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Radiant is a no-fluff, open source content management system designed for small teams. It is similar to Textpattern or MovableType, but is a general purpose content management system (not just a blogging engine).

  1. Installation
  2. The Basics
  3. Extensions
  4. How Tos
  5. Upgrading a Radiant site to a new version
  6. Troubleshooting
  7. Getting Help
  8. Radiant in Action
  9. Radiant Pros
  10. Developers
  11. Releases


If you just want a quick and easy overview of the installation process take a look at the Installing Radiant Screencast (direct link to QuickTime movie), the full post is on the Radiant Blog.

Don’t want to get into a whole installation just to test it out? There is a live demonstration site available for you to experiment with, the “Username” is “admin” and the “Password” is “radiant”; and don’t worry about breaking anything the entire demo site is reset to a pristine state on the hour.

The Basics


How Tos

Upgrading a Radiant site to a new version


Getting Help

Found a bug? Can’t get something to work? Having a hard time understanding the documentation on the wiki?

Reporting Bugs or Requesting Features

The best way to report a bug or request a feature is to write the fix or enhancement and then send a pull request. If you’re not that familiar with Git or the Radiant codebase, you can also file an issue.

Radiant Users Mailing List

The mailing list is a great place to ask questions about Radiant.


Having trouble using or installing Radiant? Want to share a success story? You can chat with members of the user and developer community in real time in the #radiantcms channel on You’ll need an IRC Client. There’s a nice list of them over on the Ruby on Rails wiki. Additionally, there is Freenode Webchat which gives you an IRC Client in your web browser.

Radiant in Action

Due to incessant spam the Radiant Users page has been removed.

Radiant Pros

Looking for some help with your website? Radiant Pros can help you get it done.


The best way to learn about Radiant, by far, is to read the source. Ruby is extremely easy to read and Radiant is a straight forward Rails application. So don’t be afraid of the source, dig in! The app directory is a good place to start.


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