CMS Made Simple Techniques of 2013

As the name suggests, CMS Made Simple is very easy to set up and get started with. However, when it comes to solutions requiring to customise templates and functionality, I see people struggling with similar problems. That’s often because there is insufficient documentation or people don’t know where to find it. The following techniques can often solve your problem or give a...

One page website using Menu Manager templates

I was recently asked to develop a single page scrolling website and have seen several implementations around this theme using CMSMS but none that seemed to be expandable and easily maintained by end users/clients. With this in mind I decided MenuManager would be my solution, meaning adding pages, removing pages and re-ordering could be done in the usual way and the navigation and page...

Smarty template Inheritance, include, file templates and template resources in CMS Made Simple

Have you ever tough if there would be more advanced way to build page templates with CMS Made Simple? Yes there is. I will be going trough few interesting things in this article. You will learn how to include template from CMS Made Simple public template resources, how to include file template, how to work with template inheritance.

Allow FrontEnd Users to edit specific content pages

Every now and then questions about Front End editing of pages in CMSMS appear, so in this post we will have a look at how you can easily create Front End content management for FEU user and specify which Pages a user may actually edit. I am not really a fan of Front end editing and if it really has to be a feature for the Project then it is best that you choose a system which supports this...

Under the Hood - How CMSMS Processes Page Templates

Most people know that CMS Made Simple processes the BODY of a template before the HEAD, but did you know that there is a third section of the template that is processed before anything else?

Template Externalizer

Template Externalizer is a module that can save CMS Made Simple developers many hours of cutting and pasting.  It allows you to work much more rapidly on projects, particularly if they are large and complex.

Creating a flexible MenuManager Mega Dropdown menu

In CMSMS Forums there are offten questions about MenuManager Templates, especially about a horizontal MegaDropwdown. So this time we will have a look at a simple and flexible MenuManager Template that can be used as in few different ways, like simple horizontal Dropdown, Flyout and MegaMenu. You probably first want to see what we are going to create.

Create easy to control Module slider with AdvancedContent and jQuery Roundabout plugin

This is once again one of the posts showing advantages and flexibility of CMSMS combined with great AdvancedContent module. We can say we are back to AdvancedContent module Series. This time we are going to create a nice looking Slider using AdvancedContent module and Roundabout jQuery plugin. You will probably say, "Oh again some jQuery slider post" but this time it is different. Why?...

Put your CMSMS Metatags on autopilot

What i love about CMSMS and Smarty Templating engine is that many issues can be solved with very little effort. As we all know maintining a Website can sometimes become fairly painfull and timeconsuming and this can also involve setting and mainting Meta tags. Some of you probably know there is SEOTools module or Autometa plugin that can help in these terms, but as i am not a big fan of...

Getting Your Images To Be Recognized By Facebook

Getting your images to be recognized by the facebook share wiget isn't always easy. Today I want to share a quick tip with you that can be done with tools built into the default cgBlog module. This is super easy and I hope that is helps you as it has me just recently.

Using ListItExtended module and Isotope jQuery plugin for nice showcase page

After using ListIt Module for few times i fell in love with it. The Module is very simple to use and with enough imagionation you can do anything with it. As Original ListIt version was lacking of Summary and Detail view, was declared dead, some of us decided to bring it back to life and extend some of the function in forked version named ListItExtended . So this time i would like to...

Give Your Clients even more Control of their Sidebar

This is a follow up post on Wayne's  Give Your Clients Control Of Their Sidebar  post, we could also call it AdvancedContent module series. Sometimes you find yourself in need for GCB's in your Template but the problem is you don't know how many will be used at last. With help of AdvancedContent module and get_gcb_list plugin, both written by Georg Busch (NaN), you can finally...

Making articles editable *only* by Author

I wanted to have articles edited only by the ones who create them (Author) and provide the Author a way to manually allow additional authors to edit the article.

Another method of Multilingual CMSMS Page

In my last Project i was in need to create a CMSMS based Website with 5 languages and as we already know MLE Fork is no longer supported or better said it is declared as dead. To be able delivering a functional Website that didn't bring any risk of not being able to update it if needed i decided not to use MLE Fork and go with the Core version, until there isn't a better solution for this....

Easily insert resized clickable images (floated) with caption into pages

All my clients seem to hate to resize images and create smaller versions to display and larger versions to view when clicked. Not to mention placing them in tinyMCE, and selecting the right style to float it left or right and set the margins.. Now they want to make it clickable, integrate it with LightBox and add captions.. There's no way the average client will be able to do that...

Create nice News Rotator with CMSMS News module and jQuery Cycle plugin

This time i will show you how easy it is to create a nice looking Header Rotator driven by CMSMS News module and jQuery Cycle plugin. Before we start we will need some tools, scripts to work with. jQuery Cycle Plugin jQuery Framework SuperSizer Plugin

Setup Comments extended with jQuery in CGBlog Module

When working on this blog, i needed comments function as every other blog in the virtual world. As we already know, CMSMS and Modules work a bit diferently than in other CMS Systems we know, but in a positive way. If we install a module in CMSMS we do not get a bloat of a code and other functions that we possibly do not need. To make it short, each module can be extended with additional...

Make your CMSMS website Mobile ready

With all those new Mobile Devices that are capable to display and handle any kind of data, it is only reasonable to provide your Online content to as much devices as possible and not only Computer. In this post you will see how easy it is to setup a mobile version of your Website without any Modules or Online Services that are being offered around. 

Piecemaker Flash Slider with Gallery module

There are many Wordpress Themes that use cool sliders like Piecemaker or Cuber, so i thought i would share my way how this can be used with CMSMS and load slider images dynamicaly with Gallery module. Before we start you should look at official Piecemaker homepage to see what we will be using.