[thelist] CMS: opensource or hand-roll?

Erika ekm at seastorm.com
Wed Sep 17 22:27:36 CDT 2008

So... What about a person developing ONE type of website for ONE type of 
client, for example:


Which I'm pretty sure is run off an in-house CMS... Is it likely that, 
were a site like this to start today, they'd be better off customizing 
an open-source CMS?

 From my experience, functionality/flexibility is sometimes a trade-off 
with usability.  And that sometimes it's better for a CMS to focus on 
doing fewer things, better.



Martin Burns wrote:
> OTS+customise will nearly *always* be better than customise from  
> scratch. Or do you really want to be writing a login module from new  
> for each client? (and does each client want to pay for that? and with  
> a given non-zero defect density, the probability is pretty high that  
> it'll be you providing a non-secure system at some point)
> Cheers
> Martin
> --

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