Frog CMS simplifies content management by offering an elegant user interface, flexible templating per page, simple user management and permissions, as well as the tools necessary for file management.
Frog requires a MySQL database or SQLite 3 with PDO, a web server (Apache with mod_rewrite is highly recommended) and is distributed under the MIT software license.
Frog is unique because of its simple templating code. Because it uses PHP directly, there is no need to learn yet another scripting language.
The add-ons, or plugins as they’re called in the Frog community, are rather sparse. Either that or they’re just poorly advertised because we couldn’t find many. Key plugins such as a dashboard function and RSS feeds are available for implementing, but there is a wide range of tools that felt quite sub-par. This is likely due to the fact that the Frog community is anything but big. Still, we found plugins that assisted in a variety of functions for personal and small business purposes on a website.
Overall, the site management interface felt quite simplistic. Compared to other content management system software, this was almost a welcome surprise since little work is required to maintain your site. The unfortunate downside to this, however, is that customization options are limited.
The installation process for Frog is a bit more complex than any of the other CMS software. Rather than simply requiring you to enter database login information and setting up your administrator account, this application requires you to edit some of the installation files. After installing, before you can access the administrator’s page, you need to delete the install directory, remove all write permissions from the configuration file and remove several other files for security purposes. Once we figured all of that out, we were in!
Support for Frog content management system software includes a bare-bones developer community, online help and a public forum full of users and developers. This lightweight support seems to be one of the real pertinent criticisms of this CMS, but support will only improve as the community grows.
Ideal for designing a site that’s not going to be a blog, pages are the central content format for Frog CMS. It’s fast, small and very easy to use for design. The main criticism of this CMS is that it’s not as well documented as other systems, but this seems to have a lot to do with the fact that it is just a smaller-scale software in terms of development.
Cloudswave Score for Frog CMS
Rating based on 3 Critic Reviews
Frog CMS simplifies content management by offering an elegant user interface, simple user management, flexible templating per page and permissions, as well as the tools necessary for file management.
From Web Hosting Fan
Frog isn’t necessarily the complete CMS that will meet all of your needs, but it is serviceable for many of them. The software is small, lightweight and enforces good design and development practices. While it is not the solution for everyone, it makes a fine choice for the niche market of developers who need to build a content rich site for themselves, or clients.
Ryan Goodrich , on TopTenReviews
Frog CMS is the small, fast wetland amphibian of content management system software. Aptly named, it’s small, fast and perfect for users who aren’t afraid of a little design and development. It’s good for building your own site as well as sites for clients. The learning curve doesn’t force you to understand PHP, but it does behoove you to pay attention and expand your PHP horizons.
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