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    CMS for a community site?
    I am looking for a CMS to use for a community portal site. (Think Phillyburbs on a much smaller scale)

    I have looked at the offerings on OpenSourceCMS, but they seem to be either overkill (Drupal, Joomla, etc.) or too lite/buggy for my needs. I am considering http://subdreamer.com , and if anyone here has used it, I would appreciate any feedback on it.

    BTW, my php skills are far too limited to attempt a "roll your own" CMS.

    Thanks for any responses.
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    What about PhpBB or Invision Power Board?

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    Depending on what you need, Wordpress has a multi-user version and has a forum add in also. Pretty much covers everything.
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    ABW Ambassador kaizen's Avatar
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    Thanks, but I wasn't really thinking of forum software, but more of a portal site... something that would contain local news, events, merchants, and such.... with an online shopping section, of course.

    Loxly:

    I actually have considered Wordpress, since I am familiar with it, but I am unsure as to how much work is involved with the plugins aspect, considering WP updates seem so frequent.
    Last edited by kaizen; September 3rd, 2007 at 04:58 PM. Reason: missed Loxly's post
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    I haven't seen any plugins break, they try to keep stability between updates, unlike the nukes where everything broke at every update
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    For an older style CMS I suggest drupal. They've got a very good reputation among their competition. But honestly I'd suggest going with something more modern that includes social networking capabilities. Here's a good list:

    http://www.techcrunch.com/2007/08/14...ocial-network/

    Another way to go is Pligg which will give you a Digg-like environment for users to post links on your topic.

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    I have been exploring the possibilities of WordPress for the last couple of months (actually did my first real installation on an active site while attending Affiliate Summit in Miami so my daughter could easily upload content for me).

    Every day I become more interested in W/P because of the myriad possibilities available via themes and plugins. Today I am deciding (trying to, anyway) on a three-column theme for a new "shopping" site. I may use one with the two sidebars on the right. But, the 3-column theme with split sidebars might give you the PhillyBurbs type of setup you are looking for.

    Good luck in your quest.
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    Regarding your question about subdreamer, each website needs a license, ugh... not in this lifetime! Wordpress does everything I need, just about.
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    I'm using WordPress with the three column theme and it works great.

    I host it on my server so I can do anything I want to with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by loxly
    Depending on what you need, Wordpress has a multi-user version and has a forum add in also. Pretty much covers everything.
    The only experience I have with WordPress is through a limited 1&1 version -- I'm not sure if 1&1 offers the full version, do you know?

    Otherwise I would have to download & install the full version on my own.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhia7
    The only experience I have with WordPress is through a limited 1&1 version -- I'm not sure if 1&1 offers the full version, do you know?

    Otherwise I would have to download & install the full version on my own.
    Do you have cpanel?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BurgerBoy
    Do you have cpanel?
    No -- Cpanel does not come with my 1&1 package.
    [1&1 has its own system]

    1&1 offers a WordPress blog to its "members" but when I tried it, I felt that the offering was limited.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhia7
    No -- Cpanel does not come with my 1&1 package.
    Sounds to me like you need to change host.

    Cpanel has a feature called Fantastico that will auto install just about any of the popular programs with the click of a mouse and set them up for you.

    WordPress is one of them.

    I use HostGator and it is the best host I've ever used.

    I use the Baby plan. Have a look and check it out. http://hostgator.com/shared.shtml

    Changing to a better host will make you happier with less problems with your sites.

    I have never had any problems with them.

    My sites have never been down with them.

    The plan is $9.95 per month that I have.

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    http://opensourcecms.com/

    You can demo the user side as well as the admin side of many opensource programs here, free.

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    @ Steele: you might want to read this thread for discussion on your topic:
    http://forum.abestweb.com/showthread...ghlight=joomla

    In that thread I mentioned that I had been searching for a CMS (Joomla in particular) and that I heard someone really likes xoops.
    Writerguy likes the "Website Baker" CMS.

    @ BurgerBoy: Prior to signing with 1&1 I used to use free hosts that offered Cpanel. I was disappointed upon initially signing with 1&1 when I realized they don't offer Cpanel.
    Every host has its benefits and negative points.
    The free hosts were terribly unstable and I had trouble figuring out which host was trustworthy -- at least 1&1 (as a registrar) came with an attractive domain package.
    Reading the promotional advertising and statistics of various hosts can become so confusing that it is almost like reading another language.
    Prior to signing with 1&1, I posted in a forum full of sales reps from various hosts--I love to analyze pitches except when I have to make the decision on limited knowledge (I'm not an IT expert).
    I'll consider your advice, thank you
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    I, too, have a Baby (formerly the Baby Croc) plan with HostGator. I use it for a few very small sites and one large "area" that I share with family and friends (containing hundreds of photos of our travels). It has performed flawlessly for just over two years. Only ten bucks per month for a lot of room, bandwidth, and flexibility.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HardwareGeek
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    Nice suggestion, Mike
    But the CORE program says:
    Free for personal (non-commercial), or non-profit use only. It comes with no technical support.
    Would affiliate use/conjunction to affiliate pages be considered commercial?

    I looked at their License Agreement for their terms and it seems as if affiliate marketers would have to pay for a commercial license:
    * Commercial License: Users of the Commercial License may use the Software on a website engaging a commercial, or for-profit activities. Websites engaging in direct, or indirect commercial activities must purchase a Commercial License. One license grants the right to perform one installation of the Software. Each additional installation of the Software requires an additional purchased license.
    Kudos on finding an interesting program but at this point in time I wouldn't pay $249.95 with a yearly $39.95 subscription fee.
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    I think that I'll look at tricking out a WordPress install, and if that doesn't work out, I'll just buy a SubDreamer license. I realize that Subdreamer charges per site, but since I only plan on using it on one site, a hundred bucks is nominal.

    Xoops looks interesting too, as does EE... decisions, decisions...

    Thanks everyone for your input
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    Since I am such a fanboi, I'd be remissed if I didn't ask why Joomla was considered overkill?

    Although, for a few other projects I have in mind, I will certainly be reviewing that Techcrunch list....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Noth
    Since I am such a fanboi, I'd be remissed if I didn't ask why Joomla was considered overkill?
    Hi Fanboi

    I was interested in Joomla until you said this:
    http://forum.abestweb.com/showpost.p...1&postcount=11
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    Have you looked at Mambo? I've had good experiences with it and WordPress. I didn't like Drupal too much but I haven't tried it recently.

    I'd probably go with a fresh install of WordPress. It's by far the easiest to setup and get add-ons for.

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    R7, you can always install software yourself. I never use the autoinstalls on any host. They are all limiting and or bloated.

    Steele, if you need help, give me a holler. I am using it for some community type sites.
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    Quote Originally Posted by loxly
    I am using it for some community type sites.
    Loxly, what are you using?
    I'm guessing that "it" refers to Wordpress, but "it" might refer to Joomla...so, what are you using?
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