Content Management System

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Hello All

I'm looking to develop/implement a simple content management system (CMS) on my website.

This is to be bolted onto the existing website:
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The premise is to upload numerous articles/ manuals / technical documents onto the website and use a simple CMS for the management of these articles.

Right now I am using a somewhat crude in-house designed system for this management and as the number of articles increases, so does it become difficult to manage.

So my question is does anyone know of any off the shelf or freeware that one can utilise to manage numerous article pages with the inclusion of a category system & search function to allow for easy navigation. (Note most of the articles are in pdf format)

If anyone is able to point me in the right direction, that would be most appreciated.
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  • Profile picture of the author zannix
    Your best bet would be paying someone to convert your entire site in WP and you'll never have to worry about CMS again, or hire a freelancer programmer to integrate it into existing model, but I wouldn't know of any freeware that is capable of doing this for you.
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  • Profile picture of the author THG
    I agree with zannix.. Better outsource the entire site. Hire someone. It will speed up your process and also saves a lot of headache for you..
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  • Profile picture of the author dlane1987
    try going to elancer and get one created
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  • Profile picture of the author TDogger
    I fully agree with using WordPress. It is free and simple to use. If you can transfer the content, your cost would just be for the time it takes to customize a theme.
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  • Profile picture of the author brentb
    I would rebuild the site in Wordpress at morecontrol.com/2 or whatever. Once its ready to go, then move it to the main directory and you are good to go!

    I also wouldn't bother paying to rebuild the theme, its not a very pleasant theme as is. Better get something new, you can find premium themes for like $30-70 bucks that will do the trick, maybe even a free one out there that will work for you if you want to spend the time digging.
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  • Profile picture of the author OldLodgeSkins
    I wouldn't necessarily go for WP but the general idea of converting your whole website to a CMS of your choice sounds like the most logical and efficient option. That's what I would do.
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  • Profile picture of the author ricoramiro
    If you use WordPress, there is a way to import your content from your other site. You'll see the option on the left-hand side of your control panel.

    With WordPress, you can also create a 'home page' that shows up every time someone visits your site. I think WordPress calls it a 'static page' and it sounds perfect for what you want to accomplish.
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  • Profile picture of the author sunray
    You should first consider the ups and downs of different CMS-s. In your case, there is nothing you can get for "free". It's not a simple 10-article WP site you have there, it's much more complicated, and I think Drupal or Joomla would be much more suited for it than WP.
    Again, you'll get nothing for free. Someone has to take your HTML template, and make it into another CMS theme. That could be any--WP, Joomla, Drupal, Mambo etc. A relatively easy task that an online freelancer would do for $50-100, and a brick and mortar design firm for $500-700.

    The tricky part is to convert the data so that all your URL aliases, links and other dependencies remain the same. This requires an experienced PHP programmer who has knowledge both in your current CMS, as well as the one you choose to convert it into. If he first has to explore the current system, it may take days of trial and error first--before he even can get to work--and his time is quite highly valued. So, I'd suggest you first talk to the people who made the existing site. Maybe they come up with a solution that is not that expensive. But be prepared to pay at least within the limits that you paid for the site initially. If they already have a solution it may not cost you more, and you are lucky. If it's a custom job to be done it may be much more.
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  • Profile picture of the author wuser12
    I would strongly recommend Joomla.

    I have years of experience with joomla and I can assure you it is awesome.
    And if you need extra features you can always take a look at Joomla extensions directory.

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  • Profile picture of the author more control
    Many thanks for the input and advice. I think I'll go down the Joomla route, create a small test website with a fresh design/theme and then integrate the site once everything is working alright. So far there is about 1450+ pages on the old site, so I'm getting the feeling this might take awhile connecting all the dotts correctly.
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    • Profile picture of the author Sandra Martinez
      Originally Posted by more control View Post

      Many thanks for the input and advice. I think I'll go down the Joomla route, create a small test website with a fresh design/theme and then integrate the site once everything is working alright. So far there is about 1450+ pages on the old site, so I'm getting the feeling this might take awhile connecting all the dotts correctly.
      You are going to need a mass uploader for the articles. Have a look here for some options, pay attention to the versions available:

      Data Import & Export - Joomla! Extensions Directory

      you will probably want to work in joomla 3.0

      Sandra
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