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Free CMS Software, ny hands on experiences?
Free CMS, which to use & how. . .

 3:48 pm on Nov 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

I am looking for a open source free ware CMS software and so far after researching on the Google, I found 2 that were pretty impressive, Mambo and Drupal.

Has nyone any good and bad experiences with the CMS, i cant go for an shareware due to financial limitations. . .Is there any other software I have missed out?

My requirements are little, I am planning a online resources, mainly tutorials, reviews, articles and the stuff...I should be able to update the site without hassles and fast. I have a paid hosting account with php mysql and all that stuff.

Please advice on the steps I should take for implementing my reqs.. . .


AnEnd [Its my name, lol]

"All good things come to AnEnd"



 5:31 pm on Nov 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

Typo 3 is an open sourced cms, but itīs very complex.

Jim Van Wyck

 7:30 pm on Nov 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

All things considered...

I'd go for WordPress, and tart it up with a nice theme, adsense plugin google analytics plug in chikita Mall ads comment spam plug in and spend a little time studying how to set 'er up so that the page titles, post titles, and descriptions automatically act in SEO-friendly ways.

In fact, that's what I've done already in 3 niche's. And I'm reasonably happy with the results.


[edited by: rogerd at 8:59 pm (utc) on Nov. 19, 2005]

[edited by: engine at 9:51 pm (utc) on Nov. 19, 2005]
[edit reason] No specifics or URLs, please. [/edit]


 12:27 am on Nov 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

Drupal is a great system, but the downside is it's not particularly easy to install and doesn't currently support WYSIWYG editing.

Typo3 is seriously heavy duty and very complicated.

For the requirements you've listed, your best bet would be Joomla (used to be Mambo). It's well supported, relatively easy to install, has a great range of templates and designs, though you could always make your own, and has many, many add-ons in the form of components, bots and modules which means you can do pretty much anything you want with your site, and works well on all operating systems and browsers. You already have the necessaries for it to run.

If you need any more help, sticky me.


 5:38 pm on Nov 21, 2005 (gmt 0)

go to opensourcecms.com , they have ahuge list of cms ratings and reviews, Mambo and its perent version Joomla are the most easiest and most flexible CMS out there. go to opensourcecms.com and check out all demos, Though Drupal comes out in top, Mambo and Joomla according me are better options..


 3:47 pm on Nov 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

go with MAMBO which is called now JOOMLA because I think it has the bigest community and you'll find a lot of components and modules for free


 4:16 pm on Nov 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

I started with Mambo and switched over to Drupal. One of the big selling features of Drupal (for me) was the free and easy url rewritting feature. Their taxonomy system appealed to me too. I also liked Drupal's documentation a lot better. As with any CMS there's a bit of a learning curve but Drupal just seemed more natural for me.

doesn't currently support WYSIWYG editing

It does. Take your pick of TinyMCE [drupal.org], FCKEditor [drupal.org] or HTMLArea [drupal.org].



 9:02 pm on Nov 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

Could someone tell me if Drupal has a multilanguage option or component to help you to build for example a corporate site in 2-3 international languages with a switch on the homepage?
Mambo doesn't have such option as far as I know.


 10:04 pm on Nov 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

Could someone tell me if Drupal has a multilanguage option or component to help you to build for example a corporate site in 2-3 international languages with a switch on the homepage?
Mambo doesn't have such option as far as I know.

Drupal are working on one, and Mambo did have a component which enabled languages. This is being re-written for the new Joomla version.

None of them translate "on the fly" (the online translation programs that do this often produce hilarious results anyway). The new component will enable corporate sites to support multiple languages by creating a mirror of the primary language - ie English, and every time a new article is added to the English version an email is sent to the appointed translator who will then translate the page into the appropriate language.


 9:37 am on Nov 24, 2005 (gmt 0)

I know what Mambelfish in Mambo does. What I really need would be a CMS which could organize the content by language. phpNuke has such an option: after you create a new content page you specify the language and when you swich languages on the site you can see only the content which was designated for that language.


 5:07 am on Dec 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

Drupal has multiple language support built into core with the locale module. There are many translations [drupal.org] all ready done.

What you're interested in though is the Internalization module [drupal.org]. There's a demo link.



 11:33 pm on Dec 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

what does CMS do that a WYSIWYG editor doesn't?

Why should someone use a CMS?

(just curious)



 1:42 am on Dec 24, 2005 (gmt 0)

i think drupla is better than joomla,it is more friendly for search engine ,joomla has a flash menu ,i don't like flash


 11:33 am on Dec 24, 2005 (gmt 0)

joomla has a flash menu

No it doesn't! Some (very few) sites have created a very customised menu which uses flash, but Joomla certainly doesn't offer this as standard :)


 2:01 am on Dec 27, 2005 (gmt 0)

If you do a query for "opensource demos" you'll find a website that allows you to play around with many of the opensource CMS. You can log into the admin section and play around and see if you like the layout.

I'd also suggest installing something like a WAMPP (assuming you've got a Windows box) and testing the stuff yourself. If you decide to go with Joomla or Mambo, I strongly suggest you look at SEF Advance, which is written by one of the developers and gives you search engine friendly URLs. It sells for around 32 Euro or roughly $40 US Dollars.

I use Joomla myself (1.0.5) and created my own template in about 90 minutes the first time. The next redesign / template took me about 15 minutes. If I had to guess at the direction the developers have been taking over the last two years:

1. - Producing valid XHTML (now achieved)
2. - Integration with Forums (now possible)
3. - Moving from dependence on mysql (meaning other databases will shortly be supported)
4. - Increased admin flexibility via patTemplates

If it all holds together, by June of 2006 (version 1.2), this will be a great product. Meaning it will be everything a webmaster is looking for...

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