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Quate CMS

  The Quate CMS is a simple, user-friendly, flexible and customizable website content management system. It is known to run on any server with recent PHP (4.3.x+) and MySQL versions. The Quate CMS is released under the GNU General Public License.

Features

  • Free and open source. Licensed under the GPL.
  • Clean and simple article URL addresses for pages.
  • Fast interface - not bloatware.
  • Extensions engine to provide additional features when needed.
  • PHP 4 and 5 intercompatible. Also operating system intercompatible.
  • Supports multilingual pages for websites that need different pages with different translations.
  • Customizable - The main Quate CMS interface is so simple, it is difficult to tell if website is using the Quate CMS. They don't require a link back to theirs site. It's your site, not theirs.

 

Requirements

There are only a few server requirements to run the QuateCMS:

  • PHP 4.3 or higher.
  • MySQL 3 or higher.

If you do not know if you meet the requirements, the QuateCMS installer will run checks before starting the installation process.

On the client side, they highly recommend you to have javascript enabled (most users do not have to worry about this). Additionally, they recommend a web browser that supports image alpha transparency. Most recent web browser satisfy this. Again, these are only recommendations.

Development Versions

If you're feeling lucky, you can go ahead and try development builds. Development builds are incomplete, experimental, buggy, and are for testing purposes only. If you are a curious type, check out the git repository for this project.

The development branch has been re-worked significantly from the 0.3 series. Some features from previous versions have not yet made it into the alpha release.

Some of the notable changes include:

  • Clean and simple article URL addresses.
  • Page revision history saves older versions of your pages.
  • Caching system for better performance.
  • Support for MySQL, SQLite 2, and PostgreSQL databases.
Drupal vs Joomla: Which CMS is Best?

Anyone trying to evaluate open source content management systems is aware that there aren't a lot of recent, useful comparative reviews. What's surprising is that this issue is true even for such popular solutions as Drupal and Joomla.

Stating in January that, "most comparisons of Drupal (site) and Joomla (site) conclude that you should select the one that best suits your needs. However, they give too little guidance about how to do that," Webology eBusiness Solutions set out to quantify the pros and cons of each by releasing a survey.

The Survey

The survey divided questions into five categories:

  1. Developers
  2. Documentation
  3. Performance/Functional Aspects
  4. Appearance
  5. Ease of Use/Learning

Users were classified by their response to "CMS most experienced with," with those answering "Not Applicable/Don't Know" to this question being removed from the analysis.

In general, the respondents were slanted a bit more toward Joomla users than Drupal users. Their roles when working with their respective CMS's break down to the largest group being Project Managers, and other large groups including Programmers and Designers. The Drupal users were, somewhat unsurprisingly, more experienced, with a median of 7 years experience in web development, while Joomla users claimed 5.

The Results

In general, there were a lot of responses that fit expectations.

Drupal Users Love Drupal, Joomla Users Love Joomla

Drupal users list the highest client satisfaction with Drupal, and Joomla users list the highest satisfaction of their clients with Joomla. Drupal developers feel that Drupal is easier for developers to learn, and Joomla users feel that Joomla is easier to learn. After all, if you already chose Drupal or Joomla, there was probably a reason you chose it at the time.

Drupal Better for Extensibility and Large Sites

Once you get down to slightly less biased issues, it gets more interesting.

Drupal users rate their CMS higher than Joomla users rated theirs in areas such as documentation (especially core and module documentation) and bugs (core and modules). Drupal users apparently feel that their add-ons integrate better with the core, and their framework makes it easier to extend their CMS's capabilities.

Drupal users also rated Drupal higher than Joomla users rated Joomla for their support of multimedia, social networking, SSL, forums, event calenders, blogging, document management, SSL, internationalization, user management and permission features (a huge gap of 40%), ease of external integration, the ease of developing large, complex web sites, and the quality of add-ons for enhancing functionality.

Joomla Easier for the Non-Geeks

However, Drupal didn't win in every aspect. Joomla users rated Joomla higher than Drupal users rated Drupal when it came to the ability for non-technical people to learn the CMS interface (another large gap), maintenance and upgrading, the ability to create a new and functioning site quickly, the ability to teach clients to use their CMS effectively, and their willingness to put time and money into improving poorly performing extensions.

Which Web CMS is Better?

Sorry, there's still no cut and dried answer, and for that matter, we don't even believe in the question.

If this survey proves anything, it's that the choice of Web CMS depends on what you're trying to do —  which is what we've been saying all along. At least now folks have a more quantifiable set of opinions to look at.

For the complete list of questions and responses, along with all of the numbers, see the Webology eBusiness Solutions blog