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  1. ysidoro
    Member
    Posted 11 years ago #

    My impression is that a weblog can' t remplace a CMS, but you can use it as a similar tool. i.e. In a CMS you would like to have your personal resume, and it is easy to have it. In a weblog you would need to post your resume and have a link to the post. It's not natural. Think now the "files", "events calendar", "newsletters", etc.
    Alex King has an excellent site but uses WP for blogging and their tools to have the complete site, the blog is a part of it.
    I have decided to use WP as a CMS to me (like your idea!). I have problems, but I wish to resolve it.

  2. davidchait
    Member
    Posted 11 years ago #

    I'm basically using WP as a CMS, though I've yet to overhaul it so that the homepage is more of a custom-organized layout.
    http://www.chait.net
    -d

  3. mkelley
    Member
    Posted 11 years ago #

    I use Movable Type to power my employer's website, a 4000+ employee health system. WordPress is getting there, but it's not quite ready to be used for a non-blog CMS. If you need a small CMS, try Pages.

  4. The_Mahatma
    Member
    Posted 11 years ago #

    Thanks to everyone for all the info.
    Pages is looking particularly promising. I downloaded Xaraya last night and the dox were bigger than Pages and all its plugins.
    A combination of Pages and WP features would be a real winner so I'll try running both on one site and see what breaks.
    Thanks again,
    The Mahatma.

  5. davidchait
    Member
    Posted 11 years ago #

    I think WP is fine for use as a CMS... but that's just me. If you're doing a large site, you'll need to modify ANY system to suit your needs, OR license/buy a heavyweight/complex CMS system.
    I do like the pages plugin system. That's a good way to do it. I'm JUST learning about all the wacky tricks of playing with array variables in PHP...
    -d

  6. Anonymous
    Unregistered
    Posted 11 years ago #

    Mambo?
    [a]http://mamboserver.com[/a]
    DSIWare?
    [a]http://dsiware.com[/a]
    Endonesia?
    [a]http://endonesia.com[/a]

  7. The_Mahatma
    Member
    Posted 11 years ago #

    Thanks, Anonymous, but valid code is a must for me. Mambo and iWare don't come close and Endonesia is a non-starter because I don't speak Indonesian :-)

  8. cra
    Member
    Posted 11 years ago #

    Hm. Pages is cute and simple but its too cute and simple. A flat file DB isn't a dealbreaker, but I like relational DBs. And it's only single user. Which is fine for a personal website, but not quite for an archive.
    When I was looking for a replacement for Automated Archive the features most important to me were multiple users who can self register. I tried looking at CMS systems at Opensource CMS but I couldn't find one that supported multiple categories/subcategories.
    So far WP is the closest to what I need. I wish there were pages that listed all authors and profiled each individual author and an advanced search. But those aren't impossible hacks.

  9. davidchait
    Member
    Posted 11 years ago #

    @cra -
    do you mean a listing of all users and then some kind of description of each user? unless your user-list changes, that could easily be a static post.
    or are you looking for some kind of posts-by-author thing?
    d

  10. Anonymous
    Unregistered
    Posted 11 years ago #

    ops, my fault :-)
    check XMambo at http://xmambo.electricjet.com . CSS/XHTML valid, with tableless designs.

  11. The_Mahatma
    Member
    Posted 11 years ago #

    Anonymous,
    Many thanks for that link to xMambo. When the ElectricJet hacks get added to Mambo it will be both a mighty powerful tool and standards compliant. The words "grail" and "holy" spring to mind.
    The Mahatma.

  12. Anonymous
    Unregistered
    Posted 11 years ago #

    Been using B2 to set up CMS's for some time now, and it works GREAT. Each site is individual and clients find the back end easy to use - especially with some incorporated hacks. (file uploads and one click backups)
    I've been keeping my eye on WordPress and feel confident that it will be even better than B2 for our purposes. Especially with the sub-categories. Just need to sort out how to have the subcategories listed separately as a menu under the major category.
    D

  13. Anonymous
    Unregistered
    Posted 11 years ago #

    @ davidchait
    On a small blog where authors are invited, yes, the user list could be static. But on a blog (or archive as my next project is) where any author can self-register, the list would have to be dynamic. I'm new to php, so this is gonna be a lot of trial and error on my part but it seems straight-forward to use the columns in the user db table -- except for the "id on blog" thing. I'll see.

  14. Anonymous
    Unregistered
    Posted 11 years ago #

    The line between blog and CMS is blurring. Many in these forums are asking questions to try & twist WP into a simple CMS. That seems to be where the future & the demand is.
    I tried Mambo but its very bloated compared to WP and took an eternity to upload. IMHO, WP is easier to hack & modify and has better support & documentation.
    I'm currently trying http://www.textpattern.com as it is more CMS than blog. I need & like the ability to have sections and categories (each with own layout & CSS) and it can be modded to look non-blog-like. It is definately "non-standard" in its approach and is based on Dean's particular views on CMS. I do like it though. :o)
    I have also had a hard time finding evidence that Google indexes the clean WP URLs and have found more Textpattern sites indexed with clean URLs.
    I like WP but really need stylable sections and/or subcategories (that display only when in the parent category) and cleaner URLS than /archives/categories/.
    I'll use WP on suitable sites and also test textpattern on my current project. Hopefully can get my wish list on 1.3 or 1.4. Any ideas when they'll be out? <g>

  15. Anonymous
    Unregistered
    Posted 11 years ago #

    I whole heartedly agree. Blogging is content, and even twisting WordPress into a simple CMS is a start.

  16. davidchait
    Member
    Posted 11 years ago #

    You need to define better what you are looking for, as exacting as possible, in styling features. Much of that can likely be accomplished today with some minimal hackery in index.php or deeper down, and some matching CSS to implement the 'custom' stylings (which you'd need to do anyway). If you can give a detailed explanation of the limits you seem to be hitting, I might be able to draw parallels to solutions I've done for my site.
    I don't use the 'nice URLs' at all on my site. I don't find them useful for me, and I generally don't believe they are overall that useful aside from 'looking nice'. Bookmark is a bookmark... ;) However, from what I understand, the current url schema allows for you to create fairly flexible rewrite rules (assuming your ISP allows it) to make for nicer links.
    -d
    http://www.chait.net

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