When it comes to Flash, there are some conflicting views. There is a misconception that that Flash web pages are not seen by search engines and can’t be indexed at all. Others reckon that Flash sites are not user-friendly and load for ages.
If you are one of those individuals who’ve overlooked and ignored Flash as a viable CMS, I hope this post will make you look twice.
FlashMoto is an advanced Flash content management system that allows users to create fully editable, extensible and SEO-friendly Flash websites and easily manage them. FlashMoto is intended for Flash developers, freelancers and design studios that are engaged in creating custom Flash sites or modifying web templates. It provides an opportunity to create a website of any complexity, starting from an online business card to a full-fledged portfolio.
So far, there is no way to create multiple accounts for the CMS. In theory, FlashMoto allows the replacement of one template by another (but profound Flash skills required).
- PHP 5.2+
- Zend Optimizer v3.3 and higher
The standalone version of FlashMoto CMS costs $199, while one template + CMS costs around $250.
Royale CMS is a rebrandable content management system created by an interactive agency for agencies and freelancers. With this CMS, you may create the structure that fits your design. They make an emphasis on the rebranding feature: users may upload their own logo and change the colors. Royale CMS is specifically designed for websites that typically use external XML data.
- Apache 2 (or higher) with mod_rewrite
- PHP 5.2 with GD library 2 (or higher)
- MySQL 5.1 (or higher)
One license costs $199.
Saffron CMS is a WYISWYG content management system for Flash-based websites. It is a set of seven readymade components and a controller component that can be incorporated into a Flash-based website and the website content can be updated without leaving the browser window.
- Adobe/Macromedia Flash MX/MX 2004/8, or Flash CS3 (Windows or Mac)
- ActionScript 2.0
Saffron CMS costs $129.00.
fCMSPro is a Flash component from Flashloaded. It is a solid Flash content management system that provides a lot of useful features for fast and easy Flash website management. Like any other CMS, it makes it possible for users to update content directly on a live website. Websites created with fCMSPro are search-engine-friendly.
- Adobe/Macromedia Flash 8, Flash CS3+
- Flash Player 8, 9 or 10
- ActionScript 2.0
- PHP version 4.3.0 or higher
- MySQL 4.1.1 or higher
fCMSPro costs $ 299 (per website).
5. Yooba CMS
Yooba is one of the convenient Flash content management systems that allow users to create rich-media content without having to be a programmer. The user interface looks and works just like any application installed on your computer. Yooba comes in two different account types: Professional (monthly subscription) and Enterprise (annual subscription).
As hosting is included, you don’t have to worry about the system requirements.
Yooba price depends on the account type and subscription period.
Flashblocks is a simple Flash content management system aimed mostly at Flash designers. It provides easy ways to create, update, and arrange Flash content from any web browser.
- Flash MX, 8, CS3, CS4 or CS5
- ActionScript 2.0
- PHP 4-6 on the server and GD2.0 for image processing
Flashblocks initially costs $240 with additional licenses being substantially less.
FlashContentManager is a simple File Manager developed for Flash websites with external content that allows users to update text, images, SWFs, MP3s, etc. directly on a live website. It is aimed at both Flash designers and end-users.
- PHP enabled server
- GD extension in PHP
FlashContentManager costs €50.
Flypaper Demo (Registration Needed)
The Flypaper Platform was designed specifically for agencies and companies that create and use interactive content. Non-technical users can create content without Flash skills and programming knowledge.
- Windows 7, Windows Vista or Windows XP (Service Pack 2 and above)
- 1GHz Pentium processor or higher (2GHz, dual core processor recommended)
- 2 GB of RAM (4 GB recommended)
- Adobe Flash Player version 188.8.131.52 or later (included)
- Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 (*install .NET before installing Flypaper*)
The price depends on the subscription type and the number of modules available.
9. Maki CMS
Maki is another simple content management system that allows users to build and update Flash-based websites. Maki provides a range of readymade templates that you choose and customize.
There are no system requirements as all Maki CMS websites are hosted on their server.
The price (€164–€406) depends on the subscription type.
10. Flint CMS
Flint CMS is a simple Flash content editor that can be integrated into your own content management solution. It can be used with the news manager, product catalog or anything else.
- PHP server
- GD plugin
The site license costs €49.
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