I know jack about HTML and design so I wanted something I could have set up and then could manage on my own with just a few addons and what not. Has anyone used the open source CMS Mambo or its predecessor Joomla?
First off you have it in reverse the project started as mambo, then after an extensive misrepresentation, people going different direction, copyrights etc.(long story)
the team of developers that worked on mambo split and created joomla
and I’m all for it, they way I see it joomla / mambo can do anything you need it too
(with a little imagination)
there are also many more CMS projects like that I’d say the best way to find what you’re looking for is to try them out, most provide working online demos so you can have a peek at their capabilities you can try opensourceCMS.com they have quite a few demos available in one place plus lots of useful information.
How about the yahoo sitebuilder? For a starter is about 20 a month and 1.5 fee. I don`t konw anything about html but yahoo sitebuilder is easy to create with jpg images, And the program is free, I know guys im brazil that makes websites for 200 or 300 dollars but they don`t know hou to setup shopping cart. some of them speak english ...But you can use this guys to make a web header or flash if you like flash.
Mambo is more a content management application. If you want a e-commerce site/shopping cart you can use OsCommerce (www.oscommerce.info).
OsCommerce is a succesfull PHP/MySQL application and si OpenSource. Also exist some sites that offer customisation for OsCommerce (a new design or new script and options). On the OsCommerce site you will find a lots of free add-ons. You can install it on a server an play a little to see the options of the shopping cart (in my opinion this is the most important thing, to have enough option to manage the stock of products). If have some knowlidge of HTML and PHP you can customise on your on the site.
I already use OsCommerce
But first of all, before you chose an application (free or with pay) you must know what options you need.
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