DOWNLOADS & LICENSE

Open Source License
Open Source license

CouchCMS is licensed under Common Public Attribution License Version 1.0 (CPAL-1.0)

"Human-readable" version of CPAL would read like this:

  • This software is open source and can be freely used, modified, and distributed.
  • This software can be used for commercial purposes.
  • Attribution to the authorship of this software in the source code files cannot be waived under any circumstances.
  • Attribution to the authorship of this software in the admin-panel in the form of hyperlink and logo can be waived with permission of the original author.
Download
Commercial License

Alternatively, CouchCMS may be used under a commercial license.

Buying a commercial license permits you to:

  • Replace CouchCMS logo and copyright information from the admin-panel with your own, effectively 100% white-labeling the CMS.
  • One month of unlimited premium support.

Attribution to the authorship of this software in the source code files cannot be waived under any circumstances.

Buy license

LICENCING FAQ

Do the two licenses mean you have two versions of the CMS? The open-source version with a limited feature set and the commercial one with additional features?

No. We only have a single version of the CMS - the open-source version. In fact, this is the only version that can be downloaded.
Buying a commercial license will simply get you a license, legally permitting the removal of copyright notices from the admin-panel of the open-source version.

OK. But then why would I pay for something that is available for free?

The open-source license does not permit you to remove our logo and copyright information from the-admin panel.
If you wish to white-label (rebrand) the admin-panel by placing your company's logo and name, in place of ours (perhaps to make it seem to your clients that you are using your own custom CMS), you'll need to get the commercial license.

Secondly, the open-source version does not come with any support.
If you need any technical support from the original developers, you'll need to buy the commercial license.

Finally, if you find Couch useful, consider buying the commercial license a way of supporting its ongoing development.

Do I also need to place an attribution link on the front-end of the site if I use the open-source version?

No. It used to be a clause previously but now it is no longer neccessary. Now the attribution clause is confined only to the admin-panel proper.