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As most of you know, this site is powered by Geeklog, an open-source content management system (CMS). There are a large number of such packages out there, and trying to decide which one you'd like to use can take some time -- you'd have to download, install, and configure each of them to get a sense of the feature sets they offer.

Over the weekend, I posted a link to opensourceCMS, a unique website that currently hosts 13 different CMS products (including Geeklog), but I felt the site was worth a bit more attention that just a link entry. What makes the site unique is that you can login to any of the 13 systems as the administrator, enabling you to test out the side of the interface that you'll use to update your site's content each day. You can add topics, change themes, post stories, edit settings, etc.

To make sure that the systems are available for everyone to test, the site automatically resets all 13 of them to their default installation settings every hour, so any and all changes you make have, at most, a 60 minute existence.

If you're thinking of using a CMS, opensourceCMS can help you with the basic homework and save you a fair amount of download and installaton time.
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Authored by: bluehz on Jan 06, '03 10:40:24AM

This is VERY COOL!!! I never knew about this resource. I was shopping for a CMS about 3 months ago and manually installed several of them to try them out - installs would take anywhere from 10 mins to several hours (tracking down a problem for example). This resource lets you test out all the major CMS's in a flash.I wish I had known about this back when I was testing.

I was also impressed that they actually offered a sample of PHPWebSite - teh CMS I finally chose to use. PHPWebSite is relatively newcomer and has been flying under the radar for the most part. It is a nice solid pkg offering all the features you need without all the extra baggage that has been piled onto most CMS available these days.It doesn't offer all the bells and whistle addons like Geeklog or PHPNuke, etc. - but then again thats why I steered clear of those - too much fluff. It also has an active developer community.

I would also recommend B2 and Mambo which are also available for testing at this site - these are VERY NICE interfaces, easy to setup and aimed more at the blogger than a full-blown CMS.

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Authored by: qryss on Jan 11, '03 02:56:30AM

Hi folks,

If you are serious about a CMS and you want more than a weblog-style one. then I have to point out the excellent MySource at

I am currently delivering a number of commercial website solutions based around this CMS and the more I use it the more I am impressed.

PHPwebsite is also greta if you want something cheap and cheerful.

If you like complexity then head over to and check out Typo3. I found this harder to use the more I used it but maybe that's just me. It's certainly feature rich.

And there is also OpenCMS at This is Java-based and looks like the real thing (I'm sure it's designed by people familiar with Vignette) but frankly MySource wipes the floor with it.

Do yourself a favour and play with MySource for a bit, then decide.


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Authored by: ganar on Mar 06, '03 12:24:57PM

I've managed to install MySource on a powermac at the office but I can't make it work. I have MySQL and PHP installed and working, I've managed to make the MySource installation, but I can't login as root, the system answer:"Authentication credentials incorrect or account locked. Please contact your website administrator for assistance."

We think the problem may be related to the way MySQL handles the User database on the mac. Does anyone has managed to install mysource on a mac?

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