Sitecake enables authors to edit static web-pages inline. These kind of CMS or website-editors are perfect, if you want to create a simple, static website that is subsequently editable.
Sitecake was first published in 2009. In 2015, Sitecake went open-source on GitHub and got some buzz from product-hunt and other websites. Some month later, it became a commercial software again. Sitecake seems to be partnering with several host-companies. Some of them offer Sitecake as a simple website-editor for their users.
Sitecake for Content-Editors
Sitecake does not provide a traditional administration-area for website-management and page-creation. Instead, you can login to your website and edit an existing page directly inline with the editing-toolbar of Sitecake.The toolbar provides some simple functions like:
- Change or add text.
- Change or add images.
- Change or add videos.
- Embed tweets or maps or YouTube.
- Change positions with drag and drop.
You can change the existing content inline or you can drag and drop the buttons from the toolbar into your page to create new content. Just check the official Sitecake-video to get an impression:
It probably won’t work that smoothly all the time (depending on your template or on the character of your website). But once again, the features are sufficient to edit simple, static web-pages.
Sitecake for Developers
The implementation is done in three steps:
- Download Sitecake.
- Add the Sitecake files and folders to your webproject.
- Define some editable areas of your webpage with some special CSS-classes.
The CSS-classes look like this:
<div class="sc-content"> <h1>Fine looking heading</h1> <img src=”feature.jpg"> <p>Some text</p> </div>
That’s it. But that is not all, because you can also …
- Use templates generated with PHP.
- Add translation for the Sitecake-editor.
- Make some basic settings and configurations, e.g. for the Sitecake-editor.
Sitecake announced that it will introduce a plugin-concept with Sitecake version 3. If you want to dig deeper, just use the Sitecake documentation that is linked in the factsheet below.
Sitecake for Non-Coders
By the way, Sitecake provides only four themes. If you are a little bit more into web-stuff, then you will easily find some static, html-designs elsewhere. Make sure that the themes are not too complex. Or you could take the chance, dig deeper into the HTML and CSS, and code your first static HTML-website on your own.
The pricing is quite fair. You pay $39 for a license and you are allowed to build as many websites as you want. And you get all the updates to Sitecake. Sitecake also offers branded versions for agencies and special versions for SAAS-companies to integrate Sitecake into SAAS-products (e.g. in hosting-products).
Sitecake offers a “30-day no-questions-asked refund policy to all customers”.
Recommendation: When to use it?
If you have some simple, static websites and the author wants to change a bit of text now and then, then this kind of CMS might be a good choice. Be prepared that not all content-editors love inline-editing and that the use case of Sitecake is limited: You can change existing pages, but you cannot add new pages with the Sitecake editor.