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  • Content Management, Build Own? or Install Another?

    In the past I've created very simple form based content management systems for my clients' websites. I know there are many options available on the market from open source varieties such as phpNuke to others that can be purchased, but I'm really wary of committing my clients to any of these. However, I need to begin offering better tools to my clients.

    Is is better to build your own CMS to better understand the code that makes up the application or is better to invest the time or money in something that has been prebuilt. Any advice, related experiences, solutions?

    I'll add that I'm a ColdFusion and WebDNA developer who has only recently switched to PHP, so I'm still tackling the learning curve of this environment.

    Many thanks to anyone who can contribute to this conversation.

  • #2
    i believe that we shud not try to invent the wheel again
    as there are lots of CMS available.
    try

    http://drupal.org/
    http://mamboserver.com/
    http://www.phpnuke.org/
    http://www.phpwcms.de/
    http://phpwebsite.appstate.edu/
    http://www.postnuke.com/
    http://siteframe.org/
    http://www.xoops.org/
    http://www.geeklog.net/

    Hope you find something...
    God helps those who help others.

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    • #3
      It actually depends on what you really want to get.
      If you want to use software developed by someone else and it's not open source you will have trouble meeting some client's demands as you won't be able to fully edit it.
      If you choose to use something already made you can be sure it will be more secure and feature-rich than something you will start making now. Though as I said you might be restricted by the license or dependant on the developers.
      You could also choose to fork something that you're allowed to fork and develop it as your own product.
      I'm not sure if this was any help, but I hope it didn't make you stupider.

      Experience is something you get just after you really need it.
      PHP Installation Guide Feedback welcome.

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