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Re: [school-discuss] CMS input requested..
I'm trying to evaluate CMS for a few applications.
The first being a simpler more inclusive way a managing a small community web
site. Second a more inclusive adaptable way of managing some of the
education based sites I manage.
I have tried drupal - it appears to have a large number of features, wide use,
which assumes it is stalbe and reliable.
BUT - the documentation is very fragmented.
For example. For the community web I wanted to set up a simple menu
structure, linking to 10 or so different "pages" and provide other
registered users the ability to change and add content to select pages. This
is what drupal is supposed to excel at, but after more than a week of reading
the online documentation and playing around I wasn't able to figure how to do
this. I decided to look at other solutions simply because I was running out
If anyone has examples of very good documentation outside of the drupal site
please let us know. I am aware that there are a couple of books out. I may
be have to purchase a book - but that really goes against the spirit.
Joomla looks easier to manage than drupal. Joomla requires that any content
updated/submitted be first aproved by an "administrator/publisher" and the
location of the content is determined by the administrator/publisher. There
appears to be a very good third party community building module available for
joomla - it can be installed at no cost - but there is a fee for its
documentation, which really limits what can be done with it, unless one has
vast amounts of free time.
I'm playing with tikiwiki and twiki now. Twiki is interesting in that it does
not use a database, uses perl and rcs. Its focus is more of a collaboration
tool than a cms.
The biggest issue I've come across is that lots of CMS solutions while they
may be very sophisticated and have extensive capabilites, most have very poor
documentation. This makes it difficult to take advantage of the features.
I have had a very difficult time finding a CMS with adequate documentation. I
would recommend trying any of them out in a non-critical situation before
committing to any particular cms.
On Wednesday 12 July 2006 8:53 pm, Justin Riddiough wrote:
> I had thought the direction to go was with Joomla! as I'd found it a
> pretty flexible system to work with. Given recent news that their
> lead developer has moved on to other projects and they are
> reorganizing, I think the CMS is something to spend a little more time
> looking at.
> It looks like another good CMS out there is drupal, and I'd put them
> on near equal footing as far as capabilities. If they are both still
> active projects down the road, which would offer more customizations
> and open components that would be customized (if needed) and
> integrated into the website? I haven't spent much time with drupal
> yet, but it would be worth learning it if it is the better choice.
> Any thoughts?
Gordon J. Holtslander / Dept of Biology
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phone (306) 966-4433 / University of Saskatchewan
fax (306) 966-4461 / Saskatoon, SK S7N 5E2