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    Help me choose a content management system

    I am very new to the CMS world....I understand what they are, but haven't tried any of them.

    I want to start a website that would be primarily a photo gallery site, and with a forum as a secondary purpose. So a CMS that integrates these 2 features is key.

    Also, I would prefer to have one that is pretty popular, so I know that it isn't going to just disappear overnight. There are so many to choose from, and I have no idea which ones are the "big players" and which ones are fly-by-nights.

    Other nice features would be a clean design and statistics, but this isn't mandatory.

    Thanks in advance.

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    There are many threads like this...

    Popular are Joomla or Mambo, Xoops, e107, Drupal, TextPattern, Xaraya, Etomite, WebsiteBaker, Typo3, ExponentCMS, PHP-Fusion, etc., to name a few.

    Useful sites to help you compare CMSs and choose the right one are or

    You have also a few gallery-scripts, such as Gallery Menalto, Coppermine, etc. but also as component or plug-in integrated with the most CMSs.

    Good luck in finding the right one.
    Life is too short for 56k!

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    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Oklahoma City, OK
    I would try out great cms we use on one of our sites. Does take a little to get it the way you want but after that it works flawlessly.

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    i would go on joomla,
    very flexible
    Motti Horesh
    affordable and reliable web hosting and web design

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    For a simple clean website you could try Wordpress, I know primarily it is for blogging but can be customised into a website pretty simply.

    Otherwise I have heard great things about Joomla (the new improved Mambo).

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    ExpressionEngine is very nice. The core version is free, however if you want stuff like photo gallery and forum they are extra.

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    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    A really nice system I have been playing with is
    It's remotely hosted and not free but its so easy to get great results - has blogs, forums, galleries, you name it


  8. #8
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    East Texas


    Well, now that everyone has thrown out their opinions, you, nicedream need to answer some questions for us. The answers to these questions will help guide you to the right choices for you. At least this will narrow down the choices a little.

    How well do you speak php? Do you know the php language at all? If the answer is NO, then stay away from dragonfly, phpnuke, and a few of the others that were listed. Why you might ask? These CMS's use a php theme. In other words the CMS colors and layout are contolled by PHP instead of html.

    How well do you speak HTML? If you speak fluent html, then look at MDPro and Postnuke (I prefer MDPro).

    To change the width and colors of the columns in an html based theme, its as easy as editing an html file.

    I have tried several cms's - phpnuke, postnuke, drupal, mdpro and dragonfly - just to name a few.

    After I installed some of these cms's, I learned how hard it was going to be to edit php based themes - as I do not speak php.

    The question you asked was a tricky one, as the answer will be in the skills of the person using the CMS.

    So my question to you - do you know php, mysql, sql or html languages? Build off of what you already know, then go from there.

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    Gotta go with ~kev~ on this one. If you want to use a CMS and then add on things like a gallery and forum you'd better have some knowledge of HTML, PHP, MySQL, and CSS. The problem with the integration of something like a CMS, forum, and gallery is mainly upgrading. You'll need to make sure that the update works, doesn't break one of the pieces, and the bridge isn't affected. Unless you never upgrade...

    Personally I use Joomla and I've done quite of bit of integration and customization work for folks. And while I have been able to turn maintenance of content over to the customer, they leave the upgrades, patches, enhancements up to me.

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