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Choosing a content management system…

August 29th, 2007

On a different project, I wanted to have a simple sales web site. My web host, BlueHost.com, seems to have a nice suite of available tools that you can install with a single click. The top three that I have been experimenting with are: Joomla, Drupal and WordPress. I also wanted some simple form processing, and the ability to integrate some strange vbscripts that I found.

What a mess! Joomla and Drupal are *very* complicated. They are essentially frameworks, which means that they supposedly can do lots of things but none of them easily. I really wonder if it wouldn’t just be easier to start from scratch with the elegant Ruby On Rails or even a hacked PHP solution. WordPress is probably ok, for example, it powers this web site.

But my friend David, a real developer, suggested radiantcms. It looks like the right level of complexity for my needs, so I’m going to give it a go. Again, I’ll post an update with my experiences…

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