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This "blog" is really just a scratchpad of mine. There is not much of general interest here. Most of the content is scribbled down "live" as I discover things I want to remember. I rarely go back to correct mistakes in older entries. You have been warned :)


Content Management Systems

Yesterday, a colleague spoke of an initiative at his wife's company to put some automated workflow processes in place.  The company had already talked to a consultant who proposed using Zope to meet their needs.  This led me into an investigation of Zope, and many other open source content management systems:

  • Plone - provides substantial access control and workflow features.  Layered on the Zope web application server using Zope CMF (content management framework).  One-step installation using a conventional installer.
  • TikiWiki - a wiki on steroids.  It claims to have pretty well every collaboration feature I can think of, including workflow support.  Requires a web server, PHP, and MySQL.
  • Magnolia - a Java-based (JSR-170) system.  Fairly light in the feature department.  Ease-of-use is its main claim.
  • OpenCms - Needs Java 1.4, Tomcat 4, and MySQL.  Page editing uses ActiveX controls in IE (with a fallback to a simple type-in box for non-IE browsers).
  • Typo3 - Needs PHP4 and MySQL.

CMS Watch is a good site for monitoring CMS developments.  cms matrix is another.

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