Non-Profit-Org website & Lightweight CMS

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by VictorNT, Jun 3, 2010.

  1. VictorNT macrumors member

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    Hi Everyone,

    So basically i am volunteer to design and "coding" (I'm not an advanced web developer!) a website but I would like other people (users without coding knowledge) are able to input content and update.

    The website will have:
    - a home page describing the activity's organization and a section of latest news
    - a news page (text and images)
    - a gallery of pictures
    - documentations (text, MS word, MS PPT, PDF)
    - a contact page
    - a links page to other websites/blog

    I heard it was possible to use WordPress or Drupal (which they are not lightweight !).

    My current thinking is a combination of Dreamweaver/RapidWeaver with SnippetMaster http://www.snippetmaster.com/index.php

    Any advice ?

    Thanks!

    ps. My development platform is Leopard 10.5
     
  2. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Use Wordpress or similar things and use caching.

    For lightweight sites use HTML.

    How many page views per day?
     
  3. VictorNT thread starter macrumors member

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    How many page views per day?
    I don't anticipate a huge number. It should be less than 1,000 page views/day
     
  4. design-is macrumors 65816

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    Wordpress would still work for a basic site. It can be slimmed down (well, options can be removed from sight) using various plugins.

    For a small scale cms I used to recommend CMS from Scratch, but development for that has dwindled and support has diminished.

    You could take a look at something simple like a hosted service - cushy CMS for example.

    /Doug
     
  5. lucidmedia macrumors 6502a

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    if they are a non-profit I would advise you to use a platform that is widely implemented - wordpress / drupal, etc... turnover (both in volunteers, contractors and employees) is high, and if you create something that is non-standard/unfamiliar or requires specific software or licensing you are creating a lot more work for the organization.
     
  6. VictorNT thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the suggestion, CMS from Scratch looks like a great solution.
    Do you know any website developed using CMS from Scratch ?
    I'm looking a couple of website as example.

    Thanks
     
  7. design-is macrumors 65816

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    Sure... My site (apart from the blog which is driven by WordPress) has CMSfS under the hood. There are also these that I know of:

    http://www.thebridal-outlet.com/ < made by me several years ago.
    http://www.artanails.com/
    http://www.ecoprintuk.com/
    http://www.midasprosound.com/
    http://wisdomfinancialinc.com/ < made by Web Design from Scratch, the guys that made the CMS.

    In it's current incarnation CMSfS isn't the most stable of options and support in the forum has dropped significantly, so I find it hard to recommend it unless you have solid coding ability or feel like chasing down solutions to the many bugs in the latest release.

    Early versions are still good to use though.

    Hope that helps!

    /Doug
     
  8. designguy79 macrumors 6502

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    Just a plug for my favorite CMS, http://www.SilverStripe.org

    It is geared toward developers a little more than some of the others, so just a little caveat. Maybe that is why I like it so much. :)
     
  9. miknos Suspended

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    I came across simpleCMS which is a hosted based (like cushyCMS) but you have the option to brand it (to look more professional).


    Now a question; Why I can't get it to work?

    I tried using cushy (class name) and it worked fine. Now with simpleCMS, I tried class name, the comments tag and nothing happens in the editor. Any help please?
     

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