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Choosing a client package

Currently, there are three available client packages that you can use to run a Bear CMS powered website. Let's compare them.

The recommended (standalone) package

If you want to quickly set up a website for another person, that will self-update, this is the package for you. They will have the ability to create an administrator account and manage the appearance and the content of the website. This is a perfect solution if you want to help someone with the domain and the hosting part of the website, but leave them the content part. This is also the solution if you have minimal or no technical knowledge but want a personal or small business website. Just ask your hosting provider to help you with the domain name configuration and uploading the Bear CMS installer (click here to download it).

Pros:
- Easy installation
- Automatic updates

Cons:
- No way to customize with code

The Bear Framework addon

This package is perfect for developers and agencies who want to set up and customize a website for their clients or themselves. A custom theme is one of the common modifications you can make using this solution. You can also create specific page content that can be easily edited later by the administrators. Installation instructions are available at GitHub.

Pros:
- Can add custom code
- Can configure specific Bear CMS options

Cons:
- No automatic updates

The Universal package

This package provides an easy way to integrate Bear CMS into any website. It's perfect if you have an HTML template and want to make some parts editable by the administrators. All you have to do is add a couple of lines of PHP code and mark the content elements that can be modified. Installation instructions are available at GitHub.

Pros:
- Have full ownership of the HTML code
- Can configure specific Bear CMS options

Cons:
- No automatic updates

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