind. Read this article to learn more about MODX CMS framework and how you can easily use it to build your own content management system customized to your needs.

The article introduces you to MODX and shows you (briefly) how the MODX manager works to help you create a site quickly and easily through simple configuration options and content creation. He also talks about "chunks", template variables, plugins/extras and xPDO - their abstraction layer for database connections.

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Lukas Smith's Blog:
Drupal using Symfony2 HttpFoundation is huge
September 06, 2011 @ 11:37:35

As Lukas Smith mentions in his latest post, the Drupal project has made a switch to use the HttpFoundation component of the Symfony2 project as a integral part of their HTTP handling.

[...] The fact that Drupal8 will use Symfony'2 HttpFoundation component is huge, because it will make integration a breeze. Basically Symfony2 converts a Request instance to a Response. So if both Symfony2 and Drupal8 use the same Request and Response classes it means that creating a sub-request and handing the response from Drupal8 into Symfony2 (or vice versa) will require no conversion at all.

He also points out Drupal's use of the ClassLoader component will make integration even easier. This is great news for Symfony fans out there that have been needing to work directly with a Drupal install (or even those wanting to create new Drupal additions in the environment they're familiar with). You'll have to wait for Drupal 8 to get these benefits, though.

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