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    Which open-source CMS???

    Hi there

    We have been asked to advise on finding a CMS for a community driven website.

    The requirements of the CMS would be:
    • it has specific search capabilities for a carpooling section
    • it has specific search capabilities for categorising businesses in their respective areas
    • the administration interface is easy to navigate and understand
    • that it will have up to 10 administrators
    • it runs at a good speed

    This is what we have so far to research:
    Joomla
    Drupal (we have used this a few times)
    Wordpress (have heard it's more for blogging)
    Mojo Portal (is asp.net)
    Elephant.
    Does anyone have any notion as to what CMS would make a good choice for the above list requirements?
    Your assistance would be appreciated. Thanks.

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    Mazel tov! bronze trophy kohoutek's Avatar
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    Well, Drupal's admin interface is not the most intuitive. It is, however, a good CMS and a good choice for what you're looking to do. Wordpress is also a good choice. There are plenty of plugins that allow you to extend and customize your search criteria, so I'd say Wordpress is a good choice as well. The admin interface is quite good.

    Other CMSes you might want to play with to see whether they're to your liking are typo3 (very high learning curve though, but immensely powerful) and ExpressionEngine (not Open Source, however).

    I'd say all four CMSes I've listed can do what you want them to do. There are many more options, but those are the ones I like and use.
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    SitePoint Addict Feliciaf's Avatar
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    Thanks very much for your feedback. This helps very much.

    One wee question: Wordpress is more of a blogging tool, do you think that this will limit the requirements?

    Cheers
    Last edited by Feliciaf; May 29, 2009 at 17:25.

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    WordPress is developed as a content site (and mainly blogging) tool, but it's flexibilty lets it run almost anything. there's nothing that a custom plugin or two won't solve.
    Take a look at this community site. It's running WordPress.

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    Feliciaf,

    almost every software application comes with limitations. Most CMSes do not have every functionality out of the box, so you'll always have to resort to either plugins/add-ons or customisation in one form or another. I'd say that WordPress is pretty flexible and probably sufficient for the tasks you have listed. No matter which off-the-shelf CMS you choose,
    it'd require modifications of some sort.
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