CMS on FreeBSD
Steven N. Fettig
freebsd at stevenfettig.com
Tue Mar 23 05:47:21 PST 2004
Scott I. Remick wrote:
>I'm thinking about setting up a FreeBSD-based CMS/intranet and wanted to
>know what other people were doing.
>I have a tiny bit of experience with PHP-Nuke because my webhost uses it.
>Although I have no real complaints about it, I am not wedded to it.
>Most promising seems Plone, which is based upon Zope. But it seems to be
>tremendously different from *nuke. The ports version is current and appears
>to work, but poking around the Plone site I wasn't able to get a feel for
>whether it truly can provide all the stuff I'm looking for. These are
>things such as:
>- Discussion forums
>- 3rd-party themes (I'm not looking to develop my own themes... I'm looking
>to get this up fast. Instead I'm looking for an established community of
>Plone-theme creators who like to create custom themes available for
>download, so I can pick one that appeals to me)
>- a variety of other modules/blocks (strength of the *nukes, but couldn't
>find a similar following for Plone).
Although a little late, I thought you might want to consider MovableType
(movabletype.org). I originally built my own CMS using a bunch of asp
and a MS Access mdb database - unfortunately, that really wedded me to a
MS server and MS software - plus, adding articles/posts was an absolute
pain. This was also before CSS came en vogue and site upgrades were
horribly complicated. I then found *nuke and was happy for a while
until I had a lot of problems with security and php hacks enabling
others to 0wn my website... oh how I hated that message. I did like the
*nuke style, though, because there were so many plugins that I could do
pretty much anything that I wanted.
Then my philosophy on web design changed and I became a minimalist...
*nuke was out. A friend of mine finally convinced me to give
MovableType a try about two years ago and I've been hooked since. There
are a lot of plugins available - although, I really don't use any, as I
simply apply my CSS theme to different things that I wanted to *plug in*
to my website. So, I can't say how well some of the things you are
looking for are supported. I can say, though, that the code is
extremely well written and I have never worried about or had anyone hack
the site. I'm sure anything is possible, but it is the most reliable
and secure CMS I have run to date - and it is *really* simple to set up.
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