Contao – content management system

Contao (formerly TYPOlight) is a powerful web content management system that specializes in accessibility (back end and front end) and uses XHTML and CSS to generate W3C/WAI compliant pages.

The software major difference to other CMS is that it is 100% accessible (frontend and backend) and strictly supports W3C standards. It also includes a powerful CSS engine to format contents.

Its key features include a live update feature, multi- language support, automatic CSS framework generation, a file manager, a search engine and form generator, versioning and undo, and Web 2.0 support.

Features include:

  • Intuitive user interface.
  • Accessible XHTML strict output.
  • Meets W3C/WAI requirements.
  • Uses Ajax technology.
  • Web 2.0 support (mootools-based).
  • Live update service.
  • Accessible administration area.
  • Multiple back end languages and themes.
  • Generates search engine friendly URLs.
  • Multi-language support.
  • Powerful permission system.
  • Versioning and undo management.
  • Advanced search and sorting options.
  • Front end output 100% template based.
  • Automatic e-mail encryption (spam protection).
  • Supports SMTP in addition to PHP’s mail function.
  • Supports multiple websites in one tree.
  • Supports GZip compression.

Support: FAQ, GitHub Code Repository
Developer: Leo Feyer
License: GNU Lesser General Public License v3.0


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