[SATLUG] CMS Solution
tweeksjunk2 at theweeks.org
Wed Nov 14 19:19:07 CST 2007
On Friday 09 November 2007 14:55:19 Ernest De Leon wrote:
> Joomla sounds nice, and Drupal is nice too. I want simplicity but
> with extensibility. The thing is, I don't want a lot of functionality
> built in that I won't use that can cause bloat or sluggishness. I
> want something tight, fast and extensible if need be.
Here's some insight about drupal I'll share after having messed with it and a
1/2 dozen other CMS' over that past 3 years...
Like the Linux kernel, Drupal is modular. You shut off what you don't need
and don't sweat it. What I like most about drupal is not just it
modular-ness, but also it's non-native flexability. There are literally
modules to allow you to use other non-drupal systems. For example.. the
native Drupal forums suite (built in IIRC) is pretty sucky. But they have a
module for tying in forums (say phpBB) into drupal so that it will use the
drupal user db (not that I would EVER recommend running phpBB on anything
other than an intra-net system..). However likewise, if you don't like the
blog that comes with drupal (or one of it's native alternatives), there's
also a module for weaving wordpress into one of your drupal instances.
Pretty cool. Besides these.. there are tons and tons of other cool modules
too. So many in fact that people have to publish "top 10" and "top 40"
Oh.. plus.. you can do multi-shared instances of drupal where each instance
can have their own DBs for this feature or that... their own looks, feels,
modules, etc.. but have a common base code base that can be centrally patched
(very nice for a multi-site intra-net departmental portals server, for
Other CMS' are okay too:
Pain to set up.. more developer/consultant friendly... looks/plays nice after
setup, but setting up structure and context seems painful.
Very popular right now.. Lot's of non-linux folks starting to use it.
never mind.. just stay away from it.. proprietary.. slow... inflexible...
closed up tight as a clam.
Test drive as many CMS' as you have time for here:
But you can spend for hour comparing... My recommendation is.. spend a couple
of weeks researching and forming your base requirements... and then just pick
one and jump in with both feet.
> On Nov 9, 2007 11:20 AM, Brad Knowles <brad at shub-internet.org> wrote:
> > On 11/9/07, Brian Lewis wrote:
> > > Hah I have a few sites that I've setup using damn near every cms.
> > > joomla is really neat and has a TON of free extentions, plugins,
> > > themes, etc.
> > If you want to integrate your CMS with Mailman (or some other mailing
> > list management software), or you want a CMS that can expand to
> > provide that capacity in the future, then Joomla! would be an
> > excellent choice. There is an open source Joomla! component for
> > integrating tightly with Mailman, and it works well even if you don't
> > have privileged back-end access to the Mailman server.
> > This could allow you to do a blog, web forum, mailing lists, USENET
> > newsgroups, and mix-and-match all of those technologies together so
> > that any participant could use whichever style of communications they
> > want and the content would be mirrored over to the other methods as
> > well.
> > But then, Joomla! may be a bit bigger than what you're looking for.
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