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1) The site is almost entirely static. (No blogging, forumns, etc.)
2) The client wants a form of navigation that I haven't come across in the sample sites I've looked at for Joomla:
a) A top-navigation of the major categories
b) A side-navigation (for the major category currently being viewed) that is collapsable and can work with documents grouped / nested up to at least 4 or 5 levels deep. (To me, this is kind of like a Windows file-explorer tree.)
3) Ability to develop the site on my WAMP (or similar) system on my PC and later upload the whole thing to the live server. (This is not as high a priority, but I'm working with an Internet connection that has a high latency, so working on it on my computer while I'm converting the hundreds of existing static pages would be a great benefit.)
4) I need a CMS that will be fairly easy for other novices unfamiliar with HTML, etc., to edit new static content.
5) I want to use one of the leading open-source CMSs if possible.
I tried looking on cmsmatrix.com, but it didn't appear that their info answers these questions.
I'm new on this forum, and perhaps someone else has already discussed this question.
Thanks for your help.
[edited by: ergophobe at 8:05 pm (utc) on Mar. 12, 2009]
[edit reason] No personal URLs please [/edit]
1. Then you'll want serious caching. In drupal, that would be the Boost module probably.
2. You would do this with the DHTML Menu module for drupal.
3. No problem. You just transfer the files and DB and you're done. I always develop locally. If you want to really test it, set your Windows host file to resolve the example.com domain to localhost (you won't be able to access the real domain until you change the host file back).
4. Mmmm... This is *not* really drupal's strong suit, but if you set up the menus and add in the WYSIWYG module, it should be good. That said, I just tested default installs of about eight CMS in in most cases, it took me forever to figure out how to add a new page. By default, Drupal is better than most in that respect. Still not quite the simplicity of Wordpress.
fairly easy for other novices
leading open-source CMS