What is New in Webbit CMS-5?

Webbit CMS was originally developed as a calendar and event listing add-on for websites.  It has become a full fledged Content Management System (CMS) which is well suited to small business clients where the website content is only updated by a small number people. While roles can be assigned to various users in terms of what features on the website they can update, typically most users have all features enabled in their profile.

CMS-5 is the newest version which was first released in the March of 2017.  CMS-4 was a total rewrite of CMS-3 using much of the original databases but with the goal to:  CMS-5 is a refinement of CMS-4 user experience as well as internal changes to make adding plugins to the package easier.

  • makes it easier to use on a wider variety of screens including Ipads,
  • possible to use with an Iphone (though not ideal for routine updating because of the small screen and touch keyboard,
  • allows the user change the layout of the templates without having to know CSS,
  • allowsbetter support for CSS to handle layout and detailing for those who do know CSS,
  • generates webpages using 'responsive design' so that they will work across a wider range of web browsers and screen sizes.

Because of the move to 'responsive design', we have been able to removed the browser detection routines which redirect people to the /MOBI/ and /FB/ versions of the pages,  This has simplified development and maintenance of the CMS software and reduced the duplication of webpages so that there is now a single copy.

The websites which we manage range in size from half a dozen webpages to over 1000 pages (www.auspostalhistory.com).  

Depending upon the load on the shared hosting server, we can publish 1000 pages in just over 8 seconds (eg. www.AusPostalHistory.com hosted at HostPapa.)   Performance varies from one hosting service to another and with server load at that time of day.

Webbit-CMS includes 2 add on packages: Webbit-MOBI for smart phones and Webbit-FB to generate application pages for use with Facebook.

Samples of websites running with both Webbit CMS-3 and CMS-5 are shown on the webpages listed below. 

Webbit CMS Plans for 2017?

One thing which is being considered is introducing CMS-4 as an Open Source Project in 2017.  There are pros and cons to that venture so that will have to be considered carefully.


  • More developers are able to contribute to the project.
  • We should hopefully be able to attract some quality plugins which would enhance the capabilities of the package.


  • With more developers comes a greater need for monitoring as the individual abilities of the developers will vary a lot, as well as their intentions.  
  • There has been a problem with third party plugins for some of the other CMS systems.  These are usually released free of charge so that people are more likely to adopt them however they intentionally introduce backdoors into people's websites without their knowledge.  Some of them are just badly written so are open to exploits such as SQL Injection or uploading of malicious code whereby the website can be co-opted for other purposes than what it was intended.
  •  If third party plugins were introduced, it would take a substantial amount of effort to check out and approve each of the plugins.