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Silverstripe CMS is a free and open source Content Management System (CMS) and Framework for creating and maintaining websites and web applications. It provides an out of the box web-based administration panel that enables users to make modifications to parts of the website, which includes a WYSIWYG website editor. The core of the software is Silverstripe Framework, a PHP Web application framework.

Silverstripe CMS
Silverstripe CMS Logo.png
Silverstripe 4.0 admin
Silverstripe CMS administrator interface version 4.0
Stable release
4.4.4[1] / 2019-09-24[±]
RepositorySilverstripe Repository
Operating systemCross-platform
TypeContent management system
LicenseBSD License[2]

Silverstripe CMS is released under the terms of the BSD License.

Software designEdit

Silverstripe CMS separates the roles of:

  • content authors (who get a rich (AJAX) web-based user interface that omits technical jargon); and
  • website designers/developers (who write code: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and PHP)

This contrasts with CMS products which allow technical website development tasks to be performed within a GUI, and also contrasts with programming frameworks which offer no out-of-the-box content authoring application. The Silverstripe CMS approach allegedly removes complexity for content authors, and offers more flexibility to developers.[3]

The core of Silverstripe CMS is named Silverstripe Framework. As with the rest of the platform, it is written in PHP (5.3), and takes advantage of its object-oriented design capabilities such as name-spacing. The Silverstripe Framework (formerly referred to as "Sapphire") provides website developers a framework to build and extend websites based on modern programming techniques including the model-view-controller (MVC like, the model doesn't include the ability to notify the view of updates) pattern and object-relational mapper.[citation needed]

Silverstripe CMS generates markup using a custom template-language based on W3C HTML5 that offers simple placeholders and conditional logic. Silverstripe CMS is extensible through modules, widgets, themes and code customization.


Silverstripe CMS 3.1 Administration Panel and Simple theme
Default website theme in Silverstripe CMS CMS 2.3

Notable features of the Silverstripe CMS include:

  • Out-of-the-box template, supporting responsive design (works on smartphones, tablets, and desktop computers)
  • An extensible web application interface
  • Rich-text editing based on a modified version of TinyMCE
  • Quick embedding of videos and other resources from websites like YouTube, slideshare, etc. (using oEmbed)
  • Drag-and-drop tree-based navigation structure
  • Custom output markup and table-free default styles (including HTML5 and mobile support)
  • Work-flow management: Draft/Published separation through content staging, document revision control/rollback with 'compare' functionality
  • Configurable security/permissions model (role-based)
  • Data object model, database generation through object-relational mapping, suite of customizable data input controls.
  • asset management, image resizing, drag&drop images from OS desktop to upload.
  • Multiple templates per page
  • Search engine friendly URLs, metadata management, XML site map generation
  • Full text search and RSS feeds
  • Optimizations for heavy loads (full and part-template caching)
  • Internationalization/Languages: Silverstripe CMS supports multiple-language content. UTF-8 and the internationalization of character sets are supported. The CMS is available in many languages, including English, French, German, Spanish, and Chinese.
  • Hierarchical URLs
  • Cross-platform: OS (Linux, Windows, Mac), Web server (Apache, IIS), Database (MySQL, PostgreSQL, Microsoft SQL Server fully supported; SQLite and Oracle Database have limited support.)

Notable features of upcoming releases of Silverstripe CMS include:

  • Additional administration UI (e.g. web-interface based installation of modules, widgets)
  • Complete transition to jQuery library (currently uses jQuery with a mixture of older JavaScript frameworks.)
  • Site-wide widgets

Common CMS features not currently available in Silverstripe CMS include:

  • In-place page editing
  • Web interface based installation of modules, widgets or themes
  • Web interface based customization of themes
  • Automated cache management/ORM refresh

Modules, widgets, and themesEdit

Modules extend the core functionality of Silverstripe CMS. Some existing modules include: Blog, Advanced Workflow Management, eCommerce, Forum, LDAP/OpenID authentication. Modules are available from the Silverstripe CMS modules repository, which as of January 2016, lists over 1400 modules.

Silverstripe CMS Widgets are small pieces of functionality that can be drag-and-dropped into Silverstripe CMS modules (notably the blog module). Examples of widgets include: tag clouds, Flickr photos, or word of the day, although widgets are a relatively less-used aspect of the platform. As of August 2012, there are 96 widgets.

The Silverstripe CMS themes directory provides a number of community-contributed, freely available themes (84 as of August 2012).

Modules, widgets, and themes are all available as free downloads under the BSD license, and the majority of them are community contributed.

Software requirementsEdit

Silverstripe CMS is a web application, requiring a compatible web server and SQL database. As of version 3.1., the requirements for Silverstripe CMS are as follows:[4]


Silverstripe CMS is released under the terms of the BSD License. Documentation is available for CMS users and website developers. An online demonstration of the CMS is available as an interactive demo. Two technical reference books on Silverstripe CMS are available in English[5] and one in German.[6]


The Silverstripe CMS software is developed by Silverstripe, a website development company founded in 2000.

Prior to Silverstripe CMS 2.x, the CMS was commercially available under a proprietary license. Development of Silverstripe CMS 2.X started in late 2005, as a complete overhaul to take advantage of object orientation and new features in PHP5.

Silverstripe was one of Creative HQ’s (a business incubator) first residents and graduated in 2006.[7]

On 3 February 2007, Silverstripe CMS 2.0.0 was released publicly as free and open source software.[8]

In March 2007, Silverstripe CMS was selected for the Google Summer of Code program.[9] This program resulted in the 2.2 release of Silverstripe CMS.[10]

On 29 November 2007, Silverstripe announced they would be participating in the Google Highly Open Participation Contest.[11] This led to a proliferation of themes, translations and widgets that broadened the system.

In late 2008, Silverstripe split its main website into, to act as the home for the company behind the software, and, to act as the home for the software and its open source community.[12]

In May 2009, the Silverstripe company formed partner associations with other website development companies to represent the company in foreign markets.[13]

In February 2010, Silverstripe claimed the software had been downloaded 250,000 times since first released.[14]

In November 2010, Microsoft blogged that Silverstripe CMS became the world's first open source web application to attain its 'Certified for Windows' status.[15]

In June 2012, Silverstripe CMS 3.0 was released, containing significant usability and developer API changes; Silverstripe Framework was released for the first time as a stand-alone framework.[16]

In October 2013, Silverstripe CMS 3.1 was released, with more visual feedback and easier preview, composer support, YAML configuration and an improved UploadField[17]

In January 2015, Silverstripe CMS software is downloaded for the 750,000th time since first release.[18]

In August 2015, SilverStripe Platform 1.0.0 is released with a new design and extra features.[19]

The first StripeGirls meetup is held in September 2015. StripeGirls are a group of women in Wellington who are interested in PHP and Silverstripe CMS.[20]

In December 2015, with 94% revenue growth, Silverstripe again makes it on to the Deloitte Asia Pacific Technology Fast 500 Index (Silverstripe also appeared in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011).[21]

June 2016 sees the SilverStripe Platform become certifiable. HTTPS support becomes available for all SilverStripe Platform site sizes.[22]

In November, 2017 the first StripeCon NZ is held.[23] In contrast, Europe holds its fourth StripeCon in 2017.[24]

In June 2018, there are 49,000 Silverstripe sites. A BuiltWith report shows there are tens of thousands of sites using Silverstripe.[25]

In October 2019, there is a Silverstripe rebrand. This includes the removal of the capital 'S' from the word 'Silverstripe', and new naming conventions for Silverstripe Cloud—previously SilverStripe Platform—and Silverstripe CMS—previously SilverStripe.[26]



  • Winner Packtpub Most Promising CMS Award 2008, $2000 prize. Then was First Runner up, "Best Overall CMS" in 2009. Also Pact Publishing CMS Awards finalist in 2007.
  • Winner in New Zealand Open Source Awards for October 2008 and in 2010.
  • Most promising finalists in the 2007 Open Source CMS Awards
  • Finalists in the New Zealand Open Source Awards for October 2007
  • Hi-tech Awards - Finalist, Emerging Technology Company of the Year in 2017
  • Hi-tech Awards - Winner, Best Technology Solution for the Public Sector in 2016
  • ALGIM Conference - Winner, Best All Round Exhibitor in 2015 and in 2014
  • Internet Industry Awards 2009 - The Positive Societal Impact Award for “The Lowdown” website. This site was also a finalist in 2008 for the TUANZ Innovation Awards.
  • ALGIM Web Award - Winner, “Best Redevelopment Website, People’s Choice” for the Gisborne District Council website in 2009.
  • 2009 World Summit Awards - Winner for the National Broadband Map, a site created for the State Services Commission
  • 11th Annual Wellington Gold Awards - Finalist in 2009 and 2007
  • 2008 ComputerWorld Excellence Awards - Finalist, “Innovative Use of IT” [27]

Reviews and articlesEdit

Version 3.0 (latest as of November 2012)Edit

Version 2Edit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Stable Download". Retrieved 2019-10-07.
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  3. ^ "SilverStripe CMS - Our Philosophy". 2011-01-19. Archived from the original on 2011-01-16. Retrieved 2011-01-19.
  4. ^ "SilverStripe server requirements". 2014-12-03. Retrieved 2014-12-03.
  5. ^ "English SilverStripe Book". 2009-10-10. Retrieved 2009-10-10.
  6. ^ "SilverStripe - Das umfassende Handbuch (450 page book about SilverStripe, in German)". 2009-02-25. Retrieved 2009-02-25.
  7. ^ "Wellington's SilverStripe scores gold for Smart Capital". Scoop.
  8. ^ "SilverStripe 2.0.0 released - no more betas!". 2007-02-03. Retrieved 2007-12-09.
  9. ^ "Kiwi firm SilverStripe joins Google's Summer of Code (GSoC)". 2007-03-23. Archived from the original on 2007-10-13. Retrieved 2007-12-09.
  10. ^ "SilverStripe 2.2 released! Redesigned interface and double the features..." 2007-11-02. Retrieved 2007-12-09.
  11. ^ "Highschoolers! Add Google to your CV!". 2007-11-29. Retrieved 2007-12-09.
  12. ^ "New for developers!". 2008-12-15. Retrieved 2008-12-15.
  13. ^ "SilverStripe Website Technology Spreads with Launch of Global Partner Program". 2009-05-06. Retrieved 2009-06-11.
  14. ^ "250,000 downloads". 2010-02-02. Archived from the original on 2010-05-13. Retrieved 2010-02-02.
  15. ^ "SilverStripe Achieves Windows Server 2008 R2 Certification". 2010-11-17. Retrieved 2010-10-17.
  16. ^ "SilverStripe CMS and Framework 3 is stable and ready to download". 2010-06-29. Archived from the original on 2012-07-04. Retrieved 2012-06-29.
  17. ^ "SilverStripe CMS and Framework 3.1.0 goes stable". 2013-10-01. Retrieved 2013-10-16.
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  26. ^ "Our brand - About us - Silverstripe". Retrieved 2019-11-26.
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