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Basic version of website up in one month using Drupal or CMS?

Posted 08 May 2011 - 11:33 AM

Hi guys!

I have an idea for a website, and I'd like the main page and forum to be up in a little over one month from now. There is a website I like called Runeterra (http://runeterra.com/index.php) which uses a free forum software called SMF which I think works really nicely, and I saw on GoDaddy.com that SMF is available.

Also, I want authorized users to be able to sign in and post new topics/blog posts, etc, and so I was thinking about using a CMS because it would be the easiest way to get a site up and running. I have a few questions about this though, so I would appreciate it if someone with experience could help me:

1) The blog posts on Runeterra.com have a read more button, which link to an SMF forum post. With Joomla, Drupal, or another CMS, will I be able to connect the website itself (running the CMS) to SMF, which is a separate forum installation?

2) How much flexibility will I have in customizing the website? The CMS makes it way easier for me to manage users and content, but I will have to use a template, or spend lots of time trying to customize and create a new template, where it may be easier to just add PHP/MySQL to a custom website WITHOUT a CMS.

3) A normal website with very little backend code can be up in a month, but I'm not the strongest custom PHP/MySQL coder, which is why I want to use a CMS (for the first time). What do you think I should do? Should I use the new Drupal 7 or something more simplistic?

Thank you SO much for the help you can provide.

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Re: Basic version of website up in one month using Drupal or CMS?

Posted 09 May 2011 - 02:40 AM

Everything on that website (except SMF) looks handmade. Which means they created their own CMS/Blog system.


If you where to use Drupal or Joomla, you would either have to find a plugin to integrate them with SMF, or, of course, make one yourself using their selective APIs.


Where you to make your own CMS/Blog system, you would only have to use and follow the SMF API.



In the long run, I would make my own CMS system. Using pre-made ones like the ones you've asked about tends to drag you down, whilst if you make your own, you have no limits as to what you can do.
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