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A Compilation Of Cms's W/ Their Ups And Downs.

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Here's the alphabetized list of CMS and some of their perks and faults. Feel free to post your thoughts on any of the CMS'

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[b]AJ-Fork[/b] is your solution if you don't want to pay for a license to Cute News but you really like the CMS. It is what it's name says, a fork. It has more features than Cute News but is based off of the same code as Cute News. You have all of the abilities that you had in Cute News and then some. The only real downside besides the lack of a static page feature is that the options menu is rearranged from the menu in cute news which can cause some confusion if you have installations of both on websites that you update a considerable amount. Flatfile.
[i]No Demo Available, See Cute News[/i] - [url="http://sourceforge.net/projects/ajfork"]AJ Fork on SourceForge[/url]


[b]Cute News [/b]was developed by Cute PHP. How you can make lines of code cute, I don't understand but it's a very nice CMS. It's a news/blogging CMS but it's theming options are completely limitless. However, if you're looking for the ability to develope single pages without dynamic content this is not going to be your best solution. There is also a not-so-cute link back to Cute PHP that you must keep there unless you purchase a license. Flatfile.
[url="http://opensourcecms.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2131"]Demo @ OpenSourceCMS[/url] - [url="http://www.cutephp.com"]Official Site[/url]

[b]Expression Engine[/b] was recommended by various people to me and I've tested it, however I wouldn't recommend it for someone who just wants to set something up and immediately get to work because the first time you use it it tends to be a little confusing. I am using it for my personal portfolio so it is powerful enough however if you have the money I would recommend that you just get the basic paid version. I believe it's a personal license.
[url="http://expressionengine.com/sales/try"]Demo @ Official Site[/url] - [url="http://expressionengine.com/"]Official Site[/url]


[b]PHP Fusion[/b] is a CMS that I originally used for a skateboard filming website with a friend of mine (who really did most of the work, I didn't do hardly anything). It has a good user system and it's got plenty of features for you to manage multiple different types of sections. There's the news, articles, photos, downloads, forums. It's a very nice CMS. Not easy to theme but if you take some time and patience it can be done. MySQL required.
[url="http://opensourcecms.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=464"]Demo @ OpenSourceCMS[/url] - [url="http://php-fusion.co.uk/news.php"]Official Site[/url]


[b]PHP Nuke[/b] is an old one, sort of. Of course over the years it has been altered and changed but for the most part it has stayed as what it was when I first used it a few years back. It's a powerful CMS but dull in comparison to some of the newer content management systems. It has forums integrated as well as article and news systems. Sadly, it''s a bitch to style. It is database driven via MySQL.
[url="http://opensourcecms.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=131"]Demo @ OpenSourceCMS[/url] - [url="http://phpnuke.org/"]Official Site[/url]


[b]Wordpress[/b] is an incredibly popular blogging content management system more popular than Joomla I believe but it's focus is a blogging website and while you can use it to completely operate almost any type of basic website the back end will always feel like you're writing for a blog. Wordpress is not that bad to theme in my opinion. I've done it a few times, however my themes were static so I'm not worthy of asking for advice. Wordpress is driven via a MySQL database and it's very powerful especially now that the tagging feature was implemented.
[b]Feb 07 2009[/b] Many plugins allow you to use Wordpress as an ecommerce website too. It has become my first choice for a CMS.
[url="http://opensourcecms.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2143"]Demo @ OpenSourceCMS[/url] - [url="http://www.wordpress.org"]Official Website[/url]


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I've never used a paid CMS so please submit some.

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FusionPHP :lol:

Coding your own is always the best, but not the easiest, of course. If you want a CMS that isn't bloated and slow, take the time and code your own, write it using templates and OOP and you'll be able to easily customize it for each site you make, and in the end, it'll be worth the hours and hours of coding that it took.

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I'm making my own right now for the first time. it's been very frustrating at times, figuring out PHP and MySQL for the first time. But it's awesome when you figure something out and it all comes together and works.

But like Colin said, it's nice to make something that fits exactly to what you need.

Cool reviews though, it can definitely help some people out.

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Yeah, I'm aiming to get back into PHP and make my own again but for now, I figure this is useful for people that don't know how, or just don't want to put all of the time into it. So if you anyone has more to add to the list, that would be sick. I'd like this to be a good resource for people.

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this seems like a pretty decent blog script

[url="http://www.movabletype.org"]http://www.movabletype.org[/url]

havent tested it yet cuz installation is kind of a bitch

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Yeah I've heard of moveable type before, I might have used it too, not sure.

EDIT: Just added more info to the existing reviews

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[b]EZpublish[/b] -http://ez.no/ezpublish

havent used this one yet, but it looks real good so far even... just check out the demo, doesnt look like something from 1998

[url="http://now.ezpublish.no/"]http://now.ezpublish.no/[/url]

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[quote name='blank88' post='2172193' date='Feb 8 2008, 03:42 PM'][b]EZpublish[/b] -http://ez.no/ezpublish

havent used this one yet, but it looks real good so far even... just check out the demo, doesnt look like something from 1998

[url="http://now.ezpublish.no/"]http://now.ezpublish.no/[/url][/quote]

I'm digging it. Maybe I'll try it out for a project.

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I now use [url="http://expressionengine.com/"]Expression Engine[/url] for everything. Love it.

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[quote name='nikovision' post='2172740' date='Feb 8 2008, 09:21 PM']I now use [url="http://expressionengine.com/"]Expression Engine[/url] for everything. Love it.[/quote]

Core or paid?

How complicated is it to theme?

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The free version. Its very simple, you set up things called templates in which you just enter your html / css and all that stuff and then you can make custom fields and stuff. Its really nice because it combines all your updatable content to one simple place. Like you have control of all the blogs from one place.

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Well, I don't use it for Nikovision yet because I built Nikovision using the AJ Fork CMS, so I haven't had a chance to change it. I plan on using it on a new redmoon I'm working on and I use it on all my client sites as it is easiest for them to use and understand in my opinion.

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Could you post some of your clients sites so some of us could see the practicality of the CMS? I've also been looking for something to use for clients.

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[url="http://more-skateboards.com/"]http://more-skateboards.com/[/url]

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It just takes some tutorial reading and after that its pretty easy.

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I'll keep messing with it.

I'll post some reviews on TextPattern, ExpressionEngine, PHPizabi, ELGG and a few more ASAP.

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how come this was unpinned earlier?

ill look into expression engine and some others more tomorrow, ive got nothing to do for my 3 day weekend. thank you missouri weather :blink:

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I've been thinking about trying to put together one main pinned resource thread with links to a bunch of different useful topics and then just other FAQ/resource type stuff... if I can get some time eventually I'll probably do that and then unpin most of the currently pinned threads, sort of merging them with the big one.

I don't know, for me I like the idea of having something like that as opposed to a bunch of pinned threads... but if other people think it wouldn't be as useful then that's fine.

Anyway, I think you started a good thread here so it deserves to be pinned!

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[quote name='Collin R' post='2235409' date='Mar 10 2008, 11:49 PM']do all cms's require MySQL?[/quote]

Like Erik said, some of them store the "database information" in a text file, these type of news management/content management systems are called flat-file. One thing that sucks about them, cute-news isn't developed anymore, or so I hear, and I'm not sure about AJ-Fork, but I built a few websites off of those two cms's and both were hacked, so I don't trust the security on them any more.

I've been doing a lot with Drupal lately, just messing around seeing how powerful it is, and there is a TON you can do with it. Template integration is pretty easy. I recommend it...so far.

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