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What I am trying to do is to allow my client to update their current static HTML/CSS site. For example, they want to update a section of their courses page to include a new course they offer. I have been playing with Joomla and do not like it much.
I looked into LightCMS as an option. I like the idea, but don't want to sign my client up to ongoing monthly costs.
As I mentioned in my ModX Revolution First Look [webmasterworld.com] thread, I'm going on a testing binge and also looking for super simple CMS that end-users could maintain easily without help.
You don't say why you dislike Joomla, but I'm guessing it's because it's a lot more than you need and you're looking for something simpler. So with that in mind...
I'll be posting some other reviews soon.
For the meantime, WP is pretty easy.
Concrete5 is really easy. I haven't really tested it yet, but I'm afraid there isn't enough granularity in user permissions (can change sitewide blocks too easily). I'm still a little confused as to how to add and remove sitewide blocks (like navigation), but for page-by-page edits, it's one of the most straightforward I've seen.
I also have CMS Made Simple and Silverstripe in the testing queue, both of which I've heard are really straight-forward, but I haven't tried them yet.
So as I say, all of those are in my testing queue. If you feel moved to test one and review it, please do! We can divide and conquer that way.
Yes Joomla has more than I need. It is also very PHP heavy. I dislike PHP mostly just because I struggle with it. I have spent the last 12 years working wit HTML and more recently CSS as well.
I just need something that is easy for an HTML old school web designer to use. Something that will let me use my current HTML sites and transform them into CMS capable, allowing clients to change small sections within the current site.
Sorry I might be a bit of a CMS and PHP handicap.
I will take a look at a few of the options in your thread. Happy to test out a few and post basic reviews.
Ergophobe, if you have tried this CMS out, I am curious as to your thoughts on it.
Your suggestion sounds very similar to LightCMS. This what I am after for my client, but with lightCMS its free for 3 pages, then you pay a monthly hosting fee depending how many pages you have on your site. My client already has hosting for their well established site and I am trying to keep costs down for them.
Ultimately we may decide to go with this arrangement when their current hosting comes due.
Not yet, but it's on the list now. Thanks!
Over the weekend, I tried Concrete 5, Silverstripe and Joomla again. All perfectly usable and mostly very nice, but nothing to get me to give up my default choices yet. I'll try Surreal though.
So far its been really simple. Its also a great way to make regular money from what I can see, and that something that my business needs right nw to survive as I approach the 3 year mark.
[edited by: eelixduppy at 11:48 pm (utc) on Feb. 2, 2010]
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