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Best CMS for my requirements



12:17 pm on Feb 13, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Hi all,

I was thinking of starting a new site.Please suggest me which CMS to go with
Here are my requirements

1. Must be able to easy to add and edit articles as my website will cater to business news

2. Ease of use other than article management is not much of an issue as i am a quick learner and i have experience with wordpress and little experience in drupal

3. I need to allow users to guest post (Subjected to my approval though)

4. Must have rss feeds

5. Nice layout and design (Will be hiring a freelancer for working on my home page template. Just to make it a bit easy for him/her)

6. Must be SEO friendly

7. I like entrepreneur.com. How do they create that? I mean are they using any cms or custom built?

8. I wont be providing and videos other than maybe embedding them from youtube or so

9. Must possess search within website feature

10. Must be lighter on the resources. I am planning to use the grid service of mediatemple.net. they allow some 1000GPUS. Note sure though.

11.I would also like to implement adsense on my website and also give some spot for site sponsors

12.I would also provide service like business plan writing.

13.Btw is there a plugin in wordpress which allows tracking of affiliates like the affiliate's of web hosting companies?

14.Overall a news website+ my personal business

15.I may integrate a forum afterward

My maximum budget is 300$ for the design, CMS fee if any and customization.

Please suggest one


6:01 pm on Feb 13, 2009 (gmt 0)

10+ Year Member

Go with DotNetNuke (DNN)!

To answer your questions/requests...

1. point and click adding of articles
2. if you can use MS Word you can already add/delete/edit content without a learning curve (FCKEditor or plugin editor of your choice)
3. easy role based security + $50 data collection and display module
4. includes rss feeds on a module basis.. entensible to pages/site
5. DNN separates interface from function
6. URL rewrite included.. made easy with $40 module
7. see point 5.... what do you like about it? interface look and feel or rendered code when viewing source?
8. point and click embedding of youtube videos
9. come built in
10. totally depends on traffic... VPS might serve your purpose for around the $20 mark
11. point and click embedding of adsense. built in module for rotating "site sponsors"
12. irrelevant to CMS choice
13. see point 11. plenty of built in modules that track impressions and clicks
14. DNN is perfect for this
15. DNN includes a forum module.. other (better) modules available for cheap $

My maximum budget is 300$ for the design, CMS fee if any and customization.

If you're confined to a $300 budget I really don't see how any CMS setup would be a viable option. DotNetNuke is free however some of the functionality you are requesting will come at a cost of modules and time to integrate those modules. Specifically the CMS setup, URL rewriting and data collection/display functions. You will also have to customize the interface. A graphic designer will be required for this unless you are skilled in photoshop. Plus there is server maintenance, backups, mail server, DNS, ISS, etc..

I just don't see how your going to crank out anything that looks/functions professionally on such a low budget.

There was a recent thread that talked about $300 website/CMS solutions... check it out under professional webmaster business issues.


6:12 pm on Feb 13, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Wont drupal be a viable option? I mean almost all features are there in drupal too right and none of the plugins are for a price.

I am considering wordpress too

How about phpcow version 2?

My total budget is 1000$. I am planning to split it into 300$ for design, 600$ content writer fee and 100$ launch offers

I am pretty much ok with photoshop. Not an expert though


6:13 pm on Feb 13, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I would also like people to be able to create there own profile. I know drupal can do that. I just want to know if any other cms can do that. wordpress plugins any1?


8:36 pm on Feb 13, 2009 (gmt 0)

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yeah i can't help you in the linux/php/apache world and it looks like that's the path you're looking towards..

DNN can also allow your users to make their own profile.. again for the price of a cheap module...

DNN runs on windows server.


8:40 pm on Feb 13, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Reasons i did not want to go for windows

1. High costing rates
2. I have 0 knowledge in that
3. Customizations on windows products are more costly.

Anyway DNN is too much pricey. While i can get the same features and more for FREE via drupal/joomla/mambo and others DNN just charges for them. Cheap they maybe. Per plugin 40$ or so. But what if i want 10 diff features and it would lead me to 400$.


8:40 pm on Feb 13, 2009 (gmt 0)

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* sorry i didnt mean costing rates. I mean HOSTING rates


6:23 am on Feb 15, 2009 (gmt 0)

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You say you know drupal, wordpress and joomla, but for some reason don't want to use those.

For the reasons you mentioned, you don't want to use DNN.

So why aren't you just going to use drupal or joomla if, as you say, they have the features you need for free?


6:33 am on Feb 15, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I dont know joomla. I am looking for something which would be easy to design for and lighter on the resources.
What i know in drupal is just running a drupal site, installation. The thing is that i am a big 0 at designing. Wherever i ask people charge a huge premium for drupal custom themes.
Anyway i decided to go with wordpress. Gave work for a freelancer for design

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