GetSimple CMS is a free open source content management system written in PHP. It was first created in 2009 by Chris Cagle and was meant to be as powerful as WordPress, but easier to use. Its features make it a good choice for any size websites, from small to large platforms, that to its flexibility when it comes to expanding the list of features through plugins and themes. Some examples of features include easy installation and customization through themes, friendly user interface and multiple user management. GetSimple CMS is XML based and doesn’t use a database to store information. If you want to get a more comprehensive review you can click on the links above to see our GetSimple CMS demo and test its features. The screenshots below will give you a preview of how the admin demo looks like and how easy to use the user interface is.
You can also click on the link below to download the latest version and create your own GetSimple CMS demo. The latest version available for download is 3.3.13 and was released on October 11, 2016. The team of developers is still actively working on improving its features and providing more themes to help users customize their online demo. To successfully create your own GetSimple CMS demo you will need an UNIX/Linux host, PHP 5.2+ and an Apache web server. Keep in mind that no database is required and that Windows hosting has been tested successfully, but with minor limitations.
GetSimple is an open-source project licensed under the GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE v3.
- XML Based
We don’t use mySQL to store our information, but instead depend the simplicity of XML. By utilizing XML, we are able stay away from introducing an extra layer of slowness and complexity associated with connecting to a mySQL database. Because GetSimple was built specifically for the small-site market, we feel this is the absolutely best option for data storage.
- You can “Undo” Almost Everything
This feature was based off an eye-opening AListApart article explaining how warning messages never work as planned. Because of this, we’ve included “undo” into almost every action you can take on the site, giving you peace-of-mind for when you make those inevitable stupid mistakes.
- Easy to Learn UI
The top priority when designing our user-interface was to make it the best in it’s class. We had the luxury of trying and testing all the competing management systems before designing ours, so we took the best out of each one – then refined it.
- Simple Installation
The total time in setting up a website took a total of 5 minutes, from starting the FTP to finishing the setup procedure.
- Simple Theme Customization
We have how to documents that show you how to create a custom theme. Our goal was not to bloat our software with hundreds of little-used theme functions, but to offer more than enough to allow for a fully customized theme.
- Designed For the Small-Site Market
This is one of the reasons GetSimple uses XML rather than a robust database such as mySQL. For most small businesses, their only real need is to be able to easily update their site without the need of a ton of extraneous rarely used features. GetSimple’s goal is to manage small websites efficiently and effectively.