Web Templating Systems/CMS?

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#1

This is a really long lead in to a simple question–basically I’m just fishing for free advice (or commentary) from the knowledgable people here. :slight_smile:

Up to this point I’ve always written all my HTML from scratch and pasted content into templates manually, but that’s getting really unweildy so I’ve been hunting for a decent CMS-type system to get modern.

The problem I’m having in my search is that most CMS systems build everything on the fly, which I really don’t want–I’m pretty sure my SQL conquery limit isn’t going to like that much, and my content is static anyway, so it’s a waste of server CPU cycles. The other issue is that I need the directory/file name structure to be the same as it is now, to save me the hassle of dealing with a massive number of outdated links from other sites (besides, I like the way its organized now!).

Since it’s a sole-proprietor site, I don’t really need a full CMS anyway, so I’ve been considering rolling my own HTML templating engine from scratch, finding somebody to do it for me, or best of all finding a good pre-built one. Pretty much something along the lines of Links 2.0 ( http://www.gossamer-threads.com/ ), which is nice and easy to use, but for HTML.

Then I stumbled across WebMake:

http://webmake.taint.org/

It’s basically a perl module that uses meta tags to build HTML. I fiddled with my local perl install and spent some time with CPAN, and eventually got it working at home (which is fine, although there seems to be a CGI version that I could run on a DH server if I wanted).

It does EXACTLY what I want and is very powerful, but my only issue is it’s got a fairly steep learning curve–it seems to be designed for UNIX guru-types, which I’m not really–just a casual command line user. I’m willing to teach myself, but I’m wondering if there’s an easier option or some alternative I’m ignoring entirely before I commit to this.

Any useful (or useless) thoughts on any of this?


#2

I could be out in left field for this, but I’m not entirely sure what you need the CMS for. Have you looked at Macromedia Contribute?


#3

Thanks for the suggestion, but that’s a) commercial and b) Windows-only. I run a Mac, and even if it weren’t I prefer to stick to open source software whenever possible–I like the ability to hack around a bit, for one thing. Besides, I’m poor.


#4

I understand. I’m on a Mac most of the time too, but my clients… I gotta find solutions that work for them.

A mac version will be out in spring.