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    Unhappy Best Open Source PHP/MySQL CMS Application

    Hi All,
    I've read a ton of the posts on the various Open Source CMS apps available and I still can't quite make a decision. I was hoping you all could make some suggestions based on what I am looking for.

    1. Article Management
    2. Mailing List Management
    3. Tips
    4. Polls/Surveys

    We run large community site and I have looked at ezpublish and the various nukes. Any suggestions?

    Thanks,

    John
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    umm, well, u could look CMSs at www.hotscripts.com,... u'll find the one that matches your requirement... they've got many CMS's listed there... theres also a thread of a no. of CMSs in the Scripts section here... theres a list of 'em there/.... have a look there.. that'll help !

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    Hey ruchir,
    Yeah, I've done a ton of research here and at the various script source sites. However, I still can't make up my mind on which one to use.

    I'm really leaning towards ezPublish http://www.ez.no but I have heard mixed reviews.

    Any thoughts?

    Thanks,

    John
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    Quote Originally Posted by SmellTheCoffee
    Hey ruchir,
    Yeah, I've done a ton of research here and at the various script source sites. However, I still can't make up my mind on which one to use.

    I'm really leaning towards ezPublish http://www.ez.no but I have heard mixed reviews.

    John
    Hey John, I see we're still in the same boat here. I've been looking for ages myself, and just when I think I'm ready to settle, I change my mind again!

    I initially tried ezPublish last fall (version 2.whatever I think) and had trouble with it so I abandoned it in search of something else. I've looked at the nukes and while I think phpNuke is great, I find Postnuke to be packed with features with many more modules available. I still haven't figured out the best thing to use to create static pages within Postnuke (I don't want everything on the site to have to be in the form of an article!) but I know there are some workarounds and I'm still looking for the best one. My only other problem with PN is that it's possible, but I don't think too easy to create URL's that will get spidered by Google and others to index the content. That I see as the biggest flaw with most of the CMS's that I've come across.

    I know were talking open source here, but have you looked at http://www.interactivetools.com/prod...rticlemanager/ ?
    If I had a few $$ to spend I'd give them some serious consideration.

    Hope this helps some John, and if I find something I really really like, I'll be sure to let you know.

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    Hi Steve,
    Thanks for the feedback. Yeah, this has to be one of the hardest decisions to make for a portal. There are a ton of options but none fit the bill specifically.

    Although I really want to use something as a core app I might just end up having something developed from scratch. I really only need simple features that work so it might be more productive to do it that way. I'll let you know what I find.

    Thanks again for the comments. Sincerely appreciated!

    John
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    Take a look at Drupal.
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    Hmm. Very interesting. I'll check that out.

    Thanks,

    John
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    You can try the different CMS yourself at http://www.opensourcecms.com/

    -Helge

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    I like where Xaraya (http://www.xaraya.com) is headed. It's still in beta, but it's shaping up nicely. It's the bulk of the core dev team that forked PostNuke away from PHP-Nuke

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    Thanks all,
    I'm also looking at http://www.phpbbhacks.com There seems to be quite a few CMS hacks and a few other features I want to add to our site. Thanks for the feedback everyone!

    Thanks,

    John
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    I am using eZpublish 2.2x at audiomelody.com and have found it quite easy to use and install. Just don't test on Windows first, then move to *nix, as Microsoft screws up table names (Capitals) in MySQL.

    The support isn't great, although if you use their Wiki it explains and sorts most problems!

    Cheers

    Tim


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