[lug] CMS Recommendation?

Davide Del Vento davide.del.vento at gmail.com
Tue Jan 10 14:13:11 MST 2017

I would suggest a static site generator instead, such as Nikola.
Eventually I gave up on the web though, so I do not use anything
(static or dynamic like a true CMS)

On Tue, Jan 10, 2017 at 2:02 PM, Jed S. Baer <blug at jbaer.cotse.net> wrote:
> Hi Folks.
> I inherited the responsibility for maintaining a small website for a
> local ham radio club, and the "website builder" interface provided by the
> hosting company is the worst thing I've ever encountered for such a task.
> So, having past experience with WordPress, I figured I'd convert the site
> to that. So, I set up an instance locally, to work on that. Wow.
> The WordPress of today is a far cry from that of my previous experience.
> It's become a bloated mess of JavaScript and quirky templates. (YMMV,
> JMHO, etc.) The generated pages do not display properly unless JavaScript
> is enabled. This breaks my rule of displaying content using the simplest
> method available. And it's an unwelcome surprise, since I regularly read
> quite a few sites which are published using WordPress, without need of
> JavaScript. I can only conclude that these sites are using older
> templates, which are fortunately still compatible with newer releases of
> WordPress. Okay, I'll cut short the rant. :)
> So, I'm looking for some other CMS / web publishing method. It should be
> lightweight, with simple, easily tweakable templating, and produce
> uncomplicated HTML. Mostly, for this site, I need static pages and the
> ability to group/organize images and technical documents. Possibly, a
> blog feature could be used in the future, but that's not a high
> requirement. The admin/management part needs to be part of the website.
> Once the initial install/setup is finished, it should be easy to make
> content additions/changes. It should support multiple user accounts.
> I've looked over the listings at
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_content_management_systems
> cmsimple would seem, by dint of its name, to be simple - can anyone
> comment on it?
> I'm open for suggestions. One of the challenges here is that if I drop
> dead, the job of maintaining the site will likely fall on someone who
> isn't as knowledgable as I. This rules out some things which seem cool,
> such as OctoPress, or other solutions where content is generated locally
> and uploaded.
> TIA for any advice.
> jed
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