From: Erkens, Carol (LIB) <cerkens@om...> - 2003-03-05 14:31:51
----Paul Wrote -------
>After experimenting with a few of these open source cms packages myself
>I agree that most definitely require customization to fit a typical
And customizing takes a very well-versed skill in php coding, in most cases,
as well as being able to see how all the pieces fit together.
Writing/customizing modules is no picnic.
For example, the issue of logins would put some people
(libraries) off right away. However, some open source cms packages let
administrators turn off the public logins.
When the catalog portion of the site is handled by a different software than
the rest of the website (as we have Horizon for the database and the rest of
the site is html/shtml pages at this time that have to be "touched" to be
updated) then making the two mesh can sometimes be a problem (they reside on
different servers and run on different webserver software.)
>As for security issues, I'm not an expert. I do know that the web is seeing
an explosive growth
>in the use of these open source cms websites. Many are supported by active
>Sourceforge and elsewhere and project development is active and ongoing.
Security and other
>patches are often quickly available.
I've watched bug-trac for the past 6 months and you're right. There are
patches/warnings/notices out there that usually come pretty quick. My
problem is learning what good/secure coding is instead of relying on what
someone else has written and then worrying about someone intruding. Yes, I
know intruders is a risk anyone takes when they put up a website, but
learning about minimizing the risks takes time.
>The power and flexibility of these programs are impressive. They
>continute to improve and mature. It would be really great to see an open
>source cms that tries to fit "just" libraries. Hopefully we will see
>an open source cms emerge in the near future that fits the bill.
Most software that is being designed for libraries is for the whole
enchalada, including catalog, holds system, patron base, etc. I just want a
system that is public library oriented without the catalog part. So I'm
(trying to) designing my own ;-)
Carol Erkens, Webmaster
Omaha Public Library
> ----Paul Wrote -------
> >After experimenting with a few of these open source cms packages myself
> >I agree that most definitely require customization to fit a typical
> >library's needs.
A colleague of mine has also been investigating that, with similar
conclussions. However, for him, the best candidate (if you can
read French, that is) seems to be SPIP:
Speaking for others,