Tinkering around with the Movable Type stylesheets and templates in MT2.6x to try and get things just how I want them. But it has been a bit of an exercise in futility. They’ll look fine in Firefox but not in IE (or vice-versa). So I’m wondering about scrapping the whole MT 2.6 set up and moving on. Not that I haven’t been very happy with it but just that I’d like some more up to date functionality.
So I’m looking for a system that will allow:
- Multiple authors
- Blogging (obviously)
- File management – a sensible way to manage a set of uploaded documents and files. Might be a plug-in.
- Plug-in support of some type – for polling modules, special searches, interfaces to other systems etc.
- Good comment spam handling.
- Flexible theme/appearance management (even allow others to pick the scheme?)
- Web link database functionality.
- Nested categories.
- Integration of static pages. (I already do this in MT but it’s a pain to manage)
- Integration with Ecto.
- Image management.
- Behaves well in both Mac and Windows browsers – both for admin and viewing final result.
- Cost is a factor – but it doesn’t have to be free.
So far the contenders are:
- Movable Type 3 – Familiar interface, some good plug-ins, works with Ecto.
- Drupal – the full CMS – works with Ecto
- WordPress – easy set up, good blogging tools and configurability, current version won’t receive images from Ecto (previous versions did apparently, so I assume it’s a bug)
Don’t have too much time to spend on it so I’m only downloading a few, installing them on the iBook and having an initial play around. Any suggestions would be well received.
If all else fails I’ll just revert to the default MT 2.x templates and tinker on an interactive basis.
Also check out: http://www.opensourcecms.com/ for a great site allowing you to try these types of systems out.