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Posted on 2012-04-03
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I've been reviewing Mura CMS and its possibilities. While it is indeed robust and it appears to have several years of continued success in the market, the cost of training is insane. I can neither afford or want to take a week in California to figure out the architecture, etc.

Does anyone have any other ideas for an out of the box CMS solution versus creating my own?  There are features in Mura that I'd love to have automated for all my site developments, but the cost for training is just too prohibitive and time consuming.

I'd gladly pay a few hundred bucks to an experienced user who could be my tech support guru instead of having to pay the minimum $1000 for 4 tickets of support Mura offers instead of training.

I'm mostly baffled at how to manipulate the templates the CMS generates and after looking at the source files, it seems too hard to tweak them to my liking and their markup code looks a lot like heiroglyphics to me.  I'm proficient in CF Markup for developing sites, but their includes and templates, etc. are too messy for me.

Help!  I have about 4 new websites to deploy and would love to start using a consistent CMS with good online support options.
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I have been developing in Coldfusion going on 12 years now and my favorite projects have always revolved around either creating or modifying one CMS solution or another at the places I have worked.

I agree with you about MURA. I needed to employee it (out of necessity) on two separate past projects and even though I completed the projects; I felt that it was unnecessarily cumbersome. Another point, I usually stay away from commercial software or pay for support packages unless there is some other specific benefit other then a promise of "good support". I have found that having a community of support results in a far better solution.

Ok, so my preference regarding deployment, support, efficiency, and productivity is FarCry. The CMS offers a wide array of features, a very active community for support, extremely scalable, and is constantly being updated to stay current. I would recommend that you check out FarCry as a possible solution.

However, if I have to do something quick and dirty, I also will use a version of the old CFNUKE files because it is extremely simple and fast to deploy. However, CFNUKE coding is quite antiquated and really only works well for very small projects.

If FARCRY or CFNUKE doesn't meet your needs, I hope you can use this comprehensive list below I compiled to find an appropriate CMS application, which matches your needs.

I hope you find that this information answers your question and saves you time deciding.

Take care


Here is my full list of CMS resources.

Application: Affino
Website: http://www.comrz.com/affino-overview
Type: Commercial
From: Comrz
More Info:

Application: AssetNow NX
Website: http://www.assetnow.com/
Type: Commercial
From: Orbital
More Info:

Application: bluApple
Website: http://bluapple.riaforge.org/
Type: Open Source
From: Marco Williams
More Info: Click Here

Application: Boomsocket (Formerly known as CF Nuke)
Website: http://www.boomsocket.com/
Type: Open Source
More Info: Still in alpha, as of March 2012

Application: Bytespring CMS
Website: http://bytespringcms.riaforge.org/
Type: Open Source
From: Jason Sheedy

Application: CAM-II CMS
Website: http://camiicms.riaforge.org/
Type: Open Source
From: Steve Good
More Info: Built with ColdFusion, AJAX (JQuery) and uses the Mach-II framework.

Application: CFC_Nuke
Website: http://cfcNuke.riaforge.org/
Type: Open Source
From: Scott Stewart
More Info:

Application: CFNUKE
Website: http://cfnuke.riaforge.org/
Type: Open Source
From: Marco G. Williams (Depricated)
More Info: Portal App

Application: CFXOOPS
Website: http://sourceforge.net/projects/cfxoops/
Type: Open Source
From: (Discontinued)
More Info: http://www.cfxoops.org/

Application: ColdBricks
Website: http://www.coldbricks.com/
Type: Open Source
From: Oscar Arevalo
More Info:

Application: CommonSpot
Website: http://www.paperthin.com/products/index.cfm
Type:  Commercial
From: Paperthin
More Info:

Application: CONTENS
Website: http://www.contens.com/en/pub/index.cfm
Type:  Commercial
From: CONTENS
More Info:

Application: CONTENS relate "Social Network Solution"
Website: http://www.contens.com/en/pub/products/contens_relate.html
Type:  Commercial
From: CONTENS
More Info:

Application: Content Editor
Website: http://contenteditor.riaforge.org/
Type: Open Source
From: Jason Presley (Discontinued)
More Info: The Content Editor is a simple website content editor. It allows users to update content that is on their site. It has the fckeditor integrated for use as the rich text editor. Linked to the fckeditor is the cffm file manager to simplify the management of assets through the rte interface.

Application: ContentMonger Pro
Website: http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/exchange/index.cfm?event=extensionDetail&extid=1002557
Type: free
From: Matt Robertson
More Info: Available in the Adobe Dev Exchange

Application: Contribute
Website: http://www.adobe.com/products/contribute.html
Type: Commercial
From: Adobe
More Info:

Application: DA-Content
Website: http://www.dynapp.com/da-content.da
Type: Commercial
From: Dynapp
More Info:

Application: EmPower and CMS products
Website: http://www.ektron.com/
Type: Commercial
From: Ektron
More Info: Click Here

Application: FarCry CMS
Website: http://www.farcrycms.org/
Type: Open Source
From: Daemon
More Info: Click Here

Application: HomePortals
Website: http://www.homeportals.net/
Type: Open Source
From: Oscar Arevalo
More Info: HomePortals is a web development framework for the ColdFusion platform especially tailored for building portals and other highly modular sites.

Application: Hot Banana ColdFusion CMS
Website: http://www.hotbanana.com/
Type: Commercial
From: Hot Banana Software/Lyris
More Info:

Application: IFactum e-Business Suite
Website: http://www.ifactum.com/main.cfm?id=2285
Type: Commercial
From: IFactum
More Info: Editions for ColdFusion and BlueDragon

Application: Katapult
Website: http://labs.fusionlink.com/katapult/index.cfm?page=projects/katapult
Type: Open Source
From: John Mason
More Info:

Application: Knivis
Website: http://www.knivis.com/
Type: Commercial
From:
More Info:

Application: LightHouse CMS
Website: https://www.modernsignal.com/siteeditor
Type: A commercial hosted service.
From:
More Info: (not currently downloadable)

Application: Mojito
Website: http://mojito.riaforge.org/index.cfm
Type: Open Source
From: James Harvey
More Info:

Application: Mura CMS
Website: http://www.getmura.com/
Type: Open Source
From: Blue River Interactive Group  
More Info: (formerly named Sava CMS)

Application: NQcontent WCM
Website: http://www.nqcontent.com
Type: Commercial
From: NetQuest  
More Info:

Application: Preside CMS
Website: http://www.presidecms.com/
Type: Commercial
From: Pixl8  
More Info:

Application: Savvy Content Manager
Website: http://www.besavvy.com/
Type: Commercial
From: Savvy Software  
More Info:

Application: ShadoCMS
Website: http://www.shadocms.com/
Type: Commercial
From: Straker Interactive  
More Info:

Application: Simple Content Editor
Website: http://contenteditor.riaforge.org
Type:
From:  
More Info: (discontinued)

Application: SiteExecutive
Website: http://www.siteexecutive.com/
Type: Commercial
From: Systems Alliance
More Info:
     
Application: Speck CMS
Website: http://www.siteexecutive.com/
Type: Open Source
From: Robin Hilliard and Mark Woods
More Info:

Application: Splash CMS
Website: http://splashcms.riaforge.org/
Type: Open Source
From: Russ Johnson
More Info:

Application: TeamworkCMS
Website: http://documentation.digital-crew.com/index.cfm?page=teamworkcms
Type: Open Source and Commercial
From: Digital Crew
More Info:

Application: Thrive CMS
Website: http://www.cabbagetree.co.nz/tourism-online/thrive-cms/
Type: Open Source and Commercial Versions
From: Cabbage Tree Creative
More Info:

Application: WebPress Pro
Website: http://www.ecomenterprises.com/index.cfm?page=solutions2&crid=70
Type: Commercial
From:
More Info:

Application: Yet Another ColdFusion CMS
Website: http://yacc.riaforge.org/
Type: Open Source
From: Terrence Ryan
More Info:
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I had looked at FarCry already and wasn't confident about the support possibilities. However, if you say there is a big community of support out there, I will trust you on that.

I'm not sure the instructions for use are that clear after downloading it and initially starting to try to install it.

Is the software a server wide application or domain specific files for each domain or what?  And does the install on a Windows server function different than what the instructions appear to be saying?  I've not seen documentation that says to install a file in a folder path like ./folder   ./folder2

What is the dot before the slash mean?
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The ./folder  typically is another way of saying parent directory.

If you gave the specific context, I could be more helpful.
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I believe that I should receive the full point value for this question. It took quite a while to compile that list and therefore, I should receive the points accordingly.

Just because day6 abandoned the question, I should not be penalized.
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my bad. i clicked the wrong answer. lol
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nice list
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Thank yu for awarding me the points day6! I appreciate it!
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