Those of you at the UP presentation on Wednesday will have seen Gary's file-based "CMS" and although it worked pretty well, I've usually steered clear of such solutions after a bad experience some years ago. So, it was with surprise that I noticed Smashing Magazine using a CMS for their new conference website called Kirby that turns out to be a file-based CMS! Here's a blog post with some background information on the site development.
There are many benefits to this approach, particularly in terms of ease-of-use. However, I am sceptical at how well the platform would scale. I haven't had time to look at it in detail but perhaps there is a caching system* that keeps file reads to a minimum.
Anyway, a Kirby licence costs just $30 but there is a free trial you can use for as long as you like.
Those of you still looking for a CMS for your Thesis Project might like to take a look.
* Here's the bit about caching. I have to say that after reading through the documentation, this looks like a pretty good low-tech approach to building a CMS. I think Gary has downloaded and is playing with it - I await his report.