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Open Source for the Enterprise by Gautam Guliani, Dan Woods

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Recommended Open Source Content Management System Projects

The projects we focus on in this section include:

Plone

Plone is a content management system that can be used as a portal, a document management system, an intranet server, an extranet server, or a collaboration server.

Drupal

Drupal is a content management system for building dynamic web sites for a broad range of projects, from personal weblogs to community-driven sites.

OpenCms

OpenCms is a content management system that can be used to build complex intranet and extranet sites quickly and cost effectively.

Plone

Plone is a turnkey content management system that is built on the powerful and free Zope application server. It requires minimal effort to set up, is deeply flexible, and provides a system for managing web content that is ideal for project groups, communities, and intranets.

Plone is good at many things, including workflows, content classification, and asset management. Users trying to build web sites focusing on digital media assets, collaboration, and even a custom project management site will benefit from Plone’s strengths (see Table E-1).

Product strengths

  • It offers good management defaults out of the box.

  • It is standards compliant with XHTML, Dublin Core, RSS, and others.

Product weaknesses

  • Many useful features are available via add-ons instead of via the core application.

  • It is a big, complex system with a steep learning curve.

Table E-1. Plone basic facts

License

GPL (dual licensing scheme under consideration by ...

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