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    Question Custom CMS? - Guide to writing one

    Hello,

    I want to create just a basic CMS which I can expand on later.

    Are there any good tutorials on how I should go about this?

    I appreciate anyone's input.

    Thanks,

    John

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    are you trying to create something very unique compared to the already existing ones?

    Joomla is one of the famous open source CMS, i would suggest reading document section of joomla to get more ideas
    http://docs.joomla.org/

    why dont you consider few CMS system out there, see whether you can find something suite for your requirements. Probably you may able to create some plugins or modification to existing CMS systems to make it work for your projects.

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    Thanks Iphy.

    I just want a basic text editing CMS. I think Joomla might be a little too much, especially when I roll this out to clients.

    Can you recommend one? I looked in the script and cms thread but I was a little thrown off because of the amount to choose from.

    Thanks!

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    Are your clients all in the same business?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cups View Post
    Are your clients all in the same business?
    No, but for all my clients there will only be text that I want them to update. Nothing more.

    Later on I would like it if they could add videos etc, but for now just text.

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    Then (re)use an existing cms if I were you, unless you like learning.

    Go to opensourcecms.com click on PHP, click on "lite" (LH menu) find a couple that fit your specification, check they are still maintained (if they are hosted on sourceforge.net this can be checked), check they are PHP5 only (if you are on PHP5) check the licences, download them, have a play.

    Choose one, or raid it for ideas.

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    Drupal is probably overkill for what you want, but in my opinions its one of the best open-source CMS's you can use.

    I doubt you will find many decent guides to building your own cms, as they can vary considerably. At best you'll likely find a tutorial that teaches you how to do a basic CRUD setup for pages.


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