Recommend a CMS April 15, 2001 8:00 PM   Subscribe

Can you recommend a content management system? I'm thinking of starting a small, somewhat commercial site in a similar sense to mefi with a focus on football talk
posted by owillis to General Weblog-Related at 8:00 PM (4 comments total)

For a slashdot-style site, both slashcode and Squishdot appear to work well. Squishdot requires Zope. Both are open-source and free.

If you want a simple solution with minimal software involvement on your part, a combination of Blogger and BlogVoices might serve your needs.

A Manila-based site would also fit the discussion weblog bill. You can get free Manila blogs from Userland or from other providers. You can use fancy tools like Radio Userland to edit these sites or just a plain browser interface. If you want to go all out in the Manila world, you can buy Frontier, the system Manila is built on.

Conversant is another Frontier-based web CMS with discussion forums, etc. I believe you can get free sites from them as well.

If you want to get really hardcore, you can join Cam's cms-list (also check out the (outdated) summary of CMS products on that page), or better yet, write your own, using PHP, Cold Fusion, ASP, Perl, Zope, or whatever.

Is that enough to get started? :)
posted by daveadams at 3:14 PM on April 16, 2001

Ben Brown was touting a discussion board product recently in a MetaTalk thread, here's a link to it.
posted by lagado at 5:36 PM on April 16, 2001

Thanks for the info dave.

Was thinking of using discuss, but license fee was $500 from mr. brown. So I rolled along with blogger/blogvoices.
posted by owillis at 1:04 AM on April 17, 2001

I used to read camworld for info on this. He has a chart somewhere. (whoops, that was referred to above)

Basically, according to Philip Greenspun, you are better off rolling your own at some point. I have gotten frustrated with limitations of [insert system here] and am just going to begin the long process of trying to do something within linux using mysql and php and blah blah blah.

I just want a way for our office staff to update pages on a regular basis, and be able to change the site using templates. And discussion boards and chat. All integrated. And XML everything. And free. And easy to install.

For simple discussion boards, I really, really like

posted by mecran01 at 12:24 PM on April 18, 2001

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