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e107 CMS is a Content Management System written in PHP and using the popular open source MySQL database system for content storage. It's completely free, totally customisable and in constant development.
What is e107
e107 is a software package for easily managing a website and its content without having to write any of your own code. You do not need to have extensive IT knowledge, but some basics will certainly help!
Here are the basic requirements for running an e107 Website.
On a personal level, you need to be prepared to read and to learn a few new technologies, particularly if you want to do advanced development work. A good starter website is w3schools.com, you will benefit from familiarising yourself with HTML and CSS.
Installing e107 is easy on a good hosting package with a control panel/file manager. When you know what you are doing, this should generally take less than 15 minutes. This is a quick overview of the install process.
Most people will then be able to login and start building their website.
Setup e107 Website
Login using the account your created during installation. Open the Admin Area Link:
Go to the following settings in the Admin Area.
Create Web Page Content & Links
You are now ready to begin entering web page content and manage website links.
Once you are familiar with e107, you should be able to enter your settings and create half a dozen pages within 30 minutes.
What will take you longer will be deciding which other e107 features and plugins you may want to use, which will be outlined below.
Features of e107
The e107 website content management system provides all the features you need to build a basic website or a fully interactive web portal. The website has a user management system, which controls access to the main areas of your e107 web system, which are fully controllable. A typical e107 installation will usually include:-
You can make you some, if not most or even your whole website totally private, useful for a families, clubs, businesses, intranets, business-to-business and other collaborative projects.
The e107 web site system is Fully Extensible and has a flexible API system which enables the core features of the system to be extended, without changing the core system code. There are several areas of extensibility:-
Public Areas - Features for Web Publishing
These are typically used for public areas of your website.
Managing Web Page Content
Menu Area Manager
News & Syndication
Members Area - Interactive/Portal Features
Admin Area Features
Admins & Users
Admin Content Publishing
Creating Web Content - Main Admin Content Manager
Maintenance, Security and Debugging tools for e107.
Various Site Themes are included in the core e107 v 1.0 package, and are freely customisable for your own needs. You can upload and activate additional themes using the Theme Manager.
NOTE: remember to copy the theme you choose to another folder with a new name to avoid being overwritten at upgrade!
There are 100's of third party themes created for e107, mostly published at theme.e107.org.
You can let users of a certain class choose to view your site in a theme they choose.
Go to Admin Area > Content > Menus > UserTheme > Activate in Area x
e107 Standard Themes
Plugins are one of the most popular ways of extending e107. You can upload, install and configure easily using the Plugin Manager. There are a number of Core Plugins already installed, which are listed above in the other categories. There are 100's of Third Party Plugins available at plugins.e107.org, many are licensed for free use and others request a fee for use - this is entirely up to the plugin developer.
A Brief History Of e107
I've never kept a journal or list of dates corresponding to e107's evolution, so all of the following is recounted from memory and is probably full of chronological errors
In late 1998, I coded and opened a website called Litestep2000 related to the Windows shell replacement Litestep. The site got fairly popular and a few months later became ls2k.org, when it moved to a php enabled server and I started my first tentative steps into scripting. After about 18 months of coding and maintaining this site, I was offered the chance by the then main admin c0mrade to take over the main Litestep theme site, litestep.net. I coded the site and I'm proud to say it continued to grow in popularity while I, DeViLbOi and jugg were at the helm.
Due to running such a busy site, I was always getting requests for site code, ot portions of the code we used on litestep.net from other members of the Litestep community, but due to time restraints and real life, I was very rarely able to help, so I set about taking some of the code from litestep.net and ls2k.org and turning it into a more modular and distributable codebase.
Over the space of a couple of months, websites (mainly Litestep and shell related) started popping up, and feature requests started coming in, so I decided to get a domain and give the code a name. I settled on e107 as it was turning out to be my seventh main project, and I purchased e107.org and set up a small e107 powered website there.
The site opened in July 2002, and e107 was a couple of months old at that stage, and at version 2.1. I continued to code and release revisions until 5.4 when I decided on a version numbering change, and the next version released was 0.6, which saw a major revamp of the code. At this time new versions and revisions were coming out on almost a daily basis (imagine that )
I was still maintaining the e107 codebase alone, but accepting contributions from users, notably McFly, Lolo_Irie, Cameron and a few others, but with version 0.612 I decided to ask a few of these contributors to join a newly formed development team, consisting of McFly, chavo, Cameron and Lolo_Irie, and myself. I was proud that these people accepting places as not only are they good coders, they were all good people as well (and still are )
A couple of versions later, I decided to take a step back from the development side of e107, as maintaining what had in a short period become a quite popular system had taken it's toll on my real life, and I was not only tired but having to deal with the regular attacks on e107.org. The development team have continued to release new versions (at the time of writing e107 stands at v0.617) and make improvements and refine the e107 core.
I started tentative development of a new system in March 2004, codenamed nostromo. This isn't intended to replace e107 and will probably never see the light of day due to real life issues (again pfft). This code, or at least the site it produces, can be seen at my personal site jalist.com.
So there we have it, e107, due mainly to the work of the dev team, plugin coders and the people who selflessly and mostly thanklessly man the forums with support for less experienced users, has come a very long way in it's first two years of life, and hopefully will continue to grow for the next two years and beyond - my sincerest thanks to everyone that has contributed in even the smallest way.
jalist, August 2004
The latest release of e107 is 1.0.3 and was released March 14, 2013 see the current release notes. We continue to maintain e107 1.x and from time to time issue new security releases. Meanwhile the e107 Development Team are busy building the next major release of e107 - 2.0.
Awards / Publicity
e107 is licenced under the GNU General Public license version 2, General Public license is sometimes shortend to GPL.