Response: Great clarification Andy. I can recommend Mambo, as did someone else. I am currently using it on two sites. I have tried and used around 15 different systems all under the label of "CMS". Some were so bland I may as well spend my time writing one from scratch rather than spend numerous hours adding mods, hacks and add-ons. Others were way too bloated for my needs. Using Mambo for the last month, I've come to highly appreciate simple, clean technology that just *does* it. I've added a few goodies specific to my needs, but the core is flexible enough to suit most things. For you, I would suggest a component like DocMan to manage large numbers of documents. Components that are built in that you don't need (polls, etc.) can be deleted via the admin interface. Others are installed by uploading a zip and one click. Many CMS developers are moving towards removing hard coding and better standards recognition as well. As with many, Mambo has some hard coded design elements, but allows for templating and a complete admin area for your non-techies and is moving to full XHTML (fingers crossed). Download a simple 2- or 3-column layout and add a few lines of provided php and there's your template. Not associated with Mambo at all.. just satisfied. Otherwise, again try opensourcecms.com! HTH divaone ~ Subject: [thelist] Which CMS to choose? ( RE ) The CMS we need is for an academic web site which focuses mainly on articles. We will be having visiting scholars who will have access to the site and be able to upload articles online, which will be approved by the editor. The basic template is Title, Subtitle, Image, Text, Quotes, and a link to a discussion forum which we would like to integrate too. As the article is approved by the editor, and is inserted into the database, it should automatically be updated on the index page, with its own thumbnail image, title, and preview copy. All articles should be searchable with the search feature. The layout is simple, a top navigation bar, and a hierarchy-specific links bar on the right. Another feature is a mailing list. Design is a very important aspect, so if there is support for GoLive of Dreamweaver that would be great. The editors and article-posters will not be familiar with HTML, so a user-friendly and easy interface for posting/managing articles is very important. Again, appreciate your time Andy -- * * Please support the community that supports you. * * http://evolt.org/help_support_evolt/ For unsubscribe and other options, including the Tip Harvester and archives of thelist go to: http://lists.evolt.org Workers of the Web, evolt !