Jul 6, 2010 at 4:52 PM
Edited Jul 6, 2010 at 4:55 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.