barebones_cms_logo_10.JPGCubicleSoft released a simplistic platform this month called Barebones CMS. Aptly named, the system is composed of just the essentials, reportedly making it easier to use than popular solutions such as WordPress, Drupal and Joomla. 

Starting from Scratch

Want to get sites up and running without spending a ton of time on the development portion? Barebones CMS 1.0 might be exactly what you're looking. Born out of the need for a simple tool designed specifically for the creation of static websites, the open source system gives teams of Web developers a blank slate to start from. 

Further, developers don't even have to leave the browser to create a website. Programmers can write PHP code, designers can build and edit HTML and CSS layouts, and Content Editors can edit content-- all in the browser. 

Other features include: 

  • Built-in SEO
  • Multilingual support system
  • Plugin support (admin backend only)
  • Three login privilege groups: Developer, Designer and Content Editors

"If you find Drupal, Joomla, WordPress, etc. to be too heavyweight, have sluggish/poor performance, and/or are difficult to use (i.e. don't fit your business model for web development), are not looking for a blogging platform or other dedicated solution (e.g. a Wiki), and literally want a blank slate to start from, then Barebones CMS is what you are looking for," states CubicleSoft. 

Optional Adds

If Barebones is too bare, the company offers a few additional components. Shortcodes include Flash Object and Code/Syntax Highlighter, and an admin pack (a completely separate piece of software) provides programmers with the ability to develop administrative interfaces. 

The Easier the Better?  

While we can't imagine it getting much easier than perks such as the infamous 5 minute installation from WordPress, perhaps Barebones CMS is onto something. The platform is dual-licensed under MIT and LGPL , and users can choose whichever option suits them best. 

It's free to download, but financial donations cover development costs and professional support for the product.