CMS Demo & MegaPanel

We're getting together eight content management experts, each representing a different content management system.

And what happens when you put eight CMS evangelists into one room?

Well, last time it was mostly civil and incredibly enlightening. We hope to repeat on both accounts.

Each will give a short demo followed by a Q&A panel session.

Agenda

5:00 pm: Food and networking at Spreenkler (2nd floor)
6:00 pm: Presentation starts at UWM (7th floor)

The panel will include the following experts (in alphabetical order to avoid any bias):

Concrete5: David Strack, Trivera (@rmxdave) 
Drupal:
Kevin Ciesielski, Red Beard Unlimited (@KeVroN)
Joomla: Gabe Wahhab, Savvy Panda (@SavvyPanda)
Kentico: Eric Webb, Kentico Software
ModX: Rob Martin (@Version2Beta)
Sitecore: Evan Nicoud, Sitecore
Titan: Patrick Bieser, Northwoods Software (@PatrickBieser)
Wordpress: Tracy Apps, Tracy Apps Design (@tapps

 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great!

    December 15, 2011

  • Rebecca A.

    Good event and discussion. The talking pieces were mostly on-topic and relevant and disagreements didn't get too hairy. More than the talk about the development pieces itself, as interesting and educational as it was, I think watching the way panelists handled themselves was most interesting.

    December 15, 2011

  • Mike O.

    Great Panelists. Insightful.

    December 14, 2011

  • Jennifer K.

    I enjoyed the information very much. I learned a great deal as a print designer who is fairly new to web.

    I thought that some of the statements being said about each CMS could have been backed up with fact a bit better. Anyone can say something is easy to use. What proves that?

    I enjoyed the banter between the CMS representatives as well. I thought that it was just enough to be fun and not feel like I was witnessing a fight.

    December 14, 2011

  • Thomas W.

    I completely enjoyed the meetup, especially when there was a obvious difference of opinion among the panel members. Good deal!

    December 14, 2011

  • Vic D.

    Lively discussion, good overview, good interest from the audience.

    December 14, 2011

  • Steve R.

    The panel did an amazing job of covering a lot of different CMS systems and perspectives. Huge thanks to the panelists for the time and effort and to everyone who attended and asked some great questions!

    December 14, 2011

  • Christian K.

    The 5 minute overviews were very beneficial. In my experience, often times there are many packages that could work - it just comes down to having someone you trust to guide you into the right one. Everyone using a CMS will at some point need support. For some people having someone that you can contact directly for support can ultimately influence the final decision as much as the product's functionality.

    December 14, 2011

  • Laura

    Expanded my CMS knowledge, which as a designer wasn't much. Thanks for a great meeting!

    December 14, 2011

  • Angelo V.

    Great event! Very informative, Great Job Steve!!

    December 14, 2011

  • Laura

    Great meeting last night! My CMS knowledge is now expanded, thanks.

    December 14, 2011

  • Tom R.

    It was a very good introduction to CMS. I would like to see additional meet-ups that featured a more in-depth discussion of the open source CMS choices. Please bring back the Drupal, WordPress, Joomla, MODX and Concrete5 people and give each one an hour to talk about their respective CMS.

    December 14, 2011

  • Clarence ".

    The CMS Demo was a little informative. The MegaPanel was entertaining, but the bickering back and forth took away from the topic at hand.

    December 14, 2011

  • Dustin D.

    Got introduced to some CMSs that I hadn't heard of before, and learned a thing or two about the ones I had.

    December 14, 2011

  • version2beta

    I was a panelist and enjoyed the meeting. I got a lot out of what the other panelists had to say about their selected platforms.

    December 13, 2011

  • Scott O.

    It's getting hot in here! :-0

    December 13, 2011

  • Scott O.

    If u liked this meetup, search for Wordpress on meetup.com for more!

    December 13, 2011

  • Kevin C.

    @gary +100 to not just using fav' CMS

    November 28, 2011

  • Gary W.

    Closed or open source - it's buyer-beware. Many open source projects come and go as well, and some gets forked, etc. Unfortunately most often times the buyer (client) simply reply on the developer for the recommendation. Some of them don't even know what CMS they're using, much less what the choices are. There's a right and wrong tool (CMS) for every job. We can all do our clients a favor by helping them find the right solution, vs simply forcing our fav' CMS onto them.

    November 28, 2011

  • Joel C.

    True, provided the commercial entity stays around and actually supports it. I won't name names, but I've inherited several sites from a Milwaukee vendor that writes their own CMS and there is no documentation, no support and even getting uncompiled source requires teeth pulling. Just a mess.

    November 28, 2011

  • Steve R.

    @Joel The flipside to that, of course, is the safety net of commercial support and the seamlessness of a closed ecosystem (e.g. Apple). That said, we're for the most part open source here and I value the community and ability to find developers.

    November 28, 2011

  • Vic D.

    I can speak to that for Joomla. Gabe may cover as well.

    November 28, 2011

  • Joel C.

    I hope discussion includes the surrounding ecosystem of the CMS including core developers, licensing, training materials, etc. Some CMSes are technically great, but if they're proprietary in-house code bases with minimal documentation and only a handful of core developers, I'd never touch them.

    2 · November 28, 2011

  • Kevin C.

    Since the trash talking has already started @tapps, I like the order, but last name would help us both, so maybe. @gary I'm with you on enterprise talk so I can wipe the floor with you again. #micdrop

    November 28, 2011

  • Gary W.

    Wow - 8 panelists? Let's make this a 3 hour session! I'd be happy to step in with Typo3 if someone cancels. Maybe we could do a meet up on only Enterprise level CMS's? You know, for those CMS's that don't need a plugin just to benefit from a cache? :-P

    November 28, 2011

  • David S.

    Gah, how to decide! This is the same day/time as the next StartupMKE meetup. But there are so many awesome people presenting!

    November 28, 2011

  • Steve R.

    Typo3 almost made the cut. I know Gary would love to present for it. But we pushed our panel from 7 to 8, and I'm afraid that 9 is beyond unwieldily. Perhaps next time? Or if a panelist cancels?

    November 28, 2011

  • Ben W.

    What about Typo3?

    November 28, 2011

  • tapps

    i think the CMS' should be listed in alphabetical order by the last name of the presenter. :P

    *battle face*

    November 17, 2011

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