June 4, 2009
For the past 5 years, we have been developing a Content Management System for our own use. We had realized that none of the available systems met our needs – they were too expensive, too complicated, not flexible enough, etc. So we decided to make our own, and RefineryCMS was born. We now run almost all our sites on Refinery, and it has become a central part of our business.
We have now decided to release Refinery as an open source project. We believe that others will find it as easy to use and powerful as we do, and we know that it will only become more powerful with the input of other developers.
Built in Ruby on Rails, Refinery is a modular system that allows new functionality to be easily built and connected to the base application. Every element of Refinery is designed to be simple, ensuring that the end user (the website owner) is not required to perform tasks that are beyond their capabilities. Site owners are typically not designers or developers, so Refinery does not make them work hard at managing their content. But it does allow them to create exactly the site they want – from portfolio sites to ecommerce sites to brochure sites.
Try out the demo of RefineryCMS here: http://demo.refinerycms.com/admin. You’ll see how Refinery works – how to edit and create pages, upload images, create news posts, and more.
If you’re a developer, check out our GitHub repository here.
Some Sites Built with Refinery