I was just wondering about choosing the perfect CMS. Appending to CMS Matrix (cmsmatrix.org/matrix/cms-matrix?func=viewRatingDetails)
ELGG is currently on top. The thing that really counts in my case is security, good managment and easiness of customizing the graphic interface. So i would like to ask the community here, what's your opinion (since it would be my first CMS so far)? Also anyone know any good shared hosting offers with ELGG inside? Thanks.
P.S Or maybe mostly i'm obliged to install any CMS-of-choice on my web-account? Or this quite depends on the vendor?
Even though it is more of a blog, www.textpattern.com is the best CMS I have ever seen... It allows for very easy skinning, and is very customizable.
TextPattern seems pretty interesting... I am going to add it to my 5 page list of things to do/try... I have the hardest time finishing projects, I always move on to something else and come back to it later
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There are no security issues with Joomla - As long as you keep it up-to-date (as one should with all software) your good to go - When you say you saw some defaced Joomla site that is more than probably due to some badly made third party plugin installed on the site (or of course a badly maintained server itself)
Joomla itself is a rock solid foundation that out of the box works great. They actively develop and maintain it and are very proactive with security updates. When people say defacing it makes me think of the likes of PHPBB which is a world away from Joomla in respect of security (excluding PHPBB3 as I've not used that yet).
I've had around 12 Joomla sites over time, one was extremely popular - I only had one security issue ever and that was due to a poorly made Plugin.
Last time I checked WordPress is blogging software and not actually natively a CMS - That is not to say people don't hook a load of extensions in to it to give it the functionaly of a comprehensive CMS, but I wouldn't say it's a CMS out of the box - It handles the publication of articles extremely well but comparing it to the likes of ELGG / ExpressionEngine / Joomla / Drupal is wrong IMO.
As far as commercial CMS's go, in my person oppinion you'd be hard pressed to find a better CMS than ExpressionEngine.
It seems ExpressionEngine is not really free
Anyway i'm now wondering which are the best choice from the free ones. Darn really hard choice.
No, hence the "commerical" comment BUT...There is the "core" version, which is indeed free. Give it a shot see if you like it. The core version is pretty similiar to the paid for version, just less features.
I vote for Drupal out of my in depth experience on using Wordpress, PostNuke, Xoops, and Joomla.
Like other said the learning curve is harsh but it pays off. Now I can use the same script for both of my tiny customers (needing only few dozens practically static pages) and the big ones (full e-commerce+blog+forum functioning).