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At Western Illinois University, we are finally making a much needed move to a Web content management system. With a new technology reorganization in effect since January 1, 2008 we are still working out the kinks of who we are, but I'm ready to jump in with both feet and move our Web efforts in an organized direction, rather than the very scattered process that has been present.

I would be interested in learning from other members of this group, which web content management systems you use at your colleges/universities, and why those particular ones were chosen over other alternatives.

Feel free to reply in this forum, or send me a message directly to TL-North@wiu.edu

Thanks for all your help.

tere

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Here and Cazenovia College we are using the DotNetNuke open source CMS. We chose DNN because we are largely a .NET house and SQL server IIS users and DNN plays nicely. There are also tons of Modules available for DNN as well and "skinning" (designing the look and feel for the pages) is not a terrible process, though it has its challenges.

If you want to chat more about it feel free to message me or post back.
We built our own CMS using Java and stores our data into an Oracle database. We used open source CMS to build our system.
Rumor has it that CCBC designed an amazing CMS! Why I believe it was the best thing since sliced bread. I may be a bit biased though -- hahaha
Much like you, we just went through the CMS choosing process ourself. I can tell you it wasn't a fast process, but we feel like we made the right decision. I started looking last November and by April I had narrowed it down to two choices and presented those to a committee that made the final decision. If you are new to the process, I would suggest the following two resources to start with.

A web conference titled: Selecting the Right Content Management System for Your Institution - This was a great starting point for me as we began to look at the entire process. I don't remember how much this cost, but it was quite reasonable especially considering the information that was covered. I think you can still buy it on CD-ROM, it was like a webex style conference.

The Web CMS Report 2008 - This report was rather pricey, but I'd rather purchase this for $975 and avoid making a $50000+ mistake on purchasing the wrong CMS. It covers all the top CMS' in about 6 different categories from enterprise to open-source.

We decided not to go the open-source route because while the initial price is right (and I'm a HUGE proponent of Open Source) we don't have the support processes in place that we needed with that option in the long run. I've literally got binders of information that I pulled together as I was going through the process and would be happy to share any information/experience I can if you're interested.

Good Luck.
If you don't mind sharing what solution did you end up choosing?
We chose the Ingeniux CMS. Version 6 was just released and looks to exactly match our CMS criteria. We are attempting to start an Ingeniux group here as well so that others who may be using it can share and help with their experiences.

One of the things that really made me take notice was that they developed their original product with higher education in mind rather than being an afterthought and having to craft what we want around someone else's needs. So far, my experience is very good with the product and I look forward to building the new system and seeing everything that it will do in our environment.

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