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    OpensourceCMS

    If you are thinking of using a Content Management System (CMS) or forum, why not "try before you buy"

    [url]www.opensourcecms.com[/url] is a site that allows you to try out free scripts, including administration areas, without having to install and configure it on your own webspace. All of the scripts are suitable for shared hosting, do not require shell access and are "free".

    I am pleased to announce that [url=http://www.pathfinderhost.com]Pathfinder Hosting[/url] has secured an advertising deal with the above site for May :)
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    A nice site, a very useful resource!

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    but which one?

    Hi,

    Which system is the best? I've recently started using wordpress ([url]www.wordpress.org[/url]), but have today chanced upon The Petrol Engine ([url]www.petrolengine.net[/url]).

    What in your opinion are the best content management systems?

    Would be good to hear your views!


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    My favourite two would be Mambo and e107.

    Mambo has a very easy admin setup to control, and looks good. It lacks a little in the number of plugins you can get but has the major advantage that you can cheat with the "created on" dates if you are moving news from an old site to a new one. Also has a word style html editor. Negative also that you can only have three different levels of users.

    E107 is a useful, feature packed CMS with more plugins, but less difficult to use than PostNuke (IMHO). Probelms are that it isn't as visually exciting as Mambo.
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    This is a tricky one in that it depends what you want. I'd say postnuke, but then its overkill for many sites

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    ([url]www.petrolengine.net[/url]).that looks interesting, must try that out

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    CMSmatrix

    New notes for and old, old thread...

    If you already know what you need from your potential CMS check out [URL="http://www.cmsmatrix.org"]CMSmatrix[/URL]. It lists most of the CMSs out there, commercial and open-source.

    I've used Mambo/Joomla on some but don't really like it's 'native' table based layouts - easy enough to change though. I have also never been able to produce a completely VALID XHTML site with Mambo or Joomla.

    At the moment, I'm really impressed with [URL="http://www.cmsmadesimple.org/"]CMS Made Simple[/URL], you can get a site up and running in minutes and it produces good, clean VALID XHTML and it's easy to produce accessible sites with. It does have some minor limitations but has a really active community so plugins and modules etc. are freely available. The Downside - it can be a little slow on sites with high traffic, though there are ways to speed it up slightly.
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    Postnuke IMHO is the best CMS.

    Their new .8 package release's are great. forums with AJAX.Page locking again with AJAX.

    I have a custom build running on a karate club website that i run and it could be easily changed to a scouting format.

    If you can code custom modules for Pn then you are laughing.

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    [QUOTE=Jonnyonny;23940]If you already know what you need from your potential CMS check out [URL="http://www.cmsmatrix.org"]CMSmatrix[/URL]. It lists most of the CMSs out there, commercial and open-source.
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    Very very good find :D

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    [quote=Magician;38077]Postnuke IMHO is the best CMS.

    Their new .8 package release's are great. forums with AJAX.Page locking again with AJAX.

    I have a custom build running on a karate club website that i run and it could be easily changed to a scouting format.

    If you can code custom modules for Pn then you are laughing.[/quote]

    Yeah I used to say how brilliant Postnuke was, and yes its been a while since I looked, but the huge limitation in my eyes was the lack of an inbuilt static page functionality.

    Also the menus were crap, and you had to do something else.

    Otherwise I had it performing well on a very busy site, many moons ago, it used to be on escouts, with the pnphpbb forum.

    That eventually got converted to vbulletin

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    [QUOTE=Richard;38090]Yeah I used to say how brilliant Postnuke was, and yes its been a while since I looked, but the huge limitation in my eyes was the lack of an inbuilt static page functionality.

    Also the menus were crap, and you had to do something else.

    Otherwise I had it performing well on a very busy site, many moons ago, it used to be on escouts, with the pnphpbb forum.

    That eventually got converted to vbulletin[/QUOTE]
    pnphpbb is VERY under staffed.

    as i said the .8 release is looking great.

    As for menus a html block with some in-line CSS works for me

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    CMScout is on the waiting list over at opensourcecms, don't know how long it's going to take before it's available, but I think it's good news!
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    [QUOTE=jediwannabe;53306]CMScout is on the waiting list over at opensourcecms, don't know how long it's going to take before it's available, but I think it's good news![/QUOTE]It is just listed as: [url]http://www.cmscout.za.net/[/url] surely it should have its name next to the link like the others?

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    [quote=David;53311]It is just listed as: [URL]http://www.cmscout.za.net/[/URL] surely it should have its name next to the link like the others?[/quote]

    You have a point. I've pointed it out to them. But, at least it's there :bigsmiley
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    CMScout has been installed onto the opensourcecms system now!
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