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CMS recommendations - advice – discussion

Discussion in 'HTML, Graphics & Programming' started by nin9abadga, 19 Mar 2012.

  1. nin9abadga

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 9 Jan 2006

    Posts: 1,440

    Location: Nottingham

    Hi everyone

    I'm currently looking for a new CMS system/provider for our business website. We currently use a proprietary system from a local supplier, and whilst it is OK atm it's not flexible enough to accommodate what we need for the future. So we're on the lookout for a new solution.

    We have fairly complicated requirements (but I don't think they’re unusual). In essence they are as follows:

    • We need control over design and layout without the need to go back through agencies to get the work done
    • 3 independent sections, with differing nav, designs & layout
    • Multi-language support (Chinese, Japanese and Korean plus European)
    • Then everything else – customisable forms, good SEO tools, content gating etc etc

    Budget is really not fixed atm – for the right solution we’ll invest.

    Searching produced loads of results, so my question to you guys is what do you use/have you used in the past/currently? Is it a good system? If you were to pick one now which would you choose? I’ll look at anything you suggest!

    Any ideas or thoughts would be welcome :)

    (Maybe if we get a good list together we can make it a resource or something – or if there is such thread already pointing in the right direction would be good!)

    Cheers
     
  2. GravyMonster

    Capodecina

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 14,602

    Location: The land of milk & beans

    That is an unusual request I'd say.

    Are you familiar with HTML/CSS and are able to build templates yourself? If so, then Wordpress would fit you fine.
     
  3. WILD9

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 23 Oct 2002

    Posts: 1,342

    Location: Cheltenham

    As above, Wordpress sounds like what your after if you want a tool, If you want a provider to do it for you then I have no idea. I prefer Joomla as a CMS but I get the impression your looking for something as simple to use as possible?
     
  4. dave_a141

    Gangster

    Joined: 9 May 2005

    Posts: 121

    Location: Yorkshire

    Concrete5 sounds like it would be a good fit - not used it in a while but very user friendly and gives you a huge amount of layout flexibility through a simple interface
     
  5. webhound

    Gangster

    Joined: 3 Oct 2011

    Posts: 154

    ModX is a great CMS although by the sounds of it Wordpress would suit your needs. Joomla is a pile of crap btw!
     
  6. nin9abadga

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 9 Jan 2006

    Posts: 1,440

    Location: Nottingham

    hey all thanks for the replies.

    the reason we want control over design/layout is that as a company we change our minds very quickly! unfortunately there's not really anything I can do about that so we need to be able to react to change - as it currently stands, we have some design ideas, go to agency, they implement, we tweak, eventually finalise then go live. all of which takes time and money. we'd rather be able to design it, finalise, go live in a week rather than 4 for example.

    as another example, if we want any changes made to the headers (jquery script adding etc) we can't do it without going back to the agency. same with tracking code at the bottom of the pages, general colour scheme changes, home page links etc. it gets a bit frustrating!

    I'm using wordpress atm for setting up our blog (using the suffusion templates which i can highly recommend). I'm not sure it can really do what we're after - 3 completely different looks - can it do that? I've made a single layout look good, can I do multiple from the same install?

    We have looked at Druple, Joomla and Plone in the past - I have to say I didn't get on with any of them! I found Plone horrendously complicated and a little limited in terms of layout customisation, whilst Druple and Joomla were so infuriating it hurt my face.

    I'll look at the systems mentioned and see how they are. I'm also looking at something called episerver.

    thanks again guys, keep them coming!
     
  7. WILD9

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 23 Oct 2002

    Posts: 1,342

    Location: Cheltenham

    I think to say you don't like Joomla is fair but to call it a pile of crap is a little sensationalist its second only to Wordpress in terms of proliferation and is used by some pretty big corporate players.
     
  8. DcD

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 27 Dec 2011

    Posts: 1,378

    Location: Surrey, UK

    Wordpress. It's so easy to chop up and play with, and has a gold mine of plugins. I build into Wordpress for every client's website now.
     
  9. webhound

    Gangster

    Joined: 3 Oct 2011

    Posts: 154

    I call it a pile of crap because that's my opinion of it, of which i'm entitled to. And maybe some pretty big corporate players do use it but that doesn't make it any less 'crap'.
    No doubt there's more big corporate players using shoddy software than not due to bad advice or the time and expense required to move over to better software.
     
  10. WILD9

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 23 Oct 2002

    Posts: 1,342

    Location: Cheltenham

    Of course your entitled to an opinion, its just usual to quantify them otherwise they have no value. I'm sure you would ask the same of someone if they said ModX was a pile of crap directly after you suggested you liked it, otherwise its just trolling.
     
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  11. dancharlton9

    Associate

    Joined: 13 Mar 2012

    Posts: 60

    Location: Hartlepool

    Echo DcD's opinion, I use Wordpress for all client sites now. Its simple to use and to teach others to use and the customisation available through plugins and custom templates is excellent.
     
  12. Edward01

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 11 Mar 2007

    Posts: 1,741

    You could probably use WordPress, but if you want to change design / layout aspects yourself your best bet will be learning some simply HTML / CSS.

    + 1 Joomla is terrible.
     
  13. Kotu

    Hitman

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 886

    Location: UK

    I don't think you will be able to make quick changes to any CMS unless its just changing text.

    Depending on how often you change the site, have you thought about hiring a web developer to work inhouse instead?
     
  14. ringo747

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 1 Feb 2006

    Posts: 8,189

    Concrete5 is great.