UserLand Releases Manila and Frontier 6.1, Turning Any Web Browser Into a
Powerful Web Content Workstation
BURLINGAME, CA, Dec. 17 — UserLand Software announced the release of
Manila, an Internet server application that allows groups of writers,
designers and graphics people to manage full-featured, high performance web
sites thru an easy-to-use browser interface. Manila is included with
UserLand Frontier 6.1.
“As the Macintosh made desktop computing easy, Manila makes web
content management accessible to non-technical people,” said David M.
Winer, UserLand’s CEO. “Manila turns any web browser into a powerful web
content workstation. Think of Manila as Content Management ‘For the Rest of
Key Manila features include:
* 100-percent browser-based editing.
* Quick easy setup, in most cases, five minutes from download
to a working web site.
* Simple publishing model, managing editor, contributing
* Integrated site membership database, with customizable preferences.
* Easy navigation thru back-issues of the home page thru an
* Powerful customization thru templates, navigation, CSS,
* User interface and navigation features are specified thru
easy to understand XML.
* Content is separated from form, designers edit templates,
while writers independently create stories.
* Full content management system. Templates, macros,
shortcuts, stories, pictures.
* Integrates thru Apple Events, HTTP, XML-RPC, ODBC, Microsoft COM.
* ISP-ready. Manila sites are safe, and can be extended thru
macros and templates, allowing service providers to differentiate
“Manila is as simple or as deep as you want it to be,” said Kevin
Werbach, Managing Editor of Release 1.0, a leading technology analyst. “Few
other Web products scale well in both directions — you either wind up with
easy-to-use homepage-building tools that can’t handle dynamic sites, or you
have complicated, expensive content-management platforms that aren’t
helpful for beginners or small sites.”
“Manila is interesting for several reasons. Most important, it’s
designed for people who want to create Web content entirely on the Web,”
said Dan Gillmor, columnist, San Jose Mercury News.
Both Gillmor and Werbach operate Manila websites.
“Manila is simple, easy, powerful, and infinitely customizable. It
has deep features not available anywhere else,” said Phil Suh, a content
engineer a Organic Inc, a leading web development shop in San Francisco.
Erin Clerico, a system developer at the Kern County (CA)
Superintendent of Schools said: “Our web team has fallen in love with
Manila. The only sites they will build now are Manila sites. Next year,
they will begin to transform our 26,000 page web site into Manila driven
“Manila replaces HTML editors, word processors, FTP clients and
groupware such as Lotus Notes, with the simplest writing environment of our
day, the web browser,” said Winer.
Manila is included with Frontier 6.1 for Macintosh and Windows, and
is available today from http://manila.userland.com/. Frontier is licensed
for $899, with free updates for one year.
UserLand Software, incorporated in 1988, develops and markets web
content management software and publishes Scripting News, DaveNet, and a
dozen industry, developer and financial web publications. UserLand is also
active in standards processes relating to distributed computing, in
partnership with Microsoft; web content syndication with Netscape; and XML.
UserLand CEO Winer will keynote the Seybold Publishing Conference in
Boston, February 7 and will attend the World Economic Forum in Davos.
UserLand is a privately held company based in Burlingame, CA. UserLand
Frontier and Manila are trademarks of UserLand Software.
More information, press only: Bob Bierman, UserLand, (650)
697-5263, Fax (650) 697-7169, firstname.lastname@example.org. Sales inquiries to