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    'News' content management system

    Can anyone recommend a typical "news" cms thats ultra easy to install by a relative novice, whether it's cgi or whatever?
    I work on a Mac and the server platform is undecided yet.
    Thanks alot.

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    There's a PHP solution called ssNews written by Skunk (a regular on this forum) available at http://www.tfc-central.co.uk/sslinks/links.php?go=35 (Skunk also wrote ssLinks, which is the links management system you can see there - also available to download). I've only seen a demo, never used it, but it looks pretty straightforward - and if you have any problems Skunk can give you any help you'd need .

    A popular CGI solution is Newspro, available from http://www.amphibianweb.com/newspro . I've never installed Newspro, but I've used it (as a news poster on a site) and it too is easy to use.

    I don't know of any ASP solutions offhand, and I'm sure there are plenty of other options, but those two may be worth looking at.

    Hope that helps .

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    This one was recommended by Matt in the SitePoint Tribune recently:

    http://plebian.com/g/software/wsnm

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    Newspro all the way
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    Oooh ullo CrazyCrane

    I'd recommend my script ssNews or Newspro, depending on whether or not you have access to PHP and a mySQL database. Newspro is an excellent script written in Perl which does not require a database - it has a huge range of addons available and I've been using it for years without any problems.

    ssNews is my attempt at a PHP / mySQL news script. It has news comments and news categories built in (with newspro you have to customise the script with addons to get these facilities) and I'm planning to integrate it with a range of other scripts. If you have a mySQL database it's slightly easier to install than Newspro.

    Newspro: www.amphibianweb.com/newspro/
    ssNews: http://simon.incutio.com/

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    Greymatter? I use it at www.10der.org my personal site, and it's pretty customizable.

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    Zope!!

    Actually, I don't know I would recommend this to somebody who needs something super-easy. In my experience it starts out easy and rapidly becomes reeaaal complex....

    On the bright side, it's an "enterprise-level" CMS that costs zip. And it was originally designed for news sites.
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    Zope's very cool (I've been playing with it recently and it looks like a superb system) but you need root access to your web server in order to install it, and it's really overkill if you just want a simple news system. It's worth checking out if you want a funky CMS though.

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    where can I get Zope?
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    I suggest thatware.

    It's very customizable and it has a lot of promise. There's a lot of other PHP CMSes (among others)... phpwebsite, phpnuke, etc...

    I suggest looking at different sites such as HotScripts, SourceForge, and Scripts.com.

    I have also used greymatter, but it's geared more to the weblogging community, I think. The ones I mentioned above are PHP/MySQL based, but they allow you to create topic areas, which is one feature that greymatter does not have at this point.

    Those are just the sites and CMSes I'm aware of- I'm sure there are many, many others.
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    You can download zope from www.zope.org - you will probably need the windows executable (unless you have a linux box lying around). Once you've installed it you will need to learn how to use it - the best thing for this is the Zope book which is available for free download on the Zope site - also make sure you go through the Zope tutorial.


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