User Persona

By Adam Patterson in: Article UX


Tentacle has been built to reduce the level of knowledge needed to run and maintain a web site. Designing a CMS for various types of users is challenging. Never knowing how something will be used and knowing it will never be used as intended doesn't help. But with so many different types of users…

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Hierarchical Data

By Adam Patterson in: Article


I am proud to announce that Tentacle will now support sub pages! That's right! Nest as many as you want! One of the biggest challenges I had with building this CMS is the data structure. On paper it looks easy. Posts will have an ID, a Parent ID, Date, Title, and so…

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Tentacles philosophy

By Adam Patterson in: Article


From the Start Software should work! It should work with little configuration. Tentacle will get you up and running in minutes.  Install will require as few basic details as possible. Every release of Tentacle will follow this philosophy or improve on it. Designing for our users Users of Tentacle will be…

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Tools of the trade

By Adam Patterson in: Announcements Article


The kind people over at Jet Brains provided the developers of Tentacle with a license of PhpStorm. You herd it, any one actively contributing can get a license as well! The nice thing about PhpStorm is that its lighter than other IDE's and more advanced than TextMate. Go check out Version 4.

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Content Creation vs Management

By Adam Patterson in: Article


A typical Content Management System probably does a great job at managing content, its in the title after all. The web is more about how you use and present to others then how its managed.Lets pretend that we are adding a foodie section to our site, Our site is 9…

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Getting your own website has never been easier. More and more people have online resumes, social networks, and even communities. With so many great services which enable you to easily create, share, update, design, and all for free. Why would you want to take the time to host your own…

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Making of the upgrade script

By Adam Patterson in: Article


The best scenario for keeping Tentacle up to date is using to use Git. If for some reason you can not use git then for the majority of users we have you covered. Tentacle updates are powered by the Serpent API. Serpent is designed to allow developers to continue their…

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How I made my beefy VPS

By Adam Patterson in: Article Code


Building a VPS is a lot like planning the foundation to your home, You need to have everything done correctly before you can start building up.I chose a base install of Ubuntu Server 12.10, and knew that I needed at a minimum a LAMP server. But there are a number…

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