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By Metatone (Thu Feb 04, 2010 at 08:39:06 AM EST) (all tags)
I need help with suggestions for a simple CMS.

So I have:

A linux server, still on Debian at the moment. Some animations that need posting. Often several versions - it's a place where draft versions go for viewing on the way to the final cut.

What I do now:

FTP the animation up, email the relevant person the direct link to the animation - they click on the link and view/download.

 What's wrong with that? 

Not much in a way, but...

It would be nice to have a page with links, so people can just bookmark a simple URL and then click...

Also, it'd be nice to have a simple way to manage it rather than editing html files directly, especially to create different pages for different people to view.

It wouldn't hurt to be able to put some notes up about the version either, for the person clicking to read.

No greater level of posting/interaction needed... so most of the things I've used in the past seem like overkill...

Any thoughts?
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I've got some scripts around by nightflameblue (4.00 / 1) #1 Thu Feb 04, 2010 at 09:05:29 AM EST
Where you essentially plop a file out with $ and another file with $filename.txt and put your title and description in the text file. The script then shows $title as a link, and the description under it. You never have to touch the base page, just add more files and it'll sort alphabetical/alpha-numeric order. Just a few lines of PHP. I'd have to dig it out and tweak it for your file structure, but that's no big thing. Could work for you.

Sharepoint by Herring (4.00 / 2) #2 Thu Feb 04, 2010 at 09:06:08 AM EST

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Mobile Me is better by ObviousTroll (4.00 / 1) #4 Thu Feb 04, 2010 at 09:22:44 AM EST
Scoop is free, and written in Industry Standard by wiredog (4.00 / 1) #7 Thu Feb 04, 2010 at 12:01:46 PM EST

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He specified "simple" by ObviousTroll (4.00 / 2) #8 Thu Feb 04, 2010 at 02:51:55 PM EST
Besides, wearing a black turtle neck is far less demanding than having to polish your monocle every night.

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depending on your ... by BlueOregon (4.00 / 3) #3 Thu Feb 04, 2010 at 09:18:20 AM EST
... scripting/programming language of choice you could probably pick a wiki, some of which (e.g. MoinMoin in python) work w/out a database (see also: MoinMoin's features).

Plone by marvin (4.00 / 1) #5 Thu Feb 04, 2010 at 09:32:41 AM EST
Just kidding.

Sounds like by ad hoc (4.00 / 1) #6 Thu Feb 04, 2010 at 10:05:06 AM EST
Wordpress would work well for that. It doesn't have to be for blogging, it has enough CMS in it to handle what you're describing. It's certainly easy to use.

If you want to buy something, Adobe Contribute isn't terrible.

Really stupid question... by Metatone (2.00 / 0) #9 Thu Feb 04, 2010 at 04:49:14 PM EST
I understand how Wordpress works (lives on the server) and I may well give it a try... 

Anyway, on to the question... have you used Contribute? How does it work? 

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I have used Contribute by ad hoc (4.00 / 1) #12 Thu Feb 04, 2010 at 06:41:26 PM EST
and Adobe pretty much follows Microsoft's lead in that the first three versions are shite. But they're currently on version 4, and it's not too bad. I've used it, but not very much. I do mostly Dreamweaver.

You can do one of two things.

1) Someone with Dreamweaver can design and set up a site for you or 2) you can do the site entirely within Contribute. (1) is mostly for corporate environments because Dreamweaver allows you to lock out parts of the code so that people entering content don't screw with parts they shouldn't.

But basically, once you have the site set up (FTP information, basically) you browse to a page on your site with the embedded browser and click the "Edit" button. You then get a WYSYWG editor with which you can make any changes you like, then you can either "Save draft" or "Publish". I think the newer ones also have a "Save for review" feature if you have to pass the changes by someone else.

The code it generates is pretty clean and quick.

This gives a little walk through. (Most of the graphics on that page pop up a little video demo.)

That's really about it. Quite simple, really.

All Adobe products have a 30-day unrestricted trial, if you want to give it a try. ( Click "Try")

Windows and Mac only.

Also be aware, that it's desktop software, so if you want to edit pages from anywhere, it won't work for you. Standard Adobe licensing allows you to install one active copy on two different machines (and it phones home to make sure it's only two). They say Contribute can also manage a WordPress site, but I've never done that.

This is one opinion and it seems fairly recent.

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Interesting... by Metatone (2.00 / 0) #14 Fri Feb 05, 2010 at 06:57:44 AM EST
the opinion page really comes down in favour of Wordpress...

I guess my reservation is that when I used WP and another online CMS in the early days, every revision of the software that would come through Debian update had 2 features:

a) It was labelled urgent security fix - update or get hacked!
b) Everything always broke in the update...

I guess I really need to work out if I need features which a DB makes easier...

Thanks for your extensive post!

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WordPress by ad hoc (4.00 / 1) #15 Fri Feb 05, 2010 at 09:34:45 AM EST
has come a long way. It's a really nice piece of software. Upgrades now are just one click from the control panel. It fetches, unpacks, updates the DB, and deploys the update package with only one click. Nice.

The themes and widgets thing they rolled out a couple versions ago is flawless. It makes updating the look and feel quite painless. Plus, there are dozens of ready-built themes out there to take and modify. I have two WordPress sites installed: a personal blog, and a site for my July bike ride.

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I can attest to this. by nightflameblue (2.00 / 0) #16 Fri Feb 05, 2010 at 11:33:43 AM EST
If you actually do need the features, Wordpress is WAY better now that it used to be. I started using it on the home site and managed to slap together a from-scratch theme for it in about two days. Updates have been smooth as can be. On the older versions I never could get a theme to display right, and the updates were constantly breaking things that had worked previously.

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In 1997 . . . by ammoniacal (4.00 / 1) #10 Thu Feb 04, 2010 at 05:34:18 PM EST
you could create a web page which contained FTP URL links, and people could bookmark those very same links within a web browser.
Have web browsers lost this functionality in the past 13 years?

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Drupal by dev trash (4.00 / 2) #11 Thu Feb 04, 2010 at 06:36:32 PM EST
It works.  It just works.

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