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    Hi all,

    (I realise this has been discussed previously, but I figure things change so quickly with the web these days so I decided to start a new thread)

    I have been tasked to come up with a website for my Tae Kwon Do club.
    In the end, I wont be running it so it needs to be user friendly. (My Master is a little bit of a techno-phobe but he understands that he would like a web presence anyway)

    So what I am after is something that is very user friendly and is easy to theme because I don't have a huge amount of time to spend on this project.

    I would like to be able to set access to specific groups (as an example, white belts don't need to be seeing the instructors news etc.)

    Needs to have some sort of calendar for events so that I could have something on the front page which auto loads the upcoming monthly events (gradings, seminars etc.)

    There are so many CMS systems I have seen out there and it does get a little confusing sorting through them all after a while.

    I figure some of you guys are going to have an opinion on this so it was a good place to ask

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    Joomla is a good one IMO, but thats really the only one i've dealt with. I have the vBulletin CMS also, but its mainly concerned with vBulletin, instead of a standalone CMS
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    I too am setting up a site at the moment based on Joomla.

    The only issue I have at the moment is the setting up of groups.

    I am going through the process of finding an add on that takes care of custom group structures.

    Also.... another good add-on to look at for Joomla is Community Builder. Its good if you want custom registration information and you can purchase an add on for paid memberships etc...
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    Drupal is supposedly great.

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    Wordpress would be the best choice. It can do all that you want (with a plugin for the events - there are plenty of options there). In my experience, the admin is by far the most straight forward and easy to use for clients.

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    +1 wordpress; don't waste you time with anything else.
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    I'm having a bit of a play with Wordpress at the moment. Seems pretty straightforward and might be the go.

    I just ran through this tutorial which makes it a lot easier to understand the underlying structure of WP: How To Create a WordPress Theme: The Ultimate WordPress Theme Tutorial

    Now I might go looking at the available themes and see what's available. Does anyone know if the free ones are freely modifiable? If not, I'll continue on creating my own theme.

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    I'd wait for WordPress 3.0 to be honest - lots of CMS-friendly features to be had there, and it's only a couple of weeks away (if that, RC was released a week or so ago).

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    I'm no techie, but I've managed to install Wordpress and ModX pretty easily.

    I've ended up going with Wordpress. Plenty of themes and plugins out there. No need to write any code yourself is a big plus.

    ModX was pretty, small and customisable but would need to write code to get it behaving the way you want.

    I didn't need Rapidweaver either. So now, I just gotta write the blog posts.

    ps. if you go with Wordpress, check out the Thesis theme.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bennyling View Post
    I'd wait for WordPress 3.0 to be honest - lots of CMS-friendly features to be had there, and it's only a couple of weeks away (if that, RC was released a week or so ago).
    Is it going to be that much different? As in current sites won't work with it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by grfxninja View Post
    Is it going to be that much different? As in current sites won't work with it?
    It'll most likely have some stuff that you'll need to update your theme to work with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gehenna View Post
    Drupal is supposedly great.
    I highly recommend Drupal as well. I have built more than a dozen sites with Drupal (worked with wordpress and mambo/joomla in the past) ranging in levels of complexity from simple blogs to websites and forums with multi-tiered levels of access.

    Version 7 of Drupal is getting very close to a beta/release candidate release. It incorporates some very nice usability changes.

    Drupal will do everything you are seeking. It comes with lots of themes that can be easily edited/modified to suit. Check out Drupal Gardens | Get a Free Drupal 7 Site Here or Buzzr | Drupal Made Easy. if you want to test the water

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    I use Joomla and Wordpress. Both a easy to use, albeit Joomla takes a bit more training. I've never tried Drupal, any opinions on Drupal vs. Joomla?

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    Based on your requirements you need wordpress.
    If you need a simple CMS with the funtions you mentioned you should keep it as simple as possible and don't use the big boys like Drupal and Joomla because there is too much functionality in them.

    Wordpress is easy to setup and theme so it should be an easy job for you.
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