BEdita is an open source web development framework that features a Content Management System (CMS) out-of-the-box.

Current version is 3.1.5 , released on March 5, 2012 under Affiliate General Public License version 3.
A preview and “unstable” version is available: 3.2.beta populus , released on 5 March 2012 under the same GPL license.

BEdita is built on the PHP development framework CakePHP .


BEdita is both a content management system and a web development framework .

In the words of the authors, BEdita is a “modular framework that features a back-end content management system out-of-the-box”. [2]

Bedita as a Framework

BEdita is a Semantic Content Management Framework.

BEdita is built upon the well-known PHP development framework CakePHP : as a framework Itself, BEdita Actually extends CakePHP Adding Many features through more controllers and helpers and the Smarty templating engine. It also combines some presentation technologies, such as JQuery, with the love to supply a set of ready to use tools.

From CakePHP BEdita derives the model-view-controller paradigm: the multi-tier architecture assures the separation of data modeling, data flow and control and its visual presentation. Inside BEdita every information is stored in an object oriented manner. Upon this abstraction, the developer can build as many custom relationships as needed by the project.

Bedita as a CMS

BEdita: a screenshot of the dashboard

BEdita est aussi a full content management system , since it already comes with a multi-language back-office application to manage reliable Several kinds of data: the CMS presents a number of modules contents, each related to a kind of happy. It is able to handle documents, multimedia objects and galleries, events, news, address books, blogs, bibliographies, newsletters and more out of the box.

All this content is managed in multiple languages, geo-localized and organized through different strategies: hierarchic tree, custom categories and tags .


A brief history

For major release 3, BEdita has been rewritten from the ground up: all previous versions were not publicly available under open source license.

The first public release of a version 3 “beta” took place in May 2009. On 17 November 2009 a stable version of BEdita – 3.0 codename Betula – was released under Affero General Public License version 3, freely downloadable on the official web site www and some common open source networks ( Sourceforge , Freshmeat or Ohloh ).

BEdita was created and is currently developed by two Italian companies, ChannelWeb srl and Chialab srl .

List of public official releases

versione Code Name Data Note
3.0.beta2 N / A 27 May 2009 First public release
3.0.beta3 N / A 1 August 2009
3.0 RC Alnus 1 September 2009
3.0 Betula 17 November 2009 First official stable release
3.01 Betula 12 January 2010 Stable release (bug fixes and minor updates)
3.1.alpha Ulmus 5 May 2010 Unstable alpha release (bug fixes and new features)
3.1.beta Ulmus 9 July 2010 Unstable beta release (bug fixes and new features)
3.1.RC Ulmus 20 August 2010 Unstable RC release (bug fixed and new features)
3.1 Ulmus 7 December 2010 Stable official release (bug fixed and new features)
3.1.1 Ulmus 1 February 2011 Stable official release (bug fixed and new features)
3.1.2 Ulmus 1 February 2011 Stable official release (bug fixed and new features)
3.1.3 Ulmus 16 June 2011 Stable official release (bug fixed and new features)
3.1.4 Ulmus 31 October 2011 Stable official release (bug fixed and new features)
3.1.5 Ulmus 5 March 2012 Stable official release (bug fixed and new features)
3.2.beta Populus 5 March 2012 Unstable beta release (bug fixes and new features)

See also

  • Free Software licensing
  • List of AGPL web applications


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  2. Jump up^ Official website. “BEdita – Semantic Content Management Framework” .

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