Graffiti CMS finally gets some love

After over a year of complaints and failed promises by Telligent, the once loved and recently hated, Graffiti CMS, has finally gone open source (Official Press Release).  Believe me there was a huge amount of frustration gaining over this product, mostly for its owners utter lack of communication and upkeep (telligent).  And I should know, you are reading this from an officially licensed site…

I think a lot of my frustration is that this was a great example of a simple Asp.Net app that just worked and was well designed.  It was theme ready and plug-in ready from the start and even has a simple scripting interface, oh my.    To this day, even with the advent of Asp.net MVC and several open source projects (1, 2 ) on codeplex, I haven’t seen a comparable free or pay .Net blog engine that offers the same features and ease of use.

Here are some screen grabs of the admin interface:

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Overall it is just a solid UI with a lot of good concepts going for.  Now I do cringe a bit since this was written before Asp.net MVC and I believe that could ultimately lead to its death in my mind, but I do think that with some effort it could be raised from the ashes and resurrect itself as “the” Asp.Net blogging engine of choice.  If anything it’s a great opportunity to look at some nice coding ideas and design.

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