Thanks for mentioning this on the list.  I'm very interested in Concrete5 and have a test environment installed on my Mac, but haven't had time to explore it much yet.

This is exactly the kind of option that would be nice to install to a centrally-hosted environment.

But Drupal and Joomla may be preferred by others, so I think one of the questions for OIT to solve is: can a hosting environment be provided that would accommodate a variety of these kinds of tools?  And if so, would we do the base installs necessary, or is there any efficiency in OIT doing more of that for us?  In other words, what is considered infrastructure, and what is considered part of the customer's responsibility to install and maintain?

And note that these questions, in my case, come from someone with little server-side admin experience: I can use clients to get files onto servers, but ask me to do much more than that and I'm lost.  Though I think there are a lot of us here with design / communications as our background, rather than IT / programming.


Kristofer D. Layon
Director of Web Design & Online Collaboration
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Office of the Senior Vice President for System Academic Administration
University of Minnesota Twin Cities

On Jan 21, 2010, at 2:32 PM, Patrick Haggerty wrote:

Hey all,

In response to a side topic of today's meeting, I did about two weeks worth of research on light to medium weight content management systems for some personal projects and found Concrete5:

I've been very happy with it so far, other than the fact that they decided to start charging for some of the more advanced features, like a blog and forums.  It's free, PHP-based, open-source, and has a pretty strong development community behind it.  From a developer's point of view, it's easier to approach than Drupal or Joomla, but I think it doesn't cut features or flexibility to do it.

Thought I'd spread the word since it (kinda) came up in the meeting today.


Patrick Haggerty

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