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Selecting a CMS system

Think of selecting a CMS system similar to picking out a pair of shoes; we as the host are a bit like the shoe store. We have many CMS systems as a shoe store would have many pairs of shoes; however, not all will be a good fit for you.  We wish to offer as many options as possible because we do not know your knowledge level, or skill set, from the start. We offer a choice of either Windows or Linux. We also support many programming languages including ASP.NET or PHP. As a host; we must be sure that we have machines configured to accommodate your preferences. When making a choice from our current list of supported CMS systems below. These are some of the most popular Open Source applications. Making an informed decision is important because it is you who have to live with as your CMS choice. It is important to know things like how scalable this CMS system is; and this is not always clear on the surface.


It is important that you look through them and based on things like the number of people contributing and how often the project is updated. This assures that the application core is constantly moving forward. It is important to assure that the core is free from security holes and that there are a good number of modules, plug-ins, and widgets available for the specific needs of the CMS system. Example: not all CMS systems have things like a built in shopping cart. Some do this with plug-ins or modules and some offer no support at all.


It is important for you as the developer or end user to get comfortable with the Open Source application. Questions like; how does the application separate the core from the look and feel? Some like WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal have many links on the web which offer free templates which you can easily modify to suit your needs. While still others allow you as a developer to just make a custom look and edit things like a master.template in ASP.NET which defines the look. Most CMS systems control the look by separating the core or machine code, either by templates or skins. In closing the last important thing to consider is how easy it is to do a search for questions about problems you may encounter along the way. Some have great forums for the communities while still others only offer basic documentation which covers things like installing and FAQ’s about the project.


ASP.NET Open Source Applications: (Windows)

Mojoportal

Umbraco

n2cms

mono

Sitefinity


Php Open Source Applications (Windows)

WordPress

Joomla

Silverstripe

Tango

Modcms

Impresscms


Php Open Source Applications (Linux)

Drupal

WordPress

Joomla

Mambo

Typo3

Xoops

Zikula


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