Tiny Content Management System: OneFileCMS

OneFileCMS is, just like it sounds, is a tiny content management system which is formed of one file (20.4kb).

It is a database-less PHP script that enables you to view/edit/delete/upload files & folders very quickly.


OneFileCMS is very ideal for anyone who updates their websites by editing the source of the files directly.

It is also a backend for anyone without the need of a FTP connection.

The application has a validated, semantic & commented markup. It is unobtrusive & can be re-branded with ease.

  1. Reply barat September 30, 2009 at 5:18 AM

    Well … it might be helpfull when I’ll make almost static page for someone … then editing can be verry simple (for example content in separate text files ready to edit by the client) … easy, simple … nice idea 🙂
    Just add some kind syntax highlighting (like in new WordPress) and it is realy cool tool 🙂

  2. Reply Tyler September 30, 2009 at 8:23 AM

    Just looks like a file manager and text editor. Theres no WYSIWYG editor. I would hardly call it a CMS.

  3. Reply The All Powerful September 30, 2009 at 12:31 PM

    I really like this as a concept! I can see loads of uses for it when I have a client with no need for something complicated like Joomla or Drupal, has not time for lengthy explanations of FTP, and no money for Contribute!

    Few modifications to strip the template elements and some code highlighting and this’ll be an extremely useful bit of kit!

    Nice work! 😀

  4. Reply Gautch September 30, 2009 at 4:02 PM

    Brilliant! So simple yet so easy.
    Thanks for the heads up!

  5. Reply OneFileCMS October 20, 2009 at 7:14 AM

    Heads up! Version 1.1 is out, which has a couple new features for better branding and file exclusion / disabling.

    Thanks for the kind words and constructive criticism. Give it a whirl and let me know what you think!

    @Tyler: Read the FAQ!

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