CushyCMS Review

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CushyCMS is a very simple, nice idea for allowing users to edit content on their website without giving them access to the templates. It doesn’t allow changes to mark-up or style sheets, only titles, images and blocks of copy.

It requires that the site admin marks up the blocks that will be editable by adding class=“cushycms” to their containing elements; the web-based application will then automatically find each marked element in the pages you assign to it and open a text area (with or without WYSIWYG editor) allowing the user to edit.

In its current state it wouldn’t be suitable for sites with a lot of pages, but if you run a small, brochure-type site for a customer who wanted to make occasional updates, this could be a better solution in some cases than installing a full database-powered CMS.

I’d prefer it to have a better WYSIWYG editor, and it would be more useful if the interface could be branded and hosted on your own server. However, the creators are open to feedback and these ideas and many others have been suggested already.

While it may not (yet?) be the answer to all your content management requirements, CushyCMS is a neat, clever little app that would be useful for small businesses or for small clients. It’s currently in Private Beta only, but if you watch the introductory video closely, that won’t be a barrier to entry.

3 comments on
“CushyCMS Review”

  1. That’s neat. I was looking for something like this a few weeks ago and found Snippet Master. The website is not as slick, nor is the actual interface, but I tested the app and it works remarkably well. It messes a bit with your html, but there’s a check box which will keep the code valid. And it is hosted on your server.

  2. Looks like Cushy has some competition.

  3. I am not fond of WordPress (waits for the boos)

    But what I am fond of is a real, simple, free alternative.

    Does it have all of the bells and whistles and capabilties?: NO

    Does it allow me to charge my customers an extra fee for close to nothing?: YES

    This is a simple and effective Web-based CMS from people who have their users in mind.

    From being able to simply implement this system in to NEW and OLD projects for myself and clients, has been

    I understand it’s no WordPress or Joomla….but boooyyyyy is it Cushy!!