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We desire a way to allow each department to alter the content of their pages w/out changing the layout. There should be a user who reviews and “approves” changes before they go live. Ideally, little to no HTML knowledge will be required. A blog and internal forum would also be nice. In time, we’d like to incorporate several in-house web applications within the CMS, providing one location for staff/faculty to login and reach whatever they need.
The biggest concerns we have at the moment are cost (current budget means it HAS to be free), ease of use, support for ~2000 users, documentation, and additional modules/plug-ins that support it.
I’d like to get feedback on which CMS you prefer, and if you’ve ever used one in a school setting. Changing to a LAMP environment is an option, though I’d be interested in ASP.NET solutions as well. Drupal and Joomla have been tossed around as options, but I'm curious what else might be out there.
If there’s any more information that I can post to help out, let me know. Thanks!
You may have to adjust the default permissions to get this. Try going to CMSMatrix.org and doing some comparisons. Just for kicks I compared CMS Made Simple, DotNetNuke, Drupal, e107, Joomla, ModX, Moveable Type and Plone.
Honestly, I expected all of them would meet your requirements, but at least according to the listing there you can't do granular privileges with Joomla and CMS Made Simple.
All the others and many many more should be able to handle the situation you mention.