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Best opensource CMS

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Sar, Mar 1, 2011.

  1. Sar

    Sar Active Member

    Which one would you prefer?

    I guess most would go with joomla/wordpress/drupal, but what about some others, like Typo3? It has a long curve to learn, but it is hard to deny its power. Anyhow, which one is the best in your opinion?
  2. Slavik

    Slavik XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    I like concrete 5 a lot, but usually use wordpress or magento.
  3. Ati

    Ati Active Member

    Magento? That's an online web-shop application. How do you use that as a CMS? :-o
  4. principia

    principia Well-Known Member

  5. GofD

    GofD Well-Known Member

    +1 for Wordpress.
  6. Tigratrus

    Tigratrus Well-Known Member

    I think that's a bit like asking "What's the best car?" or "What's the best computer?". I'd say it depends a lot on exactly what you want to do with it. Wordpress is great as a blog based front end, and has thousands of awesome plugins. Joomla! is a LOT more complicated than WP, and takes a bit of wrapping your head around how it works before it makes sense. Drupal has much better admin friendliness, but it's a PITA to work with if you're doing much custom work (IMO), and it's a bit heavy handed with the database.

    Concrete looks decent, I wouldn't personally touch Typo3 after having to help migrate a site off it long ago, but it too has it's advantages.

    I know it sounds like a cliche, but I honestly don't believe there is a "Best" answer. Different products have different strengths and weaknesses, the key is in *HONESTLY* identifying your own personal needs and what you have an actual need for a CMS to do. Frankly I think "CMS" has become a bit of a buzzword, most people don't need a fraction of the capability they *think* they need.

    If it were me, based on what I've learned over the last 5-6 years, I'd specifically enumerate what I plan to actually do with a CMS, and then find out what the simplest thing to use wold be.

    Personally? I'm planning on using XF itself (see the link in my sig) as the "CMS". I've worked with almost all of the major options, and having the article content IN the forums itself is far better (IMO) for community engagement, and for SEO in the long run.
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  7. bambua

    bambua Well-Known Member

    I love using wordpress as a framework for my CMS sites, after doing about 20 of them for either work or myself I've gotten together a pretty good collection of plugins and hacks I use to make it work well.
  8. Slavik

    Slavik XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Magento has some very powerful features and CMs capabilities.
  9. akia

    akia Well-Known Member

    Do you mind sharing the names of some of the best? I'm still in the process of copying across my content but after that I'm going to have to start sifting through the plugins directory to find extra features I need.
  10. principia

    principia Well-Known Member

    Im using:
    All in One Seo Pack
    Google XML Sidemaps
    Shadowbox JS
    Tiny MCE Advanced
    Wordpress.com Stats
    Yet another related post Plugin
    Admin Management Extended

    and also Im using Genesis Theme Framework, very nice

    Problem with Wordpress is the Using of php Memory. More Plugins needs more Memory.
    Normaly there is not enough when using 64MB with WP+Plugins+Language Pack and a Forum

    Hope that helps.
  11. tmb

    tmb Active Member

    Used joomla and drupal in the past. Drupal is 1000x better than joomla but its still a major pain in the ass so we're scrapping the whole system we created with it to build our own from scratch within xen framework.
  12. lazorde

    lazorde Member

    I prefer Wordpress and joomla
  13. bambua

    bambua Well-Known Member

    Magic Fields is my favorite, it let's me set up custom post types with fields for just about anything. I'll pull up some more in a bit :)
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  14. Steffi

    Steffi Active Member

    Wordpress. :)
  15. Bain

    Bain Active Member

    Wordpress is a blog that some use as a CMS. But it is not.

    1. Drupal
    2. Joomla
  16. Jeremy

    Jeremy Well-Known Member

    I actually hate developing on WordPress. It just seems so... complicated and scattered. I guess I'm still surprisingly not used to it after about 8 months in the job...
  17. Deepmartini

    Deepmartini Well-Known Member

    Having the content in the forum is better for SEO? Hmmm sounds interesting. Tell us more. Why not just use Wordpress and tack on XF?
  18. BlackJacket

    BlackJacket Well-Known Member


    lol that's a joke... :D
  19. Deepmartini

    Deepmartini Well-Known Member

    What about Simple Press Forum, the wordpress forum addon?
  20. bambua

    bambua Well-Known Member

    Calling wordpress just a blog at this point in it's development is like calling well I can't think of a good comparison for that as I'm really tired but it's much more than that now. Are there products that do a better CMS job out of the box? Sure, but I think with their multiple post types that have been added and the ability to modify the taxonomy now you can use it as a fine CMS that's very user friendly for the folks managing it.
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