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Kristen
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Posted - 05/31/2007 :  10:54:08  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I want to make a simple demo for my wife's company of a CMS website. I'm looking for something free (at least for a demo period) but reasonably feature rich.

My wife's company has a static HTML site (of the "web presence" flavour), and it takes ages for changes to get mounted, and obviously costs plenty too. They have a Wiki for intranet.

What I want to do is build a showcase of what a CMS could do. I'm looking for something that is easy for me to install, and is feature rich. It doesn't have to bear any relationship to the system that my wife may wind up actually buying and using, the ShowCase is the important Step One to getting some creative thinking going.

Internally we are all Windows, IIS and SQL Server, so it really needs to run on that.

I've installed DotNetNuke which has a nice set of features, but its horrifically slow (might be our kit, whatever) but I could do with a second alternative to show comparatively how different CMS frameworks solve the Content Manged bit, and how they offer-up a variety of Modules.

So basically I'm looking for suggestions on CMS brands that I can install and set up a few dummy pages to showcase:
easily changeable content;
Blog;
Events;
Calendar;
Feedback;
News;
Knowledge-base / Wiki / General internal "stuff"
and maybe a bunch of others that I haven't thought of that would be of interest and would stimulate thought about what a CMS-driven site could be used for.

Thanks,

Kristen

(Also asked in the JoelOnSoftware forums)

eyechart
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Posted - 05/31/2007 :  12:37:56  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
this site lists most of the opensource CMS apps available http://www.opensourcecms.com/ . If you are WIN/IIS/SQL that limits you a bit as far as free software goes since most are linux/apache/mysql/php based.

with that in mind, I would probably recommend you look at CommunityServer - but I don't think it is free. it is .net, IIS, SQL etc. though. You can find it here http://communityserver.org/ . It is probably the most polished package out there for your preferred platform.


EDIT:
Looks like they do have a free version of CommunityServer that has most of the features of the full product http://get.communityserver.org/Express.aspx . Have fun..



-ec

Edited by - eyechart on 05/31/2007 12:43:04
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Kristen
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Posted - 05/31/2007 :  13:06:45  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ta, I've stumbled across http://www.opensourcecms.com/ today, and that enables me to see many of the NON-Windows/IIS variants - which is handy. Although the "popular" ones like Joomla and Drugal seem less well endowed (at first glance) than DotNetNuke. That damned RoundTrip stuff in DotNet is a killer for sure ...

I think its interesting that I've mounted it on a modest server here. Its my DEV server, so probably only me using it, certainly its lightly loaded. Our APP is doing ad-hoc merging and rendering, heavy duty SQL stuff, and knocks spots off DotNetNuke on the same machine.

Anyways, I'm not really after any particular platform / brand per se, just wanting to get my ShowCase together to the Wife can get an overview of the sorts of possibilities, and get the creative juices flowing.

Must say, not having looked at CMS tools recently the "plug in modules" are pretty impressive. In Admin Mode you can just click on a "pane" on the page, and get directly to all the content editing tools (e.g. to move the Module to a different Pane etc.) or to the Properties for the Module (e.g. to create a new Forum, or edit Users in the Forum module). Although I thought the modules were a bit lightweight ...

Dunno why all companies aren't using something of that ilk for their Web Presence sites ...

Kristen
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elwoos
Flowing Fount of Yak Knowledge

United Kingdom
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Posted - 06/01/2007 :  08:40:53  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Kristen one I looked at a long time ago was Rainbow http://www.rainbowportal.net/ Though to be honest I remember a thing about it. I can't see any others kicking around which suggests that DNN and that were the only ones I found (my requirements were pretty similar to yours). Would be interested to know what you think of this one

steve

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elwoos
Flowing Fount of Yak Knowledge

United Kingdom
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Posted - 06/01/2007 :  09:11:38  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
GAAH you've done it now!

Some of these may or may not be of use, not doubt I will find even more later

http://www.asp.net/downloads/default11.aspx?tabid=62
http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms978480.aspx

Though I suspect there may be some consanguinity going on


steve

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Kristen
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Posted - 06/01/2007 :  11:31:54  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
There's a comparison site here:

http://www.cmsmatrix.org/
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