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Long story short I am going to want to create several websites.

I am a web manager, so I am not completely dumb. However, the company I work for has a custom CMS.

Thus when I am creating or redesigning websites as a side job I want it to be fairly easy to work with, good support, and very easy for the end user. Further, I want any of the admins to easily be able to add or edit an article, etc. Perhaps that is more of a Ruby on Rails thing (although I have never used such a thing), but it is worth a try.

Some may say it depends on the site. Something like fitbie.com would be a good example of a site I am about to redesign (not in traffic, but community calendar, blog, directory, health related).

Please give me your thoughts!

Thanks in advance.
post #2 of 19
Wordpress is probably your best bet. Joomla is fine but not as intuitive as Wordpress. Both have a lot of support and many plugins/extensions available for them. I have no experience with Drupal. My company uses Joomla for customer's websites and I'll be happy to lend advice if you go with Joomla.
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I agree. I own a hosting firm and wordpress is your best bet.
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I'd hardly call WordPress a CMS. Joomla is much more powerful in terms of CMS capability and you can do much more with it than you can with Joomla. If you're doing a simple website, then WordPress is all you need, but if you want a large complex website then Joomla is your best bet.
    
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I've briefly used Joomla, run my websites primarily in Drupal and have touched upon Wordpress slightly. There's actually a white paper out there regarding the merits of each, I forget who writes it though, but it's a CMS review that also touches a tiny bit upon Django and Plone and I know they released a paper for this year.

The answer is - it depends. IMO:

Wordpress is simplest for end users but lacks greater customization potential and ability to do more complicated things.

Joomla is good, has plenty of modules/extensions/plugins (they all call them something different) but I didn't find as many tweaking options as I did with Drupal. In addition, many of the modules I wanted to use required payment.

Drupal is my personal choice because I liked the additional power it provided. It has a great community that provides a TON of modules that have enabled me to run my website (bruinco.com). It's not the most user friendly for end users and has a steep learning curve (as does Joomla) but this is supposed to have been touched upon in Drupal 7, the most recent release. Modules like Views, CCK (Content Creation Kit), Panels, and Ads have made my life really easy with crafting new ways to display content. However, not all the modules that I use in Drupal 6 have been updated for Drupal 7 (but some of those modules are also not included in the base version of Drupal).

What clients do you plan on picking up? How much time do you have to learn how to do this, can you code in PHP/Python and create custom tools for your own use?
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I've briefly used Joomla, run my websites primarily in Drupal and have touched upon Wordpress slightly. There's actually a white paper out there regarding the merits of each, I forget who writes it though, but it's a CMS review that also touches a tiny bit upon Django and Plone and I know they released a paper for this year.

The answer is - it depends. IMO:

Wordpress is simplest for end users but lacks greater customization potential and ability to do more complicated things.

Joomla is good, has plenty of modules/extensions/plugins (they all call them something different) but I didn't find as many tweaking options as I did with Drupal. In addition, many of the modules I wanted to use required payment.

Drupal is my personal choice because I liked the additional power it provided. It has a great community that provides a TON of modules that have enabled me to run my website (bruinco.com). It's not the most user friendly for end users and has a steep learning curve (as does Joomla) but this is supposed to have been touched upon in Drupal 7, the most recent release. Modules like Views, CCK (Content Creation Kit), Panels, and Ads have made my life really easy with crafting new ways to display content. However, not all the modules that I use in Drupal 6 have been updated for Drupal 7 (but some of those modules are also not included in the base version of Drupal).

What clients do you plan on picking up? How much time do you have to learn how to do this, can you code in PHP/Python and create custom tools for your own use?
Well. The website will have to launch by the end of September. My day job is the web manager for a company so I could probably figure some things out and learn more quickly on others. However, we use .ASP and thus my PHP knowledge is limited, but I would prefer to work with PHP given it is easier to use and more popular. I don't do a lot of coding beyond HTML, Javascript, and similar web coding. I have access to Adobe Creative Suite, can write web code from scratch, and am open to learning other things. The Website will need to be done by the end of September.

Given it is for a client and that client will want to post and publish articles and access user account data I will have to make it somewhat friendly for them to at least edit and post articles and edit a community calender, etc.
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I use Wordpress as a CMS for the six sites I manage and I'm really happy with the results. Our main IT branch at work, however, is heavily into Drupal.
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All three seem to have their appeals, but ease of use is big on my list and so are secure and capable. For instance I may want to enhance my website in the future.

Wish I could use all three to try them out or perhaps easily transfer one into the other if I did not like like Joomla into Wordpress, etc.
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I'm a big fan of the simplicity of Wordpress. It's not much of a CMS out of the box (more blog oriented), but there are plugins available to add almost any functionality you could ask for from a CMS.
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I'm a big fan of the simplicity of Wordpress. It's not much of a CMS out of the box (more blog oriented), but there are plugins available to add almost any functionality you could ask for from a CMS.
I have read that Joomla was already slow and adding plugins to any of the sites beyond just a few would cause a bit of a slowdown for both the developer and end user. How true is this?
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