OpenSourceCMS - test drive content management systems

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There are a fair few free software and open source content management system (CMS) projects out there, and finding the one that best suits your needs isn't always an easy task.

Of course it's not too difficult to download and install them, but sometimes it would be nice to test drive some without having to go through the installation dance. That is exactly the problem that tries to solve.

It offers an impressive array of choices of CMSs to try that are divided into several categories - portals, blogs, ecommerce, groupware, forums and so forth. You can click any CMS in the list to jump straight to a working demo install of it. In almost all cases you'll also get access to the administration features of your chosen CMS so you can evaluate each one fully.

This site was created with one goal in mind. To give you the opportunity to "try out" some of the best php/mysql based free and open source software systems in the world. You are welcome to be the administrator of any CMS system here, allowing you to decide which system best suits your needs. You should also visit CMS Training Videos for more in depth video tutorials for many of these systems.

All the installs are pretty much default - the only changes are usually certain restrictions made for security reasons. You are free to play around with your CMS of choice to your heart's content as all the sites are restored to their default configuration every two hours.

It really is a genuinely useful resource when you're at the stage of evaluating possible solutions when building a website and is worth checking out even if to discover something you didn't know about before!

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Peter Upfold is a technology enthusiast from the UK. Peter’s interest in Linux stems back to 2003, when curiosity got the better of him and he began using SUSE 9.0. Now he runs Linux Mint 9 on the desktop, runs a CentOS-based web server from home for his personal website and dabbles in all sorts of technology things across the Windows, Mac and open source worlds.

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  1. ogosense (guest)

    # Posted on 23 July 2007 at 06:32 AM

    Thank you for this post. I was very excited to read it because our company builds web sites using Joomla CMS. After checking out, I have to say, I found the web site hard to navigate, finally I had to search to find the Joomla demo.

    The demo does not seem to be working correctly, so that kind of spoiled my experience of their web site.

    My worry is that some visitors who may visit Joomla demo may get a wrong impression about this powerful CMS by experiencing their failed functionalities.

    Good idea behind the project but I guess I may need to create my own demo. The official demo at isn't very impressive either.

  2. # Posted on 30 July 2007 at 08:36 AM

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