[TheThinkTank] Content Management Systems

Bikes Not Bombs mail at bikesnotbombs.org
Wed Oct 10 12:59:17 PDT 2007

We've just moved the Bikes Not Bombs website to Drupal.  I think it  
is the best free CMS option out there.  (There's also Joomla which  
may be a little easier to figure out, with fewer features.)  Drupal  
is definitely hard to figure out at first ... especially to set up  
just a regular old public website, since at its core it seems much  
more geared to doing collaborative community websites with blogs/ 
forums etc.  We haven't yet, but will, set up the kinds of things you  
are talking about with volunteer login, different tiers of login and  
access, wiki, etc.  But I know that Drupal is one of the best tools  
out there for doing this.  For the public side of your site, you  
won't exactly get a wiki-like interface or wysiwyg editing, tho there  
may be tools that can help with that.  David Mercer's book is a  
useful resource.

I can answer basic questions, but I had some tech volunteers really  
do the nuts and bolts, and they aren't on this listserve.  So if you  
want info email me directly at arik at bikesnotbombs.org ... I may have  
to pass on some of your questions to my tech pros.


On Oct 10, 2007, at 3:03 PM, Andrew Bushaw wrote:

> We have been using pbwiki.com (a free wiki, one login) for our
> organizing but are starting to feel the need for a tiered access
> control as well as for an actual website to send the public to. We
> have been contemplating getting a content management system such as
> "drupal" to serve both functions. I think the SLBC uses a similar CMS
> for their website and maybe others do to. How well does it work? Do
> regular folks have a difficult time using it? our ideal: public web
> page w/ donation links, a login page with a volunteer only section,
> then a section for core members only where we would keep fundraising
> info. Would like it to be easy to edit, with a wiki-like interface,
> preferably wysiwyg editors. Thanks, Andrew
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