Tuesday, June 28

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Desperately Seeking CMS

I'm looking for a CMS. My own development attempts have foundered on the twin reefs of lack of time and scalability (mainly database problems).

I'm not asking for much. All I want is:

  • Unlimited blogs, forums, wikis and portals feeding from a common pool of articles and comments. That is, a post can appear on a blog and a forum and a wiki, with its comments and other details intact.

  • Sub-sites with their own domains - and their own layouts

  • Group-based permissions

  • Semantic markup

  • RSS feeds

  • Page, block and template based site construction

  • In-line and out-of-line editing

  • A few nice clean themes to start with

  • Absolutely no PHP or SQL coding required of - or indeed available to - regular users

  • Plugin / module architecture

  • Web services API

  • Runs on Linux

  • Doesn't cost more than US$2000 (Free is good. Open source is better.)

  • Fully integrated and self-contained. I don't need a choice of three different blog modules, each using a different commenting system.

  • An application, not a service.

  • No usage restrictions. None of this "you can't run a hosting service" stuff.

  • Background processing for big tasks like spam removal.

  • Scales to thousands of sites.
PHP, Perl or Python, I don't really care. Even Java will be considered.

Any ideas?

I have a list of nice-to-haves, but it's kind of long. I'll post that later.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at 02:02 AM | Comments (11) | Add Comment | Trackbacks (Suck)
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1 I was sort of hoping you were writing it....

Posted by: Any A. Mouse at Tuesday, June 28 2005 11:45 AM (kCb5q)

2 Sounds great. Let us know when you finish it.

Posted by: TallDave at Tuesday, June 28 2005 07:07 PM (H8Wgl)

3 Bah! :p

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Tuesday, June 28 2005 07:14 PM (+S1Ft)

4 You want: - Plugin / module architecture
But also:
- Fully integrated and self-contained. I don't need a choice of three different blog modules, each using a different commenting system.

Most of the open-source CMS I know are very big on modularity, and none of them match all your criteria. You might want to try a commercial alternative, although it is slightly more than $2000. :)

Posted by: Jojo at Tuesday, June 28 2005 11:01 PM (08+db)

5 The core features must be fully integrated and self-contained, and blogs, forums, wikis and portals should be part of the core, not four (or fourteen) different plugins from four (fourteen) different authors that don't interoperate at all. (See: PostNuke.) But it should still be extensible. And I'm paying for this out of my own pocketses (if I ever find anything suitable). So multi-million-dollar five-year-implementation type stuff need not apply.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Tuesday, June 28 2005 11:38 PM (RbYVY)

6 Anyways: Most of the open-source CMS I know are very big on modularity, and none of them match all your criteria. That's what I've found too. The packages available are all either (a) elegant but very limited in their functionality or (b) mazes of twisty little modules, none of which work quite right or integrate with any of the other modules. Or (c) cost $70,000 for the basic package, and even more if you want actual features.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Tuesday, June 28 2005 11:42 PM (RbYVY)

7 I really like Pivot, for example. And it does about 20% of what I want. Which is about the best I seem to be able to get.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Tuesday, June 28 2005 11:43 PM (RbYVY)

8 Mambo looks like it might come close. But not all that close - there'd be a lot (templates, etc) you'd have to construct yourself.

Posted by: horatio at Wednesday, June 29 2005 12:54 AM (YEzAV)

9 I'm using Mambo for another project, and I'm gradually falling out of love with it.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Thursday, June 30 2005 02:52 AM (RbYVY)

10 As I have been confused about wikis for a few days now, you can bet the rest of this is way, way over my head.

Posted by: Tig at Thursday, June 30 2005 09:38 AM (CWhYh)

11 ya pidoras, pizu chujie doors, zaabuzte moi url - http://greatpharmacies.com/ a suda pishite pisma i spamte - admass@pisem.net

Posted by: ya pidoras at Wednesday, July 26 2006 05:11 AM (EA4kr)

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