What is the Recommended CMS for a beginner?

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#1

Hi,
I’m quite familiar with HTML and did some site designs and programming (PHP/JSP)
but am not familiar with CMS

What do you recommend : Joomla/Mambo ? or Postnuke ? or other systems ?

Thanks

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#2

[quote]I’m quite familiar with HTML and did some site designs and programming (PHP/JSP)
but am not familiar with CMS

What do you recommend : Joomla/Mambo ? or Postnuke ? or other systems ?[/quote]
It really depends on what kind of site you are trying to create. Joomla is pretty well specified, but you may be able to get around with just using WordPress.


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#3

Well, I would be creating a small company’s website, you know
Logo, corporate profile, success stories, contact us…

I created a simple website using Yahoo site builder,
but I had to manually change the HTML for it work
on a non-Yahoo hosting plan (here at Dreamhost)
it’s http://www.acemmedia.com

But now I’m looking to have a CMS to make it more dynamic

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#4

Since you already know HTML and a little PHP, why not add a dash of MySQL to your skills and hand-roll the application? Failing that, I recommend WordPress if your site doesn’t need a shopping cart.


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#5

Since you are taking a “big leap”, why not experiment a bit? Lots of CMS systems run very well on DH, and some are very simple. Joomla and the “nukes” can be a little itimidating to some, though I think the learning curve is usually worth it.

I suggest you go visit http://www.opensourcecms.com where you can actually play with several of these “live”, and see what combination of power/features/ease of use/simplicity appeals to you.

For really simple, it’s hard to beat CMSimple (more info at the above line under “lite”). Good Luck!

–rlparker


#6

I’m just getting started in CMS’s myself, and I have started to use Exponent. I find it really intuitive and easy to get started quickly. It also has flexible design options. They are in the middle of releasing an update, so you’d have to download from their sourceforge page.

http://www.exponentcms.org/index.php?section=1
http://sourceforge.net/forum/?group_id=118524


#7

You could try creating several subdomains and trying out the various CMS programs to see which one suits you best. We have a lot of space and bandwidth to play with.


Norm


#8

Pivot is a great weblog tool that is becoming more and more popular all the time. Easy to setup and use, integrated advanced spam prevention tools (v1.30RC2), doesn’t require the use of an external database and is backed by a very friendly and active support community.

The Pivot site was recently moved to DreamHost too. :wink:

Kevin

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#9

I chose to experiment with the Joomla install once I realized that the blogging software options just weren’t robust enough. I’ve been very pleased with the results, and the large user base of helpful developers.

I also enjoy the fact that you can take advantage of the extensibility at your own pace. You can start by making a simple bot for your site, then work your way up to the more complicated stuff. It will let you get comfortable with PHP and MySQL, while still taking advantage of the functionality.

Joomla and Mambo are often listed together, even to the point of old mambo domains that only support Joomla. Joomla is the one to go with if you choose this family of CMS.

Here are a couple of my Joomla sites that are hosted on DH. I am a happy customer.

http://teamshocker.com/cms/
http://benconley.net/cms/

BC Tech
Team Shocker


#10

I started with phpBB when I first got interested. It did what I needed for a forum. But then i wanted more, much more. Now I am a cheap b*stered and go for the free stuff, then donate when I use something for awhile.

In that vein I starte with Mambo. The learning curve was worth it. When Joomla came along and DH put in their One Click installs packages I switched over. I am happy I did.

With all the support out there and the large amount of hacks and mods for it, I would recommend Joomla.

For blogging I haven’t really looked into that.

Other things I have used are vBulletin. Powerful, but expensive. phpNuke and phpBB are free and have just asw much.

Someone recommended you set up subdomains and try the different products out there. That was good advice.

Hope this helps.

Rock on DH!