The World’s Simplest CMS?
Rob Beschizza of Boing Boing made a publishing tool called txt.fyi some time ago. It’s as simple as you can get – you type something in a box, and it publishes at a private URL. Wired recently did a piece on it: This Stripped Down Blogging Tool Exemplifies Anti-Social Media.
It’s tough to call this a “CMS,” since it has basically no features that we associate with a CMS, but it’s neat in that it is – quite literally – the absolute simplest publishing tool you could possibly come up with. Take away everything in a CMS, this is what would be left. The evolution into a “real” CMS would be layer on layer of additional functionality, until you crossed a “line of definition” somewhere (I talk about this LOD concept at the end of this post about IaaS/PaaS/SaaS).