View Full Version : Large professional website, many features...what's the best CMS?

04-07-2008, 06:37 AM
Trying to figure out the best CMS for the job...large one. I usually use Modx CMS but this job looks like it's too big for the limits of MODx

Here's the basics available in most CMS: Polls/surveys, email forms, blog, newsletter, multilingual, members access, forums, etc

But I have a client that's also after:
1) Facebook style personal home pages (possible) but also including....
2) Ebay type auction system with buy now features
3) Integration of the above into wap mobile phone website that allows payments through phones (Paypal sounds good, not much of a problem there)
4) Internal messaging system
5) wiki for online document collaboration

Wondering if anyone has started on/knows about any of the above features already integrated into a solid CMS such as Joomla/Drupal/etc.

Have a nice day,

04-07-2008, 06:52 AM
I know that most of those things are possible with Joomla, and I have done some work with the Community Builder extension which gives you some of the features.

This site does seem rather large, and honestly a bit dissociated. Do you really need a system that does everything at once? If the auction part of the site could be separated from the rest of the system, you would probably be better off doing that.

Many of the large components that Joomla can use (like a forum) are actually just external scripts that someone has taken the time to integrate into the Joomla environment, usually with varying degrees of success.

CMSs tend to specialize in certain things, and people then find ways to exploit those to allow them to do things that were beyond the original intentions of the developers. Ergo, a lot of the extra features for CMSs are halfhearted attempts at making something circular fit into a square hole. Some are great and work very well, but in my experiences many of them are just hacked up versions of existing scripts merged into the CMS functionality. So I think it is unlikely you will find a system that does all of those things natively, at least not any open source projects that I've ever heard of. Perhaps a commercial one...but I don't know much about those.

04-13-2008, 06:39 PM
Don't think we are aiming for everything at once but there has to be integration with personal profiles and updating their products/commerce/reviews... actually lots of it will be integrated in the end.

I haven't looked around at the other CMS in a while so just getting a rough idea if anything is different with the new releases. Been looking closely at Joomla and Drupal. Joomla seems ok for straight out of the box features but bad architecture. Drupal the other way around. I'm just not sure if it's worth going through the whole hassle of digging into Drupal and coding the features separate.

My client knows this will be a very large job taking around 4-6 months for professional grade quality and testing... so would like to contribute and bring on an extra guy or two to help sort out the wrinkles on some features.

Do you know of any advantages/disadvantages of either Drupal/Joomla community?

Have a good one,

04-13-2008, 07:57 PM
I think you're going to have to do some in-house work for that.

I'd try out ExpressionEngine. Check out its features (http://expressionengine.com/overview/features/).