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CMS Spectra, Content Management System/Blog

Beautiful In Its Simplicity

Hi! I'm Mike the creator of CMS Spectra. I'm really glad you stopped by!

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Turn your creativity into a website. If you can dream it, you can build it.

Spectra is a modern Content Management System/Blog, not a fork, and I have developed it from the ground up to provide for your every need in site design. There are many powerhouse Content Management Systems out there now, but you need an in-depth study of them to get started. Lots of people give up trying to get a site up and going. That’s where Spectra is unique. The primary preference in the design process was to make this CMS user-friendly. You can set up and operate your full site from within the dashboards.


Build a beautiful website in minutes.


HTML5/Bootstrap Themes Running on Spectra

HTML 5, Bootstrap, and Spectra


Building a website using HTML5 is a really good way to add numerous pages. While using 'CMS Spectra' you can create the pages your preferred way and then add them to the menu using the 'Single Links Builder'. To use it go to the 'Designers Dashboard' and 'Single Links'. There you can build as many links as you need. They will show in the menu automatically.

I have the pagination feature set to only allow 6 articles to show on this page, and that can be changed by going to Designers Dashboard/General Website Configuration. To see the other articles click on the pagination numbers.

I literally spent years designing websites the old way. Then I created CMS Spectra and my life got a lot better. So anytime I start designing something new I always think that the best way to go about it is to use the simplest methods to get the best results. By that I mean, using Open Source products that are good quality like CKEditor and elFinder makes the job easier. Of course, there is a lot of searching on Google to figure out how to get them to work together. But, when you do get things to work together you then start to wonder what else can be made easier.

That's when I started exploring how I could merge HTML5, PHP8, JavaScript, and CSS together and make the end product user-friendly. So, now CMS Spectra is that end-product. And, if you like building HTML5 websites and you want to make your design lifestyle easier, then this might just be the product you need.

Putting The Content Together

Pages, Articles, and Sidebars

The Content


CMS Spectra allows you to build as many pages as you need.  Each page can have sidebars, plugins, videos, and lots more and each page can be totally different than all of the others.

The powerful page builder is user-friendly and allows you to fully customize each page to suit your needs.  You get to choose if you want to add sidebars to the page and you also get to put any content you want into the sidebars.  Plugins are pre-made but you can choose which ones to display on your new page if any.  And the really good thing is that you can turn any page on or off when making edits.  Come back to the page at any time to make edits.


The feature of CMS Spectra that you will be using the most is the articles. A website isn't much good without articles.

You can add hundreds of articles and manage them with ease.  Using the powerful article builder you can create an article that has a background image or color or even a gradient color.  Build your new article and preview it as you go to get it just right. Once you are finished, publish it so everyone can enjoy it.

Add a video, pictures of a recent event, or whatever you like. And come back and edit it at any time.


Sidebars are useful when you want to show your visitors things that you think will interest them and also make it easy for them to find articles and pages without having to search for them.

By turning on a plugin such as the Tag Cloud and or Categories/Pages  Finder you can give your visitors the opportunity of discovering everything you have on your website at a glance and go directly to it.



CKEditor 4 and elFinder

Full-Function Drag -n- Drop Editor

CKEditor Full

CKEditor 4 is the most stable, reliable solution on the market since its launch in 2012. It has been actively improved since then.

Wide browser support including legacy browsers.

Exceptional security: As an Open Source application with many enterprise customers, CKEditor 4 is constantly checked by pen-testers, security scanners, and source code analysis tools.

CKEditor paired with elFinder gives the site administrator a complete range of tools to be creative in how the page, article, and all other content areas are built and displayed.


elFinder is an open-source file manager for the web, written in JavaScript using jQuery UI. As you can see its creation is inspired by simplicity and convenience.



  • All operations with files and folders on a remote server (copy, move, upload, create folder/file, rename, etc.)
  • High-performance server backend and light client
  • Background file upload with Drag & Drop support
  • Standard methods of file/group selection using mouse or keyboard
  • Rich context menu and toolbar
  • List and Icons view
  • Shortcuts
  • Move/Copy files with Drag & Drop
  • Archives create/extract (zip, rar, 7z, tar, gzip, bzip2)
  • Preview for common file types
  • Edit text files and resize images
  • "Places" for your favorites
  • Calculate directory sizes
  • Thumbnails for image files
  • Quicklook
  • Flexible configuration of access rights, upload file types, user interface, and other

CKEditor 4



Themes, Styles, and Templates


Themes and Templates

Working hand-in-hand


Themes give your website an attractive look and Templates and Layouts organize the content of your website. When they are all working together you get impressive results. 

The aim of Spectra is to give you the flexibility to choose.


The powerful theme builder allows you to edit themes and also build new ones.  No more files to edit or upload just open the theme builder and start creating.  Once you become comfortable with the settings you will be able to build a new theme in 5 minutes or less.  Don't like the look of something in your theme, go back and edit it at any time.



Are pre-made and completely change the layout to compliment your website's content.  Whether you have a small or very large website CMS Spectra can handle it.  Because your website has grown since you first set it up and you have added a lot more content, the layout you first chose may no longer display the content correctly or the way you want it to.  You can go in and change the layout at any time.

Templates and Layouts

- 1-column

- 1-column plus (using header video)

- 2-column left or right sidebars

- both sidebars on left or right

- 3-column

- 5-equal columns

- magazine

- newspaper

- media

- photo/image gallery

- carded content

- floating blocks

- compact articles

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Tag Cloud


Downloads Suite

The Downloads Suite provides administrators with the tools to manage their downloadable files. To use this feature, go to the Modules menu and select Downloads Suite. Turn the system on and allow access to your members and if you choose, make it available for other visitors to your website. Next, you will want to create the pages to house the files. The last step will add the downloads to the database. Upload a .zip or .pdf file and assign it to a page, assign a category, and add a title.

Spectra Feature List

- Responsive/Fluid
- Option to use HTML5/Bootstrap theme
- Auto installer
- Version Updater
- Direct editing
- Full-featured
- Themes (create, edit)
- Sidebars
- Articles
- Pages
- Menu System
- Unlimited galleries
- Member Registration
- Administrators dashboard
- Designers dashboard
- Album
- Image editors
- CKEditor 4 Full
- Media library
- Image compressor
- Modules
- Plugins
- Templates
- Designers Toolbox
- Downloads Suite

Sidebars and Blocks

CMS Spectra comes equipped with sidebars that house the content blocks. You can turn the blocks on and off to suit your needs or while making edits.

When it comes time to move blocks around within the sidebar, simply drag-n-drop the block into its new position. It's quick and easy.

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CMS Spectra comes packaged with 10 modules. 

They are:

-  Block Slider

-  Spectra Slider

-  Contact Form

-  Downloads Suite

-  FAQ Builder

-  Gallery Module

-  Link To Me Builder

-  Modal Popup Window

-  Spectra Gallery

-  Search 

- Mini-Mod

Carded Content

Some websites like to use smaller containers to house their content.  That is where cards come in handy.  The administrator is able to configure the cards where they are all the same height, width, but each holding its own content.

Configuration settings include:

-  Place 1, 2, 3, or 4 cards in a row.

- Set the height for all cards to be the same.

- Add a background color or image to each card individually.

- Choose where the cards will appear on the homepage.

Spectra Gallery

Set up the album and create as many galleries as you want within that album.  Use the Media Library to create folders and upload all of your images into those folders.  All configuration settings are stored in a database for ease of updating.  You can add or remove images at any time to a gallery.  Just upload the new image into the folder and it will show automatically in the gallery. 

Features include: (partial list)

-  Perform all tasks inside of the dashboard.

-  Edit images using the Media Library

-  Full range of image editors to resize, crop, rename, your images, and lots more.

-  Add text/image content to each gallery individually

-  The menu, image caption, and image display are all created automatically.

And lots more ...