Best CMS system?

I’m looking for a (CMS) plugin that enables my clients to ad pages to their site by themselves without my help.

Is there a plugin or stack that makes this possible ?

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I think the only plugins that allow you to do this are

  1. Armadillo - but I get the feeling it’s an older feature and not emphasised as much as the blogging aspect these days
  2. Pulse CMS

There are lots of other options but they don’t allow clients to add new pages. (By the way, I think this is a good idea - clients should concentrate on content, not adding new, ‘designed’ pages).


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I agree but sometimes it can be useful … for example when new products have arrived for their store. At that moment it would be easy for the client to add a page template I’ve made before. They just have to add text and a picture for the new product.

Yes, it will be. More infos soon :sunglasses:

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Yes it will be :sunglasses:

To answer your question @Bartje: Pulse 4 users can add pages by themselves.

And there’s quite a few cool things coming in the next version as @SteveB mentioned. We’re already in BETA2 and not far away. And the Stacks are shaping up nicely and being carefully crafted by Mr @instacks himself :slight_smile:

If we’re just talking product pages, you can setup a Cartloom product group, and drag that into RapidWeaver - and be done. From there, your client can use the Cartloom online admin to elegantly add new and edit current products, and those changes will be instantly live in RapidWeaver and on the published site.

Not to mention the vast sea of other selling features that comes with Cartloom :smiley:

I will also be releasing a new CMS next week, featuring direct page editing and Cartloom product adding. But if you truly need client ability for new pages, I believe Pulse CMS is your best option.


@Bartje Feel free to reach out if you have any questions about Armadillo’s ability to create pages. @robbeattie is right that it’s a lesser known feature as there don’t seem to be as many people who need it compared to blogging, but I do consider it key functionality and would love any feedback on how we can improve it further.

Best CMS? That really depends on scale (among other things). For med/large sites, RapidWeaver would not be my choice - that’s for sure. WordPress, Drupal (and many other open-source free CMS platforms) are much better equipped than RapidWeaver to handle the job.

Total CMS’s blog feature can work as well. Since each blog post has its own unique content, there is no reason that you could not use it for adding pages to the site. You would have to get creative if we wanted to add those pages to a menu. However, there are many ways that this could be accomplished, its not something that is “out of the box” though.

What’s missing from this discussion is pricing.
Armadill0 $40
TotalCMS $99/site
PulseCMS $195/site or $297/year subscription for mutiple sites.

Please correct me if I’m incorrect.

I don’t know they are direct competitors?

That looks right Bob (which is why I rolled my own)

Actually, you can pay $297 for Pulse CMS and use that for multiple sites forever. This also gets you 12 months of support and updates. The sites etc will continue to work and you can add new sites even after that year. You only need to pay $297/year if you want to continue to receive major updates.

I’m sure this is right. @yuzool can correct me if not.

Pulse 5 looks really good so worth looking out for that when it lands.


Don’t forget there are others as well.

Easy CMS is $50 one off fee and - I think - is really quite powerful.
SeyDesign Sentry is £20.00 one off and looks good for editing text and photos
Kuler Edits 2.0 is $19.00 one off and looks to have a similar feature set to Sentry



Brilliant synopsis @habitualshaker and better than I’ve ever done - I’ll look at rewording the site! :slight_smile:

Armadillo is a great option and reasonably priced. Jonathan is always available to help if you run into trouble. His service is second to none. He spent at least an hour holding my hand. His patience and expertise are second to none.

I can’t compare it to anything else as I never used anything else.


Hi all,
I am wondering if Pulse is an annual subscription or just a one-off payment??

The Pulse checkout states $197.00 USD for each year (Cyber Monday deal)

Anybody know if it’s annual subscription??

Many thanks

Hi Scott,
It is no subscription. It comes with one year of support and updates.
After the one year, you are able to continue to use Pulse without functional restrictions.
Cheers Jannis


Pulse seems VERY expensive to the uneducated (i.e. me) what am I missing?