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    Which CMS to use?

    I am in the process of converting a static local government site into a dynamic site using some sort of open source CMS. Which CMS do you guys think would be best for a small local gov site that a none techi can maintain?
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    Definitely Joomla.
    Its easy to install, simple to use and you dont even have to have knowledge of anything! Just understanding your MySql database. :O)

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    Wordpress for the win!

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    Joomla has more and better features than wordpress. :O)

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    Will you need to edit/add your own extensions to their codes? In Joomla, its a little hard to edit and extend the underlying code, but if you don't need that go right ahead. Even making a simple php hello world program would require a Joomla mambot/component/extension and some xml, a whole lot of coding for a simple output.

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    There's millions of scripts out there, which are fully finished, they also have sections to customize your script.
    Some need for XML knowledge, if you wish to customize it further. :O)

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    Joomla is good for some things, and not others. Wordpress can be setup to do a lot of things, but fails to do some other stuff. All CMS systems have strengths and weaknesses. So to help us answer your question, please tell us what the site needs to do?

    Do you need forums, blogs, media galleries, etc? To give a good recommendation we need to know what your feature requirements are.

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    Here are some of the features we need.

    News article posting
    Job posting
    Online job search and application submissions
    PDFs fillable forms
    Online contact forms
    Media Gallery (Photo/video)
    Podcasting and a video gallery (FLV files)
    Newsletter subscriptions
    Easy to maintain menusystems.

    If you go to any large city sites you can see most of the things we want to publish.
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    Well in that case, Joomla is probably better than Wordpress.

    Features of Joomla
    News article posting: Native
    Job posting: Extensions available
    Online job search and application submissions: Extensions available
    PDFs fillable forms: Not sure what you mean? Joomla exports pages to PDF, but wouldn't you need to make the PDFs before uploading them for forms?
    Online contact forms: Native and Extensions for more features
    Media Gallery (Photo/video): Extension (Rokbox, Simple Image Gallery)
    Podcasting and a video gallery (FLV files): Extension (Podcasting Suite)
    Newsletter subscriptions: Native and Extensions for more features
    Easy to maintain menusystems: Native

    Drupal is another option, I have not used it enough to know though. CMS Made Simple is another solution that is highly rated, but again I'm not as familiar with.
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    Okay I researched Joomla and have a question. This CMS is mainly driven by articles but I want created solid pages. Is that possible with Joomla? For my site i want to create a page for each department and service.
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    Yes, that is possible. The articles can be made into pages. The author name, last updated, time/date created, etc that makes each page look like an article can be removed.

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    yup, you can do static content. also, there are tons of toys for joomla.

    example: http://tssar.com

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    Use Joomla 1.0.15, and you'll have the Static Content items. Use Joomla 1.5.3, and you won't have that feature. It has been redesigned and I discussed this in another thread. Perhaps it will clear it up.

    http://www.codingforums.com/showthread.php?t=142531

    But lets be clear, Joomla doesn't have 'pages'. It has menu items which have certain variables, and these vars determine what content is pulled. The way to make it look like a 'page' is to pull up a specific article each time, so use the single article layout. Most of the other menu item types are for revolving content.
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