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CMS that outputs HTML files
I don't want a CMS to output dynamic pages

10+ Year Member

Msg#: 1546 posted 8:37 am on Aug 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

Hi all,

Would much appreciate a recommendation from people.

I have a smallish site (around 50 pages plus a discussion forum) that I've just converted to CSS layouts. Previously I had used Dreamweaver 4's templates to manage the site. Now that I've switched to CSS layouts however, Dreamweaver 4's templating functionality doesn't allow me the flexibility that I need. I don't want to upgrade to Dreamweaver MX (too much money, DW4 cost me enough and I don't make money off the site).

So, I thought I'd look at some Open Source CMS solutions. However, I don't want to change the name of my pages from .html to .php.

Is there an Open Source CMS out there that will output HTML pages? Or, is there a cheap (or free) development tool that will help me with creating templates without touching my code too much?

At work, we use Serena Collage which generates static HTML files and then deploys them onto a server so I know that this model exists (but I can't afford Collage for my little site!)

Any advice will be very much appreciated. Thanks!




5+ Year Member

Msg#: 1546 posted 2:11 pm on Aug 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

One option is to use any CMS to develop your content in a protected area, then use WGET to convert the pages to static HTML and copy it to the public site. This may not preserve some of the advanced functions (search box, for example) but would get the look/feel, directory structure, links, images.

Wget is a free utility with lots of options - it is also very useful for archiving a site.


10+ Year Member

Msg#: 1546 posted 2:43 pm on Aug 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

That's definitely an option - thanks for the suggestion. I only really need a good templating system - I have no need for other CMS functions such as users and contributors.

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