A few pointers
I've been hacking around with phpCMS for a week or so (slow going because I don't speak German and babelfish won't translate the phpCMS web pages) and I've discovered a few things that may be of help to others:
1. The "options.php" file mentioned in the English documentation is bogus. The file you should be looking at is /parser/include/default.php
2. To get to the login screen for the management interface, point your web browser to /parser/parser.php?phpcmsaction=FRAMESET You can then enter the login password (default is 'phpcms') listed in the default.php file mentioned above.
3. The file manager is going to try to index everything underneath your document root directory, whether or not it's in the phpCMS tree. If it can't access one of the directories, it will die.
4. phpCMS appears to generate Internet Explorer specific HTML. I spent quite awhile wondering why many screens came up blank in Netscape 4.72 (running on Solaris.) I finally saved the generated HTML from the file manager frame and ran it through 'tidy' which spit out tons of warnings about form inputs not being valid inside tables. On a hunch, I tried IE on the file and it displayed just fine, including several (probably copyrighted and/or trademarked) IE logos in file and navigation icons.
phpCMS looks like a great tool (with a steep learning curve if you don't speak German) but the environment I'm developing for only has Netscape 4.72 running on Solaris available to the users. The Internet Explorer requirement killed it for my current project.