Which CMS to use for new site?

Clark, Colin cclark at ocadu.ca
Fri Aug 16 11:57:11 UTC 2019

Hi all,

Great conversation about content management systems, thanks for bringing it up and weighing in with so many good points. Our most important priority for this particular site is to make it really quick and easy to update, add content, and change the site as fully as possible without having to write code.

Netlify is great, but it’s not smooth enough yet for this case, and others have made great points about its longevity. A standard static site generator will likely introduce too much indirection, code, and setup into the authoring experience.

Ned and Jon, who will be the primary developers of the site, have a lot of WordPress experience. Our experience using Ned’s architecture for the Platform Co-op site has been very positive as well. So I think it makes sense to go ahead and it here as well.

I hope this helps,


Colin Clark
Associate Director
Inclusive Design Research Centre, OCAD University

On Aug 14, 2019, at 10:30 PM, Moss, Gregor <gmoss at ocadu.ca<mailto:gmoss at ocadu.ca>> wrote:

Hi all,

We’re getting started on designs and planning the work for a couple of new sites here at the IDRC (the IDRC sitehttps://idrc.ocadu.ca/ and a redesign of the ILDH https://handbook.floeproject.org/), and we’d love to get some feedback from you on which content management system you think would be best. Content on these sites won’t be changing too often, about once every month or two.

Some minimum requirements in no particular order:

  *   Content searching either built in or easily added and maintained
  *   Tagging and/or other metadata capabilities
  *   Ease of contribution for non-developers
  *   Potential for contributions from outside users (much like the Fluid Wiki and Jira)
  *   Free (as in beer), and ideally FOSS
  *   Fully customizable in terms of markup and styling on a page-by-page basis
  *   Minimal intervention from an infrastructure perspective

We’ve been looking primarily at WordPress (https://wordpress.org/) and Netlify CMS (https://www.netlifycms.org/).

My questions to each of you:

  *   Do you have any arguments for or against either of these two options?
  *   Do you have any other CMS’s you would recommend checking out?
  *   Do you have any other advice?

Personally, I’m partial to Netlify CMS due to its seemingly lightweight setup, performance and the potential for integrating Infusion if we would like any features from there. It runs on the JAMstack, which means that server responses will be much quicker (among other benefits). On the other hand, Netlify is pretty fresh and finding support, plugins or articles on SO won’t be as easy while WordPress has been around for over 15 years and has a fairly healthy support community.

Cheers and thanks,
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