SilverStripe is a rather interesting CMS (Content Management System) that varies from its competition in that it is designed specifically for individuals who edit web content. This specialized approach means it is not quite as flexible as some other CMS packages, but this focus makes what it does somewhat more cohesive. According to official SilverStripe website data, there are currently over 300,000 copies of the SilverStripe CMS and framework in circulation worldwide. Let's take a look at some of the details.
Due to its highly specialized nature, SilverStripe CMS only comes in one edition. A single free download package is provided at the company's web site.
Installation is fairly straightforward, however it is significantly more complex than some other CMS packages like Wordpress or TextPattern. Documentation is provided to walk you through the process. However, installation of this particular CMS is not as obvious, nor as user-friendly, as some of its competition.
SilverStripe CMS is especially well-suited to those who do content editing on web sites. For example, users can be defined, who can then log in to the site and upload their content. Editors (also defined as users on the site, but with different privileges) can then view and edit this content, and in turn, submit it for final publishing. The WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor means that operating the CMS is no more complex than using a word processor. Media such as images, flash, and audio can be embedded using a simple drag-and-drop interface that is easy to learn.
Sites with large amounts of content will get the most use out of SilverStripe CMS. Smaller sites that are not intended to grow substantially in size during their lifetime would likely be better off with a lighter-weight CMS, or none at all (a customized static design) programmed using HTML, PHP, and/or CSS. This will reduce overhead at the server level. However, a site with more than a dozen articles that intends to expand to hundreds will find the initial time investment is well worth it, as expanding the content base of the site will be prove far easier under SilverStripe.
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