CMSimple Solutions

Forks and Alternatives

Peter Harteg, the developer of CMSimple, sold all rights (i.e. code, name and websites) in November 2012 to Gert Ebersbach. Gert put the code in his web archive with the notice “Development abandoned”.

Thus there are only different forks of the original CMSimple in active development now.

CMSimple Classic is maintained by Preben Björn Biermann Madsen. This fork is based on CMSimple 3.4.

CMSimple_XH is maintained by the community at This fork is based on CMSimple 3.3.

CMSimple 4.x (not to be confused with the original CMSimple) is maintained by Gert Ebersbach. It is a fork of CMSimple_XH 1.5.3, the last XH-version to which Gert contributed, although he is contesting this and calls his system the original CMSimple. Gert has established his own infrastructure and forum, and is publishing his own plugins which are not compatible with CMSimple_XH. Moreover he warns agains using old plugins developed for CMSimple_XH with his system.

Feature Comparison

System CMSimple 4.x CMSimple Classic CMSimple_XH
Latest Version 4.5.3 (2015-05-13) 3.54 (2014-02-22) 1.6.7 (2015-06-30)
Charset UTF-8 ANSI UTF-8
Content storage content.php + pagedata.php content.htm content.htm
Editor tinyMCE oEdit1 tinyMCE2
Page management Pagemanager manually2 Pagemanager3
Scripting page content, newsboxes page content page content, newsboxes
Focus subsites small footprint usability, integrated code basis
Core Developers 1 1 4
Plugin Developers 1 1 ~6
Current activity medium low high
  • 1: alternatives available as addon
  • 2: alternatives available as plugin
  • 3: interface for fully integrated page management plugins

At present there are technically not many differences between CMSimple 4+ and CMSimple_XH, as both derive from CMSimple_XH 1.5.3 released in March 20121). Most newer plugins are incompatible between CMSimple 4.x and CMSimple_XH. With basic knowledge of php it is however still possible to easily adjust a plugin to the other system. The development however seems to go in different directions so that in future differences may become more pronounced.


Compilations of CMSimple bundled with plugins, addons, templates and/or preconfigured contents.

CMSimple CE-DE

CMSimple Flex

CMSimple ME-DE

CMSimple SE (discontinued)

CMSimple StarterPack (apparently discontinued)

Feature Comparison

Compilation Based on
CMSimple CE-DE CMSimple 3.4 (2012-03-22)
CMSimple Flex CMSimple_XH 1.5.10pl1 (2014-04-24)
CMSimple ME-DE CMSimple_XH 1.5.5 (2012-10-26)
CMSimple SE discontinued
CMSimple StarterPack CMSimple 2.9 (2007-05-01) (apparently discontinued)


Collection of solutions which work in combination with CMSimple. This can be forums, shops, blogs etc., but also solutions which facilitate handling of CMSimple.

Dreamweaver Toolbar

Quick.Cart Shop

YAML for CMSimple

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