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Should I be giving up on CMS?

I have become frustrated by Wordpress recently & looking for a solution

     
3:54 pm on Jul 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Last year I really started getting into Wordpress, I thought it was a great solution to build sites instantly. Then, over time I started getting curious and began slightly editing existing templates which never really worked for me as I wanted to make them my own and had rather limited knowledge. So I tried building my own over and over again but just wasn't getting it right and gave up.

Now I have stopped seeking Wordpress as my solution and I'm building some great looking sites with CSS. Problem is, I just can't seem to get my head around how it all fits together LOL. I tried Joomla and that was worse for me...

So I was wondering, are there any (free) solutions out there that would simply allow me to build a site as normal and then perhaps enable certain aspects to become editable through some sort of online CMS? I hope I'm making sense here. I don't want to work with MYSQL or download/upload software, I simply want to be able to create a page with PHP and somehow login, click on parts of that specific page and edit the text or image - that's it.

Any ideas or recommendations? I would sit down and try learn but I have no time due to other commitments.

Hope someone can advise me,

Thanks

4:05 pm on July 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Hi Welcome to WebmasterWorld

I would suggest you to try Drupal for your work , i guess it would be fine for you to work out.

Good Luck

4:12 pm on July 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Thanks - how much easier is Drupal to manage though? I thought it was the same as Wordpress in terms of building themes?

Would it be simple enough to take a site I have now and easily plugin Drupal?

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Try CMS Made Simple. The templates are built with HTML and CSS.
9:32 pm on July 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

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While their all unique in their own positive right, I would just love something simpler still.

For example on the content of my homepage, I could just specify a section that I can just edit on the screen (like a wiki).

I'm probably just being lazy LOL

Thanks

5:30 am on July 20, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Have you had a look at Concrete5?

It's not for me, but it might be for you. I find it confusing because you can change things on one page and they don't necessarily propagate to other pages, but that sounds like you would see that as a plus. You *must* watch the how-to videos before getting started though (or at least I had to), because it's a totally different model than Wordpress or Drupal in terms of editing pages.

It might at least be worth watching the vids and see if it looks right to you.

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Have a look at NanoCMS- touted as the world's smallest CMS. It creates static html pages, but includes a php editor and includes for content and sidebars.
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I just tried installing Concrete5 locally on my Mac using MAMP. Never had a problem installing Wordpress locally but I keep getting the following error with Concrete5

Fatal error: Allowed memory size of 8388608 bytes exhausted (tried to allocate 1380 bytes) in /Applications/MAMP/htdocs/concrete/concrete/libraries/loader.php on line 45

Any clues?

@laertes - I'll have a look at NanoCMS now

Thanks

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In your php.ini file you'll have to bump up the available memory that php can use.

It should look like this -
memory_limit = 16M;

Try 32M or 64M.

5:35 pm on July 20, 2009 (gmt 0)

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thanks @BradleyT but in fact I have just found the solution I've been searching for (I think).

I needed something that did not consist of MYSQL etc on my server but just something that you could place a class in sections of your site and then login to edit.

I've just found CushyCMS of which I had looked at in the past when I was into my Wordpress and laughed it off. But in fact, this is the solution I've been crying for.

I've just done a test on my site and I basically just add class="cushycms" into a div or similar and that's it. I then log into my account and I can edit that section of my site through CushyCMS.

I'm so happy with that... unless someone knows of any flaws with this company that I should know about? LOL.

Thanks for all your help

6:07 pm on July 20, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Here's a look at some of the pros and cons in a discussion from last year:

Cushy CMS - Is it too light? [webmasterworld.com]

The consensus seems to be that it may have uses, but for most webmasters, it is indeed too light.

 

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