Website/blog software recommendations?

As presiding tech guru/nerd of my neighbourhood association, it's fallen to me to design and build a website. It's nothing new to me -- I've built them from scratch for over 10 years, but I don't have the time to do it that I used to. I'd like some options for an easy to maintain content management system. Based on features, I'm leaning toward Nucleus ([url]http://nucleuscms.org/[/url]) but would like some input about other systems (preferably from people who have seen/used at least a couple, but I'd like even beefs/bouquets from people with experience in only one system). My only non-negotiable critieria are that the software (a) has to have forum capability (either integrated or modular/add-on) and (b) has to be free (GNU, BSD, etc). I don't have the time to manage separate softwares, nor the money to spend on it. Anyone?? - T.

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Re: Website/blog software recommendations?

[quote="tlyons"]Well, I installed Gallery tonight. After frittering away for some time wondering why I couldn't get any login or configuration options in the header from within Postnuke, I finally switched on PN's legacy module support and BANG, it suddenly worked. :lol: For future reference, it sure would be nice to know what differentiates legacy and new modules. No page I could find, and no instructions mentioned having to activate this support in order to use Gallery 1.4.4-pl6 (which is just a little newer than what we've got here). PNphpBB2 worked fine with it off. - T.[/quote] I'm on the core team for [url=http://gallery.sf.net]Gallery[/url] but I'm not too familiar with PostNuke's internals. There's a [url=www.nukedgallery.net]site[/url] that has instructions for setting up Gallery with PHPNuke and some of its variants. Its instructions work fine with PostNuke too (they're what I used when setting up the CINLUG Gallery iirc). The [url=http://gallery.sf.net]Gallery site[/url] has pretty good documentation and very active forums if you run into any Gallery specific issues. www.postnuke.com also has pretty active forums if you have Postnuke specific questions.

Re: Website/blog software recommendations?

Well, I installed Gallery tonight. After frittering away for some time wondering why I couldn't get any login or configuration options in the header from within Postnuke, I finally switched on PN's legacy module support and BANG, it suddenly worked. :lol:

For future reference, it sure would be nice to know what differentiates legacy and new modules. No page I could find, and no instructions mentioned having to activate this support in order to use Gallery 1.4.4-pl6 (which is just a little newer than what we've got here). PNphpBB2 worked fine with it off.

- T.

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Hmmm... Well, after 5 days of use, I'd have to say that the weak point of this software is the core user account management. I'd like to be able list all users from inside the Admin menu, scroll through a names list, or view complete records one at a time... This ability was already common on BBS software of the early 90's, so I guess I expected better. As it is, I have to know the user name I want to look at in order to edit it. Is there a better module for this?

- T.

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[quote="tlyons"]Thanks. I decided to go with PostNuke, as you suggested. It looks good so far, though I wish there was a better selection of themes (including the Xanthia ones). I stayed with Extralite theme as default, but it would improve the look (for me, anyway) if I could specify a background GIF or something.[/quote] The themes can be edited to your liking (changes should be tested thoroughly - syntax problems can bring your whole site down). I tried switching cinlug.org to a xanthia version of ExtraLite so we could use search engine friendly URLs but the center box didn't display properly in IE. The sample site using that theme displays properly though so it might be a content problem on our site. [quote="tlyons"] How do you get the date and time under the search box? [/quote] I edited theme.php and added [code:1]date("l, F d, Y") .[/code:1] below the search form code. [quote="tlyons"] - T. http://www.fallcreekplace.com[/quote] Looks nice. I've experimented with other CMS's for a new site I'm working on and since I'm most familiar with PostNuke, I'll probably use it for the new site as well.

Re: Website/blog software recommendations?

Thanks. I decided to go with PostNuke, as you suggested. It looks good so far, though I wish there was a better selection of themes (including the Xanthia ones). I stayed with Extralite theme as default, but it would improve the look (for me, anyway) if I could specify a background GIF or something. How do you get the date and time under the search box? - T. http://www.fallcreekplace.com

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[quote="tlyons"] I'd like some options for an easy to maintain content management system. Based on features, I'm leaning toward Nucleus ([url]http://nucleuscms.org/[/url]) but would like some input about other systems (preferably from people who have seen/used at least a couple, but I'd like even beefs/bouquets from people with experience in only one system). My only non-negotiable critieria are that the software (a) has to have forum capability (either integrated or modular/add-on) and (b) has to be free (GNU, BSD, etc). I don't have the time to manage separate softwares, nor the money to spend on it. Anyone?? - T.[/quote] www.cinlug.org uses [url=www.postnuke.com]PostNuke[/url] and has the [url=www.pnphpbb.com]PNphpBB[/url] module for its forums. Other CMS's have built in forums. [url=www.drupal.org]Drupal[/url] has built in forums and looks fairly interesting to me. I've had some experience with [url=www.geeklog.net]Geeklog[/url] but my recent dealings with it haven't turned out very well. I run a couple sites using [url=www.mamboserver.com]Mambo[/url] as well All four of the CMS's I mentioned are Open Source. I'd recommend PostNuke or Drupal.