Build what's needed.
Deploy v1.0 tomorrow.

Romanesco is an open source platform for creating websites.

Skip layouts in Photoshop wireframing mockups translating to HTML generating miles of CSS fiddling to make it responsive setting up a CMS copy/pasting features building web forms fixing the same bugs again issues after a styling update browser testing going over budget (again) repetitive tasks
Start with content

Learn how to use the basic patterns
Create
consistent layouts on any device
Publish
content as soon as it's ready
Extend
with anything you need
Improve
continuously, in small steps

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Create rich, diverse content pages

An intuitive set of layout elements. Instant, decent looking results.

The interface you see here is part of ContentBlocks, a 3rd party extra developed by ModMore. A commercial license is required if you want to publish your Romanesco project.

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Focus on what's important

Defaults that make sense. Technicalities are kept out of sight.

When it comes to editing content, technology is not always your friend. Too many features, settings and technical jargon distract you from your main mission:

Telling your story.

  • Add content in various formats
  • Create balanced and appealing layouts
  • Emphasize what's important
  • Make it look good on any screen size
  • Make sure search engines like it too

More than enough to keep in mind already.

Romanesco tries to strike a balance between flexibility and ease of use. Clear labels for settings and options. Logical default values. Essential settings always in sight, the rest tugged away in menus.

Intuitive button settings

Customize if needed

Change the styling. Add functionalities. Keep growing.

Icon Custom templates

Icon Custom theming

Icon Import existing content

Icon Sorting and filtering

Icon Map with markers

Icon Dataset configurator

Icon Knowledge base

Icon Online food store

Icon Forest manager

Icon Static HTML output

Icon Automated deployments

Icon Visual regression tests

Other website builders limit you to the features of their platform. Romanesco lets you build anything you need.

Each Romanesco project is a stand-alone installation, based on open source software. This means you are free to tweak your website and add any functionality you like.

The examples listed here are all implemented into live websites already. It is largely thanks to MODX, the open source CMS in use, that customizations like this become viable. The MODX philosophy of creative freedom also lies at the roots of Romanesco: you always have 100% control over the output.

Functional from the start

No lengthy development phase upfront. Create > publish > improve.

Kickoff Design Wireframes Q&A Design > HTML Functional CMS Testing / finetuning Content A tailor made website
Structure Prototype Design Publish Content A Romanesco site

Where linear workflows fall short

In many website projects, development stages flow from A to Z in a linear way. Adding content is often one of the last steps in the process, so the "final" product is based on content that's not yet there.

Result: delays and additional costs, because the website doesn't quite fit the bill when it's released.

How an iterative process can help

Instead of planning the whole project upfront, why not start by collecting and creating content first? Then decide what's most important, turn it into a decent looking layout and publish it immediately when ready.

Create, learn, improve, repeat. No final product anymore. Only the next round of features, fixes and improvements.

Everyone benefits

Reduce friction. Maintain momentum. Get the job done.

Icon Site owners A full-blown website for a fraction of the cost

Skip lengthy development phases and large investments upfront. Always have the option to modify or extend when needed.

Get results quickly
Regular updates with bugfixes, improvements and new features
Website and content are yours
A website that lasts longer

Icon Designers / developers More fun, less bugs with a field tested pattern library

Skip the tedious part of creating HTML/CSS and setting up a CMS. Start where it gets interesting. Deploy with confidence.

Freedom to extend theming and features
Drastically reduce time fiddling with CSS and (browser) testing
Production ready prototypes
Deploy while others work on content

Icon Content editors Responsive content editing, without the struggle

Content is often an afterthought, leaving you to battle it out with a clunky editor. Both you and the content deserve better.

Configurable building blocks for various content types
Integrated form builder
No coding skills required
Keep track of your progress per page

Icon Digital agencies Deliver better websites, on time and within budget

Shift to a more reliable and predictable development process. Focus less on techology and more on what your client needs.

Improve communication
Get your team started with pattern libraries
Deliver design systems to your clients
Coherent designs in hours instead of days

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