CMS - Not so much a what or how, but instead a why

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CMS - Not so much a what or how, but instead a why

Postby Rihlsul » Mon Aug 28, 2006 7:38 am

I'm really into the technology benefit of Roster for my guild, and I see a lot of y'all working to integrate Roster with various CMS systems.

I'm curious to know what benefit phpnuke, DF, etc, bring to a guild's web presence? Our guild's rockin with phpbb forums and Roster and I'm always keeping an eye on how to make things improved, CMS seemed like a good way to go.

(Apologies mod if it's sort of off-topic, but I want Roster users' perspectives on CMS, not just the CMS community's perspective.)
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CMS - Not so much a what or how, but instead a why

Postby Elvenelf » Wed Aug 30, 2006 9:40 pm

I think that having a CMS integrated with WoW Roster, we have more freedom to communicate and expose our information or organization.

I see WoW Roster as a database of information about our guild and its characters/members. Having this installed into any CMS you get more power. A CMS already allows you to post a varied forms of news, paneled formats, and freedom to code your own stuff if you need/want to.

WoW Roster alone might not allow for all that with just the roster application.
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Postby foreseit » Fri May 25, 2007 10:15 pm

It all depends on what functionality you'd like to add. While the bulk of our website is on our forums, I like the additional functionality of our CMS. Most popular is our image galleries, but we also have a calendar, and a guild manual (policies, rules, & articles ). I'm currently trying to add audio content (like a radio station) to our website, but haven't gotten very far along the development yet.
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CMS - Not so much a what or how, but instead a why

Postby secretone » Sun Oct 07, 2007 12:43 am

Well I started with just a home grown website and then added phpBB2 and the roster. It was all getting a bit messy, different looks for each part and no real way of intergrating them to look the same, not without a lot of hard work.
As each was a seperate "Application" each had it's own security problems.
The forum was under constant attack from spammers so in the end had to close registrations completely and do them manually.
The whole site was open to the public so security was a problem and keeping the public out of stuff that I did not want them to see was a nightmare, such as Ventrilo settings.
I did start to write my own CMS to get it exactly as I wanted but due to my lack of programming experience in php an MySQL I did not get too far, I did have a small site up and running.
I thought to myself "Why re-invent the wheel", so I took the plunge to look for a CMS system, I looked at Joomla, Dragonfly and a couple of others, including looking at intergrating the roster into phpBB2/3 and use that as our main site.
In the end after various tests and seeing what intergration etc was available and the ease of use I chose Dragonfly. I have not looked back since and the Guild is extremely pleased with the site and its functionality.
With a few added blocks and modules, it has enabled the users to easily create News stories and other stuff, upload picture to the gallery, provide a download area to easily get the latest game addons, ( I have to keep them updated for myself so it makes sense to have them in one place for the Guildies).
The only downside that I have found is that there are not as many addons for Roster within Dragonfly as there are for the stand alone version.

All I have to do now is to find a decent DKP system to fit in with Dragonfly, any help on that would be most appreciated. Needs to be very flexiblea and configuarable though.

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Re: CMS - Not so much a what or how, but instead a why

Postby Gator81 » Sun Oct 07, 2007 1:38 am

I believe a lot should be considered when selecting what you want to work with. Part of that would be how much time you can commit to working with what you want.
Are you looking for more security? expandability? availability? as there are a lot out there that have their pros and cons.

I personally like to go with availability, because you have more people to get help and information from. when you go with something you have a limited amount of people to depend on upgrades for then your limiting yourself. It makes it hard to verify what someone tells you because only one place to look, where if you have more places to look for your information you can verify the information that is given. This is not to say the small info is not good, but just my thoughts.
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