Last night I quietly rolled out the first official release of Radiant: 
0.5 - Grindstone. This release was a stability release mostly targeted 
toward making it easy for people to download and get started with 
Radiant. Radiant now ships with a simple setup_database script which 
makes it easy to get up and running with one of three default templates. 
We also made it easy for people to install Radiant via Ruby Gems.


WHAT IS RADIANT CMS?

Radiant is a no-fluff content management system designed for small 
teams. It's similar to Movable Type or Textpattern, but is more than a 
blogging engine. It's a Web developer's CMS with just enough features to 
make it worthwhile. We've intentionally left the kitchen sink out!

Radiant features:

  * An elegant user interface
  * The ability to arrange pages in a hierarchy
  * Flexible templating with layouts, snippets, page parts, and a
    custom tagging language (Radius: http://radius.rubyforge.org)
  * Special page-oriented plugins called behaviors
  * A simple user management/permissions system
  * Support for Markdown and Textile as well as traditional HTML
    (it's easy to create other filters)
  * Operates in two modes: dev and production depending on the URL
  * A caching system which expires pages every 5 minutes
  * Built using Ruby on Rails (which means that extending Radiant is
    as easy as any other Rails application)
  * Licensed under the MIT-License
  * And much more...

There's even a live demo over on the project Web site:

   http://radiantcms.org/demo/


INSTALLATION

We've worked hard to make it easy to install Radiant. For starters you 
can download it with Ruby Gems:

% gem install --include-dependencies radiant

Once the Radiant gem is installed you have access to the `radiant` 
command. The `radiant` command is similar to the `rails` command (if you 
are from the Rails world. It's how you generate a new Radiant instance 
application. An instance application is an application that references 
the source code which is located somewhere else (in this case the 
Radiant gem.) So `cd` to the directory where you would like your 
instance to be installed and type:

% radiant .

Next create a database for your application and setup the appropriate 
config/database.yml file. You'll find several examples in the config 
directory. Radiant supports MySQL, SQLite, and PostgreSQL.

Then run the `script/setup_database` command:

% script/setup_database production

And start up the test server:

% script/server

Finally, hit the /admin/ URL and you should be off to the races. See the 
README file in the release for additional details.

If you are interested in other download options, visit the download 
page: http://radiantcms.org/download/.


CONTRIBUTORS

Radiant wouldn't be possible without the help of some fine people. The 
following people have made contributions to this release:

* Matt McCray        * Paul Smith            * Scott Walter
* Sven Lauer         * Tristan Boniver       * Chris Corriveau
* Ryan Platte        * Luis Lavena

Thanks guys! If you'd like to hop on the development band wagon head on 
over to our dev site (http://dev.radiantcms.org/).


SUPPORT

Perhaps the best place to get support is on the Radiant mailing list. 
There's a crowd of people there who have been hanging around for over a 
month now. Newbie questions are welcome! To sign up, go to:

http://radiantcms.org/mailing-list/


Enjoy!

--
John Long
http://wiseheartdesign.com
http://radiantcms.org