CMS for science!
May 17, 2012 10:44 AM Subscribe
Looking for a good content management system for a science research lab website. Any suggestions?
posted by caution live frogs to Computers & Internet (11 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I'm part of a collaborative research lab group, one with many PIs across several institutions. We want to establish some sort of web presence, as we can't rely on one specific institution to cover all of us (not all are affiliated with each institution, and content updates from some institutes are so slow that many of us are practically professionally invisible online). Hosting I can figure out, but I need recommendations for a content management system.
We need the following:
-Main landing page with overview of the group
-Ability to have a set of static pages for each researcher, with a bio and link for CV (ideally each researcher would have their own subdomain, so ability to drop these pages into subdirectories would be great)
-Static pages for specific research topics (my plan is to start putting QR codes on conference materials so that interested people have direct links to more info on what is being presented)
-Ideally a closed (private) section of the site where we can host lab protocols and the like for internal sharing (wiki-type CMS for this might be good)
-Entire thing must be dead simple, because I am not going to lock myself into being the only person who knows how to add or edit content
Wordpress was the first thing I thought of but it's geared more towards blogs and less towards static pages. A bloggy part of the site may be useful down the road but that's not the main purpose.
I'm thinking there may not be one CMS that works well for all of the above, but if there are specific CMS tools that can each do part of the job well I'm happy to cobble them all together.
Kicker is that I'd like it to not LOOK like I just cobbled it all together. I'd really prefer that the entire site have a relatively unified style, so CMS systems that make it hard to do so are not preferred (pipe dream: one CSS file for the whole shebang would be my preference). Systems that use modern, valid code are strongly preferred as well.