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I'm just wondering what peoples thoughts are on free, open source content management systems? I'm looking for something for a small business website, for a business owner who will need to be able to update it himself occasionally. I have not been involved in using these for a number of years, so I am not up on the ins and outs of the current software available out there. Any recommendations?
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  • Profile picture of the author Nexstair
    Yes My Friend - Go for the Wordpress.You would amazed !

    Originally Posted by westportclan View Post

    I'm just wondering what peoples thoughts are on free, open source content management systems? I'm looking for something for a small business website, for a business owner who will need to be able to update it himself occasionally. I have not been involved in using these for a number of years, so I am not up on the ins and outs of the current software available out there. Any recommendations?
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  • Profile picture of the author mojojuju
    YES GO FOR THE WORDPRESS!! IT'S best CMs IN THE WORLD
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexander K
    I agree with the those above.

    I'd recommend Wordpress also.

    The website could be created as simply or feature rich as you wish, using the many Wordpress plugins available. You could purchase a template, hire someone to create one, or learn how to make one yourself. If you don't have the expertise to edit / create the template, you should still be able to easily edit and update the content on the website yourself once it is up and running.

    Wordpress caters to people at all levels of web code expertise.
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    • Profile picture of the author seopanther
      According to me wordpress and joomla are the best cms and they are very easy to customized so i think both are good one
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      • Profile picture of the author westportclan
        The only problem with Wordpress is that all the themes look like blogs, rather than a website. I am aware that I could create my own theme from scratch, but the time it would take I could have programmed my own site to avoid needing Wordpress altogether. Are there any professional looking themes that do not look like a blog, which could be used as a starting point?
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        • Profile picture of the author simondach
          Originally Posted by westportclan View Post

          The only problem with Wordpress is that all the themes look like blogs, rather than a website. I am aware that I could create my own theme from scratch, but the time it would take I could have programmed my own site to avoid needing Wordpress altogether. Are there any professional looking themes that do not look like a blog, which could be used as a starting point?
          Westportclan, check out either Studiopress for the Genesis Framework & Child themes, or DIYThemes for Thesis.

          I think, by the sounds of things, you'd be more suited to Studiopress' Genesis set up.

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        • Profile picture of the author Ben_R
          Originally Posted by westportclan View Post

          The only problem with Wordpress is that all the themes look like blogs, rather than a website. I am aware that I could create my own theme from scratch, but the time it would take I could have programmed my own site to avoid needing Wordpress altogether. Are there any professional looking themes that do not look like a blog, which could be used as a starting point?
          dude all blog themes can have a static page as teh front page - go to reading under main settings then use a page as a static page and choose a posts page --

          you then get a normal website and a different page as a blog

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        • Profile picture of the author annegirl
          Originally Posted by westportclan View Post

          The only problem with Wordpress is that all the themes look like blogs, rather than a website. I am aware that I could create my own theme from scratch, but the time it would take I could have programmed my own site to avoid needing Wordpress altogether. Are there any professional looking themes that do not look like a blog, which could be used as a starting point?
          You are wrong mate! There are alot of word-press theme that looks standard, professional and can be used on multiple Content Management System. I have seen and used themes that worked for Joomla and word-press.

          To answer your question - i have to say because you stated that you have not been into it for years and you do not know the ins and at such i would suggest you go for something that is easier to operate because if you asked for the best i will say Drupal (but can you deal with the technicality involve in creating a Drupal based site? so you see my friend, you really do not need the best, you certainly need what you can operate while giving a professional look to your business just with premium themes, and css skills.Try templatic, elegantthemes, there are loads of them nice standard professional looking website theme (not blog) except you have little techy skills to configure it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexander K
    I don't know of any off the top of my head, I design my own wordpress themes. They don't look like blogs at all. Wordpress websites can look, pretty much like any type of website nowadays.

    You could always hire someone, if you have it in your budget.
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  • Profile picture of the author EricHall
    From everything I can find WordPress is the best out there.
    I have been using it for a long time and it has always done well for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author blogfreakz
    try wordpress and you'll be amazed!
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  • Profile picture of the author jumpa
    Hi,you can use wordpress. And find a premium theme that suite for you.
    wordpres has so many theme developers. you can make magazine like website, online store with many produts, or a squeezepage. ask google, and you will find many nice theme for our business
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    • Profile picture of the author PPCampaigns
      Well, Wordpress is more along the lines of a Blog Engine than a CMS, but like many others said, you can customize / have customized almost anything you want. If you wanted a true CMS, I would say go with Drupal or Joomla, but you did say that the business owner wanted to update the site by himself occasionally. For that reason, I would go with Wordpress for its ease-of-use. You can teach almost anyone how to use Wordpress in about 5 minutes.
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  • Profile picture of the author nova37
    Another vote for WordPress as the best CMS.
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  • Profile picture of the author shalom esther
    The idea of having the blog as a different page while using word press is really nice.I have been thinking of this and I would like to get more information about this.Any one to guide me?
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  • Profile picture of the author toolsmith
    I've used wordpress, drupal, and joomla but my two favorite are joomla and wordpress.
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  • Profile picture of the author cabre101
    I shall also suggest you to use Wordpress because its easy to install and needs no high skills for administration and maintenance. Joomla is also good but a bit complex to use.
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  • Profile picture of the author RobKonrad
    I've used wordpress and drupal and I've changed all pages except a few to wordpress.

    For most projects, it's easier to set up and maintain, and marketing-wise, there are more plugins etc.

    Drupal is much more complicated to set up and maintain (even though with drupal 7 many things are better now); however, there are some things that you couldn't do with wordress, especially if you're looking into creating more complex "social networking" sites.

    So for your small business case: Wordpress.

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  • Profile picture of the author Pat Flanagan
    Wordpress, and as Ben_R noted, changing the Reading Settings to static page plus blog page instantly turns it into a CMS. I've built e-commerce shopping cart sites in Wordpress, you can do anything with it.
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  • Profile picture of the author GioSec
    Wordpress has really matured and can really serve as just about anything. There's a plugin for just about anything you want to do, and a theme for just about any look you want. There's also a good community behind it, and if you need to hire outside help for some customizations the fact that is has become so popular will allow to easily find good help.
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  • Profile picture of the author ili
    I am partial to Joomla. However for a simple site Wordpress will be more lightweight and little more intuitive than Joomla.

    Both great platforms.
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  • Profile picture of the author warlords
    Joomla and Wordpress are both good calibres, but I prefer Wordpress more since it's simpler and easy to manage
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  • Profile picture of the author nagakaca
    wordpress just not for blogs, many website use wordpress for news or other professionals homepage.. i think you just need to search by google to find more of website using wordpress
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  • Profile picture of the author Jeff Burritt
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    About a year ago, I had to make a decision for a client about whether to hire a certain web design firm. My client would basically do whatever I told him. The firm suggested to him had lots of happy clients with nice websites; all built in Drupal. I, however, did not feel comfortable advising my client to hire this drupal-based web design firm. And here's why. I wanted my client to be positioned well for the long run. Not that this particular drupal firm wouldn't do a good job, but I was curious myself about where the direction of the internet was going.

    So I did a little research. Although, the stats have changed some, here's what I concluded.

    I've noticed that quite a few big commercial enterprise level sites use Drupal. Also, many big web design companies do custom drupal builds for high-dollar clients. So, is that what your client wants?

    Historically, Wordpress has been used for small blogging sites. This distinction is now blurred. With many sites switching to Wordpress for ease-of-use, readily available themes and plugins, variety of themes and plugins, readily available skilled talent for hire, and more.

    In fact, a growing larger percentage of all new websites are wordpress. Definitely the tide of popularity is gaining with wordpress.

    I remember several years ago people predicting linux would kill windows. It obviously did not. Although linux is still widely used, it is no where near as popular as windows. My point, is that when it comes to technology, I prefer to be with what seems to be the most popular. Sure, people love drupal and joomla. But it appears they will be a smaller percentage; with the majority using wordpress. Typically, the most popular dominant technology will be around the longest, have the most appeal, and be the easiest to get help with. That's what I mean by making a good long-term technology decision.

    And that's why I advised my client to choose a wordpress designer.

    And oddly enough it got me interested in doing some hobby blogging. So now I'm learning wordpress too. How nice
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  • Profile picture of the author michaelcook2003
    I personally love WordPress. WP is an excellent CMS used for blogging or sharing thoughts in a sequential manner. It is very simple to use, even the most elderly of users can get the hang of it quickly. Wordpress is user friendly and also SEO friendly. WP is recommended for small business websites where community is not an issue.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rankx
    I favor Joomla simply because I know it so well. But I guess Wordpress has a shorter learning curve and might be a bit more straight forward.
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  • Profile picture of the author imdesigner
    Forget anything anyone else recommends...

    wordpress is the way to go. Just the fact that you're asking what CMS to use means wordpress is the best for you..

    Everything else is too limited, and bugie..
    Trust me. I have been using and used most CMS softwares out there, when the private ones in the IM world...

    wordpress, design, code, admin... best place to start...

    hope this helped
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  • Profile picture of the author bwhosting
    Of course Word press is the best, we are also prefer Joomla.
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  • Profile picture of the author nethead01
    I like to have custom CMS built. But if your on a budget for sure wordpress is a great CMS!
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  • Profile picture of the author mindtricks18
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    WordPress easy to install, use, and extend. If you simply need to get your pages online fast, then WP is the one.
    Joomla is the #1 rich media publishing tool. It can Handle different groups who have view or edit rights to different pages.
    Drupal is best if you need reasonable ACL. It can Handle access control levels/lists, ie multiple user groups.
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  • Profile picture of the author kokopelli
    I've used most of the other CMSs, but almost exclusively use WordPress now - and I've built probably 300 WP sites! So that's my suggestion.
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  • Profile picture of the author iAmNameLess
    I can't believe the responses. Of course, a bunch of wordpress groupies yet again, who have probably never used any other CMS.

    Would it surprise you that there are other CMS platforms out there that are more flexible, higher quality, more professional looking than wordpress? Would it surprise you that I have over 150 clients that USED to have wordpress and since then have switched between Drupal and Joomla, and they have no regrets?

    The first thing to realize is that each CMS has its purpose. You don't build wordpress sites when it is an ecommerce website. You don't build wordpress sites when it is an extensive and dynamic website.

    If the sites are for your own, spammy internet marketing websites then wordpress is great. If its for a very low budget client, then wordpress is great. If you want to make some real money, learn the other platforms.

    I used to love wordpress, until I learned everything else I needed. I would pick Joomla AND Drupal over wordpress hands down, unless I needed the project done in 30 minutes. I think since I started, probably have done 400 wordpress sites easily.. Since last year, I have stopped wordpress sites altogether as it really ISN'T the BEST.

    If you get familiar with every CMS, you will realize which platforms are better for certain things.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexander K
    Hey Nameless, I'm developing a site. Guess you could call me a "wordpress groupie" but I'd be interested in getting your opinion on which CMS to use. Believe I already PM'ed you once today and don't want to look spammy.. so may I shoot you another one for your opinion?
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