Welcome to Paloose

Paloose is a simplified version of Cocoon using PHP. It resulted from scratching a long standing personal itch: that there are very few ISPs who will support Java/Tomcat for web sites, other than as a very expensive "professional" addition. Almost all will support PHP5 (sorry, Paloose does not use PHP4), so I decided to write my version of a simple, cut-down Cocoon in PHP5. I wanted to use XML on my personal sites but could not use Cocoon because of the expense. I have been using Paloose for some time now and have always found it a good substitute for Cocoon in all but the most complex sites. Paloose may also encourage others to start using XML and XSL without having to use extra bits such as Tomcat, Jetty or a full Cocoon installation.

Please note that the technology underlying Paloose does not make it suitable for very large sites. If you need performance (see a discussion of performance issues here) then upgrade to Cocoon — the extra expense of an updated server account will probably be unnoticeable in the overall cost of a large site anyway. However, having the ability to try out XML and XSL ideas in a PHP environment with a subset of Cocoon is very useful.

Although Paloose is free software (see Licence here) I would appreciate an EMAIL (hsfr@hsfr.org.uk) from anyone who downloads it — especially those who actual use it. Comments are welcome, good or bad.

What people say ...
started using [Paloose] soon after your announcement on the Cocoon-users mailing list, and have been very impressed by its completeness. I'd been wanting a way to work in a Cocoon-like paradigm ... that could be used on "standard" web hosts, and Paloose has filled that need very well.
Jason Johnston (327creative)
I just want to say thank you for developing Paloose and releasing it to the world. I have wondered at times about a PHP framework similar to Cocoon. ... Paloose does exactly what I need ... [it] is an excellent package. I was able to move a small web site from Cocoon to Paloose with very little changes. Cocoon and Paloose both demonstrate that content management can take place in a simple manner without the need for a database. ... Keep up the great work. You already have a great package that can only get better.
Gary T. Schultz (Wisconsin Department of Commerce)

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