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Dreamweaver, Joomla, etc. to manage multiple sites

Creating a family of sites; trying to decide on infrastructure

4:00 pm on Sep 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I'm creating a small family of sites (main page templates being designed as we speak) and wondering if I should have them implemented in Joomla (or other CMS) or whether Dreamweaver would be sufficient to manage the sites going forward. Here are the basics:

- 5-6 sites total

- 15-20 static pages each, larger number of dynamic ones (they're directory sites of schools/degree programs)

- I may add a new page of content to each one every few weeks

- no social media (blogs, forums, etc.) planned at present

- the dynamic pages are relatively simple (lists of schools & individual school pages, generated out of a MySQL database based either on a ZIP code being entered into a search box, or based on a link being clicked on the page - i.e. show me all X schools)

- going to need dynamically generated forms to collect visitor info (dynamically generated meaning that each school has its own unique set of fields it wants filled out, so the form essentially has to be built separately for each school, on the fly when a visitor requests information about that school) - apart from that, I would like to be able to edit form components (fields, labels, etc.) easily and frequently to facilitate a lot of A/B testing

- same with other site elements - plan on doing a lot of A/B testing and not just of landing pages

Any thoughts from the group?....

Thanks in advance,

8:27 am on Oct 14, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Definitely use a CMS with multiple site manager. Dreamweaver is a very powerful editing tool, great for markup, CSS and code development, but cannot run the sites in the way you describe. A connection to a database and server to deliver the dynamic content is needed, which by the sounds of things you already have, so porting that info to a CMS wouldn't be a giant leap. Even 'static' page content should be run through a CMS in my opinion so changes can be made from anywhere, without the need for FTP + code editor.

The question is, can an off-the-shelf product cope with your planned page type and structure?