Unify CMS

Anyone used/using Unify http://unify.unitinteractive.com? I’m looking for a comparable alternative to WebYep (not Pulse). In-page editing - while nice - is not strictly necessary.

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I hadn’t heard of it before, and I’m naturally curious about the competition for Inlay, so I looked it over. This line in the documentation made me certain it’s a bad fit for Freeway users:

Please make sure that applications will be able to write to files on your server. Unify cannot function without this. If you are experiencing permissions errors, please visit the “Permissions Errors” section in our help forums.

Anything that overwrites HTML on your server as its data store will end badly, as you can imagine, because Freeway will upload and overwrite any changes next time you re-design.

Otherwise, it looks really cool, nicely documented and presented.

Walter

On Mar 20, 2014, at 5:16 PM, Todd wrote:

Anyone used/using Unify http://unify.unitinteractive.com? I’m looking for a comparable alternative to WebYep (not Pulse). In-page editing - while nice - is not strictly necessary.

Todd
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If that’s the case then it would be a problem for anyone, wouldn’t it? That seems like a deal-breaker all around.

Todd

I hadn’t heard of it before, and I’m naturally curious about the competition for Inlay, so I looked it over. This line in the documentation made me certain it’s a bad fit for Freeway users:

Please make sure that applications will be able to write to files on your server. Unify cannot function without this. If you are experiencing permissions errors, please visit the “Permissions Errors” section in our help forums.

Anything that overwrites HTML on your server as its data store will end badly, as you can imagine, because Freeway will upload and overwrite any changes next time you re-design.

Otherwise, it looks really cool, nicely documented and presented.


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It would work just fine for someone who wanted to launch a site, and never re-design it. Or, as long as your first step before redesigning was to download everything from your server to your local machine, and make changes, and synch back, you could redesign, too. But that would be extraordinarily difficult for a Freeway user to manage.

Walter

On Mar 21, 2014, at 11:02 AM, Todd wrote:

If that’s the case then it would be a problem for anyone, wouldn’t it? That seems like a deal-breaker all around.

Todd
http://xiiro.com

I hadn’t heard of it before, and I’m naturally curious about the competition for Inlay, so I looked it over. This line in the documentation made me certain it’s a bad fit for Freeway users:

Please make sure that applications will be able to write to files on your server. Unify cannot function without this. If you are experiencing permissions errors, please visit the “Permissions Errors” section in our help forums.

Anything that overwrites HTML on your server as its data store will end badly, as you can imagine, because Freeway will upload and overwrite any changes next time you re-design.

Otherwise, it looks really cool, nicely documented and presented.


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True, but it seems awkward. I can see myself forgetting to download first … oops. Other than that it looks very nice and polished. Gonna have to think on it.

Anyone have other recommendations for a WebYep alternative?

Todd

It would work just fine for someone who wanted to launch a site, and never re-design it. Or, as long as your first step before redesigning was to download everything from your server to your local machine, and make changes, and synch back, you could redesign, too. But that would be extraordinarily difficult for a Freeway user to manage.

Walter

On Mar 21, 2014, at 11:02 AM, Todd wrote:

If that’s the case then it would be a problem for anyone, wouldn’t it? That seems like a deal-breaker all around.

Todd
http://xiiro.com

I hadn’t heard of it before, and I’m naturally curious about the competition for Inlay, so I looked it over. This line in the documentation made me certain it’s a bad fit for Freeway users:

Please make sure that applications will be able to write to files on your server. Unify cannot function without this. If you are experiencing permissions errors, please visit the “Permissions Errors” section in our help forums.

Anything that overwrites HTML on your server as its data store will end badly, as you can imagine, because Freeway will upload and overwrite any changes next time you re-design.

Otherwise, it looks really cool, nicely documented and presented.


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Please make sure that applications will be able to write to files on your server. Unify cannot function without this. If you are experiencing permissions errors, please visit the “Permissions Errors” section in our help forums.

This doesn’t necessarily mean that Unify will actually overwrite the HTML files. Because Unify doesn’t use a database they have to write the content to a file somewhere. My guess would be that they would create text files on your server which would then be merged into the PHP pages, just like WebYep.

An email to the developer would be in order to get some clarification.


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Actually it does. The dev confirmed it.

Todd

This doesn’t necessarily mean that Unify will actually overwrite the HTML files.


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Actually it does. The dev confirmed it.

Ah, thanks!


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Hi Todd,
Are you not a fan of Pulse? What are you looking for in a CMS? Lightweight, flat file storage, inline editing etc?

I’ve demoed a lot of these over the years and here are few I’ve liked along the way;

…and in the super lightweight category;

A couple of these I abandoned (Get Simple springs to mind) because of the complexity in getting Freeway to create templates for the CMS. If you are happy hacking code outside of Freeway then things will be a lot easier. Let me know what CMS you end up working with and how you get on.
Regards,
Tim.

On 20 Mar 2014, at 21:16, Todd wrote:

Anyone used/using Unify http://unify.unitinteractive.com? I’m looking for a comparable alternative to WebYep (not Pulse). In-page editing - while nice - is not strictly necessary.


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Hi Tim,

Pulse is fine but I want something more polished. Flat-file or MySQL. For example, Perch would be at the upper-end of what’s required. If it weren’t for the rewriting of html files I think Unify would be ideal. Many of the ones you listed are new to me so I’ll have a look.

Thank you.

Todd

Are you not a fan of Pulse? What are you looking for in a CMS? Lightweight, flat file storage, inline editing etc?


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Ive used Unify and yes it overwrites the html so its a one way street. Once it does edit the html you can’t update the html via freeway. Last time I checked it was using a skinned but old version of tinymce as the editor as well but that may have changed. Max


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I won’t be using FW so it’s doable (as Walter mentioned) but I’m not sure I want to deal with it.

Todd

Once it does edit the html you can’t update the html via freeway.


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Here’s a few I have bookmarked

http://www.webpop.com
http://getbarley.com
https://www.pyrocms.com
http://pico.dev7studios.com/index.html

Cheers
Marcel


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I am chuckling at some of these product names…


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Hi Todd I note you are looking for something more polished, and it would be good to know details of what you are looking for. As you probably know I doing a titanic visual change to the interface of WebYep and it would be good to know what you see as real visual and functional problems… It always good to hear peoples dislikes and frustrations and it will make it easier for me to think about whats annoying people with WebYep
cheers for your time and candid thoughts.

I will probably start a new thread so not to hijack this one and see if anyone else wants to chip in

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If anyone is interested in the feedback then you can see it here: http://freewaytalk.net/thread/view/146318

cheers max


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