Micro CMS

November 18th, 2018

I updated my web publishing system in November 2018. I refer to it as la.plume Micro CMS and I’ve developed it from an earlier version I started making in 2008. It’s all my own work and I used it for this website until a couple of months ago when I switched to WordPress. My mother’s website francoisetaylor.com has always been WordPress but it was hacked at some stage on my previous web hosting package with Network EQ. I found this out when I moved everything to Zen web hosting and decided to make a completely new and much simpler theme. The same WordPress theme is now used for both websites — hers and this one.

The micro CMS website (www.mini-print.com) was also moved to Zen. Anyone can download the files and install the system on some web space and make a website with it. It still worked well but needed updating for SSL and other things, so I decided to just delete it to avoid having to spend even more time updating various websites. I left only the contact page and about an hour after I got a message from someone in Southport saying he was updating his installation of the Micro CMS and was very disappointed it had gone. So I put everything back.

It’s taken 2 or 3 weeks work to update the Micro CMS but I think it was worth doing after all the time I’ve spent on it over 10 years. It works even better now. I don’t know how many users it has, but some at least. Of all the so-called micro CMS systems I’ve looked at mine is by far the simplest.

Flat file CMS

… is how I described the system until recently. CMS is fair but I’m not sure about ‘flat file’ any more. In computing terms a flat file is a type of database with a text-only file as storage. Pieces of data are usually separated by a delimiter such as a pipe symbol. The file is then read by a script that uses the delimiters to loop through arrays and then prints the data out or displays it in a web page (something like that at least). My system uses text-only files but one for each page and they aren’t looped through but targeted directly. So it’s not really a flat file system in the normal sense.

CMS is short for Content Management System. A CMS controls a collection of web material, including HTML documents, images and other things which are managed and edited online. WordPress is a CMS so I think micro CMS is a fair description if it does the same thing in a ‘micro’ format, which my system does. It’s a lot faster than WordPress, probably because there’s no looping (which takes time). Only the search page loops.

la.plume Micro CMS can be downloaded here [ZIP]

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