|PHP Content Management Systems|
of PHP BBS and Content anagement Systems
One of the reasons for PHP's enduring drawing power beyond the feature robustness
and its relative coding simplicity has been the availability of numerous
well-designed applications. Nowhere has this been more prominent than in
the BBS and Content Management field where PHP apps filled a gap created
when HTTP and the Internet beat out all the other TCP/IP and other protocol
Bulletin Board Services. The new PHP bulletin boards offered 3 advantages:
The result is that PHPBB2 has a thriving third party community supplying new modular capabilities and expanding the already extensive theme and skins libraries. PHPBB2 is perfect for use where an organization wants to setup say a Support Forum or a Community meeting place but also wants to apply distinctive styling and graphic touches to the sites look and feel. The underlying database engine and security features will keep the site scalable and relatively secure.
Unfortunately, after a stellar faultless install, PHPWCMS showed some teething problems. Consistently the program would balk at some operations and instead of issuing an error message would kick the user out and ask the user to logon on again.As well the modules section is still under construction as of May 2004, This program need perhaps one or two more revisions - and then the wealth of interface options should start to kick in and attract users.
ezContents includes diary, calendar, poll, news, reviews, gallery, guestbook and links as nbasic modules plus a neat menuing system to access these modules plus a effective frame based system to display the results. In addition images can be used throughout, Users have two choices - do simple default placements of images or use the smart HTML editor to control the size and placement of images inthe avilable frame area. This CMS is very polished and only lacks generality in placement and sizing of frames/portlets, styling options plus additional functions such as chat, RSS, events, etc. The other missing link is documentation. Still, ezContents is well worth the time of getting to know.
The real problem is that eZ Publish uses dedicated object programming in PHP and this extracts a known large runtime penalty. For example, sites local to my machine with no network latency averaged 4-10seconds to display. The new PHP 5 will go a long way to solving this problem; but it is still a question when eZ publish will move to the new version. When it does developers have a powerful CMS tool at their disposal.
In sum, from this brief overvew of some of the diverse offerings of content management systems, that PHP offers a wide range of CMS tools. Chcek out Hotscripts list of PHP systems and functions for the latest set of CMS goodies.
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