RenovatioCMS is a free, safe and user-friendly content management system. It has been released under the GNU General Public License. This license states (roughly speaking) that you may copy, alter or redistribute RenovatioCMS, as long as you allow your users or customers to do the same and as long as the disclaimers mentioning the original authors of the software are left untouched. In the next paragraphs, we will try to explain the concept and the goal of content management systems in general and RenovatioCMS in particular.
Content management systems
Content management systems are software applications, often web-applications that allow users to easily publish documents and articles on-line (content management), without requiring a lot of technical knowledge. One of the main properties of web content management systems is the conversion of plain text to enriched web pages using skins or templates. This allows the author to write a simple article in plain text, while the visitor that reads the article, also receives menus, background images, headers and page details.
Our intended target group
In case of most content management systems, priority number one is creating a user-friendly environment for less experienced users. By using Word-like WYSIWYG editors, developers try to convert "complex" concepts (like altering the style attribute of a table) to "simple" concepts (like expanding columns or rows using your mouse). This in itself is a nice idea, but the achieved "user-friendliness" fails to support users that are trying to accomplish something the developer didn't think of.
Before creating RenovatioCMS, we've tried some other content management systems. During this time, often questions arose like: "Why doesn't it let me alter the HTML itself? It would allow me to align this table in no-time." or: "Wouldn't it be nice to read some data directly from the database halfway this article, instead of inserting it by hand?" When using RenovatioCMS, the possibility frontiers are being determined by the capabilities of the one who is in command: the user, not by the software itself. This may be one of a few reasons for you to choose RenovatioCMS.
How RenovatioCMS works
RenovatioCMS is developed for Apache web-servers that support SQL and PHP (LAMP or WAMP servers). Basically, RenovatioCMS consists of nothing more than a collection of documents, a menu and login system, some management tools, a CodeEditor and a skin. These documents shape the actual contents of a website. They are stored in a database and can be edited using the built-in document management tool. When a page is being visited, the document involved is retrieved from the database and evaluated as if it where an ordinary *.php file.
So, in a nutshell, we are trying to equip you with all the tools you need to create and manage a web-site fast and effectively. On-line documentation is (or will become) available to help less experienced users upload, install and configure their content management systems. More experienced users can start downloading right away.
Our company is supported by donations and advertising payments. Therefore, our services are without charge. If you have any questions or remarks regarding our activities, please feel free to send them to: firstname.lastname@example.org.