Textpattern features

Textpattern is built for content publishers to Just Write. Whether you’re writing for a corporation or for your own blog, Textpattern lets your words take centre stage.

For content publishers

Textpattern is tailor made for content publishers — whether you’re writing for a corporation or for your own blog. The first thing you see when you log into Textpattern allows you to just write.

Begin publishing in minutes via a direct, easy to follow interface, and when you wish to alter the layout of your site adjust the built-in tags to determine how content should be retrieved and displayed. You have complete control over both content and presentation, making Textpattern an incredibly simple and elegant CMS to use.

In addition:

  • Upload and organize images and files via your browser
  • Categorize your content any way you wish
  • Quickly convert plain text to valid HTML with Textile (or Markdown via a plugin)
  • Offer clean URLs to help SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) and visitors
  • Take full control of date and time of articles
  • Accept comments on any article in your site — you control for how long
  • Set up unlimited site authors with varying privilege levels to collaborate with others on websites
  • Allow visitors to subscribe to a tailored assortment of web feeds
  • Take action with up-to-the-minute visitor/referrer logs
  • Articles can be protected with a password

For site designers

Textpattern’s interface is a streamlined workbench of efficiency; giving you the tools you need without getting in the way. Designers can quickly produce clean, standards-compliant websites, while clients get on with publishing content. With Textile included, authors can nudge simple text into beautifully-rendered web copy.

A human friendly, XML-like templating tag language allows complete control over dynamic content without the need for programming. Mix Textpattern tags with HTML and CSS to produce page layouts into which the content is published. If you ever wish to go beyond the built-in tags, use the simple Plugin system to extend Textpattern’s capabilities.

In addition:

  • Flexible engine for all kinds of websites, from blogs to corporate sites
  • Textpattern is standards-compliant by default
  • Unlimited sections, page layout and styling can be created
  • Template and CSS editing is browser-based
  • File and image upload and organization is browser-based
  • Plugin installation and maintenance is browser-based
  • Content can be imported from other content management systems
  • The lively forum is supported by the development team and the community

For web developers

Textpattern CMS is lean and powerful, allowing complete control over your site layout. For those times when you wish to go beyond its default capabilities, you can quickly install any of hundreds of available plugins or create your own in PHP. The standard plugin template means plugins are easy to write and document — there’s a even a plugin that allows plugins to be created and distributed if you prefer!

Textpattern offers:

  • A lightweight yet powerful core
  • Code written in PHP and MySQL, which is easy to develop under
  • A very active development team on the forum
  • A development team that also write plugins
  • GitHub development code for bleeding-edge functionality
  • The ability to make a name for yourself with your own plugin prefix
  • Consideration of well-crafted patch submissions for inclusion in the core

Below are a host of other reasons to use Textpattern CMS for your next website…

Secure and stable

  • Anti-spam comment system that works well
  • Thoroughly tested by the community before each release
  • Small disk and memory footprint
  • GPL source code
  • Based upon popular open source components like PHP, MySQL and jQuery

Easy to manage

  • Unlimited site authors can be assigned a variety of posting, editing and design privileges
  • Human-readable clean URLs help SEO and visitors
  • Unlimited article, link, file and image categories
  • Import content from other content management and blog systems
  • Up-to-the-minute visitor logs

Excellent support

  • Forum is renowned for its friendly, helpful community
  • Developers listen and solve problems
  • In-depth documentation
  • Textpattern is available in over 40 languages, and growing

An extensible platform

  • Versatile plugin concept
  • Wide range of plugins provides many extra functions
  • Plugin installation and maintenance is simple: Copy, paste and activate
  • Browser-based plugin installation and maintenance
  • Plugins are simple to write, document and publish with the standard code template or the plugin composer