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Corporate CMS to run on one host and integrate with another

4:11 pm on Dec 18, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I am looking for a good CMS fit for a corporate environment. I would like to run the CMS off a different host site from the existing site and just incorporate the CMS content in an existing site layout. I have poked around and concrete5 looks good, but really don't want to waste time trying things out. I need the CMS to handle calendars, feed information, knowledge base style content and general CMS that basic end users can update.

I am fairly competent in PHP so I think that is the best option with MySQL.

Any recommendations on this front?

[edited by: ergophobe at 2:40 pm (utc) on Jan. 12, 2010]

2:45 pm on Jan 12, 2010 (gmt 0)

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This doesn't seem like that unique a situation.

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Joomla would do everything asked for in the original post.
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I have been looking at Joomla, but am not seeing any information on how others are integrating it into another site. In other words, I do not want to use Joomla to control the whole site, as it normally does, but to integrate into other content
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I think this depends on what you mean by integrate. If you are talking about design (look and feel) then you can skin the CMS to match the rest of your site and just link back and forth as appropriate so it becomes a single site to the user. How easy that will be depends on how the rest of your site is laid out. Colours are usually pretty easy to match so long as you are using web safe colors. Matching static layouts especially those based on tables can be tricky at times but if you are good with CSS as well as PHP, you should be fine.

If you are suggesting that the CMS be used to create content and then that content is exported to a static website for publication, then thats a different story. I can't help you there but perhaps someone else can.

3:11 pm on Feb 3, 2010 (gmt 0)

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@mqcarpenter - what do you mean by integrate? Is there a compelling reason NOT to convert the entire site?

If you are comfortable with PHP, then I would definitely advocate Joomla. For me personally, I originally came from Corporate America, so my strength/knowledge are in Microsoft-based platforms, so I utilize DotNetNuke.

When deciding on a CMS platform, my recommendation is to:
- find out how long the CMS has been around
- take a look at how large the programming community is
- how extensive the third-party market is for the modules of a particular CMS system - if there are 1000s of third-party modules/add-ons available, it's a good sign that the CMS will be around in few years.