Free CMS?

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Hi

Im looking to start providing a CMS option for my customers that want content management solutions. Can you recommend any FREE CMS site scripts that are quite basic but allow the user to customize their site with the basics of text, images , pages banner , links etc?

Thanks

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Take a look at either Joomla or Drupal...

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You might also take a look at OpenSourceCMS. They have several of the popular free/open source CMS's up for you to experiment with and try out, live online.

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Mambo is another option.

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I'd strongly recommend Drupal it's an excellently written peice of software. Smiling

Drupal is basic to start with (you can create basic pages and articles), then as you need to add functionality just use one of the modules available.

We've built our new content site on Drupal. Have a look. Smiling

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Is it just me, or is Chris asking for something way simpler than Drupal? It is very powerful, and it could work for what he needs, but I don't think it qualifies as "quite basic" and suitable for customers to use themselves.

Chris - how were you thinking this would work? Would it be something installed on their sites or to build their sites in? Wordpress might work for a simple site. It can manage pages and a blog, and it's super-easy to use. It's not meant to be a full-fledged CMS like drupal, but the trade-off is that it's easier to use and any noob can use it to update content. Editing design templates is more complicated though.

This reminds me of a diagram I saw on Creating Passionate Users awhile ago:

It sounds to me like you're looking for something around the iMovie/Basecamp stage - easy to use, smaller amount of functionality but very easy to use. Anyone can get results with little effort. Drupal is higher up in that green area - like around Ruby on Rails/Action Script. The payoffs are greater but you need to invest some time to learn the system. You would also have to do more set-up to get it to work right for them.

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mmmmm...Megan, this was a GREAT post for me to read. I have a client that wants something quick and really simple. I never thought of using wordpress or drupal. Either, I think, would be great! Thanks for the idea!

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drupal wrote: Is it just me, or is Chris asking for something way simpler than Drupal? It is very powerful, and it could work for what he needs, but I don't think it qualifies as "quite basic" and suitable for customers to use themselves.

Well, the power of Drupal is its modularity. Our installation is only insanely complicated because we use 14 custom modules to make it work. The point is that everything but the core modules can be switched off, leaving the user with something basic (click create content, then click page). This is the joy of Drupal: it's like software Lego. Smiling

You're spot-on about Wordpress though, it may well be better suited to the task than Drupal. It might be because I'm familiar with Drupal that I find it so easy, although if ChrisL were to stick to the basics it shouldn't present much of a learning curve.

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I was also thinking about the experience a noob would have when trying to edit a page in drupal. It's fine if you just want to do simple text changes but after that you need to know HTML. Or maybe there's a WYSIWYG plugin for it? That would be helpful. The post edit page is quite complicated compared to Wordpress. And you also had to do quite a bit of wrestling with the templates to get the design right. Wordpress is much simpler in comparison. The client wouldn't have to do that, of course, but Chris would have to do it for them.

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megan wrote: It's fine if you just want to do simple text changes but after that you need to know HTML. Or maybe there's a WYSIWYG plugin for it? That would be helpful.

Aaahhh, that makes sense. There is a WYSIWYG editor for Drupal (several I think), but it would have to be installed when that functionality is already available 'out of the box' for Wordpress.

Probably the best thing to do in this case is test them both out and see which is best. Drupal vs. Wordpress. Smiling

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Joomla is great but it gets complicated pretty quick...also you can not add any static content which gets annoying.

I installed joomla and tried using it for a while. Actually the SEO benefits looked pretty good and got some pages indexed. The problem comes when you want to start adding in scripts and anything other than plain hmtl text to your posts.

Then Joomla gets restrictive and annoying. Also creating Joomla tempaltes is very expensive (to hire someone) and very very technical if you want to do it yourself.

Wordpress maybe a better choice in terms of ease and flexibility.

Personally I think I prefer plain old HTML websites. If you want to let people add stuff maybe create a folder for them with different positions and tell them how to do it?

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Hello Chris,

Content Management System was originally used for website publishing and management systems. Here is the most popular cms.

http://www.opensourcecms.com/
http://www.wordpress.org
http://www.drupal.org/
http://www.mamboo.com
http://www.joomla.com

For more CMS :

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_content_management_systems

I hope this answers your question.

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any asp.net based cms that is free to modify?

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Quote: any asp.net based cms that is free to modify?

If you want to find script, try hotscripts. This is script directory

All I know, wordpress is not CMS, it is blogging system.

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Wordpress is quite powerful once you get the hang of it. There are many plugins available that allow you to do CMS type features.

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website baker is nice and simple....im using it and easy to create template!!

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I found the above very interesting as I was about to post a similar question, I have clients who are quite nervous when it comes to computers let alone anything a scary as the internet. I have used dare I say it macromedias contribute and most clients can get along with this quite well, is there anything similar but perhaps open source that I could put them onto?

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We actually use Contribute at work. For an alternative you could try nvu or kompozer. Not sure if those run on Windows or not... nvu might.

For a simple web-based CMS Wordpress might work well for clients like that. There are lots of other simple CMS's that you could try out. CMS Made Simple is one I've heard of.

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Joomla has a more appealing balance between functionality, flexibility, performance, quality of code, ease of use, documentation, user interface design, support and product marketing.

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It depends on what you are looking for, what kind of web site you need. You should get to know with few most used CMS, and see what are advantages and drawbacks of each of these CMS`s.

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I would highly recommend using Wordpress. Although it is strictly a blogging platform out of the box, there are plugins which will allow it to do virtually anything.

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I am on the verge of getting into some kind of CMS...something that is easy for me to set up, but also has to be VERY easy for the client to update. I was thinking Drupal, but some of the comments here now have me thinking that Worpress or Joomla might be easier for clients to understand?

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Hi I feel Drupal is nice CMS..for websites that require more complex functions such as social networking sites, Drupal allows these functions to be implemented without having to code from scratch. However, it is important for developers to have some knowledge of PHP, HTML and CSS

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