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7:35 am on Nov 5, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I currenty work for an English school in China and we have been using Google Sites to distribute language resources (mp3s, pdfs, etc) to students. Unfortunately the Chinese government has decided to block Google Sites and so our site is no longer accessable in China.

Does anyone know of a simple cms that can provide pages similar to the File Cabinet pagetype on Google sites?

Basicly it needs to to be really simple for teachers to upload files and for students to download them.

Any ideas would be greatfully recieved.

11:59 am on Nov 5, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Try Drupal it will be easy for students and teachers to create pages and upload files.
5:39 pm on Nov 5, 2009 (gmt 0)

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One thing about Drupal is it is dead easy to create, say, hundreds of student blogs or blogs for each teacher and so on, all running under one domain. At it's roots, it was designed to connect university students to each other (it's progressed a long ways since then, though)

Another option might be WordpressMU as well.

Head on over to OpensourceCMS and you can test drive dozens of CMS and see which ones meet your needs. The only issue with that is that Drupal tries to keep required core modules to a minimum, so you don't get a sense of what it's like with more of them (in partcular file manager ones) flipped on.

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Ergophobe,
Sorry to ask such a newbie question but is OpensourceCMS a website or another part of webmasterworld?

Thanks

6:22 pm on Nov 6, 2009 (gmt 0)

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No problem Dan. And Welcome to WebmasterWorld!

It's another site. A sort "try before you install" deal.

[php.opensourcecms.com...]

Also CMSMatrix gives a feature grid for CMS

As for WebmasterWorld, this is kind of dated at this point, but it's not a bad orientation to WebmasterWorld
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