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Bitweaver Overview

The Things That Make Bitweaver A Powerful CMS

Created by: Anonymous, Last modification: 23 Jul 2006 (21:52 UTC) by Will
NOTE: This is an unofficial page, and attempt to merge the content of the following pages: bitweaver bitweaverArchitecture bitweaverOverview WhybitweaverIsCool. See those pages for offical information about why you should consider using bitweaver as your CMS.

Bitweaver is an open source content management system. It's speed and power are ideal for large scale community websites and corporate applications, but it simple enough for non-technical small site users to set up and administrate. You have probably heard such claims before, so what makes Bitweaver special? Let us tell you...

Fully Featured On Install

Out of the box Bitweaver comes with a full set of features you want in a CMS, such as: Articles, Wiki Pages, Blogs, Categories, Comments, Image Galleries, StarsPackage, User Management, Choice of Database, ThemesPackageTheming, etc, etc.

Use Only What You Need

Just because Bitweaver has a lot of features doesn't mean you have to use them all. Bitweaver is completely modular, this lets you turn on what you need, and turn off what you don't. It also makes it easy to add any features that the Bitweaver Developer community may come up with, such as the Google Maps Package.

This is great for site admins who want to be able to set up a robust site and customize it to their need, without having to do any technical work. But when you want to add on your own custom features, Bitweaver is ready for you.

See Our Complete Feature List
Bitweaver Other Features

Easy To Extend

Bitweaver is a very easy to build on application framework. It offers a robust set of core services, via its APIs, that you can utilize in custom features you write. Using our API's your application can tap into the Bitweaver core easily inherit comments, permissions, ratings, categorization, etc. We take care these things so you can focus on just building the custom features you need.

Bitweaver is completely modular, open source, object oriented, and written in PHP. We use Smarty Templates and ADOdb to support many databases.

Read More About Our Application Framework

Things You Can Build With Bitweaver

  • Single and Multi-user Blogs
  • Photo Sites and Media Uploading
  • Community and Group Sites
  • Corporate Application
(Note: Not sure if this list is a keeper, or maybe can be expanded.)

See A Variety of Sites Running Bitweaver

The Best of Bitweaver

Here are the highlights of what makes Bitweaver special:

Extremely Simple Theming
Our granular themeing system that easily lets you hand-pick just the piece of the UI you would like to modify. Look and feel are extremely easy to customise and can be designed to replicate any corporate theme.

Powerful Yet Simple Styling
Unlike other CMSs we actually use a well organised nested class system which gives you an immense freedom when it comes to CSS based styling.

Easy Installer
Our advanced installer really rocks! It checks your php settings, informs you of the pertinent settings and allows you to select how much of bitweaver you want to install. it even gives you graphical interface when upgrading your system or when converting from another system to bitweaver.

Intuitive Admin Interface
Despite the great configurability of bitweaver, you will always know where to click since we provide inline help where appropriate.

Developer Framework
An objective from day 1 - to be as customisable and easy to build upon as possible. We have provided a lot of integrated developer tools and gadgets to help speed up application development.

Speed, Speed, and More Speed!
Our schema and queries are optimized for speed to be scalable to millions of pages. We noticed other CMS's don't utilise the most efficient queries with scalability in mind - but it has been one of our objectives from day 1. There are several massive traffic sites running bitweaver, and this forces us to be stingy with queries and diligent about JOINS. We are constantly rooting out ways to reduce our query counts. When we started with TikiWiki, an average page load took 200 queries, we are now down to ~25 for a basic page load.

Choice of Database
We support PostgreSQL (pgsql), Firebird/InterBase, Oracle, MySQL, Microsoft SQL Server, Sybase and SQLite. We have to be one of the few CMS that can say it runs on all these databases. This leaves the choice open to the administrator to install on their favorite database backend. We also support Apache and IIS web server installs.

Content Inheritance
Our LibertyPackage means all content is stored in a central table, but allows for "derived tables" to handle each content type's unique needs

Easily Integrate Other Applications
We currently have a number of third party applications integrated with the Bitweaver framework, such as phpBB and Gallery2. For example, slaving users to another database: just create "function override_user_login" and you can do whatever magic you need to do to access your existing users database.

Pretty Url's - Your Way!
Declare "function override_user_login" to make custom user home page URL's

Rapid Developement
Continuous developement from an active and dedicated community. Fast moving progress and development in every aspect of the application.


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