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    CMS Recommendation

    I'm looking for a good CMS. I've been searching all day and can't seem to find one that I like.

    (1) Simple for anyone to edit / maintain
    (2) If it's a hosted solution, must have reseller/white label option
    (3) Events Calendar
    (4) Permissions for editors
    (5) Easy form builder
    (6) I don't want something bulky like joomla
    (7) Simple Blogging Feature
    (8) SEO friendly
    (9) Secure Areas

    Some that look good to me so far:
    http://www.cmsmadesimple.org/
    http://goodbarry.com/
    http://www.skybluecanvas.com

    Goodbarry looks the best to me, but it's so expensive. Anything else out there like it?

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    There are a ton of supposed alternatives. It is odd that you have not been able to find one which supports these requirements. Have you checked the CMS Matrix?

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    Contact allheadlinenews.com and ask them for their mini-publisher. it's free i think.

    you will need a calendar but it does everything else.

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    How about Expression Engine ?

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    Or WebsiteBaker - I love it!

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    Woah! Goodbarry is VERY expensive... and seems to involve their own hosting packages as well?

    I'm drifting between Wordpress, Joomla, EE, and SMF (for our forum). I'm after ease of use, (no need to know php), "point and click" and maybe even.... if at all possible.... complete integration into Dreamweaver. (I'm new to web design and if comparing web design to learning to speak a foreign language, I can "understand the language" but need Dreamweaver to help me spell in it. )

    Anything that integrates nicely with DW? I hear DW has a Wordpress plug-in for about $60 but I'm not sure if that's CS4.

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    Here is an interesting blog article on selecting a CMS:

    http://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2009...the-right-cms/
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    Have you looked at drupal/aquia?

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    I used Joomla - it's great

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    Quote Originally Posted by asmith1 View Post
    Have you looked at drupal/aquia?
    Is Drupal/aquia different to Drupal?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eclipse now View Post
    Is Drupal/aquia different to Drupal?

    Eclipse now, take a look a this thread:
    Acquia vs Drupal: http://www.sitepoint.com/forums/showthread.php?t=594548
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    Quote Originally Posted by koubanater View Post
    (6) I don't want something bulky like joomla
    Joomla is bulky? May be to you.
    But i'm a big fan of Joomla and i've developed about 15 sites with it for me and for my clients as well.

    And i assume, as you know Joomla, therefore, you also may know that all your requirements are easily be done with Joomla.

    But choice is yours. Best luck.

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    What do you make of this review?

    Avoid Joomla

    Joomla is evil. That’s all there is too it. The only way to get the functionality you would ever really need beyond basic content management is to pay large sums of money for commercial modules. The community is huge in the worst possible way. There are a million modules for one problem and it is near impossible to find the right one.

    The interface is deplorable. None of the methods of content management make any sense, and it is obviously not meant to be user friendly considering the top dollar training offered for the system. If there were ever a CMS to avoid, this would be it.

    That’s the end of the list. If you know to avoid Joomla! you’ll know how to avoid anything else that might hinder your experience creating and managing a website. Whew! There! Joomla!

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    My be you are right about the point that there is some commercial components/modules. Friend, today right now Joomla announcing "Serving 4527 extensions to the community" and may be 10% - 20% of these extensions are Commercial, not most of it.
    And for most functionality, you will get an option to get GPL [non-commercial] Licensed extension. I've build my site with Joomla, you can visit http://bbamba.info where used several component/modules for extending the core functionality. These are:
    1. SEO [FREE]
    2. Download management [FREE]
    3. Meta management [FREE]
    4. User management [A community builder Known as CB] [FREE]
    5. Private messaging system [FREE]
    6. Tag cloud [FREE]
    7. Form management [FREE]
    8. Guest book [FREE]
    and few more...
    and planning to add
    9. Forum [FREE]

    So I dont think so that it is a problem for me.
    You choose your option.......

    And there is a lots of alternatives, is this problem to you? Its not problem to me!!!

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    I would suggest joomla. Does the job and easy to manage and expand your website. Its not bulky. Its a great CMS/framework.

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    I would recommend joomla. It's open source and easy to use. There is a huge user community and you can download diffferent add ons...etc...very easy to use and install. Also have lots of different templates to use...
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    Quote Originally Posted by sergeo_syd View Post
    How about Expression Engine ?
    We use EE on a very large website. I think it works alright, there are some decent plugins from it... from the developer's perspective, I hate it. Apparently v2.0 is quite a bit more developer-friendly.

    Depending on your usage and ultimate goal, EE may be good... and if it fits, then I recommend it.
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    It all depends who will be using this CMS. If you need something simple for your clients then Joomla or Wordpress is not the best solution.
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    I beg to differ as Wordpress has Wordpress TV. I told a friend recently to trial wordpress.com's free hosting and showed them the TV site. They just sat, drank a cup of tea, watched a few movies, and slowly got it.

    Rather than getting clients to read endless manuals, Wordpress TV makes it VERY user friendly. What other CMS has such a great and growing set of free video tutorials?

    I mean, just check out their intro to the iphone!

    http://wordpress.tv/2009/03/24/intro...for-iphone-12/

    http://wordpress.tv/category/how-to/

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    Quote Originally Posted by koubanater View Post
    I'm looking for a good CMS. I've been searching all day and can't seem to find one that I like.

    (1) Simple for anyone to edit / maintain
    (2) If it's a hosted solution, must have reseller/white label option
    (3) Events Calendar
    (4) Permissions for editors
    (5) Easy form builder
    (6) I don't want something bulky like joomla
    (7) Simple Blogging Feature
    (8) SEO friendly
    (9) Secure Areas

    Some that look good to me so far:
    http://www.cmsmadesimple.org/
    http://goodbarry.com/
    http://www.skybluecanvas.com

    Goodbarry looks the best to me, but it's so expensive. Anything else out there like it?
    You're right, Goodbarry is expensive. $39 p.m. could be better spent towards your hosting account, quick and fast servers maybe, then implement Drupal or Joomla (never used Joomla) and Bob's your uncle.

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    Joomla and drupal ,that's great .

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    Yet I'll say again, Wordpress has the TV!

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    hi, I used Joomla for my website http://pharmaexpress.net. It is good, easy to administer. Try it

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    Is wordpress considered a CMS?
    I am also looking for a good CMS

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    Wordpress was once just for blogging, but is now evolving into a CMS with a more user-friendly interface for your client AND a fantastic set of tutorial videos to help your client learn to use it.

    Wordpress rocks, and like most CMS's is growing all the time, but the difference is the user-friendly interface and ease of operation... from what I can tell anyway.


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