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Hound – Flat File Content Management System

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 – – 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.

DownloadHound Demo | Hound Documentation (alpha)


= 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.


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