Patrick Taylor

A lightweight CMS

I have just updated the micro CMS I've been developing on-and-off since 2008. It started life as le.cms which was very simple indeed. I put the files online for anybody to download and install themselves and a few people did. So a couple of years later I developed it into the much more comprehensive la.plume micro CMS. That was downloaded nearly 20,000 times between 2011 and 2019 when I abandoned the system – not because there was anything wrong with it but because of the time involved.

As soon as I did I began receiving emails from users who wanted to know why I dropped it. So I reinstated the micro CMS and in the process developed it a bit more. A lot more actually. So much so that I have renamed the system as superMicro CMS and put it on its own domain and made it publicly available again.

I used la.plume micro CMS for this website but switched over to WordPress when I dropped it, but I've now switched back again. Both la.plume micro CMS and superMicro CMS are pretty reliable and very simple to use. The crucial feature is how each page has its own text file instead of all the content being stored in a database (as it is with WordPress). Each of those text files is a separately accessible document that can simply be downloaded and printed as a physical entity. Of course any WordPress page can be printed out but everything relies on the database – which seems a bit flimsy to me.

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