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look for a CMS, any suggestion?

 4:55 am on Dec 30, 2007 (gmt 0)

I am looking for a CMS (or blog system) that supports:

1) static output (like Movable Type)
2) remote publishing through FTP, SFTP or SSH (like Blogger)
3) Different templates for different parts of the system (ie: category template, main index template, search template, like Movable Type does; Blogger seems to just have one template)
4) Free (or low price for multiple installations)

Any suggestion?




 7:47 am on Dec 30, 2007 (gmt 0)

by the way, I also want one central installation for multiple sites.


 12:51 pm on Dec 30, 2007 (gmt 0)

Expression Engine is probably the best for you but it will cost you a little for the full licence. Also give TextPattern a look, not as flexible but it's free, and very good.


 12:54 pm on Dec 30, 2007 (gmt 0)

I don't think there are any I've ever heard of that can be used for multiple sites on different servers from just one location. Besides, wouldn't that be restricted for MySQL access, or be a security risk?

>>one central installation for multiple sites

If they're all to be hosted on the same box, check out WordPress MU (multi-user).

[edited by: Marcia at 12:56 pm (utc) on Dec. 30, 2007]


 6:43 pm on Dec 30, 2007 (gmt 0)

I second ChrisBolton's recommendation of ExpressionEngine. I'm using it, and it is incredibly flexible. They have the Multi-site manager that will allow you to control all of your sites from one central place. You can have all kinds of different templates. Using common elements (like a server-side include) is a piece of cake, or you could have completely different templates. It is open source, but not free. However, the price is incredibly reasonable. At the very least, download the free EE Core version and try it out. I found it to be far (!) easier to use than Joomla or Drupal.


 9:16 pm on Dec 30, 2007 (gmt 0)

Hi guys, thanks for your suggestions.

EE is good, and I have been EE customers for several years. But the problems are:

1) it does not support ftp/sftp/ssh login to remote servers
2) it relies on database (dynamically db driven content), while need static output
3) its (single) multiple site module (license) is only good for three sites and all sites can only be hosted in the same server


 2:48 am on Dec 31, 2007 (gmt 0)

EE does actually offer static output. On the other points, I'm afraid I acnnot help you. Try the website CMS Matrix for a closer look at all the CMS's.


 10:31 am on Jan 11, 2008 (gmt 0)

tntpower wrote:

1) static output (like Movable Type)

A good static solution can be Movable Type itself. With the CustomFields plugin, that's a CMS.

[edited by: Juan_G at 10:32 am (utc) on Jan. 11, 2008]


 9:58 pm on Jan 11, 2008 (gmt 0)

earlier this week i briefly considered whether i could reimplement my cms in MTOS, so i would tend to agree with juan_g.

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