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    CMS with ASP.net or PHP

    Hi all,

    Does anyone know a good source which will give you a step by step guide on how to a create CMS (content management systems) using PHP or ASP.net? The CMS should allow the admin user(s) to create other users with different user privildges and change privilidges i.e. A staff in the Finance department should only be able to edit pages in that section of the webpage. I want to create the CSM for an intranet, books will be helpful also.

    Any help much appreciated.

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    Re: CMS with ASP.net or PHP

    The best thing you can do in this case is to use an existing package. Developing a CMS from scratch can be a daunting task even for a seasoned developer. The total cost of ownership is MUCH lower for an existing package.

    You should Google for CMS and ASP.NET (or PHP, although I'm a bit biased for Microsoft-based solutions). You'll find a few open source (free) products out there as well, although you'll quickly discover that you get what you pay for.

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    Re: CMS with ASP.net or PHP

    Hi Mark
    Thanks for your reply. This is a University project I was told that I am not allowed to use CMS' s that are already built, I will have to create one from scratch, any other suggestions?

    Thanks again

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    Re: CMS with ASP.net or PHP

    Is the CMS software to be used in live production situation? Or is it only for the purpose of learning how to design and build such software?

    If the it will actually be used in a live production situation, then I stand by my original comment.

    If it's merely for the learning experience, then I'm sure your advisor or professor will be happy to offer further guidance to clarify how to start such a daunting and open-ended task.

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    Re: CMS with ASP.net or PHP

    the CMS will be used in live production but I will use another content management as you mentioned in your original comment, but for University I have to create one on my own and it has to work, it must have some functionality, maybe not very complex.

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    Re: CMS with ASP.net or PHP

    Personally I favour PHP over ASP any day. Any decent PHP book will include the basics, also there's plenty of help and reference material available online. Bear in mind also that most (if not all) PHP-based CMSs are free and open source. With that in mind, I'd download one (I favour Joomla), play with it, see what it does and even look at the code to give you some ideas. That should help you to decide what you want your CMS to do, as well as some ideas around how to do it.
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    Re: CMS with ASP.net or PHP

    Can I create a CSM with PHP and Microsoft SQL? or ASP.NEt and Microsoft SQL?

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    Re: CMS with ASP.net or PHP

    AFAIK you can technically do either, although MySQL is a very good <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> alternative to MS SQL and works very well with PHP. I'm not overly familiar with ASP so I'm not sure how well the combination of ASP and MySQL would work.
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    Re: CMS with ASP.net or PHP

    I don't have any personal experience of using SQL server, but I understand it should be possible using either combination. ASP may be the better way to go as it's a MS invention, so should (in theory at least) be more tightly integrated with the MS SQL database.

    I think you've come up with a really good set of ideas for your intranet, a good mix of different forms of interactivity and a little bit of static content too. Take care not to get too ambitious though; the calendar idea for example is great if you can implement it, but it's easy to get carried away trying to get one component of the site working and risk neglecting the other bits - at least, that's what I find!

    I hope it goes well, let us know how you get on!
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    Re: CMS with ASP.net or PHP

    As mentioned previously, I am going to create an intranet which is going to be used by 50 people. The user requirements are:
    - Main Page where users can log in (obviously I must create a database, with different use raccess rights i.e. a person working in finance won't be able to post messages in IT dept page) .
    - Staff/ Department Section (Operations, Finance, IT etc), explain what each department does.
    - Once designed, easy to maintain in house (CMS?).
    - Social club page, a buy and sell message board.
    - Staff Contact page with photos. This will get the data from MIS database (Management Information System), it is an access database but all the data will be imported to MS SQL server. I was asked to get the data from MS SQL server and display it on the page.
    - Information for New Starters: Places to eat in the area, (connected to streetmap.co.uk, maybe).
    - Links to useful websites.
    - A section for car parking spaces (this will let users know when a car parking space will be free) maybe I could use a calendar here.

    Is this doable in PHP with Microsoft SQL 2005 or ASP.net with Microsoft SQL 2005?

    Thanks

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    Re: CMS with ASP.net or PHP

    Wagger thanks for your help. I think i am goin to go with ASP.net.

    Thanks again.

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    Re: CMS with ASP.net or PHP

    No worries, I hope it goes well. As I said, ASP.net isn't my field of expertise but there are plenty of other loungers who do have knowledge of it. It may be worth posting on the .NET forum if you have any specific queries along those lines; there's obviously some crossover between that, this board and the Access board (which deals with SQL databases as well as Access itself).
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