Ayende @ Rahien

My name is Oren Eini
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Impleo – a CMS I can tolerate

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If you head out to http://hibernatingrhinos.com/, you will see that I finally had the time to setup the corporate site. This is still very early, but I have a lot of content to add there, but it is a start.

Impleo, the CMS running the site, doesn’t have any web based interface, instead, it is built explicitly to take advantage of Windows Live Writer and similar tools. The “interface” for editing the site is the MetaWeblog API. This means that in order to edit the site, there isn’t any Wiki syntax to learn, or XML files to edit, or anything of this sort.

You have a powerful editor in your fingertips, one that properly handle things like adding images and other content. This turn the whole experience around. I usually find documentation boring, but I am used to writing in WLW, it is fairly natural to do, and it removes all the pain from the equation.

One of the things that I am trying to do with it is to setup a proper documentation repository for all my open source projects. This isn’t something new, and it is something that most projects have a hard time doing. I strongly believe in making things simple, in reducing friction. What I hope to do is to be able to accept documentation contributions from the community for the OSS projects.

I think that having a full fledged rich text editor in your hands is a game changer, compared to the usual way OSS handle documentation.  Take a look at what is needed to make this works, it should take three minutes to get started, no learning curve, no “how do they do this”.

So here is the deal, if you would like to contribute documentation (which can be anything that would help users with the projects), I just made things much easier for you. Please contact me directly and I’ll send you the credentials to be able to edit the site.

Thanks in advance for your support.


Fabio Maulo

The name is "Impleo" as in the title or "Impelo" as in the text ?

Ayende Rahien


the typo has been fixed

thanks for noticing


Do you have an URL for Impleo? I'm having some trouble googeling it...

Ayende Rahien


No, it is not publicly available, it is currently just a custom piece of software running the site.

I might turn that into something if this proves workable


I strongly believe in making things simple, in reducing friction.

Bless you. It's helps those of us who hate the grind when it's so unnecessary.

Arne Claassen

Been using MindTouch for all my documentation for the last year or so for the same reason: powerful WYSIWYG editing. Except it does it with a customized version of CKEditor in the browser, so no install, no platform ties. And no wiki syntax, no xml, all is stored as XHTML behind the scenes. Etc.

Tobin Harris

Looks good. Nice to see a concise list of Rhino stuff in one place.

Have you thought about adding readme.markdown files to the root of your GitHub repositories? Would be nice to see an overview of the project and installation/usage examples on the Git landing page.

Ayende Rahien


Can you send me a patch for this?

I just don't have time for this

Petr Snobelt

Hello, I use umbraco. It use TinyMce for online editing, but can be set to use LiveWriter if you wish


FYI, there is already an Impleo CMS http://www.dahlis.se/ (I have no idea about it, I found that page yesterday looking for it after reading your post).

Sean Kearon

Another small typo: in "a licensing framework that wouldn't make you want to gauge your eyes", I think you meant "gouge" not "gauge".

Jesse Foster

Sounds exactly like HydrogenCMS ( http://hydrogencms.net/) or, even better, BlogEngine ( http://dotnetblogengine.com/).

Both of those use livewriter as the editor. (I wrote hydrogen, but still havent checked in the changes to update ot to asp.net mvc 1.0, so BlogEngine is probably the better choice.)

Jesse Foster | jf26028

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