3 Popular Zend Framework Based CMS

The Zend Framework was one of the first PHP frameworks developed. It has throughout time matured into a secure, object-oriented and rigid codebase that provides simplicity and extensibility for developing Web applications and web services.

In this post, we take a look at the 3 most popular Zend Framework based Content Management Systems:



TomatoCMS is a modern CMS based on the Zend framework, the jQuery JavaScript library and the 960grid CSS framework. Each page within TomatoCMS is made up blocks of content known as widgets. These widgets can be ordered and resized using the built-in Layout Editor. TomatoCMS supports a module system combining both core modules and built-in modules like advertising management system, poll, tag, upload, etc. You can easily write your own module using its hooks. TomantoCMS caters a lot for SEO and performance. The database is well optimized and pages can be cached.

Digitalus CMS

Digitalus CMS

Digitalus CMS takes a different approach to conventional Content Management Systems. Instead of bundling the script with endless lists of features, the developers added an API to the base so that you can easily customize any aspect of the system. This creates a flexible platform that can be adapted to a wide range of sites and requirements.  The script comes with some default modules like blog, contact form, site search and slideshows but you can download other modules from the site. It takes only a few minutes to convert your HTML page to a Digitalus template or you can also download some of the free templates available from their site.


Pimcore CMS

Pimcore is more than just a full-featured CMS – it is an enterprise-ready CMS with a Product Information Management (PIM) framework. This allows Pimcore to offer a true multi-channel publishing and integration into e-commerce systems like Magento. All content can be easily managed using drag and drop and context-sensitive based WYSIWYG editing.  You can set custom permissions for the different pages and it includes a versioning system. The strength of Pimcore however relies on its open content and integration support. You can easily syndicate and publish information in formats other than RSS. As such, integration with Twitter, YouTube or Google Docs is just a matter of a few lines of PHP code.

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5 Responses to “3 Popular Zend Framework Based CMS”

  1. Jurgen Says:

    Thanks, I didn’t know any of these systems. They certainly seem to be worth checking out.

  2. Ram Says:

    Which CMS is best among these three and can i know sites implemented through these CMS?

  3. Mamba Says:

    Check out also the upcoming new version of XOOPS that will be based on Zend Framework:

  4. Raphael theet Says:

    Hi, this tread is oldy but if you guys are stil interested by ZEND CMS we just released CENTURION CMS http://centurion-project.org

    To be simple we simplify the use of Zend Framework, which is ZF extended. Centurion components are generic, simple, clear and reusable. we have done the dirty work. We already have case studies http://centurion-project.org/zend-cms-websites using Centurion.

  5. Dan Says:

    Great article, thank you for your labor.

    We are using for all of our projects Zend Framework – free and reliable (framework from Zend company, creator of the PHP language).

    Let me add another 3 CMS (based on ZF) to your list:
    Magento (http://www.magentocommerce.com) – leading CMS, very powerful, but very slowly and heavy demands for servers
    Pim Core (http://pimcore.org) – powered by the ZEND Framework and by ExtJS.
    Cute CMS (http://cutecms.org) – light and flexible platform that can be adapted to a wide range of sites

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