Here are some thoughts about website software and how they could make life easier. Perhaps the main focus should be on people and their work flow. Not on admin panels, technical details and lots of features. As Dieter Rams said, good design should concentrate on the essential aspects. Back to purity, back to simplicity.
Goals of a software for small websites
- Great user experience, useful for small websites.
- You can use file system and web interface.
- Open source, no license fee.
What's common with other software
- It works. You can create web pages, wikis and blogs.
- Quick installation. You can get started in a few minutes.
- No database. Everything is just files and folders.
What's different from other software
- It feels lightweight and fast. Better dead simple than too many features.
- Dynamic and static generated pages. Your website works with/without CMS.
- No admin panel. Your website can be updated in the normal navigation.
- CMS workflow myth: Aim for the simplest possible working model that actually works by John Eckman
- Will flat-file dethrone WordPress: An explanation why WordPress is here to stay by Morten Rand-Hendriksen
- Flat file CMS systems: A list of flat-file content management systems curated by Ahad Bokhari
- Datenstrom Yellow: The content management system used on this website
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