"The content management services we evaluate this week offer
companies a simpler and less costly route to publishing materials
on the Web than software systems. However, these virtues come in
part at the expense of some of the flexibility that more expensive,
self-hosted solutions can deliver.
"Open-source CMSes (content management systems)--such as
PHP-Nuke (www.phpnuke.org), eZ Publish (www.ez.no) and Bricolage
(www.bricolage.cc)--provide a compelling third option, one that can
be flexible and relatively inexpensive without requiring companies
to build their own CMS from the ground up.
"Of course, an open-source CMS solution can present its own
challenges. As we've seen before with open-source software, the
flip side of great flexibility is often challenging complexity.
While it's true that open source enables companies to cross off
licensing-fee line items from their project budgets, a portion of
these savings must be redirected to development expertise, be it
outsourced or in-house..."
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