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    Which, if any, CMS is suitable for me?

    I wonder if someone could give me a bit of advice.

    Skill/knowledge background: A bit of HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP and Oracle.

    My current site: subjective-effect.co.uk

    What I'd like to be able to do:

    Build a website that can be managed from anywhere, not just my home machine with Notepad++ and Filezilla. I suppose I want a CMS but I've tried Wordpress and it's too restrictive. I tried Drupal and it's too complex for what I need.

    I'd also like to be able to use a database for some content - to display items or products. And I'd like to be able to add a payment system for users, Paypal would be my preferred system.


    Can anyone suggest a simple but flexible CMS that would be suitable for this? I want to be able to easily move elements around and add my own CSS styling. My host (Fasthosts) has the following on-click installs but I don't want to have to play with them all to find out how suitable they are. None of them may be the best thing. I have PHP5 and mySQL options.

    Blogs

    WordPress
    Chyrp CMS
    b2evolution
    Textpattern
    NucleusCMS
    Geeklog

    Client Management

    SugarCRM
    Feng
    Front Accounting
    vtigerCRM

    Content Management

    Joomla
    ocPortal
    Drupal
    MODx
    e107
    XOOPS
    PHP-Nuke
    phpwcms

    eCommerce

    ShopSite
    PrestaShop
    OSCommerce
    Zen Cart
    OpenCart
    TomatoCart


    I just don't know anything about these (except Wordpress and Drupal) so I was wondering if anyone could offer me some sage advice?

    Thanks.
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    Of the ones listed there, I recommend MODx. It's a really nice CMS, easy to work with, and very clean (you write all your own HTML and CSS without interference). Another good one is ExpressionEngine, but it's a paid one.

    Either of these makes it easy to incorporate PayPal buttons, or any other kind of cart system you may want.

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    Thanks for the reply ralph. I'll have look at that tomorrow.

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    I'm sad to report that the MODx install at my hosts doesn't work. It appears to but I cannot log in. I've uninstalled and re-installed twice. Same problem.

    I've emailed the support team.

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    Really, I would always avoid those auto installs anyway. It's quite easy to install a CMS yourself, and then you have a better idea of what's going on. (You'll need to update the software from time to time, so it's better to do it yourself, and to have a local copy for backup etc.). If you check out the MODx site, they have step by step instructions for installing it yourself.

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    Look this solution: http://www.webiny.com/features/ ?
    CMS
    Hosting
    e-commerce
    everything you need

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    I think PrestaShop will suite you perfect. Easy to manage and apply custom css styles. Though Magento is popular and better than PrestaShop, Magento is little complex compared to PrestaShop.


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