The short list:

Well no surprises:- It’s between Movable type and WordPress.

The next step is a trial installation and a try out of their features. I guess ease of installation is NOT a major point – as long as I can get β€˜em installed. It is not as if I will be installing them on a regular basis!

My current hosting service has a good range of facilities – including .htaccess and mod_rewrite’s as well as most pearl modules, MySql and PHP. No Image::Magick pearl module for Movable Type, but it does have NetPBM modules to allow thumb-nailing. Overall I think I have all the pre-requisites.

So here goes. Stay tuned for the next installment πŸ™‚


Checking out the options – Blog / CMS Platforms

I have been haunting a great site on the web – Open Source CMS .

It gives you the chance to try demo’s of many different CMS platforms – including blog specific and image management systems.

The demos include full administration access, so you can try out all the different engines from both a user and administrators view. I believe this is invaluable!

They reset the entire system every 2 hours, so nothing persists – understandably – and it also stops people from permanently destroying the access for others.

So far, I have had a long look at:

Mambo – a good looking interface but not overly intuitive. Seems to be a very complex/ complete system with easy (?) integration of other components – forums for example. I feel possibly better suited for a commercial site rather that a personal blog/site but over all very impressive. Just too complicated.

PHPNuke – A common CMS as far as I am aware, but their are a lot of comments regarding security of the system.. Possibly because it is so common – easy target. The interface is ok but – again- not overly intuitive in my opinion. AND I HATE an official site that pops-up a window advertising ringtones! Interestingly, this OPENSOURCE CMS – charges for the most recent release – confused!

PostNuke – Another PHP type CMS that I THINK evolved from PHPNuke. Less security issues. Slow to run and I get the impression that the support for it has dwindled over the years. Ok from the admin point of view but far from intuitive. I gather that themes are not easy to come by unless you want to pay for ’em. Not really a blog tool. Permalinks and trackbacks / pings seem unsupported as well. Not for me.

Xoops – Not a good sign when the main developer is apologising for not being around…… Not particularly for me.

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