Hopefully someone here can lend me some advice. I'm looking for a reasonable CMS in PHP for my site (yellowworld.org) and have just about given up on using free portals like PHP-Nuke or Postnuke. Any suggestions? I guess my price range is less than $200.
Here's a list of the portals/CMS's that I've tried or at least heard of but wasn't interested:
Open Effect (a tad)
Uber PHP CMS Free (German)
Fire Site Free
EZ Publish Free (I'm actually fiddling with this right now, but the server requirements might be too extensive)
Site Box Free
I'm starting to get a little nervous. We launched a side project at http://petition.yellowworld.org (you can read what it was about there) and since then, have gained over 130 members, not to mention close to 60,000 hits. With all ofthese new members and increased visibility, it's definitely time to take the rest of the site to the next level.
Ideally, I'd like to be able to combine some of the features of a portal (stuff for members to download, private messaging, dynamic content, etc.) with some flexibility in templating. ezpublish comes close (http://yellowworld.org/ezpublish) but there are just too many requirements on the server...
Depends on exactally what you want, if you already have a message board system, etc. But UBB.Threads has an excellent portal type system being developed for free. But you need to use the forum software. Click my WWW link to see mine. It has most common portal things such as file attachments, private messaging, etc etc.
That's actually all standard in the forum software, but the portal just makes it easier to use it all in one place. Also, the templates are amazingly easy to work with, so my whole site uses the same templates/CSS throughout. The development has only just begun, the next version will have a calendar, a links archive, and many other new features.
May not be what you need, but works great for what I need out of it
I've been in the same boat as you for quite some time (2+ years). There's probably not many systems that I haven't tried. Have you taken a look here: http://www.hotscripts.com/PHP/Script...Portal_Systems ? Freshmeat.net and SF.net are also good places to search for systems not well known.
If you're anything like me, you'll end up coding your own.
I tried about 20 or so different portal/cms systems before I got frustrated and starting coding all my own stuff. I simply bought a book on php/mysql and within one month I was writing everything on my own, and I only knew the very basics of PERL before trying.
In my opinion, the main problem with all the existing systems is the fact that your site ends up looking like 2 million other sites.