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What is Cockpit CMS?

Cockpit was born out of the need of building a simple dynamic site.

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Cockpit was born out of the need of building a simple dynamic site.


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Computer Software
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I love the fact that I can install it in less then a minute and immediately start dropping dynamic sections on my website project. I also love how it uses SQLite as storage engine, so it's very simple to maintain and port across different servers. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I'm not a big fan of the module system, and the documentation is very lacking on the subject. Our team found it not that easy to add new features to the admin panel, new datatypes or change basic behavior. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Great replacement for Wordpress or Joomla in small and mid-scale websites. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I was in the market for CMS platforms to increase productivity in two kinds of projects: simple company/institutional websites, and massive web portals. Cockpit definitely solves the former with elegance, but stays far away from helping out with the latter.

All in all, I'm very happy using it on the simpler projects, but I'm still looking for solutions for the big ones. We're currently running our in-house CMS for that, but I'd rather use an industry solution then maintain the in-house one. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Web developer/designer
Graphic Design
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Cockpit CMS allows developers to utilize their normal stack of web technologies (for me, Laravel and VueJS) while still allowing the client to have full control over content-managed areas of the site. This is different from most CMS applications (e.g. Wordpress, Drupal, Joomla!), where the developer must build the site, from the ground up, using the framework and programming languages available within the CMS. Cockpit can be easily dropped into any of my clients projects, to seamlessly allow them to update just the areas of the site they want to. This also prevents the common mistakes users of Wordpress and Drupal sites make; deleting or changing plugins and settings unintentionally. By only allowing changes to certain areas of the site, the worst case scenario will never render a website broken while using Cockpit. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Cockpit is a new project, which is currently being developed by a single developer. (https://github.com/aheinze) This makes updates and bug-fixes few and far between. Already, the project has gone silent for months at a time, only to return with a few bug fixes. The project is open-source, meaning developers can make their own additions to the project, but this one man is responsible for reviewing and correcting any and all code that enters the project. I don't suggest using Cockpit on anything requiring security and 100% reliability; bug fixes and security patches are not released fast enough for me to use this on anything other than small websites, such as local businesses. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Talk to your developers, to ensure they are O.K. using a system which requires them to supply their own front-end. Cockpit only manages data, thus the displaying of data is up to the developer. I use VueJS (http://vuejs.org/) to expedite this process. Vue is a view-model system for client-side JavaScript, which means it will take data (in this case, from Cockpit) and update HTML elements on the fly, automatically. This creates a seamless AJAX-style system that I think most JavaScript developers will understand. Angular and KnockOut.js can do many of the same things, but to reiterate, Cockpit does not have any requirements for the front-end, Cockpit will work equally well with plain old JavaScript, though with more work on the developers end for HTTP requests and DOM updating. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Cockpit saves me time when developing a website which requires a small amount of managed content. Normally, this content is a gallery or small blog. Cockpit is simply "imported" in some way (either through a server-side PHP API, a client-side Javascript API, or a simple HTTP API) into any project. I prefer to use the Javascript API, which is as simple as including:

<script src="admin/index.php/rest/api-js?token=( API KEY )"></script>

in a webpage, after placing the self-contained PHP scripts into a publicly accessible folder. That's it. The front-end can be accessed by navigating to "yourwebsite.com/admin". Here, you can set up galleries and "collections" (content with multiple entries, think blog posts or streams in other CMS's) which can be accessed by using the Javascript API:

Cockpit.request('/collections/get/collection-name-here').success(function( data ){

console.log( data )

});

In this case, the "data" variable contains all the information the user has entered using the CMS for that collection, and most web developers will know exactly how to continue from this point using their own technologies, that they are familiar with. Keep in mind, Cockpit does not provide any front-end styling like Wordpress or Drupal will, Cockpit is simply an easy way to collect and manage data from a registered set of users. Cockpit only gives the data to developers, letting them work how they want to, instead of Wordpress (for example) forcing developers to play by their rules. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Information Technology and Services
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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What do you like best?

It was easy to setup. Design was clean and help to learn the UX at the admin panel. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Documentation was small, and the comminity is small compare to wordpress.

Need more examples like social media sharing meta tagging or photogallery. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

If client like to have easy cms. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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