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Why we chose Zenario

At Tribal we have been building websites since 1996, so we understand the demands of customers who want a particular design, or particular functionality.

While the market is full of cheap and even free CMSs, it's a rare thing when as a customer you find a CMS that does exactly what you want, and is easy to use, dependable, scalable and affordable.

The basics

Common CMS requirements are like this: it should be easy to edit pages in a WYSIWYG editor; you should be able to add pages and restructure your site; you should be able to upload images and videos, have a contact form and see your traffic.

Right... but that is just the start. It's not going to give you a competitive edge.

What customers really want

We seldom find that basic CMS features are enough. Here are some features that our customers really ask for.

Multi-lingual support

Websites can be multi-language, and serve multiple countries. A multi-lingual CMS has some special demands, ranging from the visitor interface to the maintainability of the site's content. Read more.

Online databases

It's increasingly expected that a site has a database built in: products; projects; places; retailers; products.

Whatever it is, we believe that that data should be importable by you, editable by you, and that you should be able to even modify the schema of that data.

To achieve this, every Zenario site has a built-in Dataset sub-system, which allows exactly that to happen. Here's how.

Extranet and intranet

When you need to control access to web pages, documents, other data or functionality, you need an extranet or intranet type site.

We've built Zenario to have full user management built into its core. An extranet needn't be hard to deploy. Here's how to get started. 


Document libraries may be private or public, but setting up a document library, whether you have one download or thousands, is simple.


Sites often need far more than a simple contact form; this is the principle form of interaction with your newest customer.

Zenario includes a flexible, easy to expand forms system to create fluid interactions with your customers


Many sites that we build include geographic information. This may mean retailers, branch offices, project sites, places to stay, places to go out... the list is endless.

Zenario comes with an easy to use location management system, even with capabilities to handle hierarchies of places, and relationships with people through their jobs.

By giving you the ability to model the real world in data, your website connects your world to your customers'. Here's how.

But that's just the start

The real important stuff is here: it's not just about getting your site live, looking good, with all the bells and whistles.

It's really about how you going to run that site and generate value out of it.


That's why we have written Zenario with maintainability in mind. For every software feature we add, we ensure that it is easy to upgrade into the future.


Like many CMSs, Zenario is modular. 

But that is where the similarity ends.

Most CMSs have modules or plugins available that your developer can put together to build a site. Written by numerous, disconnected developers who have no duty to ensure your site really works.

Zenario's modules all follow a clear standard-based approach, which ensure its modules come together quickly, and what's more will keep working together in the future.


Zenario is a free CMS. It's open source and written in the most popular software around.