Hound – Flat File Content Management System

Hound – Flat File Content Management System v0.8.4-beta

Last released on July 3rd, 2018 in WordPress Plugins

Price: Free · License: GPL-3.0 · Reviews Screenshots/Media Gallery Download

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Hound is a lite, flat-file, PHP-based content management system.

Hound is simpler, smaller, and more convenient.

It is supposed to replace WordPress for some of our clients, who only need brochure sites with no database functionality or multi-user capabilities.

Hound CMS

Hound CMS

Hound is hosted on GitHub – https://github.com/wolffe/hound – and is currently in development. We are using it for 4 clients so far, with no complaints, 100% productivity and 200% speed increase (compared to their previous WordPress-based installations).

Hound requires only PHP. We have a long list of TODO items, as the main purpose of Hound is to be small and fast.

If you are using Hound on your site, let us know, so we can track it and see how you are using it.

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= 0.8.4-beta =
* UPDATE: Changed path detection for performance
* UPDATE: Added more constants to config file

= 0.8.3 =
* FIX: Path fixes
* FIX: Media modal fixes
* FIX: Permission check fixes

= 0.8.2 =
* UPDATE: Refactored authentication check (in progress...)
* UPDATE: Refactored core/content files (in progress...)
* UPDATE: Refactored core using a functional approach
* UPDATE: Removed tagline/slogan
* UPDATE: Removed access log
* UPDATE: Removed .php from template on post/page screen
* UPDATE: Fixed upgrade routine

= 0.7.0 =
* FIX: Fixed PHP 7.2 compatibility
* FIX: Fixed lots of issues with undeclared variables
* UPDATE: Removed template editor
* UPDATE: Removed installation prompt/template

= 0.6.1 =
* UPDATE: Moved Hound version to a constant
* UPDATE: Code quality changes

= 0.6.0 =
* FIX: Removed/combined unused function
* FIX: Consolidated parameter extraction
* UPDATE: Added plugin header

= 0.5.1 =
* FEATURE: Added hook/listener system
* UPDATE: Removed old, non-functional plugin system

= 0.5.0 =
* PERFORMANCE: Removed meta title
* PERFORMANCE: Removed meta description
* PERFORMANCE: Removed meta keywords
* PERFORMANCE: Removed featured image
* SECURITY: Removed unused files from Grey theme
* UPDATE: Updated media library popup
* UPDATE: Update TinyMCE to 4.6.6 (from 4.5.4)

= 0.4.2 =
* UPDATE: Updated media library code

= 0.4.1 =
* UPDATE: Added user agent to cURL call for update checking

= 0.4.0 =
* UPDATE: Removed last accessed location as the API has a small quota
* UPDATE: Changed the way the update check is performed to allow for more server configurations

= 0.3.1 =
* FIX: Fixed post/page preview link
* UPDATE: UI tweaks for content section

= 0.3.0 =
* FIX: Fixed site title in default template header
* FIX: Removed strict types declaration for PHP versions lower than 7
* FIX: Fixed missing styles for several admin pages
* FIX: Fixed sidebar width
* UPDATE: Merged pages.php and posts.php into content.php and used URI arguments
* UPDATE: Merged new-page.php and new-post.php into new.php and used URI arguments

= 0.2.4 =
* FIX: Fixed template editor to not append .tpl at the end of saved files
* FIX: Removed unused styles and compressed stylesheets
* FIX: Fixed a fatal error with the theme editor
* FIX: Fixed Tinymce editor
* FIX: Fixed logout function not working properly
* UPDATE: Removed Ace editor
* UPDATE: Allowed removal of all files before applying automatic updates
* FEATURE: Added "last login" functionality

= 0.2.3 =
* FEATURE: Added CPU load in Dashboard

= 0.2.2 =
* FIX: Fixed a fatal error

= 0.2.1 =
* FEATURE: Added a welcome screen for fresh installations or for no index page found
* REFACTORING: Removed /libs/houndAdmin.php
* REFACTORING: Code cleanup

= 0.2.0 =
* FIX: Removed duplicate license
* UPDATE: Added backups to "At a Glance" section
* UPDATE: Added media items to "At a Glance" section
* UPDATE: Admin UI tweaks
* UPDATE: Added more server software checks to dashboard
* FEATURE: Added automatic updates and notifications

= 0.1.8 =
* FEATURE: Added automatic updates and notifications

= 0.1.5 =
* FIX: Fixed URL parameters not being allowed
* UPDATE: Admin UI tweaks
* FEATURE: Added backup functionality

= 0.1.4 =
UPDATE: Refactored system requirements check
UPDATE: Cleaned up the configuration page
UI: Updated interface for consistency
UI: Updated the pages section UI

= 0.1.3 =
UPDATE: Added default theme (Grey)
UPDATE: Admin UI tweaks
UPDATE: New PHP template tags
FEATURE: Added search and replace feature to assist with migrations

Updating Hound

Manual Updating

When manually updating your Hound site, just replace (and overwrite) all files except for site-specific content (see below).

Do not remove or replace the following files and folders:


Automatic Updating

When automatically updating your Hound site, make sure you have a backup of your /files/ and /site/ folders.