The Awesome Croogo – Free and Open-Source PHP CMS

Croogo is a free, open source, content management system for PHP. It is built on top of the popular MVC framework CakePHP and is targeted towards developers, designers and administrators. It was first released on October 2009 by Fahad Ibnay Heylaal, and continued to see 6 more releases in less than a year. The project is currently at version 1.3.2 beta, and is being actively developed.

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Outstanding Croogo Features

The project has taken a lot of inspiration from the big three CMSes: WordPress, Drupal and Joomla!. Croogo has most of the features that you would expect in a decent CMS to make things easier for you. Some of the features mentioned below:

  • Content: You can create your own content types. Default types are blog, page and node.
  • Taxonomy: Categorization of your content
  • WYSIWYG editor: (with integrated file/image uploads)
  • Custom Fields for content
  • Multilingual: content in multiple languages (i18n)
  • Comments with threads and spam protection
  • Syndication (RSS feeds)
  • Menu manager
  • Blocks
  • Contact forms with spam protection
  • File manager and Attachments
  • User management includes ACL management for setting role-based permissions
  • Themes
  • Plugins
  • Extensions manager: manages uploading and activation of Plugins, Themes and Language packs
  • Web based installer

Croogo Screenshots

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Content list

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Getting Started with Croogo

Developers Conclusion

The project is in still in beta, but is used by a number of websites ranging from beautifully designed blogs to portfolios to busy e-commerce websites already. According to the roadmap, next version will see a major redesign of the admin panel to make it more usable and accessible to administrators. But the code base is pretty much stable, and the community behind it is starting to contribute plugins and themes helping extend the core.

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Paul Andrew is the editor and founder of Speckyboy Design Magazine.