CMS Overview: ExpressionEngine

ExpressionEngine: Power and Flexibility Get it at: http://expressionengine.com/ Built with PHP Commercial: $99, $149, $299 Features: Basic eCommerce Membership management Search function RSS Mailing lists Forums Photo galleries Slick control panel Templates: fully customizable Free and paid plug-ins http://expressionengine.com/overview/features Choose it because: Uses the CodeIgniter framework (http://codeigniter.com/), which means if you do PHP, but not …

CMS Overview: Syllabus

An Overview of Current Content Management Systems We will discuss: WordPress.com: Built for Blogging http://wordpress.com/ A hosted, managed service No ads Space limits No plugins One of many blog services online You get a simple interface and an abundance of themes, but you can’t customize your own theme. This is a good place to start …

CMS Overview: Plone

Plone: the Transformer http://plone.org/ Open source and free Built with Python Built on the Zope platform (http://www.zope.org/) Installation: http://docs.plone.org/manage/installing/installation.html Features: Content management and publishing Forums Wikis User and group authentication and management Search function Version control Workflow management Nice in-site editing for content creators Themes: roll your own, download a free one, or buy one …

CMS Overview: Drupal

Drupal: Come for the Software, Stay for the Community Choose it because: You are a hard-core PHP programmer You want to go deep. Very deep. You are attracted to the community Get it at: http://drupal.org/ Features: Is Drupal the right tool for the job? http://drupal.org/node/346217 Installing Drupal: http://drupal.org/documentation/install Drupal Themes: http://drupal.org/project/themes Drupal Distributions: http://drupal.org/project/distributions (Ridiculously …

CMS Overview: Joomla

Joomla!: Lots and Lots of Goodies Get it at: http://www.joomla.org/ Why you’d choose it: Like Drupal, Joomla! is developer-friendly, but like ExpressionEngine and others, it’s designer-friendly as well. Many, many modules are available The developer community is active and friendly Many, many templates are available, both free and for-pay – this is one of the …

CMS Overview: MojoMotor

MojoMotor: “The Publishing Engine That Does Less!” Get it at: http://mojomotor.com/ Features: Built with PHP Uses the CodeIgniter framework (http://codeigniter.com/), like ExpressionEngine Commercial: $49 A simple framework that uses no control panel – you edit pages directly in the page You can migrate your content to ExpressionEngine if you outgrow its functionality Need it simple, …

CMS Overview: phpBB

phpBB: Free and Open Source Forum Software Get it at: http://www.phpbb.com/ Why you’d choose it: Dedicated to the concept of user forums. Divide up boards by topic and by permissions Detailed user and group management What it doesn’t do: Anything but bulletin boards! (This may be a plus, depending on your point of view.) Installation: …

CMS Overview: MediaWiki

MediaWiki: the Dedicated Wiki Get it at: http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/MediaWiki Features: Used Wikipedia? Then you already know what it is. Installation: http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Installation Penultimate Example: http://en.wikipedia.org/ But other people use it too: https://help.ubuntu.com/community      

CMS Overview: Moodle

Moodle: a Course Management System (CMS), also known as a Learning Management System (LMS) or a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Features: Moodle is an online course management system. Set up class home pages Manage assignments and reports Detect plagiarism Share files with live multi-author editing Give quizzes and tests Manage grading Sponsored by: http://moodle.com Get …