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GPL CMS Suggestions?
Suggestions for a GPL Content Management System

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Msg#: 3512717 posted 11:47 pm on Nov 24, 2007 (gmt 0)

I am looking for a free package that will fit a peculiar need. I have a geographic community website that I am enhancing for use by the local Homeowners associations (HOA). I want to make it possible for them to publish their monthly newsletters online, since this is a 'Snow Bird' community. So, I need a very easy to use content management system, but one that is not bloated with a whole bunch of things that they will never use.
These users will need to publish monthly, multi page, newsletters. These publications usually contain small articles, club announcements and schedules, events in calendar format, etc.. The people who will be using this are familiar with word processing packages (ie. Word, Works, etc.), but are not necessarily development or internet savvy, so it needs to be very simple to use.

I tested through a couple and they were so bloated with unnecessary 'bells and whistles', I scrapped them. I also tried a couple that I had a tough time getting through the process, so I cannot ask these people to learn. Did I mention? This is a senior citizen community and you know the saying about teaching an 'old dog, new tricks'!

Any and all suggestions would be welcome. Thanks for reading this.

Take Care, Sharon



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Msg#: 3512717 posted 12:41 am on Nov 25, 2007 (gmt 0)

There is a huge website full of FREE commercial quality software, all fully documented and fully supported, (TOLL FREE 24/7 support!), all include language files for every country in the world, all regularly updated and loaded with features, and again all FREE....

There is only one problem; it's on another planet that doesn't use the same internet we do.


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Msg#: 3512717 posted 1:13 am on Nov 25, 2007 (gmt 0)

I used this website to look through a number of CMS's (I found the link here on WW):

I took a little time to look through a lot of them and I think I am going to try Website Baker. Seems like it might fit the bill for what I need right now. I'll let you know if it turns out well for me.

Take Care, Sharon


Msg#: 3512717 posted 12:28 am on Dec 3, 2007 (gmt 0)

I am going with Drupal after looking at all. It seems the hardest to get used to but it is also the most flexible one.

Note that my site is nto intended to be a simple blog..it will be a portal so modules and scalability are very important.


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Msg#: 3512717 posted 3:04 am on Dec 3, 2007 (gmt 0)

I use Drupal on another site and found that the users of that site are having a very difficult time using it. So, as I said, I am trying websitebaker. There are a few glitches with it, but I have been able to workaround all of them, thus far.

Good luck with your Drupal choice.

Take Care, Sharon


Msg#: 3512717 posted 3:51 am on Dec 3, 2007 (gmt 0)

I totally understand. I choose it as I said because it offers me endless possibilities, as I still do not know what I will end up adding.

For specific projects, it's totally different. A more streamlined one may fit the bill.

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