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I have a website that I picked up to start a blog/portfolio on. I put Wordpress on it to get started quick, but when my plans changed, it went unused for a long while, so I just purged it to start fresh.

I'm working with a group at my University on their new website, using Drupal. I'll probably put that on a sub-domain on my site as a playground. But I'm thinking of toying around with developing a personal site again. I'm at a beginner to intermediate level of understanding with the core languages (HTML/CSS/JS/PHP). And my goal with this will be to just better myself as a developer, while having an interesting platform to work with down the road if I have enough stuff to make a code portfolio out of.

So, what free CMS' do you all like? Wordpress is too easy. smile.gif
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I always liked Textpattern or Typo3
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If you want to earn money, Wordpress and Drupal are the systems you want to learn. If you want to learn more ways to make things, then go with a framework like Cakephp, Yii.
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I always liked Textpattern or Typo3

Added to the list to check out. smile.gif
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If you want to earn money, Wordpress and Drupal are the systems you want to learn. If you want to learn more ways to make things, then go with a framework like Cakephp, Yii.

I'm not looking to make a career out of it; at least, not right now, I don't. I'm hoping to find a slick CMS mostly for just personal knowledge's sake, and possibly to make a site out of. Also partially to see if there are better alternatives to what we're planning to do with our site, since getting going in Drupal has been difficult.
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Drupal is at the peak of the "hardest to learn" category. Unless you have a very specific reason why Drupal is needed and not something else, I'd go with something else every day of the week. Wordpress may seem simple, but it can do alot. Probably the best choice for everything except a forum system and ecommerce systems. Blogs, static sites, news sites, portfolios, portals etc are all good for WP.

One I've heard is good (but never used) is "ExpressionEngine". It's by the same people who make the open source framework "CodeIgniter". It costs money, but may be closer to drupal in terms of functionality without the code bloat and inefficiency.
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Actually Drupal is not that hard to learn especially if you're familiar with PHP which also happens to be the language most CMS tend to be built around.

Once you master it, learning Joomla, or even WP will feel like a walk in the park. biggrin.gif

Another big plus of Drupal is security ... and i dont mean add-ons or plugins, but actual security modules built within the core to monitor and scrutinize
EVERYTHING on and in the CMS thumb.gif
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Learning Joomla is never a walk in the park. More like a walk into a pole.
    
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I coded my own. Just for kicks thumb.gif
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Learning Joomla is never a walk in the park. More like a walk into a pole.

so true
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Learning Joomla is never a walk in the park. More like a walk into a pole.

HAH! Well, I'm glad the sentiments of some of the people in my team are shared by others. biggrin.gif
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I coded my own. Just for kicks thumb.gif

I couldn't quite do that, but nice! tongue.gif

I'm sitting here wondering if we should just move to Wordpress. The only "unique" feature of our site will be a checkout/lending system for hardware, and I could probably learn and create a plugin for that.
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Learning Joomla is never a walk in the park. More like a walk into a pole.

LOL! Totally!

I experimented with Joomla for awhile until I got frustrated enough to try something else.
After experimenting with many more, the one I landed on is Orchard. It's produced by Microsoft but is free and open source (WAHT?)
I found Orchard to be very easy to learn since it uses only technologies I already know, it's all .Net and uses C# Razor in the backend. The admin console actually makes sense and is easy to navigate, find what you need and make changes. There is even a visual guide to placing content on the pages a great and simple feature, that I find surprisingly uncommon among CMS systems of this age.
It's still relatively young, but it's got plenty of themes, plugins and powerful features available, and doing custom stuff is easy. I recommend it to all the .Net developers that don't have time to play around with unfamiliar languages struggling to make things work.

The big ones like Joomla and Nuke, etc are probably much more capable. But the majority of websites don't need such a powerful platform. A simpler one that is easier for the developer will usually produce a better result.
Edited by wedge - 3/19/13 at 9:29pm
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