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Many website owners now require the ability to manage, write, or otherwise control the textual content on their websites. Content management systems (CMS) vary widely in their sophistication, popularity, and functionality; therefore, having a CMS may mean different things to different people.
Regarding the upgrade from a static website to a more powerful dynamic (database-backed) website, we first need to learn the client's goals. Exactly what would you like to achieve with a dynamic website?
Open source applications are exploding in popularity, with thousands of web apps now free for the taking (mostly). When there is no reason to do otherwise (and there rarely is these days, we have found), we recommend hosting your website on a Linux (or other) server that is robust in its support for PHP and MySQL, and the amazing availability of open source applications is one of the major reasons we make this web hosting recommendation: the spirit behind 'open sourceware' lends itself to lots of application development in non-proprietary programming languages and platforms. This often means PHP as a programming language and MySQL as the database.
Several major websites are committed to reviewing open source content management systems, and one of these web sites we visit on occasion is Open Source CMS. OpenSourceCMS actually allows users to actually take many of these content management systems for a test drive, as they provide working demo versions on their site. We should also mention another fantastic open source software source: SourgeForge, which makes available a massive and growing collection of open source software in many categories, including CMS.
There are many categories of open source "CMSware". The most popular category of CMS is the blog. Our favorite blog-style CMS is probably WordPress, even though it is not technically a content management system. One can, however, use one or more WordPress plugins that add CMS functionality to WordPress.
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- CMS - Groupware
- CMS - Knowledge Management Systems (KMS)
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- CMS - Portals
- CMS - Lite Portals
- CMS - Publishing
- CMS - Wikis
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Open Source CMS :: This site was created with one goal in mind: to allow you to test some of the best PHP/MySQL-based free & open source software systems and applications from all over the world. You are welcome to be the administrator of any site here, and this could be invaluable in helping you decide which content management system (CMS) best suits your needs.
The administrator username/passwobrd combination is provided to you for each and every CMS featured here, and each CMS is deleted and re-installed every two hours to keep it uncluttered and free of inappropriate content. This allows you to add and delete content, change the appearance, etc. -- to be the administrator of any CMS here without fear of messing things up. It would be a very good idea to give OpenSourceCMS a whirl if you are considering your CMS options.
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First, have a clear picture in mind regarding what you want to do with your content management system. Spend as much time as you need to make that mental picture as crystal clear as you can. Most CMS offer ways to expand them or to add functions, but you're much better off to start with the right system. Modifying an existing system beyond what it's meant to do is often just not economical.
Once you know what you want, try out a few of them. Seek out the one that meets your needs with the least amount of hassle. Try to find the CMS that looks and works closest to your ideal content management system. The less customizing work you have to do, the better.
Pay particular attention to the administrative interface, since that's where you are going to have to do your work. Make sure you understand what the main optioons and features are and how they work.
You might even want to check the forums to learn what other users think.
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