|Initial release||January 24, 2011|
|Size||5.09 MB (compressed)|
|Type||Blog software, Content Management System, Content Management Framework|
PageCarton is a free and open-source content management system (CMS) based on PHP. Features include a plugin architecture and a template system. It is most associated with website development but supports other types of web content including mailing lists and forums, media galleries, Bloging, and online stores. 
PageCarton's backend is written in PHP, uses model–view–controller web application framework approach, uses object-oriented programming (OOP) techniques and software design patterns, stores data in a XML-based flat-file database with support for MySQL and similar databases, and includes features such as page caching, RSS feeds and search.
PageCarton was released on Jan 24, 2011, by its founder, Ayoola Falola . The software was formally named Vanity Web, then it's name changed to "Ayoola Framework" before being rebranded as "PageCarton" in 2014 . PageCarton is a registered trademark of Ayoola Falola, the founder of PageCarton; the trademark is registered in the United States in "Web site development software" class. Ayoola Falola, a cyber-security professional in Nigeria  claimed he decided to create PageCarton because he was unsatisfied with the current vulnerabilites of most of other web frameworks, so PageCarton was said to be build to focus on security of data and resources hosted on the web. 
PageCarton is notable for being the first content management system founded in Nigeria. It is an alternative to WordPress made and maintained by mostly Nigerians. On the List of content management systems, none of the project founded from Sub-Saharan Africa is featured. Then, it brings out the question of if technology innovations actually come from Africa. Or is it that African solutions are denied representation on the center stage due to the problem of media suppression. African innovation is not yet getting the level of global recognition and support it truly deserves . PageCarton is a tool to structure, build and manage web sites and apps.  Although PageCarton offers a sophisticated API for developers, basic Web-site installation and administration of the framework require no programming skills. PageCarton runs on any computing platform that supports both a Web server capable of running PHP and a file system to store content and configuration.  PageCarton has a web template system using a template processor. Its architecture is a front controller, routing all requests for non-static files and directories to a single PHP file which parses the URI and identifies the target page.
PageCarton has a number of verified third party plugins which can be found on the PageCarton plugins Directory - plugins.pagecarton.org. There are also various themes available, many of which are free. PageCarton has SEO tools built in with Metadata and Keywords. The following are a few of PageCarton features: 
- Access statistics and logging
- Advanced search
- Blogs, books, comments, forums, and polls
- Descriptive URLs
- Multi-level menu system
- Multi-site support
- Multi-user content creation and editing
- RSS feed and feed aggregator
- User profiles
- Various access control restrictions
- Search Engine Optimisation: Out of the box SEO & SEF.
- Flexible: Make a blog, business website, intranet, community website… From the simplest to the most complex website.
- Free: PageCarton is free to use under GPL.
- Extendable: Plugins are available to extend website functionality.
PageCarton users may install and switch among different themes. Themes allow users to change the look and feel of a PageCarton website without altering the core code or site content. PageCarton has a themes repository where community members contribute themes and users around the world can download for free. Every PageCarton website requires at least one theme to be present and every theme should be designed using PageCarton standards without needing to use PHP, only valid HTML and knowledge of embedding in-built PageCarton widgets in HTML codes to add dynamic data into the page . Themes may be directly uploaded and installed using the PageCarton "Appearance" administration tool in the Admin Panel. 
PageCarton.org has a large community of users and developers who provide active community support by coming up with new updates to help improve the functionality of PageCarton . There are a number of meetups for community members happening in small groups in different cities and online through communication channels like WhatsApp and Slack.
PageCarton Conference is the largest gathering of people using PageCarton web technology. The first PageCarton Conference held in November 2018 in Ibadan, Nigeria. The maiden edition of the PageCarton conference brought media attention to PageCarton with various reputable Nigerian press organizations asking questions why PageCarton has not gained popularity since about 8 yrs of being around. PageCarton Conference is an annual event  to be held yearly for three to five days in the third week in November. Speakers of PageCarton Conference 2018 included the Oyo State Manager of Bank of Industry, Mr. Pacqueens Irabor  who gave a keynote address on "Funding Tech-based Start-ups"  .
PageCarton Website Development BootCamp is an intensive training on website development, programming and digital marketing. The first PageCarton bootcamp held in Ibadan, Nigeria in May 2017 and since been holding three times yearly on second weekend of February, May and August.
PageCarton's primary support website is PageCarton.org. This support website hosts both PageCarton Docs, the online manual for PageCarton and a living repository for PageCarton information and documentation, and PageCarton Forums , an active online community of PageCarton users.
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