[TheThinkTank] Content Management Systems

andrew L. anyone at breathingplanet.net
Wed Oct 10 17:45:28 PDT 2007

I am on this list and have some drupal experience if people end up going 
with that option and need specific help... anyone_at_breathingplanet.net
for the revamp of troybikerescue.org, we are going to try out joomla.
for making a good editor in drupal (non-html), try the TinyMCE module. 
its kind of a pain in the ass install but well documented in the readme 
files that come with it.  when installing new modules, always read the 
readme files.

andrew L.
troy bike rescue
troy new york

Bikes Not Bombs wrote:
> 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.
> -Arik
> 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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