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What is SiteFrame?
SiteFrame is a content management system (CMS) designed to build community-based websites. Available from many hosting providers and based on the PHP HyperText Preprocessor (PHP) scripting language, this lightweight, web-based CMS lets you build a complete and customizable site without needing to learn HTML.
If you're looking to add a community-based site (or a community-based component to your existing site), one very popular choice for doing so is to use a content management system (CMS). CMS applications are generally designed for optimal user-friendliness, and often do not require any programming knowledge to install or use. One such solution, SiteFrame, has enjoyed moderate popularity in recent years, is designed for maximum simplicity and collaboration.
Built using the PHP HyperText Preprocessor and relying on MySQL (a database management application using the Structured Query Language, or SQL) for database support, SiteFrame is template-based and focused on simplicity. Users can add and share content such as photos and documents, as well as email one another using an internal messaging system. SiteFrame also supports polls and Real Simple Syndication (RSS) feeds.
Both open-source and free, SiteFrame should not add any additional costs to your monthly hosting bill. As it does require PHP and MySQL, however, you'll need to make sure your hosting provider supports these as well (most hosts do).
A final caveat: You may want to use caution when installing SiteFrame, as the creator has stopped supporting it due to some fairly serious safety vulnerabilities within the software itself.
While it may be included as a “one-click” install via your hosting control panel, always consult an IT professional and your host before installing this or any software with known security issues on your web server, as doing so can result in some pretty serious risks for both your site and your visitors.
Siteframe Hosting Frequently Asked Questions
What is Siteframe?
SiteFrame is a content management system focused on the creation of community-based websites.
Where can I get Siteframe?
Siteframe is getting harder and harder to find. Several years ago major security vulnerabilities were found in Siteframe, leading the developer to abandon the project. One-click installers have gradually dropped it from their rosters. At this time, no major commercial script libraries offer Siteframe and the project website has been repurposed. If you still think you want Siteframe, you can find the most recent version of Siteframe, version 5 dating back to 2007, on GitHub.
Is Siteframe safe to use?
No. Major security vulnerabilities including cross site scripting, code execution, and SQL injection vulnerabilities were all found and unpatched in later versions of the software. It is not safe for use in a production (public) environment. As a matter of fact, while the developer offers the software on GitHub he urges against it's use in product environments.
What are some alternatives to Siteframe?
Users interested in Siteframe should consider alternatives such as WordPress and the BuddyPress plugin, Joomla and the Easy Social extension, or the social networking CMS Kliqqi. All three platforms are actively maintained, offer a broader feature set than Siteframe, and will not leave your so badly exposed to malicious activity.
What was the last version of Siteframe?
The final version of Siteframe was called Siteframe Beamont and the final release was version 5.0.6. This final version of the software was released in 2007.
When was Siteframe abandoned?
The final version of Siteframe was released in 2007. Between that time and 2010 the project website sat relatively idle, then suddenly, it was gone, replaced with a spam advertisement.
Why was Siteframe abandoned?
In 2011, the developer, Glen Campbell, explained what happened on a post at his personal website. Siteframe development fell behind due to personal commitments. At the same time, hackers identified a number of exploits in Siteframe. The final straw was when one hacker exploited one of these vulnerabilities to access one of the developer's servers and burned through more than 22 terabytes of bandwidth. The painful financial cost of that hack encouraged the developer to go ahead and mothball the project.
Why are we still talking about Siteframe?
We're still talking about Siteframe because while the software did suffer from major security shortcomings, it was also very forward looking. It was one of the first platforms that allowed users to upload and edit images — a feature that is commonplace today, but exceedingly rare when Siteframe introduced it around 2005. In many ways, Siteframe was at the bleeding edge of the transition to Web 2.0.