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General questions about getting started with SilverStripe that don't fit in any of the categories above.

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Pros and cons Silverstripe


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Brand

12 March 2011 at 2:52pm Community Member, 8 Posts

I am impressed and very positive about Silverstripe. But i have to convince a lot of other people. And that's why I have the following questions:

1. You can't forecast the future, but what how stable is the Developer community? Is it a product to stay? And why?
2. a) How easy shall Silverstripe integrate with systems like MOODLE, OS COMMERCE etcetera?
b) How easy shall Silverstripe integrate with other online platforms like LinkedIn, Facebook, Delicious etcetera?

Is there a opportunitie to use modules from Drupal? For example I am looking for a newsletter module with campagne option. I believe there is none for Silverstripe (yet). Can I use the one from Drupal? Or other GPL sourches?

I hope you can give me some input so i can survive (and win?) the disscussion so also my coworkers shall pick Silverstripe.

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Willr

12 March 2011 at 5:47pm Forum Moderator, 5511 Posts

Good to hear you've impressed so far!

1. You can't forecast the future, but what how stable is the Developer community? Is it a product to stay? And why?

The open source project (SilverStripe, sapphire and the 'core' modules) are maintained by SilverStripe Ltd (http://silverstripe.com/) which has been around for nearly 11 years now and has nearly 50 staff in NZ and Australia. On top of the official company the software is supported by countless partners all over the world - http://silverstripe.com/partners/. So it's not going to disappear any time soon.

a) How easy shall Silverstripe integrate with systems like MOODLE, OS COMMERCE etcetera?

Depends on your level of integration. If you want to have a unifed admin panel you *could* do it but there is quite a bit of work involved. If you want to run things alongside one another that is trivial. SS even exposes a Restful API for you if you need to include pages and menus on other sites from SS.

b) How easy shall Silverstripe integrate with other online platforms like LinkedIn, Facebook, Delicious etcetera?

Quite simple. I personally have got facebook connect working within SS (just the javascript API for now) https://github.com/willrossi/silverstripe-facebookconnect. Haven't tried those other ones but if there is a PHP library to connect with them, odds are you can get that working with SS.

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Brand

12 March 2011 at 6:15pm Community Member, 8 Posts

Dear Willr,

Thanks for your quick response. I think to believe i can manage the discussion with your input. One other important thing is the newsletter module with campagne. I know there are a view, like from Drupal. How easily can i import those? Is there a possibility SS will be able to use modules from other platforms like Drupal or WP?

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Willr

12 March 2011 at 6:20pm Forum Moderator, 5511 Posts

Is there a possibility SS will be able to use modules from other platforms like Drupal or WP

No, all 3 systems are very distinct.

One other important thing is the newsletter module with campagne

There is a simple newsletter module available. If you need anything more advanced I recommend using MailChimp or a proper service like that.

I know there are a view, like from Drupal. How easily can i import those

You can import the HTML, CSS and javascript but the template languages are very different. You would need to replace and rebuild most of your Drupal theme with SS controls.

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Brand

12 March 2011 at 10:36pm Community Member, 8 Posts

Thanks a lot! I will look into it.

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Bruce B

14 March 2011 at 1:24pm Community Member, 145 Posts

I have just had to go in the reverse direction - a new client wants me to manage a Drupal site.

As a Silverstripe developer, I'm now learning the meaning of the phrase "Drupal-pattern baldness". Silverstripe's clean separation of code, HTML design and client admin interface is wonderful by comparison.

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monkee

31 March 2011 at 10:43am (Last edited: 31 March 2011 10:44am), Community Member, 20 Posts

Unfortuanetly the Newsletter Module is broken in combination with Silverstripe 2.4.5

So using an external Service is needed right now.

Sad, i liked the simple newsletter module

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monkee

31 March 2011 at 10:57am Community Member, 20 Posts

Actually the unstable branch DOES work with 2.4.5!

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