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Digital Raindrops CMS Lite


Digital Raindrops CMS-Lite plugin for the WordPress blogging platform, this plugin will help developers manage and create a set of new templates to use with your theme.
Tested with an Artisteer theme to W3C XHTML1 validation standards check the plugins website.

NOTE: A knowledge of css and php is required for this plugin as there will be a learning curve.
Up to 4 Sidebars, 16 Content Panes, 10 Options Panels, Footer Panel plus addons like Category menu etc:
Step 1: Plan your page layouts (outside of wordPress)
Step 2: Enter some details about your theme width, no of existing sidebars etc:
Step 3: Name your Content Panes
Step 4: Name your Option Panels
Step 5: Create styles for the new Sidebars, content panes and Footer
Step 6: Create pages and templates
Step 7: Update the Stylesheet from wordpress admin or by updating the files
Step 8: With a few lines of code deploy to your website

WARNING: This is the initail release which has taken a lot of work to develop, it has undergone a fair amount of testing but we could not cover all scenarios.
The documentation is being built up and there are pages for a a walk through with tutorials and tips on the website


You may upgrade the plugin via the automated system in WordPress 2.5 or greater, or “old-style” by downloading the new one and then
1. Deactivating plugin
2. Uploading the updated files
3. Reactivating plugin

Known Issues

None yet!



Translation Credits



  • Taking a standard theme our sample theme before
  • A screenshot of the admin interface
  • The widget area after deployment
  • The website after CMS-Lite


  1. Download and unzip the package.
  2. FTP the entire “drf-cms-lite” directory to your /wp-content/plugins/ directory on your blog.
  3. Activate the plugin on the “Plugins” tab of the administration panel.
  4. Copy the “contents” of the Theme_Includes folder not the folder itself, do not cut and paste as you will need these files for each theme.
  5. This plugin uses the current active theme in your wp/wp-content/themes/ main directory.
  6. This plugin creates several menus only available to Administrators under the admin settings.


What are the requirements to use this plugin?
A good understanding of Stylesheets, page layouts and php, a local copy of wordPress is also desirable.
Planning the pages for a website before jumping in is also a helps!

Contributors & Developers

“Digital Raindrops CMS Lite” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.



  • 1.0.0 – Initial release