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eWeek: Open Source Provides Viable CMS Options

Jan 15, 2003, 11:30 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jason Brooks)


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"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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