About AdaptCMS

The dream of AdaptCMS is a content management system that is like a sandbox. To be able to build any type of site you want and if you're a developer, to be able to create additional functionality easily.

The Team

Why AdaptCMS?

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Some features mentioned below will be in the final version of 4.0, at this time we are in the alpha/beta stage.

There are so many CMS's out in the market that it's hard to fathom yet another competitor entering the race. But there are a lot of caveats to the fact that there are so many CMS's.

  1. The market is getting old

    The top 3 CMS's are: Wordpress, Joomla and Drupal. 14, 12 and 17 years old. 43 years combined between just three systems.

    More than that, it's not like most of the coding standards are that modern. Very few, like Drupal, actually use a PHP framework. This leads to a host of security issues, buggy code and systems that are difficult to work with.

  2. Many are too hard or are too simple

    Of course it's hard to find a good middle-ground, but it is almost impossible to find a CMS that is geared towards all three general user types. Beginners, experienced (they've used a CMS or two before, may not be a developer) and developers. They tend to be exclusively geared towards either end and it results in a frustrating experience at times.

  3. Plugins and Themes aren't a priority

    Systems like Wordpress have caught a break, there's not many like them. If they do develop plugins or themes outside of the default themes, it's very rare. Wordpress's enormous 51,000+ plugin database consists almost entirely of 3rd party developer-made plugins.

    There's a few problems with this. One, it can be more difficult to find really important stable plugins. When it's made by the same guys as the core system, then it's an encouraging feeling, of course only if you happen to like the CMS itself.

    One of the other problems with that is that often it's difficult to find your footing to try and start developing plugins and themes.

  4. The focus of the CMS isn't usually on the website owner

    Let me explain this one. It does not mean that CMS's out there don't do a lot of great things, they certainly help a lot of people. The problem is that most systems out there are built with a specific purpose and don't take any actions to try to learn about the end-user, to improve their experience with the system. By finding out what they want from it.

    It's ironic, because modern technology is all about the end-user. You can speak into a TV remote and literally tell it what you want to watch. LinkedIn providers a nice interface to easily build, essentially, your resume for others to see. The list goes on. Most people nowadays want to quickly and simply tell a device what it wants to do and for it to figure it out. You don't see this in CMS's these days.

    So how does a CMS "learn" about the end-user? Pretty simple actually, just ask. What kind of site would you like to build? Collect non-sensitive data, with permission, to try and figure out what type of sites people are wanting to build, what the most common server setups are in order to provide tailored guides on installation, the list goes on. Possibilities, largely, untapped.

With all that said, those aren't exactly easy things to solve, are they? While we can't promise anything, we do feel like we have some great possible solutions to those issues.

  1. The market is getting old

    While AdaptCMS is now 11 years old, we've had breaks in-between. But with 4.0 in development and a new drive to build the best CMS out there, we can't wait to get going. Since the CMS has been completely re-written from scratch, we'll be using some of the best new technologies that are mature. Laravel PHP framework, VueJS framework, Semantic UI CSS framework and more.

  2. Many are too hard or are too simple

    This is one of our absolute top goals. Meet the needs for all three of those user types (beginner, experienced, developers). For beginners, we will have tutorials covering every aspect of the CMS (video and text), full documentation and numerous support methods along with an easy-to-understand admin interface.

    For experienced users, those who have installed a CMS like wordpress, but don't necessarily know how to code. With the new marketplace, those users will be able to search for and install/update plugins and themes, as well as updating the CMS, with just one click of a button.

    We expect developers will be very happy with this CMS. Starting out it uses Laravel, which is the most popular PHP framework on github, the home of developers. Using a 3rd party library, plugins end up being their own mini-apps. For PHP devs, that means full control over controllers, models, view files, assets, whatever. They can build what they want. And for designers, we also use a library for easy creation of a theme. Couples that with a theme builder and you're off to the races.

  3. Plugins and Themes aren't a priority

    One of the simple decisions we made early on was a different than normal work ratio on the CMS, compared to development of plugins and themes. While most CMS's are populated 100%, or at least 75% or so with 3rd party-made addons, we plan on at times a 50/50 ratio.

    The idea is to create a very solid framework of the core CMS and build strong plugins that stand strong. Think of something akin to Woocommerce for wordpress, which is the most popular ecommerce solution available and yet not even made by Wordpress.

    With a new marketshare that contains a lot of helpful information, easy to start making plugins/themes, searching/installation/updates of plugins and themes inside every installation of AdaptCMS 4.0 - we believe that the CMS will do well in this area.

  4. The focus of the CMS isn't usually on the website owner

    In the initial installation process we get started right away trying to focus on the website owner. One of the steps asks about the user's web host, operating system and other questions. They don't have to be answered. But in regards to those questions specifically, it's to help us to know what guides should be written based off of the most popular web hosts and to be able to tailor error messages and other items based off of the OS.

    Secondly, after logging into your admin panel the first time we have an app which literally asks "What kind of site would you like to build?". A list and search containing supported site types is shown and with permission, we collect blank results to know what other site types to make in the future.

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