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CMS for news portal and categorized management



5:20 pm on Feb 28, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Hi guys,
I'm on the look out for a CMS for content publishing and category management,somewhat similar to [personalized recommendations site]

It's hard to work around PHPCow script and support. So, i'm thinking of Interspire or Expresson Engine. Also any suggestions for the vBulletin publishing suite?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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2:36 pm on Mar 1, 2010 (gmt 0)

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You might want to consider Wordpress or Joomla.

There are many free themes(look and feel) and plugin(small script to performance certain function)to your website that you can choose from.

Hope this might help.


2:54 am on Mar 3, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Well, actually i was searching for the commercial ones. Any suggestions for the vBulletin suite?


7:06 pm on Mar 3, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I don't know anything about PHPCow or Interspire.

I always hear that Expression Engine is a pleasure to work with from the developer's perspective.

vBulletin touts itself as community software... but I don't know anything beyond that.

Can I ask why you're only considering commercial CMS?

I ask because, for example, my wife runs a fairly pricey commercial CMS at work (RedDot) and they still need to hire outside developers (i.e. it's not like the CMS company provides development to end users) and the pool of developers is much smaller than for something like Wordpress, Joomla or Drupal.

So in addition to over-priced specialty dev contractors, they also are saddled with a fairly pricey license.

If they had decided to build their system on Joomla or Drupal, they would be able to hire one of the best dev firms in the world, get a lot more done for less money and still have excellent support.

I am NOT, by the way, trying to talk you out of going the commercial route, and the ones that you mentioned are not that expensive, just trying to get you to think of overall cost.

Some people would say that given the low cost of the license and the ease of development with Expression Engine, that the overall cost will be lower.

And having a centralized company behind the product means a less hodge-podge release program usually.

So I'm not in any way trying to say your wrong, just curious how you came to that decision.


11:38 pm on Mar 3, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Some of the finest news CMS's, especially the commercial ones are:

Escenic's content studio
McClatchey's News CMS
AHN NewsBahn
Virgin Media's News CMS

PHPCow is really really low end. I think that you'll find that most professional news CMS systems are really designed to power complex editorial news backends and are purpose built, almost bespoke, expensive and worth every penny if you need them.


3:23 am on Mar 5, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Behind the pretty face, Joomla's core architecture is not that handy, as i need more access controls and few other tweaks. Also looking around for hacks is kinda bland.

On the open source side, I'm more inclined towards eZ Publish than Drupal for some reason or the other (for this particular case).


6:23 pm on Mar 7, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Thanks apollo23, ergophobe and eventus for your timely reply and suggestions. I've already asked a developer for the drupal part and at the same time, the commercial ones and eZ Publish are also put on the test bed. The suggested tailor made ones are also pretty neat.

If anybody else is interested, check out the topics in favor and against Drupal [webmasterworld.com ] and [webmasterworld.com ]

Will get back to you guys later, with more information of course.


5:10 pm on Mar 9, 2010 (gmt 0)

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From the threads you cite, you know that I sometimes have a love/hate with Drupal. Mostly, I think it's amazing, but as I mentioned, it's been a long time since I've really, truly put it head to head with others in a fair test.

Anyway, I really like to see info and threads here that are not about Drupal, Wordpress or Joomla, so please report back with what you find. One way or the other, it will be helpful to others in the future.

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