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We're looking at ways to allow faculty to directly maintain their personal websites. Currently we have a server dedicated to hosting personal web accounts (/~ethagen/, etc.)

We give out Contribute to some departments, but I'd like to keep this entirely web based, and I want to avoid a full blown CMS. I've found a few light CMS packages, both open and commercial:

Interspire WebEdit
ActiveCampaign Visual Edit
LemonCMS
ReloadCMS
Ripe Website Manager

The killer features would be to restrict users to their personal folders and allow for some templates. Is anyone out there using some kind of CMS specifically for faculty websites?

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I like interspires products I use the Email Marketer and Knowledge Manager. It also is nice that they give colleges a 50% discount if you call.
This a web-based CMS that you don't have to install on your server. It acts a little bit like Contribute in that it logs in via FTP and only edits those sections of your pages that you mark as editable. I haven't actually used it yet, but it seems like a simple way to go. There is a video on the site that explains what it is better than I just did:

http://www.cushycms.com/
I've used this on a couple simple sites. It's very easy to implement and really easy for someone to use. You (as a developer) basically just add a class="cushycms" tag to the sections you want a user to be able to edit. It's very basic, which give it some limitations, but not a bad option for some simple faculty pages.
I would strongly encourage you to look at WordPress mu (multi-user) at mu.wordpress.org.
OK, I'm a little late here but, we've been using Wordpress MU for a little while now and find it to be an excellent solution for the problems you explain above. Not only does it allow us an easy and common method for publishing and maintaining faculty and similar pages, but it also gives us the necessary central control to intervene when necessary such as in the cases of abandoned or inappropriate content, etc.
Adobe recently introduced Adobe InContext Editing. It looks very promising.

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