Until 2006 I had been building my dynamic website projects using a combination of vanilla PHP and Mambo CMS. I found myself often having to rewrite a large part of Mambo to make it match a the functionality requirements of my clients and often repeating the same work when creating vanilla PHP back ends. For that reason I resolved to create a reusable core of back end code that I could use as a starting point for future website projects.
Core requirements of the project were:
- Provide the core functionality common to all if not most dynamic websites.
- Allow modules of functionality to be combined as the project required.
- Provide a simple white label front end that I could customise and expand to the needs of the project.
- Be potentially deployable on cheaper commodity/shared hosting solutions. (i.e. not dedicated servers or VPSs).
I completed version 1 of the CMS in 2006. It was mainly created by combining functionality from previous projects. It used the following technology:
- PHP 4
- MySQL 4
During late 2006 I began work on version 2 that would use the newly released Zend Framework for it’s core functionality. It utilised the following technology:
- PHP 5
- MySQL 5
- Zend Framework
Key Technologies Used
Zend Framework is a PHP MVC framework. It can also be used as a library of individual components. Using Zend enabled me to concentrate more on the needs of the project at hand and less on building out the framework functionality. It provides a large, comprehensive library of components that I could often use to build the functionality that clients required.