InfoWorld Rates DotNetNuke “Very Good”

October 17, 2007


InfoWorld Rates DotNetNuke “Very Good”

InfoWorld’s recent comparison of Open Source web CMS systems gave DotNetNuke high marks with a “Very Good” rating. DotNetNuke was the only ASP.NET-based contender in the field of five. We are working hard on many exciting new enhancements and it won’t be long before we will bridge the gap from “Very Good” to “Excellent.”

You can see the report on which this comparison table is based:

  DotNetNuke Alfresco
Community Edition
Drupal Plone Joomla
Version 4.4.5 2.1 5.2 3.0 1.0.13
Publisher DotNetNuke Corporation Alfresco Software Drupal Plone Foundation Open Source Matters
Rating Very Good Excellent Very Good Very Good Very Good
9 9 8 9 8
8 10 8 8 8
8 9 9 8 8
9 9 8 9 9
8 8 8 9 9
8 9 9 9 9
Score 8.4 9.2 8.3 8.6 8.4
License BSD-style license GPL 2 with FLOSS exception GPL GPL GPL
Platforms ASP.NET, Windows Server, SQL Server 2005 Windows and Linux Apache or IIS Web servers; Unix, Linux, BSD, Solaris, Windows or
Mac OS X; PHP; PHP-supported database server (MySQL or PostgresSQL)
Windows, Mac OS X, BSD, Solaris and SuSE Apache, PHP, MySQL
Written in VB.Net, DotNetNuke is an extensible content management
system suitable for intranets, extranets, and public Web sites. The core
distribution includes three dozen CMS modules, including a skin system (based
on simple templates) that separates design from content, personalization, and
search; other modules range from e-commerce systems and photo galleries to
blogs, forums, and wikis. Commercial publishers offer other components.
This very inclusive offering, developed using Java, sits on top
of a JSR-170 content repository. Out of the box Alfresco provides a Web
portal framework; CIFS (file share) interface that works on Windows and Linux
clients; and a Web-content management system –- plus document, imagine, and
records management. Further, Alfresco scales well with options for deploying
content to multiple servers.
Written in PHP, Drupal’s Web application framework anchors a
content management system that includes modules for e-commerce and workflow.
Drupal, unlike other systems, also has a taxonomy system to classify content
– but this does take extra work to configure (as does setup). Themes are
created with the standard PHPTemplate engine. A blogging system makes this
system good for building online communities.
The Plone CMS, which is built on top of the Zope application
server, performs well for intranets – as well as a document management server
and team collaboration tool. The system is easy to use and also notable for
its multi-lingual capabilities. Additionally, Plone powers a number of
high-traffic Internet sites, though this configuration should included
additional components, such as Squid caching.
Joomla, written with PHP and back-ended by a MySQL database, is
appropriate for external Web sites and intranets. The system’s caching
provides good performance on higher-volume sites while various extensions
cover essential CMS functions; these plug-ins include news, blogs, polls,
search, and internationalization. To further expand functionality, such as
site backup, both free and commercial components are readily available.

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