Mambo Server CMS

I have previously talked about content management systems in Open Sourcery. However, not many of the systems have gotten me that excited over the years — and I have evaluated dozens of them, both paid and open source.

Recently I have started experimenting with Mambo Server, and the first thing to ramp up my interest was its flawless execution using Safari on OS X. While much of what I do in everyday life revolves around open source, my primary systems are Macs running OS X, as are the systems of many of my peers.

The feature set comes close to matching that of the latest Contribute (version 3) release from Macromedia save for the fact it is browser based, where Contribute can connect over multiple protocols. Mambo’s feature set includes important functions such as:

  • Document management for non-HTML files
  • Media management for multimedia and images
  • Content scheduling to control when items go live and expire
  • A hierarchical user system, allowing for tiers of users with tiers of rights
  • Optional content rating of pages

While the site suggests they are aiming at the small web site operator, there are features that should also attract some larger sites. Banner ad management is straightforward, tools are included to use search engine friendly url’s, and add-ons such as LDAP integration and extended user profiles add value.

Mambo appears to have a strong team of developers, supporters and users — important for those looking to power a commercial site with this CMS. What I like most about Mambo is its avoidance of being another portal solution. Once installed, one can move right to editing or creating their own templates, and get content delivered quickly.

I’d be interested in hearing feedback from those who have tried Mambo or use it in production.

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  • nucleuz

    Tried mambo a bit on OSX as well, and it worked excellent in my test of the program ( don’t have any live sites with it, just got a habit of testing a lot of CMS )

    One thing that is interesting is the plan for Mambo 5.0: http://www.mamboserver.com/The_News/Latest_News/5.0_status/
    XML-RPC is initially being implemented so that multiple sites can be remotely administered from a single location. This basically means that installations of 5.0 will involve installing the frontend on remote webservers and then installing the administration (Codename RAMBO

  • stingrey

    For more info on the the aims for Mambo 5.0 read the official roadmap here:
    http://mosdoc.mamboserver.com/wakka.php?wakka=Road_Map&v=hk1

    Also some of the smaller items slated for 5.0 have been pushed forward to 4.6

  • Chris Hunter

    I’ve actually installed Mambo for a couple of clients and have quite a bit of experience with it. As far as content management systems go, it actually works very very well. However, it’s fallen on the job for one very important reason. There is no way to give permissions to certain sections to only certain users.

    Now keep in mind that all I’ve installed has been Mambo 4.5. I think that version 5 is supposed to change the permissions problem. But if you have a very limited amount of people that need to update content, or if you don’t mind that an editor has editing permissions on any page, then I definitely recommend Mambo.

  • kuntek

    I don’t know much abouth PHP (I’m more into .NET) but I was very pleased that I have discovered Mambo. I instaled it on Win Server with IIS and MySQL and it is working great. I also maneged to make my custom tamplete in a very short time.
    If you are interesting in free CMS than you have to try Mambo and give it a chance to convince you with its futures.

  • norman

    I have set-up mambo on a couple of larger sites and it really does scale nicely. I have people with all sorts of systems posting content. The really nice feature about Mambo is its expandability. Not only is there an API, but adding functionality into a site running Mambo is a breeze. I have seen CMS systems that are selling in the range of $5,000 and up with only 1/4 of the functionality of Mambo

  • K. Lehman

    Mambo ROCKS! I have also tried many CMS, and nothing comes close… PERIOD!

  • Kellen Weissenbach

    I have utilized mambo for roughly a dozen sites now, and I have been very pleased with it. I am looking forward to version 5. 4.5 is a great package, but the planned enhancements in version 5 are enough to make your mouth water! :-)

  • Martin

    The reason Mambo is seaid to be for small sites is that the Developer and Corprate Edition of it cost money and theyd rather you go with them the the open source version, paid version available at: http://www.miro.com.au

  • Adil Ansari

    Mamboserver is by far the greatest CMS i have seen and it’s really exciting when you find out it’s OPEN-SOURCE! it has everything, and btw you CAN put permissions for specific users etc on the website very easily, it has it’s own password and username option. Very good, and i recommen it to everyone with their own website. It’s easy to use and simple, but sooo very effective!!!!!! check it out!!!!! NOW!!!!!!!

  • Nathan Slaughter

    I’m using MOS to build a personal site. It’s very straightforward and there’s a strong community. I see it as a great solution for corporate intranets – partly because it’s so easy to manage.

  • http://www.amberfly.com petebarr

    It’s not bad considering it’s free but you have to spend a fair bit of time on it trying to make it not look like every other Mambo site out there. Basically a Blog on steriods.

    I’ll be a lot more excited about it once it has a more advanced templating system. Even the new template feature in 4.5.1 isn’t that fantastic and I’ve found several draw backs in it.

    Shall definately keep my eye on it for future developments.

  • Micheas

    The Mambo Wiki gives directions on how to add access controls. It is hard coded in a php file. Ugly and not at all intuitive, but it has the abilities. 5.0 is suppossed to have a better front end.

    4.5 seems to be a lot better than 4.5.1 for mulitlingual sites. This seems to be a case of one step back to go two steps forward.

  • Marc @ WebbForce

    For anyone ,like ‘petebarr’, who’s afraid of creating a mambo look-a-like : check my first version of http://www.emmabrass.nl (fine tuning stil in progress :-) ) it’s totally (almost tableless) CSS driven, so accessible and very easy to change. Just use the right methods and standards. And Yes! Mambo rocks and is getting better every day!

  • Rainer Eschen

    There are still few commercial, mission-critical sites using it, because we miss a strong multilingual core and a fine-grained user management in the front-end. We’ve published a case study for those interested in using Mambo 4.5 commercially: http://www.webetiser.de/mambo If you’re looking for better multilingual support besides MambelFish have a look at the Fishermamb’s project: http://fishermambs.mamboforge.net

  • Darrin

    I have used several packages for my personal and small scale commercial sites including MT, several Nuke variants, and even solutions such as VBPortal and Invision. Mambo does suffer from the same problem all programs that publish content do, its difficult to differentiate one site from another. Having said that. it was a simple process to make customizations in Mambo (especially compared to the Nuke stuff), and I like the look of the product. Is it ready for e-commerce or large scale sites? Probably not, but it dues scale well for personal to small/medium sites and adding pages and managing content is a breeze compared to compariable products.

    -Darrin
    dlhawe.com

  • zaid

    has any one compiled a step by step installation of mambo server on Mac OS X ?

  • mallik

    Can anyone please send me the documentaion about how to setup Mambo on IIS 5.0.

  • mallik

    Hi Phil
    I am using the latest Mambo Version with MY SQL 4.2 and PHP installer.
    I saw your article on how to setup Mambo CMS on IIS
    http://forum.mamboserver.com/showthread.php?t=4570&highlight=IIS+host

    I was succesfull till getting to this http://localhost/mambo/installation/install1.php point, but
    after typing the relavant details. It doesn’t display the
    http://localhost/mambo/installation/install2.php the wabpage is blank. I tried everying to figure out why
    its not displaying the step 2. Any idea or suggestions from you will be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks In Advance.
    mallikb@3rdmill.com.au

  • http://www.practicalapplications.net bwarrene

    [QUOTE=mallik]Hi Phil
    I am using the latest Mambo Version with MY SQL 4.2 and PHP installer.
    I saw your article on how to setup Mambo CMS on IIS
    http://forum.mamboserver.com/showthread.php?t=4570&highlight=IIS+host

    I was succesfull till getting to this http://localhost/mambo/installation/install1.php point, but
    after typing the relavant details. It doesn’t display the
    http://localhost/mambo/installation/install2.php the wabpage is blank. I tried everying to figure out why
    its not displaying the step 2. Any idea or suggestions from you will be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks In Advance.
    mallikb@3rdmill.com.au[/QUOTE]

    Hey there – this link may help you out

    http://www.mamboportal.gr/index.php?option=com_remository&Itemid=40&func=fileinfo&parent=category&filecatid=54

  • gaffy

    Mambo is an excellent CMS!!! I’ve used it on a few projects. What you can think you can almost always make Mambo do… if you put some decent thought into it.

  • webcoder

    Great tool…great CMS. I will love to know if anyone has experienced using it under heavy traffic/mission-critical sites?
    Looking forward to advise. Will it sustain huge traffic load (any facts/figures)?
    Regards
    WC

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  • manish

    i have install mambo on my pc but in body its show only 3 posting and then show end>
    i want for posting on body
    plz help me
    on mu id
    mcamanish@rediffmail.com

  • keithdennis

    …/install2.php is Blank!

    Followed the link…

    http://www.mamboportal.gr/index.php?option=com_remository&Itemid=40&func=fileinfo&parent=category&filecatid=54

    …but it’s all in foreign! Any suggestions?

    Mambo working fine on Apache, even when running alongside IIS, but I can’t get Mambo running on IIS!

    I have installed PHP for IIS but get blank page at index2.php.

  • eliasan

    You are right. The correct link to the ‘Installing Mambo on Windows’ guide (using, PHP, MySQL and IIS) is: http://www.mamboportal.gr/portal/index.php?option=com_remository&Itemid=8&func=selectcat&cat=9

  • Ram

    mambo is powerful Content Management System :-)

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