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Old 03-18-2005, 05:59 PM   #1
Samsara
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which web cms?


Dear All,

To help a small charitable organisation manage their web resources better, I'm looking for a web content management system with the following properties:

Code:
- navigation allowing up to three levels of menu hierarchy
- one or two administrators, several editors in charge
  of specific parts of the website
- aesthetically pleasing default design (css would be
  good, so we can fine-tune it with our logo etc.)
- live editing and live file upload
- wysiwyg editor that works well with images
- calendar allowing categorising events and viewing only certain categories
- discussion board
- image gallery
- no relational database server required (i.e. no mysql)
- urls without ampersands

- open source and beer-free
Most of our content is of an faq rather than news nature, but most cms that I've looked at seem to be good for blogging and other news purposes, but less good for very structured content.

I've looked at Drupal, Plone, exponent cms, verge, a little bit at WebGUI, polopoly and iWare - a very random collection, but unfortunately, the only search engine I found, http://www.plainblack.com/product_comparison suffers the caveat that some of my criteria are not searchable, while about 1/3 of the list match my other criteria. Recently emerging players like exponent seem not to have made it onto the list yet, either.

Any recommendations?

Many thanks,

Samsara

Last edited by Samsara; 03-18-2005 at 06:09 PM.
 
Old 03-20-2005, 03:09 AM   #2
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go here ... a greta site in which you can get reviews... and try out the various CMSs out there.

my personal favorite is e107
 
Old 03-20-2005, 05:49 AM   #3
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Thanks for the link - that looks very useful!

After the last two days of research, it looks like I'll have to lobby my provider to give me mysql, because most offerings seem to rely on that. Either that or have at least a separate forum - an integrated gallery would be nice...

Cheers,

Samsara
 
Old 07-18-2005, 07:06 AM   #4
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Did you find a CMS Yet?

Just wondering if you have found one yet. I am looking hard at Plone as I am very familiar with Python and love object-oriented style of development. Also, with an existing Oracle 10g installation, it looks good since it does have plugins to work with that Database.

Other popular CMS's are Mambo, Drupal, and e107 ( ok, there are a million popular ones, but these are almost always mentioned in CMS discussions ). Here is an interesting thread on CMS's - http://ubuntuforums.org/archive/index.php/t-8324.html .

Good Luck if you haven't found one that meets your needs yet.
 
Old 07-23-2005, 04:32 AM   #5
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Hi fortezza,

I went with Website Baker. Versions 2.5.x are really great, but versions 3.x will be coming soon. Website Baker to me is the most exciting CMS around at the moment - powerful, yet completely intuitive to use. EasyBaker will be the major innovation in v. 3 - it's a web-based point-and-click installation tool for modules and themes (templates, sorry).

Best wishes,

Samsara
 
  


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