Cotonti / Open Source PHP Content Management FrameworkContent Management Framework

Cotonti is a powerful open-source web development framework and content manager with a focus on security, speed and flexibility.

Why choose Cotonti?

Cotonti combines the flexibility of a web framework with the rapid deployability and featureset of a content management system. Despite having features such as user accounts, content creation, file management and community tools out of the box, it can be easily extended using modules or plugins. Cotonti is powered by its own template engine which is both fast and easy to learn, even if you are not an experienced programmer.

Read more about Cotonti's Benefits...

Major features

  • Open source, community driven
  • Secure and reliable
  • Fast and lightweight
  • Modular and extensible
  • Layout separated from logic
  • Fast and easy template engine
  • Internationalized

News

Cotonti and the EU e-Privacy Directive2012-05-28

On May 26th, 2011, the European Union accepted a new legislative directive regarding the use of web cookies. Also known as the Cookie Law, it applies to how you use cookies and similar technologies for storing information on a user’s equipment such as their computer or mobile device. It means that you have to get your visitors informed consent before placing a cookie on their machine. The law officially came into effect on May 26th, 2012, but since each EU member state has to implement its own version of the law, enforcement of the law may be delayed.

The law applies to cookies set by websites owned by organizations or individuals operating/living in the European Union. The law allows an exception for cookies which are "strictly necessary for a service requested by a user", such as those used to remember when something has been added to a shopping basket or allowing users to login. These cookies would be implicitly expected by the user. However, the law always applies to cookies which store personal information (such as names and email addresses).

The Cotonti CMS uses only one cookie. This cookie is used to store the user ID and session identifier after a user logs in. No personal information is involved. Also, the cookie is opt-in, meaning it's only stored if the user enables the 'remember me' checkbox on the login form. However, Cotonti does allow to force the 'remember me' option through the admin panel, which would hide the 'remember me' checkbox and enable it in the background. Since this behavior is not implicitly expected by a user, nor is the cookie a requirement for Cotonti to operate, forcing the 'remember me' option would probably not be allowed under the new law.

We recommend to do the following:

  • Disable the 'Force remember me' setting in Admin => Config => Users.
  • Make sure the 'Remember me' checkbox appears in the login form, otherwise check your template files.
  • Add a short text below the login form, or in the general conditions / privacy policy of your site, explaining the 'Remember me' feature will store a cookie on the visitor's computer containing anonymous session data.

Important note

Since each EU member state has to implement its own version of the law (the EU version is just a directive), details of the law may be different between countries. For example, the Dutch version also includes legislation on net neutrality. You should therefore inform yourself of the exact details of the law in your own country. The Cotonti Team and the author of this article accept no liability for any inaccuracies in the article. It's your own responsibility to ensure your site complies with local and international laws.

3 | Author: GHengeveld

Security update Siena 0.9.92012-04-15

An SQL injection vulnerability has been found recently in Administration part of Polls module by vekt0r, so we release 0.9.9 shortly as a security update for 0.9.x branch.

This update also includes significant changes in site security system and fixes for all recently discovered bugs.

Head to release notes page for more information.

0 | Author: Trustmaster

Siena 0.9.8 is available2012-04-02

Thanks to the increasing interest for Cotonti Siena in the community during last 2 months, together we have found and solved over 33 bugs and made about 20 requested enhancements. The most important features in this release include:

  • Extension categories. Plugins are grouped by category in the Installer and there is Category View in Administration / Extensions.
  • A “Multihost” mode which allows the site to run on multiple host names and ports. See $cfg['multihost'] in config.php.
  • Built-in CAPTCHA management and Security section in Configuration.
  • Extra fields are supported in Forums, Comments and Contact.
  • An option to log out from all devices at once.
  • Category filter in Recent Items plugin.

Visit the release page to see other new features and more details.

By the way, do you have a cool site running Cotonti? Don't forget to add it to our showcase. It helps to demonstrate the newcomers what can be done using this wonderful system.

5 | Author: Trustmaster

3 years on air!2012-02-01

Our project has been publicly available for 3 years by now! It's hard to believe but time passes so fast. I like measuring the progress by statistics, so here are some interesting facts about what we have achieved during these 3 years:

  • 36 releases! it is exactly 1 release per month on the average;
  • 20 people have made 4658 commits in our repository, of which 2284 are in the main branch;
  • 804 tasks completed;
  • 27242 downloads of just the core packages;
  • 165 plugins added to the downloads section;
  • main branch code base has grown from 30k lines to 63k lines of code.

Quite impressive, isn't it? And how about the birthday present? Here it is! It's called "Siena 0.9.7" and it contains over 30 bugfixes and over 10 enhancements among which there are:

  • Improved versioning and dependency checks in Administration / Extensions
  • Improved output and error pages for fatal errors, read more... and more
  • CKEditor 3.6.2
  • HTMLPurifier 4.4.0
  • PFS links for comments
  • SEO: correct canonical URLs and no duplicate URLs in forums
  • Hook for plugins and third-party presets in URLEditor
  • Meta keywords for page lists
  • Page start date updated upon publications

Now it's time to celebrate!

13 | Author: Trustmaster

Genoa 0.6.21 is available2012-01-15

What's new:

  • CoTemplate 2.7.2 backported from Cotonti Siena (supports FOR loops and fixes a bug in expressions).
  • Sites can run on custom HTTP ports other than 80.
  • All page TPL-tags are available in tag search results (tags plugin).
2 | Author: Trustmaster