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    Wordpress 3.0 - has the the multiblog feature

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    Thanks, I was checking it out today and actually found a site that uses WP to do something similar with a newspaper.

    I guess I need to DL it then check how difficult it is to incorporate my own php code / plugin building. I was also looking at ModX which seems to be very powerful as a CMS framework, but so far found the documentation lacking.
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    Hmm, I installed WP 3 with a parent site and two child sites. The problem that I see is that there is not a way to pull recent articles (or calendar events) from all of the child sites and list them in the main content of the parent.

    Checked the WP forums and a few other people noticed this too. Seems the above feature would be the actual purpose of a multisite setup with a parent and child sites (in most but not all cases).
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    Hey holmescreek,
    I have similar kind of requirement and we've got some project which requires multi-site/multi-lingual/multi-user support and I've explored many CMS but no luck.

    Now we've start building our own CMS using ASP.NET MVC framework. If you're interested just PM me then I'll share some of the features.

    Btw I've tired WP MU as well. Actually it generates new tables when you create new site so you can't really pull the info together. Actually you can but you've to write some nested query and joins.

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    Thanks for the info haseeb. I'm not really impressed with WP anyways, the template code looks really messy. Joomla seems like it would be easier for an end-user updating a site anyways.

    Have you looked at Modx? It is a php cms framework. I've written a ton of back-end cms systems and was just looking at something to speed up the process. I may just go with code igniter and build my own back-end using a php framework this time around.

    thanks
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    Visual appearance of Modx is attractive but lacks the features which I was looking for. Anyways it helps me to create our system visually appealing I took the decision to develop our own after immense research.

    We're developing kind of system which offers multilingual support with Replication of English language contents. Whatever you're uploading suppose to be in three language whether its any page or module (Poll, Gallery, News, etc).

    Many CMS offers multilingual support but you've to publish for every language separately. But in our scenario we're offering user to publish in one go.

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    I've looked into doing this sort of thing and would be apt to go with Drupal because it is well equipped for doing multilingual and multi-site.

    From what I have researched with Drupal, you would do a single install of the code, shared modules, etc... and then you would create a new database for each sub site. Apparently you can have a single database for the main and sub sites but that doesn't sound like a good idea to me.

    Regardless of what technology or whether you build from scratch or use a package like Drupal, Joomla, WP, Modx, as your foundation, it's going to require some significant time for R&D.
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    Quote Originally Posted by haseeb View Post
    Never heard of this CMS before. will definitely give a try.

    Are u one of the team member/contributor of this CMS
    Not a team member, but I do contribute anyway I can in the opensource community. The software works great and was just what I needed for friends and family who need web sites. I just find it to be such a pain in having to update multiple web sites and their core backend software..with the subsites module, this is not the case.

    If you try it out, I'm curious as to what your thoughts are.
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    Quote Originally Posted by awasson View Post
    I've looked into doing this sort of thing and would be apt to go with Drupal because it is well equipped for doing multilingual and multi-site.

    From what I have researched with Drupal, you would do a single install of the code, shared modules, etc... and then you would create a new database for each sub site. Apparently you can have a single database for the main and sub sites but that doesn't sound like a good idea to me.

    Regardless of what technology or whether you build from scratch or use a package like Drupal, Joomla, WP, Modx, as your foundation, it's going to require some significant time for R&D.
    With SilverStripe CMS, the subsites module updates the existing DB w/ support of having multiple web site instances while sharing all of the existing modules functionality. If I were to create a Gallery on one web site (subsite), it would have no effect on another web site (subsite).. Very convenient especially when each web site appears to be independent, when in reality it's on the same DB using the same code. The only thing that keeps them apart in the code is their individual template files..
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    Yes that sounds very similar to the approach I was describing. Keep it as simple as possible and share as much as you can
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    Hi,

    If you want to do some powerlifiting, think about our product, Jentla, which sits on top of Joomla. It is designed for largescale multisite implementations.

    Cheers,

    Damian


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