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EchoLynx
03-12-2008, 08:50 PM
Hello,
I am trying to decide on a content management system (CMS- ex. wordpress) that would best suit my needs. I do NOT want a blogging software. I would like to have a news section- for updates and such- as a blog but I would like everything else to be static for the most part. I want to be able to incorporate scripts (PHP, javascript, etc.) later on so I can't have a 'text only' CMS- if there is such a thing.

I would also like a relatively large database of pre-made templates that I can tweak to my own needs.

CMSs that I have already tried:
Expression Engine
Wordpress

CMSs that I am currently testing:
Drupal

CMSs that I am interested in: (will try soon)
<none>

CMSs that I am NOT interested in/don't want to try:
<none>

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks,
Ian

WA
03-12-2008, 10:51 PM
Well, I've tried out EE, Wordpress, and Drupal, all 3 quite extensively in the past. My conclusion in terms of flexibility, from best to worst:

EE
Drupal
Wordpress

Unless you're setting up a blog, I think you can cross Wordpress out of your list of choices. EE definitely is the most versatile once you get the hang of it in terms of letting you dictate how things should look and be arranged on your site. The only downside is the lack of quality 3rd party plugins when you wish to go beyond what EE itself offers, such as Ajax ratings or Polls.

EchoLynx
03-12-2008, 11:06 PM
I have finished setting up Drupal and have tested it some and from what I can tell this is my best bet. Has a load of modules to plug in, nice editable themes, and it's not extremely flexible/complicated.

I am going to go with Drupal, and see where that leads. Please feel free to post other recommendations as I will still check this thread for alternatives.

Grant Palin
03-13-2008, 02:13 AM
WordPress isn't even officially a CMS - it is built primarily as a blogging tool. Although it can be leveraged as a basic CMS, it just doesn't compare to full-time CMS systems such as Drupal.

I have not used Drupal myself, but from what I have read it is a quite popular and flexible entry in the CMS arena.

VIPStephan
03-13-2008, 02:21 AM
WordPress isn't even officially a CMS - it is built primarily as a blogging tool. Although it can be leveraged as a basic CMS, it just doesn't compare to full-time CMS systems such as Drupal.

Yeah, itís funny how the OP is talking about CMSs and how he explicitly doesnít want a blogging software, and uses Wordpress as first example in the same sentenceÖ

Anyway, a simple and free, yet powerful CMS Iíve made good experiences with is CMSmadesimple (http://cmsmadesimple.org). Easy to install, easy to customize, easy to handle. Plus, there are a lot of modules (add-ons/extensions, however you wanna call it) you can install to extend your site.

EchoLynx
03-13-2008, 03:02 AM
I realize now that wordpress is a blogging software. That's why I dumped it.

As for CMSmadesimple, I will certainly check it out- thanks!

-Ian

gnomeontherun
03-13-2008, 05:25 AM
I've been a huge fan of Joomla!, and I am pretty sure it has one of the largest followings out there. There are tons of extensions, and its ranked in the top 3 with Drupal and CMSmadesimple [OS CMS Award] (http://www.packtpub.com/award).

Essentially I suggest checking out this site to see demos of dozens of CMSs (I'm not sure how you pluralize that?), and at least it will give you a quick taste and maybe allow you to rule some off the list.

http://www.opensourcecms.com/ (http://www.opensourcecms.com/)

WA
03-13-2008, 09:56 AM
Drupal is very impressive I agree, and I'm basing that comment on the very last version before 2.0 was released. With v2.0 I think you're definitely in good hands going with it.

EchoLynx
03-13-2008, 04:01 PM
Drupal is very impressive I agree, and I'm basing that comment on the very last version before 2.0 was released. With v2.0 I think you're definitely in good hands going with it.

Yes, and keep in mind that we are now in Drupal v6.1- lots has been changed. Now, I never saw the 2.0- or even the 5.7- but from what I can guess (over XX,000 revisions before release) the changes are improvements.

EchoLynx
03-13-2008, 08:19 PM
I've been a huge fan of Joomla!, and I am pretty sure it has one of the largest followings out there. There are tons of extensions, and its ranked in the top 3 with Drupal and CMSmadesimple [OS CMS Award] (http://www.packtpub.com/award).

Essentially I suggest checking out this site to see demos of dozens of CMSs (I'm not sure how you pluralize that?), and at least it will give you a quick taste and maybe allow you to rule some off the list.

http://www.opensourcecms.com/ (http://www.opensourcecms.com/)

I have already been to oscms and I agree that it is a wonderful resource. However, I have tried Joomla! and decided that- like ExpEng- it is too flexible for a newbie like me. (Flexibility is pretty much synonymous with complexity in this case.)

WA
03-13-2008, 10:16 PM
Yes, and keep in mind that we are now in Drupal v6.1- lots has been changed. Now, I never saw the 2.0- or even the 5.7- but from what I can guess (over XX,000 revisions before release) the changes are improvements.

Ops, that's what I meant actually, v6.0 The version I'm familiar with and have used is 5.7 then.



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