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Content Management System (CMS) – Dynamic Websites

opiemarket asked 1 year ago
Hi everyone,

For a couple of our sites we are looking to implement some elements of a Content Management System (CMS). We haved ripped out Mambo before as it was way too limiting. All of our sites today are basically static with scripts and server side includes…but the management of them is getting crazy.

Does anyone know of a good “off the shelf” system that they are using and can show me an example?

Secondly, if this is not possible, we are going to build out a custom CMS with an admin system for management that can manage multiple sites. If you have anyone that is skilled at building out a CMS or dynamic websites please shoot me with their contact details.

Thanks,
Jamie

7 Answers
TOG answered 1 year ago
Being an avid user of SHTML, I would really like to put some ease of control into the sites.(less HTML coding) But not give up flexabilty and without adding any ? or & in the URL’s of our page.

opiemarket answered 1 year ago
Thanks JR…Let’s keep this thread updated if you get any information. I have my feelers out with a few people and developers.

Jamie

Wager2winUK answered 1 year ago
opiemarket wrote:
Hi everyone,

For a couple of our sites we are looking to implement some elements of a Content Management System (CMS). We haved ripped out Mambo before as it was way too limiting. All of our sites today are basically static with scripts and server side includes…but the management of them is getting crazy.

Does anyone know of a good “off the shelf” system that they are using and can show me an example?

I’m currently using Nukephp for xxxhttp://www.wager2win.co.uk
To get around the non friendly URL’s you can implement Google Tap which makes the URL crawl friendly.

Though with any php driven script imo you need at least a basis understadning on php, otherwise adding even the simplest of mods can be a real pain.

If your looking for just a bare bones CMS, I’d start looking over at xxxhttp://www.hotscripts.com if what your looking for is around you’ll find it there.

Other than that as you said go down the custom built path.

If you require a custom built CMS drop me a pm I know a guy who can put something together for you.

Cheers

opiemarket answered 1 year ago
Hi,

Thanks for the update, we have looked over everything on Hotscripts (basic stuff), not impressed with many of the opensource CMS systems (mainly because of their limitations). Many of the opensource as you mentioned have a work around for the dynamic properties but as you mentioned they can be clunky and require some skillset in house in order to maintain.

Have also checked out a bunch of proprietary CMS systems and even commissed a guy to give us a complete report. The problem with many of the off-the-shelf CMS systems was they were designed in Coldfusion (don’t ask me why) and required that we get the design and hosting through their company. For sure that is not what we are looking for.

Some of the ASP hosted CMS applications are attractive but they don’t have many modules and you are stuck to what is provided. So for example, if you wanted to install a recip. link script you can’t as you don’t have access to install scripts into their dbase system.

Still searching…may have to just bite the bullet and design one internally, I was hoping not to go that way.

Still very interested in seeing what everyone is using, and if we do go the way of custom design I will keep everyone posted.

Jamie

Wager2winUK answered 1 year ago
Looks like you’ve got a definate plan to what your looking for. I’ll admit that a very high % of cms scripts are designed for a certain market. Beats me why. I’d say your best bet is going custom, least this way your getting what you want. I’d suggest still using php though <span title=” title=”” class=”bbcode_smiley” />

btw got your pm and replied.

Cheers

opiemarket answered 1 year ago
Thanks for the input much appreciated…I’ll get back to you with a PM with the specs as requested. Got to catch up on some stuff.

Jamie

tryme1 answered 1 year ago
OK, OpieMarket, here’s the CMS system that may very well do what you want it to do: It’s called BigMedium and it’s at : http://www.globalmoxie.com/ .

It can manage multiple site, has search engine friendly URLs built in, it’s as solid and customizable as you’re going to get. Talk to the nice developers and they’ll sort you out with what you want.