Webpop: A Simple CMS

We came across another simple web content management system you might be interested in. Let's have a look at Webpop.

Who Are Webpop?

Founded in 2010, Webpop is a cloud-based web content management platform. It was built to support designers who needed control over design but didn't want to do a ton of hard core coding to serve up dynamic content.

Webpop has two main components: the web content management side for creating and managing website content and a code editor that utilizes Webpop's custom template engine, PopTags.

Webpop runs as a hosted solution on Rackspace using MongoDB for a database. It's also integrated with the Akamai CDN to support caching of website assets for faster delivery of content.

Setting Up Design Shop in Webpop

After signing up, you create a new project and then begin exploring different designs and features within the Dashboard, Design, Market and Content tabs.

The browser-based IDE offers contextual auto-completion and syntax highlighting both of which help with development.

Webpop's template engine gives users the tools to write markup language with a variety of abstractions including HTML5, Compass and Coffeescript without having to set up an additional software or hardware. For example, if a user wanted to set up a contact form, they wouldn't have to look around to see what is the right code to use, they simply have to browse Webpop's template codes, which for a web form is pop:form, while if a user wants to be notified that someone has completed that form they would insert a pop:success tag. The template engine offers plenty of options for pulling content  from databases, and the ability to create your own PopTags if you do need custom functionality.

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The dashboard is divided into tools to help with every step of website design process and keep content organized. With the sections component, users can divide website content into manageable groups, such as Locations, Menu or Gallery. Each of these sections can have any number of categories assigned and unlimited entries (eg blog posts, images, etc...).

With a separation of content from presentation, content authors can have their own view for updating content.

Webpop also offers nightly backups of files and projects, an integrated search engine, in-app chat support, live stats or analytics and rich text editing.

Webpop Pricing

Webpop has a 30 day trial, but after that you have to pay. Pricing starts at US$ 29/month for a single site with 10GB of bandwidth and goes up to US$ 3000/month for the Enterprise license. You can downgrade and upgrade at any time. The difference in the pricing is reflected in the number of sites you can run and the total bandwidth used.

An Industry Point of View

Overall, Webpop’s approach to web content management and website design has been well-received by many critics.

Webpop is not new, it's been around for a few years now. A reviewer from Liquidvisual compared Webpop to other WCM platforms, such as WordPress, Joomla and Drupal. The reviewer found that, for example, with WordPress the side server was inefficient, while with Drupal there were too many third-party tools needed for the system to work properly.

It’s a powerful, attractive organization tool,” said the review about Webpop. “ In a matter of hours you’ll have vastly intricate data structures majestically looping and weaving through one another, rending your pages. You won’t have ugly chunks of PHP littered through your templates nor will you have to wrestle with modules going out of date when the system upgrades.”

One can assume that this simple Web CMS has advanced even more since that review was done.

We would not say that Webpop is at the level of, say, WordPress (You can also check out these alternatives to WordPress), but it's an option for designers and agencies who don't want to do a lot of custom coding. Curious to know if you have tried this Web CMS and how it's working for you?