Online newspaper software?

7 Feb 2008 - 2:33pm
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Joseph Selbie
2007

Does anyone know of a well designed, highly usable, open source, online
newspaper software?

I need the usual ability to post, edit, archive and delete articles, and I
need a "community" events calendar and classified ads. If no open source
software covers all of these, perhaps some of you could recommend individual
solutions for the events calendar and for classified ads.

Any help is greatly appreciated. I have a no budget pro bono client :).

Joseph Selbie
Founder, CEO Tristream
Web Application Design
http://www.tristream.com

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7 Feb 2008 - 2:46pm
Matt Nish-Lapidus
2007

I can't think of anything that's made specifically for newspapers, but
you could look at things like Wordpress, or on a more complicated but
more flexible note, Drupal.

Both will do the things you mentioned with a little work... Drupal is
more of a full blown CMS, but will probably be more work to customize
and skin.

Or if you're working with a good dev you could probably build these
things in Ruby On Rails pretty quickly using a lot of available
components...

On Feb 7, 2008 3:33 PM, Joseph Selbie <jselbie at tristream.com> wrote:
> Does anyone know of a well designed, highly usable, open source, online
> newspaper software?
>
> I need the usual ability to post, edit, archive and delete articles, and I
> need a "community" events calendar and classified ads. If no open source
> software covers all of these, perhaps some of you could recommend individual
> solutions for the events calendar and for classified ads.
>
> Any help is greatly appreciated. I have a no budget pro bono client :).
>
> Joseph Selbie
> Founder, CEO Tristream
> Web Application Design
> http://www.tristream.com
>
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7 Feb 2008 - 2:53pm
Ari
2006

yes, take a look at props.

the community has fallen off since i used it but with some customizations
(some i wrote, most i hacked), it also worked well as as a general purpose
CMS.

when i ran it, it easily handled 300,000 dynamic page views monthly on a
linux box running on a lowly Pentium III and MySQL 3.23 and system load
barely broke 0.6 during peak usage. it can probably handle c. 1MM page views
on a better machine.

it can run on a shared hosting environment but a dedicated or fully
virtualized machine is recommended.

props is really nice as far as layout goes - all tags are embedded in actual
HTML files and you insert dynamic content using smarty-like tags - e.g.
<h2>{headline}<h2>

http://props.sourceforge.net

On Feb 7, 2008 3:33 PM, Joseph Selbie <jselbie at tristream.com> wrote:

> Does anyone know of a well designed, highly usable, open source, online
> newspaper software?
>
> I need the usual ability to post, edit, archive and delete articles, and I
> need a "community" events calendar and classified ads. If no open source
> software covers all of these, perhaps some of you could recommend
> individual
> solutions for the events calendar and for classified ads.
>
> Any help is greatly appreciated. I have a no budget pro bono client :).
>
> Joseph Selbie
> Founder, CEO Tristream
> Web Application Design
> http://www.tristream.com
>
> ________________________________________________________________
> *Come to IxDA Interaction08 | Savannah*
> February 8-10, 2008 in Savannah, GA, USA
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>
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7 Feb 2008 - 2:49pm
Sean Landry
2008

Drupal has all the features you listed. It's open source so it's
right in your price range :)

http://drupal.org/features

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7 Feb 2008 - 5:21pm
Barbara Ballard
2005

I recall that www.ljworld.com decided that no CMS worked well for
them, so they started developing it. I even had coffee with a
developer who moved from Boston to Lawrence to work more on it. I
recall that it was open source, but I didn't find it anywhere obvious.

A for-money CMS developed by the organization: http://www.ellingtoncms.com/
And an open source web system led by the same organization:
http://www.djangoproject.com/

Mark Schraad may be able to say more on the topic.

On Feb 7, 2008 2:33 PM, Joseph Selbie <jselbie at tristream.com> wrote:
> Does anyone know of a well designed, highly usable, open source, online
> newspaper software?
>
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8 Feb 2008 - 11:43am
Dan Harrelson
2007

You might want to check out Django. It's not a full CMS but instead a
web-app framework similar to Ruby on Rails. Django was built by the
web department of a small newspaper in Lawrence, Kansas, so they must
think that it's good for newspapers ;-)

http://www.djangoproject.com/

Here's a Google TechTalk presentation by one of the creators of
Django: http://tinyurl.com/3cfpb9

...Dan

On Feb 7, 2008, at 12:33 PM, Joseph Selbie wrote:

> Does anyone know of a well designed, highly usable, open source,
> online
> newspaper software?

8 Feb 2008 - 2:01pm
Ari
2006

again, check out props at props.sourceforget.net. it's one of the few CMS
solutions designed specifically for newspapers and magazines and it's
written in PHP so it can pretty much be installed anywhere.

there's also http://www.bricolage.cc/ - which is perl-based but required
mod_perl (kind of a pain to set up if you don't have it available).

On 2/8/08, Dan Harrelson <danh at adaptivepath.com> wrote:
>
> You might want to check out Django. It's not a full CMS but instead a
> web-app framework similar to Ruby on Rails. Django was built by the
> web department of a small newspaper in Lawrence, Kansas, so they must
> think that it's good for newspapers ;-)
>
> http://www.djangoproject.com/
>
> Here's a Google TechTalk presentation by one of the creators of
> Django: http://tinyurl.com/3cfpb9
>
> ...Dan
>
> On Feb 7, 2008, at 12:33 PM, Joseph Selbie wrote:
>
> > Does anyone know of a well designed, highly usable, open source,
> > online
> > newspaper software?
> ________________________________________________________________
> *Come to IxDA Interaction08 | Savannah*
> February 8-10, 2008 in Savannah, GA, USA
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8 Feb 2008 - 3:10pm
Joseph Selbie
2007

Thanks to everyone who gave me leads for online newspaper software. Your
tips and ideas have been really helpful. I am always grateful to have access
to such a generous community of people.

Joseph Selbie
Founder, CEO Tristream
Web Application Design
http://www.tristream.com

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