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4 Best Content Management Systems

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7:13 pm on May 10, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I have tried 22 different CMS's in the past 6 years. I have narrowed down the absolute best of the best to these 4.

Enterprise level - Dont attempt to play with these unless you are an experienced webmaster/coder. You can build some of the most powerful sites on the internet with them, but you need to know what you are doing.

The 2 most powerful open source cms's out there are: Krang and Bricolage.

Bricolage powers sites like Entertainment Tonight, The World Health Organization, The Ad Council, MacWorld, MacCentral, and PlaylistMag.


Another beautiful site made with it: http://www.grist.org/

Bricolage can be found here: http://www.bricolage.cc/

Krang is simply amazing as well. Powering sites like New York Magazine (New York Metro), Motortrend, and Import Tuner Magazine. Krand is also used to power all 220 websites in the PriMedia Corporation portfolio of news and magazine websites.


Krang can be found here: http://krang.sourceforge.net/

Commercial and Portal Sites:

For commercial sites I only use CivicSpace. Its the same cms Mozilla.org and SpreadFireFox.com use to power their sites. For ease of use and stunning array of tools, its absolutely perfect. Also it is an absolute dream for SEO minded builders.

CivicSpace can be found here: http://civicspacelabs.org/home/

For portals I recommend nothing besides CPG-Nuke's newest creation called DragonFly. DragonFly easily blows away Mambo, Xoops, Typo3, PHP-Nuke, Siteframe, Drupal, Geeklog, PostNuke, ezPublish and Movable Type combined.

DragonFly's main benefits:

- disgunstingly fast and simple to use, create, and setup
- uses less then half the bandwidth then most of the CMS's I listed above.
- Took 2 of the best open source projects online (PHPBB and Coppermine Gallery) and fully integrated them into the core of the basic DragonFly install.
- the most SEO friendly CMS I have ever used. Puts Mambo and all the others to shame as far as SEO goes.

CPG-NUKE DragonFly is found here: http://www.cpgnuke.com/

Obviously though, these are just my opinions.


8:05 pm on May 10, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for list, I'm getting ready to start testing some of these myself, good to have some feedback.

The coppermine integration on dragonfly is a little worrying, coppermine has had some pretty big security issues, some hosters won't even allow it to be installed.


9:04 pm on May 10, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for that post.

You mentioned dragonfly had great SEO, but I don't see it.

When I click on a news story I get:


That doesn't seem like good SEO to me.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying your wrong. I would just like to hear more about how dragonfly has good SEO.


1:52 am on May 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

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As far as URL's go it is one of the best out there. Other then the = sign, the url's it creates are without any sybols that would take away from SEO effots.

What I like about it is how easily its parsed by engines and how well page rank carries to internal pages.

Also add in the dynamic titles, desc tags, and keyword tags that change from page to page to match the content. Also add in the pages are very very light on javascript and other things that may possibly take away from SEO.


9:10 am on May 21, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Are DragonFly support content syndication through RSS?

is it possible to give some example sites, which built with DragonFly...


5:19 pm on May 21, 2005 (gmt 0)

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for SEOs, don't pages rank better if the keywords are included in the filename?


8:27 pm on May 21, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I tried drupal (related to civicspace) and was very unimpressed.

It has some nice features, but site navigation is just silly. Drupal core doesn't even come with a menu navigation, meaning I have to rely on a module for a core function of the site. (navigation).

I don't understand all these CMSs out there, none seem to be designed for publishers.

Here is what I want in a CORE distribution. I have been burned badly by relying on external add-ons, both ones I have paid for and not paid for.

1) Ability to seperate types of content: articles, news, blogs, and pages.
2) Article ratings and comments
3) Powerful user permission system
4) Search engine friendly links
5) Pagation of Articles and Categories
6) Feature important content on the frontpage
7) Multiple articles per category / multiple categories per article
8) Content searching
9) RSS syndication feeds for articles, news and blogs
10) Works in all popular, modern browsers
11) Browsing Friendly (meaning people can browse around the site fluidly.. something drupal sucks at).
12) Good Templating Systen (strong seperation between core and display).

These are what VISITORS want... and I want my visitors to get it. Thats cool you can run multiple sites off one install, but that doesn't earn me any more adsense does it?

Back when I was using Mambo it was incredibly obvious the designers hadn't ever ran a content site. They had many updates, but the basic layout was so unfriendly to the users. It seemed to me that the developers wanted to do "something cool" instead of "something useful".

I did end up finding a good CMS, although it isn't free (which actually helps against comment spam since way way less people use it) but I earned the money back within a month.

I'm not going to name it hear, but it is basically a clone of sitepoint's CMS (on the frontend).


11:45 am on Jun 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Are there any content management systems that can dynamically interlink articles that have the same qualities. Such as: developer, manufacturer, etc?


7:30 pm on Jun 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Are there any content management systems that can dynamically interlink articles that have the same qualities. Such as: developer, manufacturer, etc?

I wouldn't know from experience if there's a CMS like that out there or not, but from what little I know about databases and scripting it would be trivial for a programmer writing a CMS to add such a feature. Many CMS's have add-ons; you might ask around at the forums of some of the more popular and active systems.

But one feature this made me think of would be a little more complex . . . a CMS that would spider its articles and automatically link related articles together, similar to Google's "Related" feature. That would be incredibly cool; does anyone know of a system that offers anything like this?


8:50 pm on Jun 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Yeah I see what you mean, sort of like how vbulletin has related threads option at the bottom of posts. That would be an interesting and helpful tool on a CMS.

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