When developing websites for clients, I often find that they either don’t have the time to learn a content management system like Joomla and Drupal, or they get overwhelmed by the dozens of publishing features. Sometimes you just need to change the paragraph on the front page, and for that you need a web app like CushyCMS.
CushyCMS allows you to effortlessly turn your static XHTML/CSS template into a functional CMS. How cushy is that?
Choosing to allow/disallow intro text, enable trackbacks/pings, changing title alias, etc are all things that a dedicated student or full-time publisher should know – not your average Joe. CushyCMS was created for developers and designers to allow what sections their client could safely edit on their website. By simply adding class=”cushycms” to any tag in your document, that area then becomes editable by the client.
You tell CushyCMS which users can edit what from within the user management dashboard of your account. If you find yourself using this program for more than three clients, go ahead and upgrade to the pro plan. This allows you to brand CushyCMS to your liking. And for $28.00 a month, you can have a client login that looks like this.
When modifying your template to allow for CushyCMS editing, I recommend creating additional div’s solely to hold the class=”cushycms” so that you don’t have multiple class attributes properties embedded in one tag and thus breaking XHTML validity. use <div class=”class1 cushycms”> to get a xhtml valid results as opposed to having two attributes like <div class=”class1″ class=”cushycms”>.
CushyCMS is a great web app for any freelancer who wants to give their client control over the content but not control over the entire site.