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    Which CMS for School Website?

    OK, I need a PHP-based CMS that I can bang onto an Apache webserver with MySQL.

    The CMS must be quickly configured, since I can't really be arsed with it, and uable by teachers without any input from me, again because I can't really be arsed.

    Oh yeah, it must look nice too

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    Re: Which CMS for School Website?

    If you can, use TYPO3 - it is amazingly powerful and once you work your way aronud it, you'll see there isn't anything you cant do with it

    We, some schools in Powys, are planning on using the custom version that Powys uses for its website - http://www.powys.gov.uk/

    I was gonna try it outside of school but be warned, it is a big CMS system and with my personal hosting company - fasthosts - I couldn't get it to work on account of the restricted settings of the webserver

    [anyone who uses fasthosts and has got it, pls PM me ]

    I like the look of Mambo, tho in trying it, it fell over itself - probably something I wasn't setting up properly, but that was a while ago and maybe a known issue at the time.

    phpnuke & postnuke are quite good ones too - tho it takes me longer to set them up than it does for me just to make content from scratch lol

    Pretty much all the CMS's have different theme's you can get or custom-make so that "shouldn't" be a problem - its just time that you need to manage/build/create it i guess.

    Dunno whether you intend having a forum on the site but SMF is a great forum - and free too - formerly the YaBB team (although some YaBB things are continuing I believe). I use it for the (unused) Tech site I run for powys secondary techies

    http://www.simplemachines.org/

    My two cents (as they say)

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    Re: Which CMS for School Website?

    Mambo is excellent, occationally a little fiddley, but get it the way you want it, and you can forget about it. I've never been impressed by PHP-Nuke.

    There is another good, rather unknown, one around... but going to have to look at home for what it's called as I haven't got a clue off the top of my head!!

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    Re: Which CMS for School Website?

    You can't beat Wordpress for ease/speed of installation - but then again it isn't a CMS! LOL! - although it's going that way - and you may be able to configure it for your needs - I'd really like to use it myself for a CMS - it has user permissions so you could have admin staff set up to upload stuff no worries.

    It's very easy to use and configure - once you'd set it up, added the modules needed - usually something to handle picture uploads, chosen your theme - you're done.

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    Re: Which CMS for School Website?

    I'm glad to see Mambo is being mentioned since I have dabbled with that in the past so I'm not starting from scratch - I left my last job before finishing setting it up.

    Ideally, I want nothing to do with the site. The only reason that I have got involved is because we had our DNS and web hosting with RM and I refused to pay £150/year for something that I could have for free - especially when RM were the people we were paying!

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    Re: Which CMS for School Website?

    Had pleasant experiences with Geeklog

    http://www.geeklog.net/

    and XOOPS

    http://www.xoops.org/

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    Re: Which CMS for School Website?

    I use PHPNuke at the moment, and that is what is in the Karoshi setup, but am looking into Mambo, as phpnuke is not very teaching staff friendly, if you want to give them access to write their own bits as they need to know a little html IMG/BR/P etc etc


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    Re: Which CMS for School Website?

    www.joomla.org

    From the core developers of Mambo who have recenlty broken away.

    Paul H

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    Re: Which CMS for School Website?

    Mambo or Joumla is worth looking at. We use mambo and it gives us all the features we need and is very staff friendly.

    A word of caution however: We had a web server which ran for years serving our website but when we used mambo and 30 kids hit it, it struggled (which impacted all net access!)- we have a new webserver comming on tuesday so hopefully this will improve the situtation!

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    Re: Which CMS for School Website?

    I really liked mambo a while back when i tried it - looked great.

    However....

    I change one bit of it i.e. removed some demo content, and it just died. No matter how many times i installed it and tried it again, i got the same thing happening.

    That was nearer the begining of the year though - i decided to hardcode my site instead. In a way, more satisfying [TYPO3 i would have used but fasthosts give it a no no - tho i didnt ask but the requirements arent there lol]

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    I found that when i first started using MAMBO. Now i always make copies of any core files im playing with. If it causes probs, just restore the old file.

    Touch wood I have converted 3 school MAMBO sites accross to Joomla with no problems at all. I think having a good host helps.

    Once the time is taken to set it up its a god send.

    Paul H

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    Re: Which CMS for School Website?

    I had a play around with mambo but found it had to much to work with and complex. Maybe if i spent a little more time with it i might of got somewhere.

    I am currently playing around with xoops.

    Ross

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    Re: Which CMS for School Website?

    I'm gonna have to set another up to play with - not in the school of course lol on my personal website to try stuff out with again

    ....if i had time lmao

    Nath

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    Re: Which CMS for School Website?

    We looked at Mambo, and are set to roll with it. However, the authority has a product that it insists we use that integrates nicely with our CMIS systems. I've forgotten the title...no, scratch that, it's a VLE, by Serco systems.

    The challenge for us is to get it working with our online curriculum...

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    Re: Which CMS for School Website?

    I use mambo on our school site (www.westlands.org.uk) Very customisable but can be very annoying sometimes.

    For example, if you want to paste some HTML in, which is fine, beware of some tags (SPAN STYLE being one of them) that not only locks mambo up, but also your browser. I learnt the hard way and took me ages to work out what was happening. Word Docs converted to HTML use this Tag a lot.

    Once you learn mambo, it's fantastic. But be prepared to make mistakes to begin with that mean to have to start again.

    Oh, and moving the folders from the default can be a nightmare.

    Getting it as a CMS for other staff to use is ok, but uploading images is a real pain. You need a good addon html editor like FCK editor 2 to cope with uploading.

    Permissions don't allow for departments to not see other departments. So a certain level of trust is needed.

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