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The ideal CMS?

Comparing the myriad of CMS's out there for a highly scalable set of web services. Should be able to handle;

- Dev, test and production environments with Git or similar
- User registration and management
- Notification engine
- Custom forms
- Data mapping
- API with dev approval
- MongoDB
- Bootstrap 3
- FTP file and media uploads

Would love your 2 cents -

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Lawrence I Lerner
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Lawrence I Lerner Entrepreneur • Advisor
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There are a lot of products as you know. This is a good list of technical features. What business functionality would you need/want (e.g., multiple user roles. blog) Lawrence I Lerner \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ Direct: +[removed to protect privacy] Blog: RevolutionaryInnovator Twitter: @RevInnovator
Duane Nickull
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Duane Nickull Entrepreneur • Advisor
Chief Marketing Officer, Co-Founder at Cheddar Labs
Not all of these are mandatory. For example, why only Mongo DB? Why not MySQL or Neo4J? Ideally the web and services tiers should be abstract to the underlying data store. BootStrap 3 is a View component (From MVC). As such, it is not really part of a CMS system however nothing in a CMS should ever prevent it from being used.

In general, your definition of CMS may be too encompassing. CMS is about managing digital assets. Think of the DAM workflows with mandatory owner, typing, versioning and persistence features.

If you are looking for a specific CMS for an application, I regularly work with people on this topic and have vast experiences with any systems from Drupal to Adobe CQ5. My company also has their own CMS for PHP users built over Code Igniter called Bacon CMS.

Cheers!

Duane Nickull
Jessica Alter
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Jessica Alter Entrepreneur • Advisor
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Jake Carlson
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Jake Carlson Entrepreneur • Advisor
Software Development Manager at Oracle
How set are you on these requirements? Are these technical recommendations from someone that understands both your business requirements and the technologies being recommended?
Anthony May
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Anthony May Entrepreneur
Application Engineer - Managed Services at Orion Health
Is this with the aim of selecting a CMS or creating a CMS?
If it's regarding creating a CMS the biggest question to answer is: why create another CMS? What does your CMS do to distinguish itself in such a saturated market? Answer that and you'll know what features you need!

Mini brain-storm:
Machine learning comments moderation.
SaaS architecture and cloud storage.
Kate Hiscox
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Kate Hiscox Entrepreneur • Advisor
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Thanks for the comments all - those requirements are the features of the product itself. It's more a case of curiosity at this point regarding the architecture. I've road tested the concept with potential customers and have them lined up. I'm now actively seeking a technical co-founder(s). With that said, my experience has been that its counter productive to produce a line of code until the team is in place.
Kate Hiscox
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Kate Hiscox Entrepreneur • Advisor
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Anthony - no, I have no interest in creating a CMS unless a custom one was required for this project.
Duane Nickull
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Duane Nickull Entrepreneur • Advisor
Chief Marketing Officer, Co-Founder at Cheddar Labs
Kate:

It sounds like you are trying to map business requirements to a back end infrastructure. A CMS system like Bacon CMS or Drupal will likely be able to deliver many pieces of functionality or common design patterns that you require for your application.

When you gather all your business requirements I would revisit the conversation and ask questions like "Why Mongo DB?" etc.

Duane
Jake Carlson
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Jake Carlson Entrepreneur • Advisor
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Kate -- my point is that MongoDB and Bootstrap 3 are very specific technology recommendations (solutions) when we don't know what problem is being solved. Is there some architectural reason (e.g., compatibility with existing codebase) that you listed those items, or are they just things that you've heard are good?

If no code has been written for your idea yet, then I would back up and tell people what the business requirements are, and then folks can recommend the technology stack they think you should look into. I wouldn't personally recommend any particular database or view layer without knowing the requirements.
Kate Hiscox
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Kate Hiscox Entrepreneur • Advisor
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Jake - thanks for that. I've worked with both Bootstrap and Mongo previously so you are absolutely right. They come from a point of bias which is not an ideal place to be. Thanks for calling me on that - this post should have come from a strictly business requirements perspective.
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