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    Question Choosing an Open Source CMS

    I run a series of educational websites and am looking for an alternative to static html - so... an open source content management system seems sensible. I like the idea of a database driven modular structure with dynamic pages.

    However, what to choose is always the question on people's minds - pros and cons, etc.

    My initial research leads me towards to more in-depth scrutiny of Joomla, Drupal and Moodle.

    Any thoughts would be much appreciated. Kind regards, Richard Gent

    [e] richardgent@mac.com
    [w] www.edusites.co.uk

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    I use Website Baker for several sites I manage.

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    Also consider Plone.

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    moodle is good at what it does... but might be overkill for CMS, it's more designed as a VLE / to provide online courses. I'm sure someone will be along momentarily to plug the edugeek Joomla package ;-)

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    Joomla or e107

    Both are easy to setup and use.

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    Thanks for your initial comments. I may be looking to provide VLE style online courses in the future so that feature might be attractive.

    How do I narrow my choice?

    I need a PHP programmer I use to be able to work with the platform.

    I need it to be flexible and robust.

    I need it to support subscription / access systems.

    It needs to be capable of reducing cross browser compatibility issues.

    It needs to have flexible style sheets / templates.

    It needs to sync well with forums and other social networking options.

    It needs to cope with podcasting.

    It needs to be able to communicate with LMS / SIMS.

    It needs to cope with huge user rates and very large content management.

    It needs to offer tried and tested WYSIWYG interfaces.

    It should be able to cope with multiple authors / content managers.

    And...

    * Dynamic form builders
    * Business or organizational directories
    * Document management
    * image and multimedia galleries
    * E-commerce and shopping cart engines
    * Forums and chat software
    * Calendars
    * Blogging software
    * Directory services
    * Email newsletters
    * Data collection and reporting tools
    * Banner advertising systems

    I need to be able to access expert support relatively swiftly and easily.

    I'm sure there are loads of things I'm over looking...

    Further advice would be FAB! Many thanks.

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