Recommend me a (open-source PHP Content Management System)

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by emiljan, Mar 6, 2010.

  1. emiljan macrumors 6502

    emiljan

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    Michigan
    #1
    Hey guys,

    I decided to try and do my website development using a cms, but i don't have any experience in any of them.

    My problem is i don't know how to get started. There are so many to choose from and i really can't make up my mind on which one is right for me. I want one that is fairly easy to use and maintain and is readily used, not some cms that no one has heard of.

    I want a cms that is:
    1. Open-Source
    2. PHP
    3. MySQL database complaint

    So im asking the web-developer community to help me choose a cms that is right for me.

    I want to know which ones you guys use and why? Please be specific, and please include reasons on why you like that particular cms or not.


    Thanks for reading my post!
     
  2. lucidmedia macrumors 6502a

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    #2
    There are a lot of options available to you. You need to do some research based upon the types of sites you want to build. Each CMS has its own strengths and weaknesses.

    Personally, I use drupal. It has a huge user base, an active development team and a thriving community.

    It is not the prettiest CMS out of the box, but from a professional standpoint it gives you all the hooks you need to create strong design. Its easy to extend and easy to write modules for.

    Drupal is known for having a bit steeper learning curve than some of the other CMSs, but it makes up for this in power and flexibility. And with each release it is getting easier to use and install...
     
  3. Thirteenva macrumors 6502a

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    If you don't need a true CMS you could try Wordpress. Many people have built entire sites on the platform, making use of its variety of plugins and flexible skinning.
     
  4. designguy79 macrumors 6502

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    #5
    Personally, I have really been loving SilverStripe lately.

    Main reasons:

    • Nice MVC-ish framework
    • Clean, straight-forward UI for end-users
    • Very flexible (for a devleoper who knows PHP)
     
  5. dmmcintyre3 macrumors 68020

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  6. brisbaneguy29 macrumors 6502

    brisbaneguy29

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    Wordpress gets my vote to, but that is really dependant on the type of site your doing. Personally I feel E-Commerce in Wordpress is still weak, and Joomla with Virtuemart a better option. But I find the basic end user, finds Joomla way to complicated to use effectively.

    This is why we use Wordpress, it is powerful enough for you to use to do almost anything, but simple enough that the end user, who, lets face it are usually scared of or just not to interested in the internet, to use effectively and not ring me up every month for help.
     

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