With a strong organization behind it and a slew of features, Alfresco's Community Edition stood out in this comparison. That would be true solely considering its content management, but as these applications branch out into document and records management, Alfresco has already staked a claim in the extended ECM space.The reviewer also concludes by saying good things about the remaining CMS. DotNetNuke was a nice surprise for the reviewer, Plone was seen has a very powerful and scalable CMS, and Joomla! was expected to pick-up the pace once Joomla 1.5 is officially released. The reviewer also has something to say about Drupal in his conclusion that I think is especially worth discussing.
The lightweight Drupal has a decent following and special features, such as taxonomies, but comparatively weaker CMS functions (lacking rich-text editing, for example) and a somewhat unfriendly development environment mean Durpal is playing catch-up.I find the author's conclusion about Drupal a little puzzling. While I agree that Drupal lacks some of the features that are now basic in most CMS (rich-text editing is an example that is right on the money), I have to say I'm surprised the reviewer considers Drupal "a somewhat unfriendly development environment". I could find no where in the body of the article how he arrived at this conclusion. Perhaps, something in the article was dropped during the editing but I'm just unclear what the reviewer is trying to say about Drupal's development environment. When I have time, it may be worth an e-mail to the author to ask for clarification.
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