CMS Made Simple™ Development Team

The CMSMS core team is made up of talented people dedicated to making the best open source CMS out there.

The team and a growing group of devotees meet semi-regularly on Slack to discuss plans for the product and how to move forward.

We have (roughly biennial) Geek Moots, where we meet in person in a chosen location around the world, to decide how this product should move forward, and to geek out with marathon development sessions. Of course, there's the requisite amount of celebration and partying at these meetings.

Hire a Developer

Looking for custom CMSMS Made Simple work? Most of the Dev Team members are available for freelance work, and each have a unique set of specialties. Rather than emailing everyone individually, please submit a request at Hire a Dev

The Dev Team

You may also contact the Dev Team members directly below, but please don't email the entire team about the same project. We all share information and won't try to underbid each other. You can also find us on the official CMS Made Simple Slack workspace.


Fernando Morgado

Fernando Morgado Contact Email:
Location: Lisboa, Portugal (GMT)
Birthday/Age: August, 1966
Position: Core Developer, Support Team, Translator
Forum or Chat Nickname: JoMorg

Fernando is a freelancer specialized in audiovisuals and multimedia. He taught in courses, such as Film Theory and Language, Film and Video Editing, both in a private school Open Space Studio and No Noise, and became a consultant in Visão X (a producing company), and accumulating functions as Project Director, Video Editor, Motion Graphics Designer, amongst others. Being a believer of “if you want something done right, do it yourself” he became a programmer, starting by doing a few small applications in Delphi Pascal, most of them for his own use, others being commissioned by a few clients, for very specific purposes. Programming for him was like an extension of his other creative activities. When challenged to do some work in websites for friends (back in 2007), he searched for a CMS that could fit his needs, tried almost every Open Source CMS that he could put his hands on, and ended up settling down with the one he still thinks is undoubtedly the most versatile of them all: CMS Made Simple™. Other activities: musician, photographer, silkscreen printer, VJing

Skills and Abilities:
 • Print and Web Design
 • Video and Multimedia
 • Online Media Optimization
 • Pascal
 • PHP
 • Basic Javascript/JQuery
 • Smarty
 • Fluent in Portuguese and English
 • Basic French and Spanish

Service Offerings:
 • CMS Made Simple module development
 • Custom CMS Made Simple sites
 • CMS Made Simple support

Matt Hornsby

Matt Hornsby Contact Email:
Location: Sooke, BC, Canada (GMT -8)
Birthday/Age: February, 1975
Position: Project Manager
Forum or Chat Nickname: DIGI3

Although an experienced print and web designer/developer himself, Matt has found his niche on the CMSMS Dev Team by constantly correcting everybody's typos. In addition to acting as Project Manager, leading meetings and helping to keep the project on track, Matt checks over our newsletters, announcements, and documentation, and attempts to translate them from Developer to English. An daunting task, but one accepted with a sense of humour and a bucketful of em-dashes.

Skills and Abilities:
 • Print and Web design
 • HTML & CSS development
 • Smarty

Service Offerings:
 • Custom CMSMS sites and upgrades
 • Responsive conversions
 • Print & Web support services for designers
 • Annual reports & marketing materials
 • Proofreading/editing
 • Custom print shop integrations

John Scotcher

John Scotcher Contact Email:
Location: United Kingdom
Birthday/Age: October, 1970
Position: Marketing Team
Forum or Chat Nickname: John S

John's been designing and coding sites for over 20 years now, specializing in HTML and CSS. Trained originally as a Graphic Designer in the days before computers, he started 'Pearson Treehouse' in Feb 1999 providing subcontracted design services to a fledgeling Website development company. Within two years, he was coding as well. The company became incorporated a couple of years after that and has been providing website design, build, development and marketing services to businesses of all sizes throughout the UK and beyond.

His experience with business, website design and development has resulted in him working closely with clients on both their websites and general online marketing, plus their overall business models. He's built countless sites in CMSMS personally and has gotten the system into a number of nationally recognized UK companies and charities.

When he's not working John is a keen writer. His second novel was published in 2014 and is available through Fantastic Books. John also loves walking and photography.

Skills and Abilities:
 • Web graphic design and html/CSS builds
 • Training - CMSMS a specialty
 • Multi module integration and templating
 • Video and online video
 • Copywriting
 • Business

Service Offerings:
 • Custom CMSMS sites
 • Web Design
 • Graphic Design
 • Online / live training
 • Module integration and templating

Tristan Woudenberg

Contact Email:
Location: The Netherlands
Birthday/Age: Millennial
Position: Documentation Team, Marketing Team
Forum or Chat Nickname: Tristan

Tristan started in 1990 with his Commodore 64 and later that decennium he was already building personal websites and tinkering with different Linux distributions. When studying at the Delft University of Technology he started Prism Open Source in 2003. Spotting the potential for Open Source software as an alternative to commercially licensed closed software early on. When not in the office he tries to be far away from the screen playing squash or sailing.

Skills and Abilities:
 • Project management
 • Linux server management
 • Speaks Dutch & English
 • Reads Dutch, English, German and French

Service Offerings:
 • CMS Made Simple hosting
 • CMSMS installation, setup, and/or migrations
 • Site Management Training: in person, online, screencast
 • Project Planning

Chris Taylor

Chris Taylor Contact Email:
Location: United Kingdom
Birthday/Age: May 1967
Position: Beta Tester, Core Developer, Developer
Forum or Chat Nickname: KiwiChris

Chris is originally from New Zealand and moved to the UK in 1994 for work. After completing a degree in Computer Science, Chris then spent 20 years in sales, marketing & management for an electronics controls company. Working in New Zealand, Europe & then global roles. In 2010, he took the opportunity to start a new business with his partner Robby Elliott. With a focus on developing websites to grow enquiires and streamline business processes.

Looking for a powerful yet simple content management, that gave the developer full control, CMS Made Simple was Chris's first choice in 2010 and ever since. Chris now develops a number of CMSMS modules.
Chris is a keen Rugby fan and traveller. Often working from remote locations across the UK and Europe in a motorhome. A perfect location, has sunshine, a great view and a good 4G connection.

Skills and Abilities:
 • Custom CMSMS sites and upgrades
 • Search Engine Optimisation
 • Business Systems integration
 • Custom Module Development

Service Offerings:
 • Web design & development
 • HTML, CSS, Smarty, Javascript
 • PHP development

Simon Radford

Simon Radford Contact Email:
Location: United Kingdom
Birthday/Age: November 1966
Position: Marketing Team
Forum or Chat Nickname: Simon66

Simon & his wife Alison started the Concept Factory, a Graphic Design business, in the mid-90s.

Simon was fascinated by the dark arts of Web Development & has been teaching himself since the late '90s. He started using Macromedia DreamWeaver, which had all the spells and potions built in.
By 2007 Simon needed something more robust, more versatile. He quickly dismissed Drupal, Wordpress & Joomla before finding CMS Made Simple! Finally a CMS that made sense! A logic that seemed intuitive and an admin that was perfect for non-tech clients.

Briefly taken to the Drupal dark side by an in-house web developer, he regretted it almost immediately and returned to, the always improving, CMS Made Simple.
The one good thing about a misguided foray into Drupal was learning about the Content Construction Kit.

Being keen to add similar functionality to CMSms Simon conceived the idea of the original ListIt module. It was pretty rough in it's early days but a few Grand Wizards of Code took it and turned it into something amazing.
When not glued to a computer screen Simon is a part-time inventor.

Skills and Abilities:
 • New CMSMS Websites
 • Existing CMSMS Upgrades
 • Responsive Development
 • Print Services
 • Graphic Design
 • Proofreading/Copywriting

Service Offerings:
 • Website Development
 • Graphic Design
 • Digital Marketing

Ruud van der Velden

Ruud van der Velden Contact Email:
Location: Eindhoven area, The Netherlands (GMT+1)
Birthday/Age: October, 1974
Position: Beta Tester, Core Developer, Support Team, Translator
Forum or Chat Nickname: velden

After building some static websites Ruud Googled for 'simple cms', clicked the first search result and never looked back. In 2010 he started his own company 'Content websites', targeted at design agencies to build CMS Made Simple driven websites based on submitted designs. He learned a lot from reading CMS Made Simple forum posts and after a while 'gave something back' by posting answers. Having once been a novice using CMS Made Simple he 'has been there, done that’ and often quickly recognizes issues others encounter from his own experience though still finds himself learning new things every day! Also, Ruud is often present in the official #cms channel on IRC. Beside being a website builder Ruud has a full time job as a Windows system administrator at a Dutch university. He's a proud father of two sons. Ruud joined the Dev team in 2014.

Skills and Abilities:
 • basic programming (php, powershell)
 • html/css/javascript/smarty
 • analytical/troubleshooting skills
 • translate EN to NL
 • the ability to see things in perspective
 • sense of humor

Service Offerings:
 • building custom CMS Made Simple websites
 • port templates to CMS Made Simple
 • CMS Made Simple support and maintenance
 • troubleshooting

René Helminsen

René Helminsen Location: Fredrikstad, Norway (GMT+1)
Position: Translations Manager
Forum or Chat Nickname:

René started his own company in IT in 2000 where he worked alongside permanent job as physiotherapist. After some tough experiences with content updates of static web pages he wanted to just take care of the design and structure of the site himself and let other edit the dynamic content. While looking for a system which would save him time avoiding to update his business static web pages René discovered CMS Made Simple in the spring 2006. After a short while with testing he had to consult the chat room about missing Norwegian translations of strings - and the friendliness that met him made him to contribute himself. He now uses CMSMS for the most of the sites he make. René is now teamleader of TranslationTeam and does Norwegian translations. He also helps with crash-testing before new CMSMS releases.

Skills and Abilities:
 • He has been working/playing with IT since 1982 and is self-taught sys-admin / webdesigner / consultant

Service Offerings:
 • Setup and customization of CMS Made Simple sites for local companies and organizations

Morten Poulsen

Morten Poulsen Location: Elsinore, Denmark (GMT+1)
Birthday/Age: May, 1973
Position: Developer
Forum or Chat Nickname: Silmarillion

Half a musician and half self-taught programmer Morten really never decided which career to focus on, leading to a life of a little of each.Living mainly off more or less freelance work as a pianist and music teacher, he likes to spend whatever time is left on different kind of computer projects, some of which is managed through a small consulting company of his own. Having tried to manage some established CMS's he once decided to write his own Nuke-style CMS with a flexible plugin architecture, but it never made it that far off the ground (some sites do exist still running the system known as LiteNuke, though). Discovering CMSMadeSimple, which presented some of the same philosophies as he had tried, somewhat unsuccessfully, to implement in LiteNuke, he decided to get to know, and try to help in the development of, CMSMS instead. He is both contributing to the core system and developing several addon modules.

Gregory Prosser

Gregory Prosser Contact Email:
Location: Canada
Birthday/Age: January, 1967
Position: Documentation Team, Marketing Team
Forum or Chat Nickname: geepers

Greg first got involved in web design/development in 2001. Originally a classical musician (trumpet) by design, he’s been enjoying working with clients around the globe since first diving into his first lines of HTML & CSS. He runs a growing web agency in British Columbia with a focus on great support and customer service. First used CMSMS in 2008 and was hooked from the start, it’s ease of use for clients, and ability to customize for developers sealed it.

Skills and Abilities:
 • Project management
 • Web Design
 • Web Development
 • Custom web-based systems development

Service Offerings:
 • Web Design
 • CMSMS installation, setup, and/or migrations
 • Site Management Training: in person, online, screencast
 • Project Planning


Magal Contact Email:
Location: Milan, Italy
Position: Developer
Forum or Chat Nickname: magallo

Magal is a certified AWS Solutions Architect and a Full Stack Web Developer with a strong focus on Online Payments and Search Engine Optimization. His expertise lies in crafting standard-compliant, accessible, and engaging websites. He has a commendable experience in developing user-friendly web interfaces that adhere to the highest W3C standards. Through his journey, Magal has acquired a vast programming skill set and a broad understanding of computer applications, notably excelling in computer graphics and image manipulation propelled by his exhaustive research in graphic experimentation.

Magal specializes in custom applications, problem-solving, API integrations, and relational databases, particularly MySQL. His approach to project and art direction, conceptualization, and communication strategy underscores his commitment to bringing visionary ideas to life.

Skills and Abilities:
• Expertise in AWS architecture and full stack web development
• Proficiency in online payments and SEO
• Strong background in W3C standard web interfaces and user experience
• Advanced programming skills and understanding of computer applications
• Skilled in computer graphics and image manipulation

Former and Inactive Dev Team Members

The Dev Team thanks the following people for their generous contributions to the project. Many are still involved in the community, and are lifelong friends of the current team.

  • Alberto Benati
  • Alex Buckland
  • Alexander Endresen
  • Anne-Mieke Bovelett
  • Avi J Liebowitz
  • Brett Batie
  • Bruce Marable
  • Christian Page
  • Daniel Westergren
  • Darren Landrum
  • Elijah Lofgren
  • Goran Ilic
  • Greg Froese
  • Jean-Claude Etiemble
  • Jeff Bosch
  • Jeremy Bass
  • Julien Lancien
  • Keith Lauchlan
  • Ken Griffith
  • Kevin Danezis
  • Kevin Grandon
  • Manuel
  • Mark Reed
  • Mathieu Muths
  • Noel McGrain
  • Nuno Costa
  • Patricia Brun Torre
  • Paul Baker
  • Rob Allen
  • Robert Campbell
  • Rolf Tjassens
  • Ronny Krijt
  • Samuel Goldstein
  • Simon Brown
  • Sorin Sbarnea
  • Tapio Löytty
  • Tatu Wikman
  • Ted Kulp
  • Thijs Elenbaas
  • Tyler Boespflug

Would you like to learn more about how you can participate in the project?

The Development Team is always keen to recruit talented individuals. If you are experienced with any of php development, web development, graphic design, marketing, product testing, user support, or translations then you may be able to help. To become a part of the Dev Team and help steer this award winning software onward to even greater heights, please send in an application.

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