— small, modular, user friendly Content Management

A free open source CMS without database

If you are looking for a simple way to build great websites, you have come to the right place. CMSimple_XH is a small Content Management System for beautiful websites:

  • fast because it is small
  • easy-to-install because it doesn't use a database
  • easy-to-understand because there is no complex backend
  • modular
  • GPL3 License
  • developed by an active, helpful community
  • runs on the most basic of Internet servers. Just PHP 4.3 required.

CMSimple_XH is conceived as a one administrator system. That's why we could keep it small and simple. It is not a system where many persons should edit different pages of the same website simultaneously.

You can share the work on your website with others (as we do on this site), for instance with the help of a plugin which lets only one person edit the text at a time.

Plugins can do almost anything with CMSimple_XH. Thus you can tailor the system to your needs without being burdened by stuff you don't need.

Why CMSimple_XH?

CMSimple_XH is easy to understand because it is small. It uses things you probably already know. With some knowledge of HTML you can design your own website. No complex layout system, no intricate backend.

You can easily make backups and move to a different domain. Just copy the content.htm which contains the text and structure of the website. Images, etc. are referenced. Reinstalling a backup is just a click of a button.

Moreover, the system is straightforward to operate: just log in and write directly into your pages with the on-line editor. There is no backend that administers permissions for many authors.


CMSimple_XH has its roots in the Danish "CMSimple", which started around the turn of the millennium. After its peak popularity in 2006, development slowed down. Finally a group of users took up this little gem and continued developing it to what it is today. In agreement with the original programmer the modern version got the name CMSimple_XH.