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    Good Basic CMS

    In my years as a web developer I've had many clients say, "Can you build me a site then make it so it's easy for me to update it?" Usually, I find though that when it comes time for them to update it that they still ask me to make a change. I tend to do most of my stuff in HomeSite where I work in the raw HTML but am wondering if there's any good, simple, low-cost or free CMS's out there that would be good for me to work with while still allowing a client to make a change. I have a client now who really may be able to make simple changes on his own and his site would really only have about 10-15 pages on it.

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    Try WordPress. Yes it was originally developed for blogging, but it makes an excellent CMS. And unlike most products that call themselves a CMS, it's a much simpler piece of software, without loads of features a 10-15 page site will never need.

    You design the page templates, and let them edit the content through the WordPress backend.

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    First, I totally agree with Dan in that Wordpress is superior and best valued. But if you'd like to investigate alternatives try these:

    MoveableType - http://www.movabletype.org/
    ExpressionEngine - http://www.expressionengine.com/
    Drupal - http://www.drupal.org/
    TextPattern - http://www.textpattern.com/
    Joomla - http://www.joomla.org/
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    Wordpress is amazingly powerful!

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    i've used xoops, phpnuke, mambo now joomla, wordpress, serendipity and others...so far wordpress and joomla are the best.
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    I have used MT and WP in the past but am now beginning to use ExpressionEngine - very powerful.


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