Need to choose the technology for a website.

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Hello Everyone,

Hope life is treating you well.

I am in a dilemma. I have what you call an overview of what CMS is. I have never explored into the deep territories of anyone. I have experience in DNN and Joomla (not that great, though).

I want to start an information based website just like about.com, ehow.com, etc. As stated earlier my knowledge about languages is limited or more conveniently can be called as "zilch".

For a website that I envisioned to built do you guys think a CMS is ample or I need more than that. Please suggest me CMS and a module that can make it happen. Let me know if I have to go off the CMS.

Dont ask me about the budget or else you can imagine my head to that of Ostrich's head in sand.

Anyways I look for help with this wonderful community.

Thank you
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  • Profile picture of the author OmiTaylor
    I use Wordpress for everything but Drupal is good I hear also.
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  • Profile picture of the author RK Corbes
    I suggest you use wordpress as a start. It's easier to deal than joomla or drupal. There are themes that ready to use that will do the features same as ehow or about.

    When your website grows big, then just upgrade your website to a more advance website platform or use business in a box scripts.
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  • Profile picture of the author XeBii
    Go for WordPress, its easy, fast & you can customize it as you like..
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  • Profile picture of the author muddywaters
    Joomla or Wordpress... It depends on your budget and what you require to make I guess. Either way they work well plus you got templates and tutorials available for you. Good Luck
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  • Profile picture of the author LocoDice
    I think Wordpress is a good place to start.

    Heres a suggestion though - start a basic test site - just play around with it and see what you think before committing to a CMS solution. This won't be the main site you're looking at building - but over a few hours you can see if this is something you want to spend quite a bit of time on.
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  • Profile picture of the author tanveerhabib
    Wordpress is not good its excellent to choose as a CMS software because of alot of plugins available for it and it is easy to manage.
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    • Profile picture of the author oliviacis
      You can opt for Wordpress or drupal.

      Each cms has its pros and cons so it wont be easy to decide which one you should choose.

      In general, Drupal is appropriate for more complex sites where you need to leave plenty of scope for development and expansion and perhaps want to support a community of users while Wordpress is appropriate for the smaller websites where the only people updating it will be the owner of the website and the developer.

      The following article might help you:

      istos.it/en/blog/wordpress/when-use-wordpress-and-when-drupal
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  • Profile picture of the author Web Design KC
    Wordpress is perfect for this, easy to setup and get you going, if all goes well, you can then maybe think about switching to a more robust & secure CMS.
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  • Profile picture of the author OldLodgeSkins
    Everybody here (or close to it) will say WordPress... I'm one of the rare ones who just don't like it. Just read my latest e-book and you'll see Joomla isn't any harder when you know it - or when you get someone to show you the way. As for those who tell you WP is better because it has more themes and plug-ins... It's just not true. Home - Joomla! Extensions Directory

    In the end, your choice should depend on which one you feel the most comfortable with, I believe. I don't trust WP from a security point of view though, while I know very well how to protect a Joomla site... But then I guess there are people who know how to protect a WP site (anyone knows how to password-protect (.htaccess) the admin panel of a WP site without blocking the user's profiles? I tried to do that like a year ago it seemed just impossible at the time since they're both located in the same folder... But then I didn't waste too much time with it).

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  • Profile picture of the author kayfrank
    I only have experience with wordpress and would recommend it because it is so eay to use and there are great plugins to make your life easier - free ones too.
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  • Profile picture of the author dafnait
    I am also wondering which one to use, WP or drupal.
    I come from the software industry and learning new programing language seems simple to me.
    I understand that WP is easy to use, and maintain a blog.
    I am new to web developing though.
    Are there things that i can do with drupal and not WP?
    like having variety of different view of pages inside the site?
    Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author torrao
    If you are intrested in blog than go for Wordpress or Joomla. Wordpress will be best
    If you are intrested in ecommerce website go for Drupal.
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  • Profile picture of the author scriptracer
    Drupal is versatile CMS and PHP framework. It is for general purpose.
    I personally have more experience with Drupal.

    Wordpress is more for blogging like applications. That was so at least in the beginning.
    However I suggest you go for Wordpress. It is famous, has more available plugins, many say easier to use, but if you would decide perhaps to sell your website in the future. You would get much better price for it because people are used to Wordpress, and most of them know how to use it.

    Good luck
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    • Profile picture of the author notawizkid
      Good day to everyone.

      Thank you for taking out your valuable time and guiding me.

      I appreciate your suggestions and recommendation.

      Locodice I will try both, drupal and WP.

      I have seen few WP sites but they did not look well. It has blog feel and I understand that WP was used more for a blog websites but these are template specific I suppose. I dont want to have blog feel.

      I will give you the info the website name is readandfix.com. As the name suggests its a website where one can read and fix stuff. I dont want it to look like a blog at all but have a feel of hubpages.com, about us.com, etc.

      Ads will be source of revenue and affiliate program.

      If I go with WP what extensions or plugins will you suggest to me and so for the Drupal, too.

      Thank you everyone.
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    • Profile picture of the author notawizkid
      Originally Posted by scriptracer View Post

      Drupal is versatile CMS and PHP framework. It is for general purpose.
      I personally have more experience with Drupal.

      Wordpress is more for blogging like applications. That was so at least in the beginning.
      However I suggest you go for Wordpress. It is famous, has more available plugins, many say easier to use, but if you would decide perhaps to sell your website in the future. You would get much better price for it because people are used to Wordpress, and most of them know how to use it.

      Good luck
      Thats a fantastic point.
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      • Profile picture of the author afokalakala
        For me, Wordpress is your best bet because there are over thousands of plugins to choose from that will make your site very unique. Try it out by visiting wordpress.org to browse through their themes and plugins.

        I know you'll marvel at what obtains on the site for you download.
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  • Profile picture of the author incomebiz
    for me wordpress is the best until now..from my personal opinion..its very easy and many improved way to increase you website looking best!
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  • Profile picture of the author George Kapo
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    If you like something simple choose wordpress. For more advanced sites Joomla, and finally if you like to have unlimited possibilities try Drupal, which is more difficult to learn....
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    • Profile picture of the author notawizkid
      Thank you again, everyone.

      Now I have looked at wordpress and the templates out there. Here is what I have in mind. I want to have a category with image for category, (which clicked will take the visitor to the subcategory and so on). Now I want this to appear in the front (Home page) (Kinda like about.com home page. I could not see any template. Do you guys recommend any template for wordpress? or have seen the sort of template I am looking for. Please let me know.

      Originally Posted by George Kapo View Post

      If you like something simple choose wordpress. For more advanced sites Joomla, and finally if you like to have unlimited possibilities try Drupal, which is more difficult to learn....
      George, learning isn't a problem for me as I am a fast learner and a keen one, too. I am open for all the options. I will definetly take a look at drupal, too.

      To All,

      Which one has more tutorials and strong community? Which can support more of a dynamic website?

      Thank you
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  • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
    All the CMS mentioned above create "dynamic websites" - i.e. they store the content in a database + there is an engine part (the script itself) + it is presented through a 'template' (or more templates forming a "theme" like for WP).

    All of them have these 3 components, which means with the same engine (Drupal, Joomla or WordPress) you can present/display your content... using different templates (look or design or whatever you want to name it).

    The whole idea of CMS is to separate the
    content (stored in the MySQL database)
    the CMS script; a.ka.a engine or core files
    the presentation - design or template(s) or layout or...

    Which means, the template that is used to display the "home" page (to talk directly about your specific requirement) can and SHOULD be edited/altered by the end user to fit their needs. Whatever you want to display there... once you understood the internal workings of any of the aforementioned CMS scripts, can be displayed exactly as you need it. They all have the posibility built-in, you just need to make it work.

    Warning: 99% of the smarta$$ WP fans above are not able to make a template file like you required, so be very careful who you are listening to...

    As to answer your original post (OP):
    - they are all using same 'language' : PHP + MySQL
    - 'informational' web sites (if you mean = a lot of text) are not very heavy but it depends on the # of visitors; the scripts can handle it if millions per hour but your server might die
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  • Profile picture of the author AdamUK
    I have to disagree with WordPress for the type of website you want to create, do you want users to join up and be part of a community? Maybe you would users to contribute to answering questions on fixing things?

    Joomla and drupal are more ideal for this kind of website as they are directed to developing a community.

    There are loads of other cms platforms out there, Google 'cms test' and there's a website you can test the different cms types


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  • Profile picture of the author syedqurat
    I use Wordpress for everything is best one but if required more development Drupal is good.
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    • Profile picture of the author Duncan
      Wordpress for sure, the over all flexibility is outstanding. You can find plugins that will help you achieve your goal. Generally the plugin is free. I would visit Wordpress and check plugins for one that may fit your needs. Another good point is there also may be a free theme that may fit your needs also.

      Have fun!!
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