Hoo-boy! I am using Plone (www.plone.org). Free, and lots of users, but not easy to learn. There are other free ones out there. Most of them are very general-purpose; they organize *anything*. Plone, for example, is just a framework for storing and indexing content. It has its own database and server.
IMHO (of course): * Any free system requires a lot of work: documentation is disorganized, and in general the system is "grow-your-own". That's why it's *free*. * Any system that does pretty much what you want to do is expensive; it matches your needs because lots of people took the time and effort to design it that way. They have to be paid, and you're (and similar customers) are the payers. * Any system that does *exactly* what you want is expensive to buy *and* needs continuing support. Cuz no system does exactly what you want, out of the box. Those are the 3 rules of software applications. They haven't changed since the big Kahuna first installed Universe 1.0. Joe Joe Malin Technical Writer (408)625-1623 jmalin at tuvox.com www.tuvox.com The views expressed in this document are those of the sender, and do not necessarily reflect those of TuVox, Inc. -----Original Message----- From: framers-bounces+jmalin=tuvox....@lists.frameusers.com [mailto:framers-bounces+jmalin=tuvox.com at lists.frameusers.com] On Behalf Of Jim Light Sent: Tuesday, April 11, 2006 11:11 AM To: framers at lists.frameusers.com Subject: Content Management Here's my problem: Our company is not ready to invest in any sort of content management system. We are a small startup and we don't have the budget of larger, older companies. Yet we have a lot of text insets and graphics and stuff that are begging for a way to catalog and manage. Is there some cheap (free) CMS-like solution that will help get us started and then scale up (or facilitate a transfer) later? We already have SQL Server and Oracle in-house, so solutions that build on those might work. We are too small for a solution that requires a lot of additional IT support, so something us writers could set up and administer would be helpful. We are not programmers, so roll-your-own solutions requiring us to write scripts or programs won't work. We have SharePoint, which might be better than nothing, but it seems to change the name of the Frame file when it opens it and it copies each file to a separate temporary directory when it opens it. So basically it creates a total mess of a Frame book. I didn't even bother to see if it could keep a bunch of customizable metadata. Presumably, someone else has had this challenge... Any thoughts? Thanks Jim Light