- Silverstripe is what I used first - but the forms (including the login to the admin) kept failing to render. In the end, I got sick of debugging it and started my hunt.
- Next up was Concrete5, which I heard mentioned recently. There were one hundred and fifty-five strict warnings in the front page of the installer. Bye bye.
- Next, CMS Made Simple. Its installer wanted E_STRICT and E_DEPRECATED removed from error reporting. At this point some folk might have continued; but that was enough for me not to consider it. I didn't have enough confidence in the code that I wanted to continue. It lost more points for the tarball not extracting into a subdirectory, which resulted in my document root being filled with nonsense.
- Joomla!... well, my last experience of it wasn't pleasant - I couldn't work out how the code was structured. It's also overkill for the requirements of this site.
- I would love to go for Habari, but the site isn't a blog, so it doesn't really fit the use case. It's still the top of the list just now, though.
- I could do what everyone else does and run Wordpress - but, again, the site isn't a blog, and I'd rather try something different.
I've been recently asked to check out some CMSes for someone, and try to find a recommendation. What I've been finding hasn't really been encouraging. Out of the several CMSes I've tried, they've all failed for various reasons. I admit that I might be looking at this from a slightly different perspective than most - that of admining it and coding against it, rather than as a user - but it's still rather disappointing.