Content Management System (CMS) Roundup
When I was a kid, I'd get to attend rodeos in the country. These weren't the big affairs we have in Texas since I grew up in Panama. Those rodeos in Panama were often small corrals and fun events for family and children. So, when I use the word "roundup," I'm imagining rounding up a small herd of cattle rather than several Texas-style big roundups.
Content Management Systems--tools that allow us to maintain our web sites, distributing web site maintenance to non-techies, eliminating the need to invest in complex web development programs a la Dreamweaver or In Design--are now available in various packages. Whether you want to do it yourself with your own content management system (e.g. Joomla or Drupal), or hire out to someone else, the list has grown considerably.
When I first started down this road a few years ago, hosting a content management system in-house seemed the way to go. Since then, as I've seen first-hand how such a project can be a victim of its own success (no matter how committed the people are to maintaining it), and given the proliferation of web hosting providers, why not "outsource" content management?
Some solution providers of content management systems include the following (districts listed mentioned they were being used when I compiled this info but it may have changed):
SchoolCenter (http://schoolworld.edline. com/) - This is use by NEISD.net, Magnolia ISD, Water Valley ISD, Edna ISD, and others.
- SchoolWires (http://www.schoolwires.com/
swcorp/site/default.asp) – Deer Park ISD and many others are using this.
- Edlio.com (f.k.a. Educational Networks) - http://www.edlio.com/ - Stephenville ISD (http://www.sville.us/) and West Orange Cove ISD (http://woccisd.net/) use this one.
- eChalk – This is used by MayPearl ISD
- SCHOOLinSITES.com - Anna ISD, Hondo ISD
I am sure there are many more content management system solution providers out there, including those folks who believed as I did a few years ago that you could Do It Yourself. For those of you that still find the DIY approach worthwhile, or a cost-driven necessity, consider implementing these CMSs with help from CMS consultants:
- Drupal.org - A lot of folks find this tool wonderful but it has a steep learning curve.
- Joomla.org - This CMS has had an unusual number of security updates in the time I've been familiar with it. I'd think twice about embracing them unless you had someone on staff who was a server security whiz.
- Wordpress.org - Some folks don't mind using a content management system originally intended as a blogging engine for their district web site CMS. I like this idea but it really comes down to how versatile, flexible, you need to be. I like small solutions that can scale quick, I'm just not sure Wordpress is the right tool for the job...it's ALMOST the right tool. What do you think?
What others do you recommend?
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