BitsyBox is a hosted content storage platform that allows developer access through an API and a simple user interface for their clients to edit content without touching the code. It's been described to us as "content storage and management without the CMS."
Co-founded by three West Los Angelenos, the platform's two components work through a free, downloadable PHP client and take a good bit of hassle (read: the penny-ante, back-and-forth of site edits) out of the business of web design and development.
Of course, something that takes so many of the small tasks of website maintenance away from developers and allows clients just enough control over content could only be the brainchild of a veteran freelance developer, which cofounder Scott Rocher is.
Rocher wrote to us in an email, "Using BitsyBox's simple and secure web interface, developers can define data schema for each of their sites... and site-owner clients can edit the site content in real time." Client access is available for both individuals and whole teams.
Rocher also noted that because it is a hosted service, BitsyBox can be integrated with exiting sites by most developers in less than one hour. The service also doesn't require developers to learn a new language, framework, or code structure.
According to the site, the BitsyBox client packages handle connection, caching, and manipulation of API data. The API delivers structured XML, JSON, or PHP, leaving room for more advanced developers to write their own.
The site launched in private beta about two weeks ago; developers are urged to contact the BitsyBox team for more information.