Help Needed: Advice about New CMS/Blogger Software

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Well, as you can plainly see, Armchair Arcade is back to constant "max connections errors" (we love you, Modhost!). Anyway, we've decided to get very serious about moving to another CMS or blog package, and I'd like to get your advice about which one would work better than Drupal, which, unfortunately, needs much better hosting than we can afford to work properly. In Drupal's defense, it seems to do everything we need fairly well (though not perfect), and I'd sure hate to end up with something worse.

Essentially, what we're looking for is something that utilizes very little mysql database resources, does good caching, and can let us easily work with text and images. You've seen the kind of posts we make here; what software would let us do this most effectively and efficiently? It'd also be nice if it really made commenting easy, and perhaps had good support for a forum.

So far, I've heard people mention a few different options, particularly WordPress, phpnuke, and something called Zune (I think that's right). Anyway, just let us know your thoughts, particularly if you have lots of experience working with one of these engines. PLEASE chime in with your thoughts and suggestions. Even if you don't know much about this topic, at least let us know what features you'd like to have as a user. If you're having problems getting your response posted, feel free to email it to using the "Contact Us" button on the menu.

(Bill, Mark, please paste your "wish lists" here as well. Might as well get all the help with this we can.)

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Mark Vergeer
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Matt Barton wrote:gameCMS: A
Matt Barton wrote:

gameCMS: A CMS Designed for Gaming Sites.

This one looks pretty interesting. Apparently, the full commercial version with integrated forums is only $50, and the lite version is free. It looks like it's also integrated with phpbb2.

I would like our host to comment on the various packages they should be able to state whether or not a CMS will work with our current hosting deal. I'd hate for us to start working with yet another CMS system and have it stop dead in it's tracks. How about having one of our own systems host the site with a dedicated server?

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Matt Barton
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Mark wrote:I would like our
Mark wrote:

I would like our host to comment on the various packages they should be able to state whether or not a CMS will work with our current hosting deal. I'd hate for us to start working with yet another CMS system and have it stop dead in it's tracks. How about having one of our own systems host the site with a dedicated server?

The only thing they've recommended so far is Movable Type. I'm not sure what you mean about a dedicated server. I think you'd need a special type of internet connection for that, maybe a T1 or at least a "static IP." Last time I checked into that, it was thousands per month.

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Bill Loguidice
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Matt Barton wrote:gameCMS: A
Matt Barton wrote:

gameCMS: A CMS Designed for Gaming Sites.

This one looks pretty interesting. Apparently, the full commercial version with integrated forums is only $50, and the lite version is free. It looks like it's also integrated with phpbb2.

Sounds good and might even let us easily put up that museum site I wanted to, but it still sounds a bit immature:

* At the moment only IE6 or FireFox are officially supported - gameCMS should work in other browsers but has not been officially tested yet. The gameCMS community has reported that it does seem to work well in both Opera and Safari.
* You are expected to be running your browser maximised or in fullscreen mode at a resolution of 1024x768 or better while using gameCMS. If you open gameCMS in a smaller window then you may need to refresh for gameCMS to fit the window if you resize it.

I'd hate to be a beta tester for someone. We've done that twice before.

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We are currently testing

We are currently testing DragonflyCMS. Anyone have any thoughts on this one?

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