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Kajona - Open Source Content Management Framework

What is Kajona?

Kajona is

  • a web application framework
  • a web content management system (CMS)
  • flexible und modular
  • easy to use

Kajona provides

  • strict seperation of content and layout
  • complete web-based administration
  • AJAX-support and drag'n'drop features

Kajona needs

  • a webserver (Apache, IIS, ...)
  • PHP 5 (>= 5.3)
  • Database (e.g. MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQLite, MariaDB via mysql-drivers, Oracle)

(full feature list)

Kajona is a content management framework based on PHP5 and published as an open source project under the LGPL license. The roots of the project are going back to 2004 as collected programming solutions where combined into a library. The idea of a web content management framework was born – followed by version 2.0 in 2005 and 2.1 in the beginning of 2006. Version 3.0 was published with a complete code rewrite in 2006.

Starting from version 3, Kajona can be seen as a successfull project. It started attracting both, users and developers with each release and was developed for over 7 years, reaching up to version 3.4.2 (mid 2012).

Based on the architecture of version 3, Kajona was ready to be used as a real application framework, building not only classic websites. Nevertheless, some scenarios could only be solved by using complex techniques and approaches. This is the reason for the first plans of a version 4, build together in the late 2011. All concepts were made without considering a full backwards compatibility. The know issues and limitations of V3 were redesigned and implemented in a first show-case. It took nearly 1,5 years to reach a first version of the new Kajona V4, released as 4.0 in january 2013.

In the meantime Kajona has grown to a comprehensive and powerful framework which provides a wide range of use with its collection of available modules. The main focus lies in usability and performance. Besides Englisch and German, the backend is also available in Russian, Portuguese and Bulgarian. At the moment the two main developers are supported by four additional developers and some software testers, designers, translaters and support helpers.

Users of Kajona are, for example, the University Kassel, ETH Zürich and a number of companies in Germany, Switzerland and also outside Europe like South Africa.

Having said this – have fun & enjoy!

Stefan Idler Jakob Schröter


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