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On December 1st, Kitsite will be launching a new hosted content management service called PostCMS. The launch will be based around a software Advent calendar, where a new feature will be released every day until Christmas.

CMS as a service
PostCMS marks a new step in the shift towards utility software, allowing sophisticated content management services to be deployed without installing any software.

"We're hoping to do for CMS what Salesforce and Basecamp have done for CRM," says Michael Kowalski, CEO of Kitsite. "We've focused on two key areas: usability for content authors, and flexibility for web developers."

PostCMS has a user-friendly Ajax-based interface that simplifies the management of content-rich websites. It includes WYSIWYG page editing and metadata tagging.

But unlike other web apps in this space, it offers deep customization opportunities for developers, via an innovative web-based IDE.

"The idea is that you can get a site up and running pretty quickly. But then if you need to, you can customize almost everything. You can code your own web services to integrate with other applications, you can write new workflows, and you can even build entire new user interface screens."

The evil twin
Many other CMS solutions, especially the open source ones, force content authors to use essentially the same user interface as developers, despite their very different requirements.

"We've avoided that," says Kowalski. "To make the difference clear, the developer app and supporting website have a quite distinctive white-on-black appearance. We think of it as the "evil twin" of the content authoring interface."

Where CMS meets UGC
PostCMS supports the integration of user-generated content, with built-in moderation screens that support a variety of moderation strategies.

"Your website is no longer an island. You need to be able to deal with content generated by users, as well as hooking into the wider web 2.0 ecology with RSS, microformats, REST-based web services, and widgets. PostCMS is designed with these sorts of requirements in mind."

Advent calendar
From 1st December until Christmas, one new feature will be added to PostCMS every day. The planned feature list includes:
* Design pattern library
* Support tracking
* UGC moderation
* Microformat support
* Language bundles for localisation

Visit the Advent calendar every day from 1st Dec.

Pricing
PostCMS is free for developers who are trying the service out or building very small sites. For larger sites, pricing starts from £50 per month, depending on total users, pages and storage.

"We expect that developers and web agencies will be able to pass on these costs to their customers, maybe with a margin on top to cover any ongoing support commitments."

Track record
Since 2000, Kitsite have been producing web applications and content management solutions for customers including the Guardian, Sony, Trinity Mirror, and London 2012.

"Content management is something we've been thinking about deeply for some time, and PostCMS reflects that. It's not a lightweight solution, despite the ease of use. It didn't start life as a blogging tool. It will scale up to websites with dozens of authors and thousands of pages."

More information
To find out more, contact info@kitsite.com or call Michael on 020 7378 6655

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