[thelist] Yet another "What CMS" thread...

Christy Collins ccollins at loudjoy.com
Thu May 18 15:54:47 CDT 2006

Expression Engine allows you to construct your own entry forms,  
outside of the control panel.  Highly recommended - but my experience  
is that it has a bit of a learning curve for the developer.  Probably  
the case with any CMS.



On May 18, 2006, at 4:41 PM, Brian Cummiskey wrote:

> Yes, I know...  but i'm asking anyway.  :D
> I'm building a new site for a client who knows NOTHING about  
> computers.
>   When I asked him what his domain was, he addressed the site as "http
> then a period with another period over it, and then two slash  
> thingees".
> I'm well aware of opensourcecms and i've been playing with a bunch,  
> and
> am familiar with Drupal, wordpress, joomala, etc.
> The problem is once I build the main site, he wants to be able to  
> upload
> new pics of his products (He does custom wood-working and stuff  
> built to
> order... It's a showcase+contact site, not a cart) without having to
> bother me every day.  So, I immediately thought, throw up a CMS, tweak
> it and skin it, and be done with it.
> I use wordpress for my blog, so i'm familiar with that.  But, it think
> no matter how much i tweak it, it will still be too "bloggy"  
> instead of
> a "site".  I don't want comments, I don't want post dates, and i don't
> want a home page with the latest content on it.  I want a regular site
> more or less.  Welcome page, products page, contact, etc etc.
> I loaded Drupal last night, and started messing around with it.  I  
> like
> it, but I REALLY think the admin interface will be way over this guy's
> head.  It took ME a couple min to figure out how to do some stuff.  I
> can't imagine him working this well and end up deleting or messing it
> all up.  Plus, I was kinda frustrated that they use a table for the
> markup.  I'd like to stay with a CSS-based design CMS.
> The civicspace port doesn't seem to really offer me anything i need  
> either.
> Joomala, same deal.  It's just too complex.
> xoops, tables again....
> All I really want, is a secure admin area, a way for him to upload  
> pics
> straight from his camera without re-sizing to be added into a  
> "product"
> description, CSS-based design, and a Word-like textarea for entries so
> he can mark up his text, bold, etc nice and easy.
> So, I'm at a dead end.
> I'm really contemplating building a custom app, but it's not
> cost-effective for my time for the price I'm charging him.
> I appreciate any feedback or cms sugestions.
> -Brian
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