Yes, Tiki has recently won the Best Free CMS award (Yay!) and has, additionally, the most built-in features available in an open source CMS, so we Tiki fans think it is a good fit for most people who want a feature-rich web site.
Since you have already tried TYPO3, MODx, Django-CMS, CMS Made Simple and Concrete5, amongst others, and are aware of their relative strengths and weaknesses in the context of your requirements, I would invite you to give Tiki a go and am happy to confirm that a standard Tiki install can be configured to meet most, if not all, of the requirements you have outlined below.
I am unable to offer any insight to your TYPO3 vs Tiki dilemma: they are both excellent solutions which take different approaches to offer a content management solution. Have you seen http://tiki.org/Tiki+vs+Typo3 ?
Your server requirements appear to be adequate for Tiki. To help you get started, there is a fair bit of documentation (see http://doc.tiki.org/) and a group of volunteers who respond to requests for assistance on the Tiki forums (see http://tiki.org/forums ) or over IRC (see http://irc.tiki.org/).
And if you want a Tiki powered web site quickly and effortlessly, a Tiki consultant can be hired (see http://info.tiki.org/Consultants ) to set it up exactly as per your requirements.
> I sent the below post to the TYPO3 mailing list
> recently, but after
> visiting Concrete5 site yesterday I've noticed
> that C5 has won award
> for "Best Open Source CMS" and then found out
> that Tiki Wiki is winner
> in the "Best Free CMS" category which made me
> curious to evaluate it.
> TYPO3 looks mature & robust, with large
> community, but it also seems
> that at the current moment many things are
> changing: there is upcoming
> 6.0 release which puts more emphasis on
> Extbase/Fluid technology and
> there is rapid development of new version called
> Neos which will break
> compatibility with the present extensions, so it
> might be that new CMS
> won't have as much extension available as it is
> situation today.
> I hope you do not mind to post just a little
> modified text
> (replacing TYPO3 with Tiki) here asking how Tiki
> Wiki might fulfill our
> needs and possibly to get some insight into
> TYPO3 vs Tiki Wiki dilemma?
> in short: I'm looking for a stable & mature CMS
> large-enough community on which I can settle for
> longer-term offering
> everything for my web needs (smaller-medium
> sites) having enough
> extensions/add-ons/plugins enabling me to use
> them as 'lego-bricks' and
> integrate everything together without the need
> to go too deep under the
> hood, so wondering is Tiki the right choice for
> long: In the past I did use CMS Made Simple and
> did few sites with it,
> but left due to too arrogant devs not caring
> much for their users.
> Afterwards tried Joomla, but quickly uninstalled
> When MODx Revo appeared, I did try it and played
> with it for some time
> but left seeing it was not clear where is was
> Then tried tinkering with Django, mostly with
> Django-CMS, but the
> project had problems with compatibilities
> between dependencies for
> different 'reusable apps'.
> Then used SilverStripe (2.4.x), but it felt too
> rudimentary and
> 'discovered' Concrete5 which is at the moment
> used for the non-profit
> organization I'm creating content for.
> For my private site i use(d) WP which is simple
> blog-only, but we want
> to expand it into bigger site documenting our
> upcoming open-source
> multi-platform desktop project.
> Considering that we'd do our desktop project in
> Python and in order to
> not 'change gears' too often, I did evaluate
> web2py which we like as
> the framework, but there is not the single
> mature CMS written in it -
> there are 2 altogether which are mostly
> one-man-show without any
> community around it.
> That led us back to Django where we find:
> Django-CMS, Mezzanine and
> FeinCMS, but all of them are not so big projects
> in terms of number of
> devs & community and lack all the 'bricks' we'd
> need to migrate our
> sites to them which means learning a framework.
> Finally, we have to put asap web site for our
> small company site and
> invested some $s in buying add-ons for
> Concrete5, but we really do not
> like their business model - plenty of add-ons
> which are mostly sold.
> Moreover, docs for their framework is a need of
> some love and the core
> team is also no too big.
> Finally, somehow, I have 'discovered' TYPO3 and,
> of course, could read
> many 'hate' stories on the Net (there is even
> anti-TYPO3 list) where
> several users complain how TYPO3 is complex,
> unintuitive, not many
> usable extensions etc.
> I did install it on my server, and I must say
> that it looks quite good.
> I mentioned my (present) web needs above, but in
> terms of functionality
> it boils down to:
> a) decent blog engine with comments, support for
> Disqus, possibly
> pingback/trackback which would be use on all the
> three sites (private,
> non-profit, company)
> b) extensions for google-maps front-end, Piwik
> c) extension to handle public download area
> counting number of downloads
> for media files (audio, video)
> d) extension for document management to provide
> private downloadable
> area for our (registered) clients, so that each
> client can access
> his/her private support docs/multimedia-files
> etc. (to be used on
> company site)
> e) simple shop so that customers can offer our
> 'products' which are
> actually just homeopathy & counselling services
> - nothing complicated
> since there are not thousands products to be
> Moreover, in the beginning, we need simple
> checkout to provide info how
> customers can pay for their orders via Internet
> banking etc., but later
> we'd like to offer accepting of credit cards
> payment, so having nice
> infrastructure in the typo3-based shop to easily
> write custom payment
> module for the form-api gateway would be great.
> In the future, we may need to add some
> calendaring extension so that
> customers can 'book' free time for their
> appointment when ordering some
> f) support for Croatian language so that we do
> not need to translate
> front-end from the scratch.
> That's pretty much all what we need at the
> moment and wonder how Tiki
> can fulfill those requirements?
> The PHP memory limit is set to 256MB on my
> server and although my shared
> (webfaction-like) account can use maximum 500MB,
> I'm interested if I
> could use Tiki in such environment to serve the
> above low-traffic
> I do not mind learning a bit of PHP, but I
> simply do not find myself as
> Pro PHP developer writing complex extensions,
> so, considering that Tiki
> does not have, afaict, a concept of plugin, how
> does one tailor the
> system to his own/specific needs?
> How is Tiki support for non-Apache servers?
> Is it possible to rewrite its mod-rewrite rules
> to suit
> Cherokee/Lighttpd/Nginx which could provide
> better performance than
> Any caching tip I do miss to optimize my
> 'introduction' site's
> Any advice is welcome.
> p.s. Please fix the info about this group at
> Gmane since it is
> misleading saying the posting is allowed which
> is not true without
> subscribing to the list.
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