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    Project at hand ZOPE vs PLONE vs PHP

    Recently, I have been contacted by a prospective client that wants to learn more about open source content management applications, specifically Zope and Plone. I am curious if anyone has some good ideas or possibly resources that might help me explain the pros and cons of each. I, myself have been using PHP to code most of the web sites and initally in the proposal I submitted to them I pushed toward using PHP and developing a customized "content managment application" of course on a smaller scale then Zope and Plone. Any feedback would be appreciated.

    Thanks,

    BAF

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    I've heard good things about Bricolage.

    You need to be able to install it on the server, which is a downside. On the upside, it's open source and runs salon.com -- so is pretty well developed and proven for large-scale applications.

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    I know nothing of Plone nor Bricolage , Zope I know a couple of peeps that use it and rage about it, it at least has a wide user base and there are a few resources on the web.

    I think it depends how well you know PHP, PHP will give you more flexibility but will also require more work.

    If you have the time and require the flexibility then PHP would be the go, if speed of development is an issue then Zope is worth a look though you still have a learning curve.

    Also perhaps take a look at apps like eZpublish which have a big following , like Zope a lot of the work is already done for you. (I dont like eZpublish BTW as I think the 'eZ' bit is misleading )
    resistance is...

    MVC is the current buzz in web application architectures. It comes from event-driven desktop application design and doesn't fit into web application design very well. But luckily nobody really knows what MVC means, so we can call our presentation layer separation mechanism MVC and move on. (Rasmus Lerdorf)

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    Just an update on the project

    Well,

    After intense research and development, my company is in the final stages of the Zope/Plone initiative. Both our client and we are impressed with the scalability of this application and also ( i owe it to our developers) the customization was not too hard at all. Overall, I am pleased with the results that we have provided our client and we are looking forward in developing more with Zope and Plone.

    One thing that really bothered me in the beginning when working with plone and zope is that most developers (if you can call them that --maybe just "individuals") never customized the look of their sites that use zope and plone. Which we have successfully done.

    Plone and Zope and the Community behind it, I would like to say THANKS on behalf of our team and company!

    B.A.


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