February 22, 2013 8:33 AM Subscribe
Best CMS for a feature-heavy website on a budget? My go-to content management systems are Wordpress and Drupal, but here's the clincher: this website must integrate with Microsoft Access.
posted by meghosaurus to computers & internet (6 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
My NPO is doing a long-overdue site overhaul. Most of the feature requests can be handled by any decent CMS, but there's a private members-only section for viewing/updating personal information that requires two-way integration with Microsoft Access (where the profile info is stored).
My research indicates that most open source platforms don't play well with Microsoft, for rather obvious reasons. I'm not a developer, and am trying to figure out how complicated this integration really is. Should we stick with a robust option like Drupal, and just develop a custom plugin? What do I even need to look for in a developer? Are we limited to content management systems designed for Micro$oft (DotNetDuke)? I'm at a loss for what to google.
If helpful, our other feature requirements are listed below.
• Ability to accommodate rich media (video embedding, podcasts, photo gallery)
• Content pages and blog posts
• Social integration (e.g., display of social feeds)
• Responsive design for smart phone and tablet
• Search friendly, with metadata fields and sitemap
• User-friendly editing system (WYSIWYG, inline editing) for both text and media
• Google Analytics enabled
• Online form submissions for prayer requests, emails, event registration and requests
• Online shopping cart with PayPal or integration with similar service
• Onsite translation to Spanish (excluding PDFs)
• Private members-only section with message board, online forum, password retrieval
assistance, two-way integration with Microsoft Access for displaying/maintaining member profiles
• Strongly prefer green hosting (not just carbon offsets, but wind/solar powered).