Refinery differs from similar products by targeting a non-technical end user and allowing the developer to create a flexible website rapidly by staying as close as possible to the conventions of the Ruby on Rails framework.
Version 1.0.0 was released on the 28th of May, 2011 - exactly 2 years after it was first released as open source software.
Version 2.0.0 was released on the 29th of February, 2012
Refinery started as a closed sourced project written by David Jones at Resolve Digital in 2004 and went on to be released as open source software under the MIT License on the 28th May 2009 . Since then it has gained popularity and is now the most popular Ruby on Rails CMS  with more than 200 contributors  and an active community extending the application with engines .
- Engine architecture
WYSIWYG content editing
- Localisation (currently supports 26 languages )
- Page management
- Image and File management
- Contact form and inquiry management
Search engine optimization (SEO)