Your CMS preference?

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by walangij, Feb 10, 2011.

  1. walangij macrumors 6502

    Mar 10, 2007
    What's everyone's favorite CMS and what kind of CMS do you have? Recently I've been taking web development more seriously and have been working primarily with Drupal. I really enjoy Wordpress though and find it much easier to teach a client how to use WP3 compared to D7. I've never tried Joomla, and have been seeing what all the fuss is about RoR a couple years late :p.

    My next personal project is a niche community site, trying to decide what would be the best fit. I know another drupal developer who has much more experience, but we don't know if it'd be the ideal platform for what we want to create.
  2. solusoracle macrumors member

    Sep 9, 2007
    I am a fan of Textpattern and Expresssion Engine.
  3. design-is macrumors 65816


    Oct 17, 2007
    London / U.K.
    I'm a lover of WordPress. If it can't do something out of the box, there's likely one of it's many thousands of plugins which can help. And as you say, it's so much easier for clients to get to grips with than many other CMSs.

    Let us know which route you choose and how it turns out :)

  4. oblomow macrumors 68030


    Apr 14, 2005
    Drupal here. There is indeed a learning curve, but it's flexible and well maintained.
  5. designguy79 macrumors 6502

    Sep 24, 2009
    My favorite is SilverStripe. Not as widely used or known, but I love the flexibility it gives me as a developer and it is pretty user-friendly, too.

    Side note -- Ruby on Rails is framework, not really a CMS. It would be comparable to Cake, Symfony or Yii (frameworks for PHP).
  6. elppa macrumors 68040


    Nov 26, 2003
    STEP AWAY FROM THE JOOMLA, do not touch it.

    Might be harsh, but I've found it convoluted, poorly documented and not worth the effort when there seem to be many better options around.
  7. jared_kipe macrumors 68030


    Dec 8, 2003
    + 1 for SilverStripe, it is the CMS for software developers. The thing about SilverStripe is that although it has a GUI CMS for setting up pages, I like it more for its robust ORM and PHP framework features.

    I wrote in SilverStripe
  8. walangij thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 10, 2007
    Wow there's so much variety in everyone's preferences. I feel pretty ignorant not even hearing about EE or silverstripe until this thread (also for mixing Ruby on Rails as a CMS rather than a framework :eek: ) I really enjoy theming in Drupal, although it is a challenge.
  9. ChicoWeb macrumors 65816


    Aug 16, 2004
    We always felt we were limited by certain open source projects, so we built our own. We have limitations on some of our remote systems, but we have no limits to the customizations in our proprietary CMS.
  10. aftk2 macrumors regular

    Nov 10, 2003
    Pacific NW

    I'm the creator and lead developer behind concrete5. It's an open source CMS written in PHP. In-context editing, easy to extend, marketplace of free and commercial add-ons/themes, the whole shebang:
  11. notjustjay, Feb 11, 2011
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2011

    notjustjay macrumors 603


    Sep 19, 2003
    Canada, eh?
    I now use WordPress for my site, after trying to get used to Joomla, CMS Made Simple, Silver Stripe, and a few home brew solutions. WordPress as a CMS is great for very simple stuff, but the more complex you get, the less suitable it becomes. There are plugins that extend its functionality in all kinds of ways, but it begins to feel like a Rube Goldberg machine if you are trying to get to something very specific by throwing two or three plugins together.

    Having said that, the site I maintain is fairly simple and needs to be administer-able (is that a word?) by people with limited IT knowledge, so WordPress fits the bill.
  12. Laird Knox macrumors 68000

    Jun 18, 2010
    Drupal for me as well. We've created prototype web sites with all the bells and whistles (points, badges, rules, social media, forums, inbox, etc.) in next to no time. We were also able to create custom modules that tied into very regimented systems.

    I haven't had a chance to look at 7 yet.
  13. Cabbit macrumors 68020


    Jan 30, 2006
    I tried a few of the CMS systems and found them not to fit my needs so i run my own CMS built on Zend Framework for my clients.

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