This is a content management system built in PHP using MySQL database that can be used to create websites similar to WordPress, Drupal or Joomla.

  • By Ahan Jaiswal
  • Last update: Feb 4, 2022
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This is a content management system built in PHP using MySQL database that can be used to create websites similar to WordPress, Drupal or Joomla. Pantheon is a framework that I have designed from scratch that can help users create, manage, and modify content on a premade website without the need for specialized technical knowledge.

I have also designed and developed a well thought out, user friendly interface for Pantheon which comes in 4 different themes that the user can switch while using the website.

Features of Pantheon

  • Supports two types of users : Admin & Member.
  • Admins have the ability to:
    1. Add, Update, View and Delete categories on Pantheon.
    2. Add, Update, View and Delete posts on Pantheon.
    3. Moderate comments by member users on all posts.
  • Members have the ability to:
    1. Create, Update, View and Delete their own posts on the website.
    2. Members can leave comments on all posts that are published on Pantheon after moderation from Admin roles.
  • Posts on Pantheon are accessible by all the visitors and members of the website.
  • All posts can be categorised usings tags that can only be added by the Admins that is further used for Internal Search.
  • Pantheon has internal search that has been setup so that users can search the whole array of posts on the website through their post titles or tags.
  • Visitors can browse through all the posts or make comments without an account but to create their own posts, they must have an account on Pantheon.
  • Only Users of Pantheon have the access to view the overall statistics of Pantheon which includes total amount of posts, users, comments and categories on the website.
  • All visitors/users can browse Pantheon in four different themes.

How to download and run this framework locally

Required Software: XAMPP v7.4.27

  1. Download and unzip the ZIP file in the dist folder:

  2. Dowload the SQL dump file in the dist folder: pantheon.sql

  3. Import the SQL dump file using phpMyAdmin to locally create the sample schema and tables associated with Pantheon.

  4. Copy the extracted Pantheon folder into htdocs folder which can be found inside the installed XAMPP folder directory.

  5. After the above steps are done, you can run index.php from Pantheon folder to open Pantheon's current version.

  6. Default credentials for the connection to MySQL database are:

    • host : localhost
    • user : root
    • pass : (to be set by the user)
    • db_name : pantheon

    Incase your database/phpMyAdmin uses a different host, username and password to connect, follow these steps:

    1. Go to root folder in the parent directory.
    2. Open db.php in the root folder.
    3. Simply change the values of the above mentioned fields. (line 2-5)
        $db['db_host'] = "localhost";
        $db['db_user'] = "root";
        $db['db_pass'] = "";
        $db['db_name'] = "pantheon";
        foreach($db as $key => $value) {
        define(strtoupper($key), $value);
        $connection = mysqli_connect(DB_HOST, DB_USER, DB_PASS, DB_NAME);
        //if ($connection) {
        //    echo "Pantheon is online.";
  7. Once these credentials match, your index.php would run normally.

Pantheon's Preview


Landing page for Pantheon that lets you login or register and also leads you to all the blog posts on the website.


Users can create account on Pantheon and login to them.

Blog Posts

Blog posts page that allows all visitors/users to view all the posts on the website.

Post Template

All the posts have the same layout.

Comments Section

Visitors/Users can leave comments on posts. Visitors without an account would have to specify their details everytime before leaving a comment.

Internal Search

Pantheon includes an internal search feature that allows users to search for what they are looking for on the website using keywords.


How the dashboard looks for an admin role:

How the dashboard looks for a member role:


All Pantheon users can view and update their profile.

Technologies Used

The following are the technologies that have been used in the development of Pantheon. They are all free to use:

  • Bootstrap v5.0.
  • FontIcons.
  • LineIcons.
  • XAMPP (to mimic a web server)
  • Visual Studio Code.
  • phpMyAdmin

Source Code

Pantheon's software code is designed to be very modular and reusable by packaging the two most used template layers into a single root folder.


This framework is a work in progress and more features are yet to be added with new technologies.