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Re: What's the best Perl CMS?

by ady (Deacon)
on Apr 11, 2008 at 05:48 UTC ( #679626=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to What's the best Perl CMS?

I did a comparative evaluation 3-4 years ago, and ended up choosing metadot for an inhouse/intranet wiki.

This product seems to fulfill your requirements (It runs primarily on Linux, Apache, MySQL and Perl and supports Sun Solaris, Windows OSes and Oracle database. ). It was relatively easy to install and configure. The source was fairly well structured, and easy to modify. The support from the developers was fine.

That said, Portal/CMS applications come in a wide variety with respect to functionality, configurability, plug-inn's &c.

best regards
allan dystrup

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Re^2: What's the best Perl CMS?
by cosmicperl (Chaplain) on Apr 11, 2008 at 07:08 UTC
    I had come across that one. Looking closer it does seems pretty good, and matches my spec.

    I've also come across WebGUI which looks good but I'm put off by the design of their site. The overall design is ok.. I suppose, but that text under the logo "Web Done Right".. considering it's a struggle to actually read that text I wouldn't particularly say that's done right. Hard to read text such as white on light background is one of my pet peeves.

    I'm considering fashioning my own using Wiki::Toolkit and an JavaScript WYSIWYG HTML editor although I don't like the through of the maintenance. I've got more than enough coding work to do at the moment!
      As far as WYSIWYG JavaScript HTML editors, you might take a look at TinyMCE as well. It's used by many CMS packages as an option or as the default visual page editor. That includes Mambo, Joomla, Drupal, and the venerable Citadel.

      I've recently updated the TinyMCE plugin for Lucid to use TinyMCE 3.0.6, and I should be getting that posted to the repository Real Soon Now (once I have some more testing and feedback).

      Besides being fairly easy to make into a plugin for a CMS, it's pretty easy for a JavaScript programmer to write plugins for TinyMCE itself. I should know, because I'm not a great JavaScript guy and I've done a few. The plugin model was one of the changes between the 2.x branch and the 3.0 branch, so I've actually written and rewritten a few.

      The license for TinyMCE is LGPL, so if you're looking seriously at licenses that's good to know.

      ALl that said, HTMLArea I hear is pretty good, so don't let me dissuade you from it if it ends up being a better match for your needs.

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Re^2: What's the best Perl CMS?
by Anonymous Monk on Apr 24, 2008 at 20:42 UTC
    I did a comparative evaluation 3-4 years ago, and ended up choosing metadot for an inhouse/intranet wiki.I did a comparative evaluation 3-4 years ago, and ended up choosing metadot for an inhouse/intranet wiki.

    Hi!

    I took a look at the code, very impressive and inspiring too. I see that there are 2 versions, one free open source and the other is commercial.
    What is the main difference between too?
    Is there a significance different in the support given to users of the non commercial version comparing to the commercial one?

    I recommend all of you to try this CMS before trying any PHP CMS.
      Back then (remember, that's 3-4yrs. back), there was only one product: the Metadot Portal Server, and it was free, as in 'GPL' (GNU General Public License); That seems still to be the case (as I read the Metadot homepage).

      As for support, now (as back then) you have two options:

      * the user forums, which today seems to be primarily run by the user community; 3-4yrs ago the developers would frequently participate, if a Q had been lying around for a day or two without an A; That may have changed now.

      * the commercial offers of help with installation, training, hosting, trouble shooting &c; You pay for these professional services, - that's what puts butter on the Metadot Corp. developers toast.

      The product is well documented (which was one of the requirements in my evaluation), and a programmer with basic experience in OS and Perl should have no trouble installing and configuring it. And getting answers to /h(is|er)/ questions in the free forums.

      best regards
      Allan Dystrup

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