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I am looking for a open source free ware CMS software and so far after researching on the Google, I found 2 that were pretty impressive, Mambo and Drupal.
Has nyone any good and bad experiences with the CMS, i cant go for an shareware due to financial limitations. . .Is there any other software I have missed out?
My requirements are little, I am planning a online resources, mainly tutorials, reviews, articles and the stuff...I should be able to update the site without hassles and fast. I have a paid hosting account with php mysql and all that stuff.
Please advice on the steps I should take for implementing my reqs.. . .
AnEnd [Its my name, lol]
"All good things come to AnEnd"
I'd go for WordPress, and tart it up with a nice theme, adsense plugin google analytics plug in chikita Mall ads comment spam plug in and spend a little time studying how to set 'er up so that the page titles, post titles, and descriptions automatically act in SEO-friendly ways.
In fact, that's what I've done already in 3 niche's. And I'm reasonably happy with the results.
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[edited by: engine at 9:51 pm (utc) on Nov. 19, 2005]
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Typo3 is seriously heavy duty and very complicated.
For the requirements you've listed, your best bet would be Joomla (used to be Mambo). It's well supported, relatively easy to install, has a great range of templates and designs, though you could always make your own, and has many, many add-ons in the form of components, bots and modules which means you can do pretty much anything you want with your site, and works well on all operating systems and browsers. You already have the necessaries for it to run.
If you need any more help, sticky me.
doesn't currently support WYSIWYG editing
Could someone tell me if Drupal has a multilanguage option or component to help you to build for example a corporate site in 2-3 international languages with a switch on the homepage?
Mambo doesn't have such option as far as I know.
Drupal are working on one, and Mambo did have a component which enabled languages. This is being re-written for the new Joomla version.
None of them translate "on the fly" (the online translation programs that do this often produce hilarious results anyway). The new component will enable corporate sites to support multiple languages by creating a mirror of the primary language - ie English, and every time a new article is added to the English version an email is sent to the appointed translator who will then translate the page into the appropriate language.
I'd also suggest installing something like a WAMPP (assuming you've got a Windows box) and testing the stuff yourself. If you decide to go with Joomla or Mambo, I strongly suggest you look at SEF Advance, which is written by one of the developers and gives you search engine friendly URLs. It sells for around 32 Euro or roughly $40 US Dollars.
I use Joomla myself (1.0.5) and created my own template in about 90 minutes the first time. The next redesign / template took me about 15 minutes. If I had to guess at the direction the developers have been taking over the last two years:
1. - Producing valid XHTML (now achieved)
2. - Integration with Forums (now possible)
3. - Moving from dependence on mysql (meaning other databases will shortly be supported)
4. - Increased admin flexibility via patTemplates
If it all holds together, by June of 2006 (version 1.2), this will be a great product. Meaning it will be everything a webmaster is looking for...