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Sites built in Graffiti CMS

Jul 6, 2010 at 5:52 PM
Edited Jul 6, 2010 at 5:55 PM

Noticed that people are sharing their Graffiti Web sites and I wanted share mine in the hope of encouraging others to try this CMS and to help with the its progress. Listed below are 4 sites I built in the past year with the open source version of Graffiti CMS. I have one more which we will be releasing this week which will be show my ultimate ability to extend a theme (will put it up once it is available to the public).

Some things I loved when creating these sites:
I am huge fan of Nvelocity, I think that was a great decision by the Telligent folks when they created this CMS. The theming allows full control over the markup does not add any thing extra and is extremely easy to manage. I am also a huge fan of its Admin user interface and the logical grouping of all the settings, themes, posts etc. People say there is not much documentation but I think it has been great and have always been able to find what I needed, I have run into brick walls when trying to customize other CMSes. Our content team loves the Admin and has never had an issue finding any content, creating new pages and using the built in sub versioning.

Some things that could use improvement:
The only complications I have run into and wish for this CMS to improve on is having a true taxonomy rather than just free-tagging, the ability to have custom content types rather than just custom fields, ability to power multiple sites from one instance of the CMS, the ability to create more customized URL aliasing and eliminating the limitation of the category/category/post structure (I notice Word Press allows you to create "Pages" which are different than posts and you can go N levels deeps and list the children on the parent). Another complaint I heard from one of our C# developers is that it is a little tedious to compile extension classes into a DLL and he wishes it just have a plugins folder with straight up C# files. I do realize that this CMS is suppose to be simple but fundamentally it is as powerful and more complete than some of the other out there so I hope there is continuous development on it so we can enjoy the things that we love about it!

I look forward to hearing any comments and I will be posting our latest site some time this week.

Nov 5, 2010 at 8:51 PM

Your sites are beautiful and amazing!

Dec 28, 2010 at 4:43 PM

I was pointed to this site built on Graffiti today:

It has some very cool customizations including Recommendations.

Jan 3, 2011 at 10:25 PM
Edited Jan 3, 2011 at 10:27 PM

That site is tight! Good find danhounshell.

I think I posted this one before but I would like to post it again since it is not part of the 4 in my original post:

This one has also recieved a serious update last month:

Jan 14, 2013 at 12:49 PM

My company's website ( has been running on Graffiti CMS days since Telligent days.

Currently we are running on version 1.3 beta and SQL Server 2000, receiving over ten thousand daily visitors on our website, running on a virtual server equivalent to a dual 1.4Ghz core with 2 Gigabytes of RAM.

I don't know of any other Graffiti website receiving so many visitors, and we are very pleased at Graffiti's performance (over the years, we had many performance problems with plugins and third-party services - nowadays, the worst performing part of our website is called Facebook integration, which we cannot avoid).