Two CMS Solutions Worth Looking At

Below are two different content management systems that definitely seem worth checking out. Halogy is a free open source system. Although it’s free to start out with, it looks like they charge for different modules.

Perch costs about $55 per website but sounds intriguing. Mostly just a small customizable solution. It sounds like it might be nice for some basic websites where other CMS solutions would be overkill.

Finding a Good CMS Solution

There is a pretty good discussion going on over at 456 Berea Street about “Looking for open source CMS and portal software options“.

I’ve been thinking a lot about this for the last couple of months. I’ve worked extensively with WordPress (for this blog and a few others) and I really feel comfortable with it. I am confident that I can work with it and bend it to do most things I want with a little effort.

Currently I’m using WordPress for a contract job to create a smallish website managed by a CMS. The client wanted to use WordPress, and I am reasonably confident that it will achieve their goals. That said, I think they’re getting uncomfortably close to WordPress’s limits. There’s always a point when you are extending software that you have to stop and consider, “Am I really using the right tool for this job?”

I’d really like to branch out and learn some other content management systems that are more powerful than WordPress and also more geared towards CMS rather than blogging out of the box. I tried using Drupal a few months ago, and like many of the peopling commenting on 456 Berea Street, I found the admin interface to be absolutly overwhelming. It’s definitely designed with the mentality that more is better. I had a very clear vision in mind for what I wanted to accomplish with my Drupal site, but I ended up stumbling on some key things that felt like they should be very easy. Primarily dealing with attachment links.

That said, I was very impressed in general with Drupal. It seemed liked the sky was the limit as far what could be accomplished with it. The user roles were also a welcome departure from more restrictive systems like WordPress.

In the end, I was left with the impression that given a lot of time and energy (to learn Drupal) I could make some very cool sites. I wonder, are there other solutions that are better?