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Program for Content Mgmt - Dynamic Websites
Any Reccommendations?

 10:35 pm on May 3, 2004 (gmt 0)

I currently work in FrontPage 2003 and have over 300 websites which are all static html and manually update. Nothing is dynamic. Each website is for a particular city so one templete could be used for all and then I just need to populate with my content, etc.

Any software recommendations?
Needs to be easy to use.
Price needs to be under $2,000



 10:46 pm on May 3, 2004 (gmt 0)

there are several options you might want to look at.

1st - there are several directory software programs that let you make "yahoo style" directories and all of it can be managed online. There is one in particular that I think it $299.

secondly there are several open source CMS (content management system) of varying quality, all of them either free or cheap here is the dmoz category [directory.google.com].


 3:33 am on May 4, 2004 (gmt 0)

With that number of sites, I'd check out Typo3. It has an extension that lets you "spawn" a bunch of sites off of one installation. The learning curve is said to be pretty steep, but the reward is the sheer power you get.


 3:55 am on May 4, 2004 (gmt 0)

We use WebGUI by Plain Black. It can manage many sites with one install. There's a bit of a learning curve. You could set-up your initial site, then duplicate that. If you're comfortable working with MySQL, you could set-up your one site, layout and structure, sans content, then dump that data and use it to replicate your other sites, ready for content. Each site would have it's own admin.



 4:02 am on May 4, 2004 (gmt 0)

If you do have $2,000 to spend, I'd recommend hiring someone to write you a custom CMS. That is, if the editing is not extremely advanced. I've worked with several sites using CMSs and I don't like any of them. It never gives you the ability to do exactly what you want.

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