Little do you know, I’ve been scouring the web looking at various content management systems (CMS) to help me re-do the Redland Baptist website in a way that allows me to separate content from formatting, and drive the pages using a database. However, lately I’ve found some of the more popular Open Source systems have run into various problems.
phpWebsite will eventually offer 0.9 – still no ’1′ and worse, this new version interminably in beta is now requiring PEAR :: The PHP Extension and Application Repository. Which in the long run is a good thing, by my particualr webhost is not going to install/compile the thing until they re-install a new version of PHP. So I’m out of luck there.
The good folks over at PostNuke just got done with a messy divorce this past summer which saw many of the original coders leave the project. This after one of the core programmers who made things happened perished in an unfortunate motorcycle accident. I suppose I could go back to phpNuke, if I didn’t mind the code-bloat of this one-man operation.
There are still others out there, but they all look-n-feel like one of these ‘nuke’ like CMS’ and I personally don’t want to spend half my time trying to figure out a workable theme so that the site will validate, and the other half of the time trying to incorporate both usability and protocol/API goodies we see in some of the blog publishing applications. And that’s when I began to think … maybe that’s the trick … I should use something like MovableType to manage the RBC Site?
So after serveral visits to HotScripts, FreshMeat and SourceForge, I stumbled upon the Open Source Content Management System List. There, I was perusing their PHP entries when I noticed they had listed an application, that in my past experience, I had long considered a blog publishing tool – pMachine Pro. Checking-out pMachine’s list of sites, I think I found a church site that appears to be doing something verrrrry similar to what I want to do. This site is the
Pontiac Bible Church Online. I’ve sent some emails off to the webservant there – I’ll let you know what I come up with.
In the meantime, if you’re using something other than the systems I’ve mentioned above for your church web site, drop me a comment so we can discuss.
November 13, 2003 – This update is to thank the good people from 126.96.36.199 and a certain c@sin0 website that spammed my comments. They are in no particular order:
Oh and don’t worry about me advertising/exposing your domain name via the Samspade link above … I obfuscated it for your protection!-)