View Full Version : An easy-to-use CMS?

10-06-2009, 03:35 PM
Hello everyone. I wanted to ask a question about what CMS to use.

I have someone who wants a site where their client can update a few textual pages themselves, with a gallery page (with updateable pictures) and each picture/gallery entry page to have a comments section where people can leave comments, but the comments have to be approved by the client before they will actually appear on the page. Could anyone recommend a good, simple to use and free CMS that this could be achieved in. This should be for a php developer but not an expert one!

Thanks for any pointers or advice!


10-06-2009, 04:23 PM
Just last week I installed Drupal and was playing around for a while... if you want "easy to learn" I wouldn't suggest Drupal... wow, steep learning curve. I guess it's quite powerful though so it may be eventually worth the head pounding, as Drupal is quite popular.

Joomla is also very popular but I've never installed or used it; just played with the demo page a bit. Seems pretty awesome.

10-06-2009, 04:55 PM
If you want “easy to use” for a somewhat web-savvy person then CMS Made Simple (http://cmsmadesimple.org/) is probably a good choice. For an average person without much HTML knowledge Concrete 5 (http://concrete5.org/) would be the best solution. You’ll have to look at additional modules for admin approval of stuff.

10-06-2009, 05:40 PM
I'd have a look at Wordpress as well - I think it's simpler to understand and particularly to use as a non-techy than Joomla (and Drupal), and there's a stack of plugins that'll let you implement, for example, photo galleries, e-commerce etc.

You can configure it as much or as little as you like.

11-11-2009, 10:40 AM
For a really simple flat file (no database needed) php based CMS, CMS from Scratch (http://cmsfromscratch.com/) is pretty easy to get one's head around because it works in such a straightforward manner. Good for people designing in Dreamweaver I think, because it is setup so that you just chop up your finished design and use pieces of it as template components for the CMS. Note the CMS doesn't use a database but that doesn't mean you can't access a DB with the pages you put together in the CMS.

11-12-2009, 01:14 PM
I would also say to give WordPress a try... I have found it really easy to use and customise and there's loads and loads of support in their forums...

wordpress.org (http://www.wordpress.org)