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    Choosing a CMS

    Hi,

    We're comparing CMS products and trying to work out the key features of some of the popular choices out is surprisingly difficult.

    Can anyone help enlighten as to which products (Joomla, Drupal etc) have the following features:-

    1. Versioning - all edits and publishes are versioned, so you can roll back to an earlier version at any time
    2. Staging - all changes can be viewed on a stage version of your site, before being released to your live website
    3. Multi-user - if someone is editing something, it is locked, so other user can't make edits clobbering your changes
    4. Flexible database support - so you can add fields or new tables of content at any time, without having to cut code or change the admin. For example, you could just add a table called Events, define the fields you want and then start editing and publishing events (assuming you also had a template built to present them).

    Strangely enough, most sites don't seem to have a comprehensive feature list ticking or otherwise these kinds of basic features.

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    Have you looked into Wordpress its a VERY powerful CMS and its free. You can also look into http://www.interspire.com they have a great CMS but its not free.

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    I would also recommend Wordpress.
    From the features you are looking for, WP has for sure 1 and 2. I guess it has 4 because it has so many different plugins available. I don’t know how it’s with your 3rd feature.
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    Wordpress, drupal or joomla. They are the best.

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    Joomla is very easy to learn, use and customize. Drupal has a steep learning curve but it is very powerful.
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    I don't think Joomla has the versioning feature.. It does not has the locking the current article if someone is editing.. at least not without any plugins.

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    ExpressionEngine is worth looking at...

    1. Versioning - all edits and publishes are versioned, so you can roll back to an earlier version at any time

    Yes, you can keep as many versions as you like

    2. Staging - all changes can be viewed on a stage version of your site, before being released to your live website

    Yes, you can assign one or more "live look" templates so you can preview any item of content before making live

    3. Multi-user - if someone is editing something, it is locked, so other user can't make edits clobbering your changes

    Yes

    4. Flexible database support - so you can add fields or new tables of content at any time, without having to cut code or change the admin.

    Whatever you do or create in EE gets written to the DB automatically so no need to touch the DB directly.

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    Does anyone have an opinion on Ektron for a enterprise CMS?


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