Saturday, January 10, 2009

Pixie – small, simple, website maker

Recently, I have been looking at Pixie, to see how it works as a simple system for managing websites. It is open source (GPL v3), written to web standards (XHTML Strict, Microformats) and powered by jQuery and PHP/MySQL.

It consists of several page types – dynamic (blog, news), static or module (e.g. contact form, events, links etc). Plugins add additional functionality to modules (like allowing comments on blog posts). Blocks allow you to add content alongside your content (e.g. display RSS content from BBC News).

Easy enough to extend, with detailed guides for module development (so you can create additional ones to those that are bundled with Pixie) block development and theme development.

A few additional blocks I have created: News (latest content from a page named ‘news’) and Google Maps. These can then be shown on any page (so you can see news on your home page for example).

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