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CMS VS Scripts ?

 12:37 am on Feb 10, 2010 (gmt 0)

Hi all,

I was looking through a few scripts which this website offers. And the installation seems easy. That made me think why would someone use a script when you can build the same thing with a CMS.

Then I actually purchased one, and preferred it over CMS. It's well designed, does the thing I was looking for and took less than a day to have a site up and running.

Just wanted to hear what others have to say about their experience.


brotherhood of LAN

 5:47 am on Feb 16, 2010 (gmt 0)

A few years back there was only one choice, your own home rolled scripts.

People have collaborated to make CMS's that have all the bells and whistles, and are well known to hosting providers to the extent they auto-install them. CMS's have the benefit of having a community of people who know how they work.

On the other hand, if an exploit arises, they have to be patched, because of spiders looking to take advantage of the exploit en masse, e.g. comment spam.

The main advantages of 'custom made' scripts is that they tend to be faster and have less code, and aren't exploited in the way lots of websites can be using the same software.

This topic has been discussed a few times which you can find on your favourite search engine... including Google [google.ca]

There's a number of interesting points to be taken from the discussion, but IMHO nowadays most people can just plump for a CMS.

Case in point, WebmasterWorld required a search engine as the number of threads here grew exponentially into the hundreds of thousands. They aren't easy to make, so using search engines is a good alternative. "Why re-invent the wheel?"

It sounds like the script you have bought/downloaded is working for your needs, so IMO the only drawback you may have in future is if you have to ask a question about it and there isn't much of a community or other users who can share their ideas about it.


 5:22 pm on Feb 16, 2010 (gmt 0)

thanks for your feedback. Yes, so far it works fine. and since I am building a website for a friend I rather deliver him a site using a script rather than a CMS like Drupal where you constantly have to update the modules and ...


 12:06 am on Mar 2, 2010 (gmt 0)

What do you mean "a script rather than a CMS"?

In general, "scripting" means using an interpreted language, rather than a compiled one. So by most normal definitions, all the PHP-based CMS *are* scripts (so worpdress, drupal, joomla, expression engine, etc).

So I don't understand what you mean by "script versus CMS".


 9:17 pm on Mar 2, 2010 (gmt 0)

I meant a script or software that a company would sell for a specific purpose. No need to add modules or themes. You simply upload, then install similar to the forum scripts. But in my case, I was talking about a script/software that acts like Facebook (a social network software)


 2:11 am on Mar 3, 2010 (gmt 0)

Ahh... got it.

In general, something "general" will have more overhead and cruft, but a larger user base (which has plusses - more rapid fixes - and minuses - more likely to have ready-made scripts designed to probe for security holes).

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