Welcome to my personal blog…  I’ve started this blog because of this software release and to publish some educational materials I’ve been working on for web developers.

Zymurgy:CM is a content management platform I’ve been working on since PHP4 was just new, and most hosts still offered only PHP3.  It now requires at least PHP 5.1.  My company used to sell licenses to it as part of contracts to build new web sites.  Last year we moved to a Creative Commons non-commercial license.  Today we released a new version under the MIT license allowing commercial use and re-sale of the product at no charge.

If you’re thinking about using Joomla or Drupal you might want to think about Zymurgy:CM too.  It has particular strengths in building MySQL schemas and managing that data from an off the shelf control panel, in its navigation and templating system, in internationalization and in scaling with the sophistication of the developer from simple blocks of PHP code up to MVC architectures.

It does have its share of warts, especially since parts of it date back to the days of PHP3.  If I could do it all over again I would do it very differently.  At the same time the good parts are so good that even considering the advances made by more popular content management systems I still choose Zymurgy:CM as a platform for most of the new sites I build.

I expect to be recording some screencasts in the next few weeks highlighting these good parts, and demonstrating how easily you can can up and running with Zymurgy:CM.