August 24, 2008

All, CMS & E-commerce platforms, PHP

CushyCMS – a Free and Truly simple CMS

Article written by Jeeremie

Most of the CMS are way too complicated and time consuming:

- Designers struggle to create a theme, install the CMS, create a database, change the settings, upgrade to the newest CMS version, teach the client to use it…

- Clients haven’t got a clue about using a CMS and complain about the cost.

Both sides are unhappy!

What’s the solution?

My employer ask me few days ago: “I want something simple to implement and easily editable by anyone. Even a ten years old kid should be able to edit his site. Do you know something?”

I answered: “Yep! CushyCMS”

CushyCMS is the perfect solution for most of small businesses or individuals sites. Designers code their sites as they normally do in their web editor but add an extra class name “cushycms” to each of their editable elements. Clients/editors edit the content in an easy to use interface right from their browsers. It can’t be easier! And it only takes 5 minutes to set it up.

Don’t believe me?

Read the tutorial below and tell me if you still disagree!

Step 1: Add a new site

After you registered, add a new site to CushyCMS. You will be prompted to enter your site url, and FTP details:
Configure site

Step 2: Control Panel

When you are done, you will be redirected to the control panel. You can Assign a new page or add new editors to site:

At the bottom, CushyCMS gives some basic instructions:

You first need to let Cushy know what parts of your page are editable. You do this by adding a class name of cushycms to each of your editable elements. Example:

Step 3: Assign a new page

In “Sites & Pages” click on “Assign page to site…”. You will be redirected to a new page:

Choose a page from the list and give it a name. Click “Assign page”.

Step 4: Class name cushycms

Open your page in your web editor and add the the class name cushycms to your editable elements (DIV, p, h1, h2…):

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<h1 class="cushycms">Just 4 simple steps...<br />...to turn a static webpage into a powerful sales tool.</h1>
<div class="cushycms">
<h2>1.Contact Us</h2>
<p>The first step in your process will be to contact our company. We will discuss your specific ideas and needs, match them with our product offerings and outline a timeframe for completion. During this time we will analyze and go over variations in your script design, budgetary matters and offer guidance so that your project will be excitement with anticipation.</p>
</div>

Upload the new page to your server and go back to your browser.

Step 5: Edit Content

In control panel, in the section “Sites & Pages”, click on the page you want to edit. It will open the visual editor:

Edit your page and save your changes. Click “View live page”. The page should reflects your changes.

Links

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Still not convinced? Watch the video

Screencast

The Author

Article written by Jeeremie:

Hi, My Name is Jeremie Tisseau. I am a French UI/UX Designer, Event Organizer and Web Entrepreneur based in Bangkok, Thailand, since January 2009. I design beautiful and functional web and mobile apps for early stage startups.

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6 Comments

  1. Wifsimster says:

    24 Aug, 2008

    Still not convinced? Watch the video => C’est une image pas une vidéo ^^

  2. Nick says:

    9 Sep, 2008

    What an amazing idea!!

    May use this at some point for my current side project http://www.flamingdesks.com (once the site’s up and we stop blogging that is!)

  3. Susanne says:

    29 Nov, 2008

    That sounds really like a great tool. I will definitely try it!

  4. Baxter Higgins says:

    10 Dec, 2008

    I love Cushy. Now I love Surreal CMS. These kinds of Web 2.0 tools are exactly what we’ve needed for YEARS!!!

  5. Leo says:

    3 Jul, 2009

    Baxter Higgins: you must love it enough to spend all your spare time comment spamming blogs huh?

    http://www.google.com/search?q=baxter+higgins+surrealcms

  6. Patrick says:

    6 Oct, 2012

    CushyCMS is great, Surreal also, so both are good ;-)

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