[Typo3] Opensource CMS Evaluation Question

Saranyu Lavanyakul saranyu at cmu.edu
Wed Jun 22 17:23:15 CEST 2005

Hi all,

I am absolutely new to open source CMS and community. As I am working on 
a CMS project for my organization (in Education field) and evaluating a 
few open source CMS systems.

I would like to ask for your suggestions on the evaluation and systems.

The current situation is we run four websites on two web servers both on 
Windows Server (btw, we do not expect the CMS must run on windows). 
Existing sites have custom applications using JSP with Macromedia JRun 
on one server and ASP and IIS on another server. Major parts of the 
sites are static such as news, articles, course description, faculty 
directory, etc. The primary purpose of the CMS initiative is because we 
have a lot of information shared among those four sites such as news. 
They appear on each site with different look and feel. We want to manage 
single source of content and capable of publishing it to the four 
websites. Another requirement is we want to maintain the ability to run 
those existing custom ASP/JSP pages with the CMS system.

So I kinda envision that the CMS should be on the back end separated 
from the live site, storing the content on the CMS and be able to 
generate static page and send to the live server.

The open source system that we are currently looking are Apache Lenya, 
Typo3, OpenCMS and Midgard. Currently it seems to me that none of them 
capable of our requirement out of the box. As I am trying to find a way. 
I have a few question would like to ask for your suggestion.

- From the requirement above, do you happen to know any open source 
system that can fit well?
- If you have experience with Apache Lenya, Typo3, OpenCMS or Midgard 
could you please share a bit on the how it compare to each other and 
amount of work that need to be done to do the functionality that we need.
- Any resource or suggestion for me at all.

Thank you very much, I really appreciate your help.

Saranyu L.

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