Anybody have any experience with 900dpi or recommend another super lightweight CMS? I can manage in WordPress and Mamp, but would rather hit myself in the face with a spork. WordPress is overkill for so many projects I've worked on, and I'm looking for a lighter more designer friendly solution.
+1 for lighter CMS recommendations.
I am the CTO of CloudCannon, http://cloudcannon.com/. We offer a lightweight CMS for static websites. If you can write it in HTML we can make it updatable. Ask me anything.
Full disclosure... I built it.
- Builds static sites, but still has a live CMS for clients.
- Drag and drop form-building.
- Cheap, $9 a month. Open source free version as well.
- Real time CMS with a JSON / firebase backend.
- No backend coding layer, it's just template code.
Negatives vs. heavier CMS
- No user login outside of the CMS.
- You can't touch your nginx / apache layer. We support 301 redirects through the CMS, but that's it.
- We're targeted at content serving websites. If you want to do user communities or something, we're not gonna be a good choice.
Other smaller CMS solutions you might like other than us.
Believe these are all PHP solutions, we're Node. They price per site, vs. our monthly plans and are targeted more towards self-hosting on your end. Generally I'd say all of them require more configuration / learning curve to get going but they are all nice in their own ways.
Kirby is pretty great: http://getkirby.com/
Thanks for checking out 900dpi. I'm one of the co-founders and we created 900dpi specifically for simple projects that don't need all of the complexity of wordpress. I had the same issue with many of my clients that came to me for design and needed a simple web solution for their business, but didn't want to deal with a complicated CMS.
I'm obviously biased :) but all of my clients really like how easy it is to use. We added a bunch of other features that really help with the development process (like a blog, forms, and include files). All you have to know is basic HTML and CSS to make all of it work.
You can create a website without having to pay, so you should definitely try it out. Feel free to let me know if you have any issues (firstname.lastname@example.org) Hope that helps!
Thanks for all the suggestions…looks like some great options.