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Re: [php-93] CMS recommendation

From: Angelo M.
Sent on: Tuesday, February 26, 2008 11:37 AM
I've not had much luck understanding Drupal, though I've been told the recent version improved the admin system greatly. I found it to be too complicated to explain to a non techy person, which is usually who you develop a CMS for.

I've used CMS Made Simple (, for a basic CMS, it works pretty well and the admin is easy to explain. It's pretty easy to configure SEO friendly URLs and the FormsBuilder is very powerful. It does not have as many plugins as Drupal. Skinning CMS Made Simple is easy, it uses Smarty. Smarty is not so smart if you require a lot of customization though. Here's an example CMS Made Simple site that I developed:

I've used ZenCart, works pretty well but performing updates is a nightmare. I have herd good things about osCommerce shopping cart, but never used it myself. I'd love to get some thoughts on that one or any other suggested shopping cart or CMS for that matter.


On 2/26/08, Chris <[address removed]> wrote:
I have a potential client, a real estate agent, that's looking for a
  site redesign that will also incorporate some back-end functionality
  -- mainly a home/property listing of what's available and what she
  sold. I'm leaning toward using zen-cart, which may accomplish what
  she's looking to do, but may requite some customization. I've used
  zen-cart for some other retail sites I've built. Does anyone have any
  other recommendations on a CMS that would work?

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