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ContentBox is a professional open source modular content management engine that allows you to easily build websites, blogs, wikis, complex web applications and even power mobile or cloud applications. Built with a secure and flexible modular core, designed to scale, and combined with world-class support, ContentBox will get your projects out the door in no time.

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ContentBox review by Administrator in Insurance
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"ContentBox - A CMS and a whole lot more"

What do you like best?

In addition to all the things you expect from a CMS, there are a lot of options to extend it. Built on the ColdBox framework, its very modular and developers can easily add custom functionality.

What do you dislike?

Although there are a lot of well thought out features, there are some bells and whistles that other CMSs have out of box. Their interface is also not as slick as others although it is still very professional.

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

ContentBox allows you to get a site up and running very quickly with the ability to add custom functionality. Built on solid programming practices, its MVC structure makes it easy to extend its use for custom display needs.

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"The Best Choice for Small to Mid-Size CFML Shops"

What do you like best?

ContentBox is one of a growing number of products offered by Ortus Solutions. In the CFML developer world, they're, in my opinion, the most active and innovative group. They're actively developing and supporting it, so it's something we felt comfortable using.

The best part is the ease of installation - you can start a new website project, from the commandline, using their Commandbox tool, then serve it from a local CFML server, to begin development; it's literally just two lines.

Beyond that, the interface is clean, modern, and responsive. There are a lot of built-in features for developers ("Geek Settings"), which make site administration and development easier.

Basically, it's a CMS that's built for the modern developer's coding workflow.

What do you dislike?

It's not as mature as older content management systems (Mura, for CFML, or Wordpress et. al). It's just not as battle tested, and support for edge cases or more complex setups aren't necessarily built in. Parts, like the built-in blog/comments features, are nice for most small to mid-size websites, which would utilize these, but are distractions for websites not wanting to utilize these features. The eco-system around it (their ForgeBox product, primarily), is also still being developed, and not quite mature.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure that you take advantage of the CFML Slack channel for support. The Ortus Solution team (who develop ContentBox) are always on and incredibly helpful.

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

We were looking for an actively developed CFML based content management system. ContentBox meant that, for smaller websites, we didn't need to roll-our-own solution, which is a great time saver.

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