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  • snarf1974
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    How robust and scalable is Silverstripe? Link to this post

    I work for a large organisation in the U.K., and we are currently looking for a CMS system, as all our pages are still maintained manually (much to our astonishment and amusement).

    There are approximately 18,000 pages and 12,000 PDF's which span 180 microsites. These are situated in a root folder and all use the same top level domain.

    How scalable is Silverstripe?
    Ideally we would like the admin back-end to accommodate all 180+ microsites in one tree structure, is this feasible?

    Would the subsite module (http://www.silverstripe.org/subsites-module/) be able to handle such a large website?

    Could anyone provide any examples of Organisations which use Silverstripe for sites of this size?

    Many Thanks

  • jand
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    Re: How robust and scalable is Silverstripe? Link to this post

    Hi, I can't say much to your initial question (yet). But one thing about the subsite module: If you want to have all your sites in one (visible) tree structure, you won't be happy with the subsite module. Because this module displays each subsite in a different tree (you can switch with drop down field).

  • swaiba
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    Re: How robust and scalable is Silverstripe? Link to this post

    aram (from ssbits) was showing a modifcation to the subsitesmodule to share sitetrees from each subsite. Also there is a crackin tutorial on ssbits to use dataobjects as pages.

    But to answer the direct question - I don't have an example of that size - maybe from silverstripe would be able to respond.

  • snarf1974
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    Re: How robust and scalable is Silverstripe? Link to this post

    Hi swaiba and jand, many thanks for your replies.

    swaiba, have you got the link for the ssbits tutorial?, I can't seem to find it.

    The team are looking at a few open source CMS systems, namely Expression Engine, Plone, Drupal, Joomla and Silverstripe. Drupal seems to be the CMS of choice by most of the team, however a few have used Silverstripe and think it's much better than the competition, and obviously would be quicker to get to grips with, as a few members of the team have experience with Silverstripe.

    The main issue is can Silverstripe handle a massive site (18,000 pages, 12,000 PDF's and growing) compared to the likes of Drupal?

    Cheers

  • swaiba
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    Re: How robust and scalable is Silverstripe? Link to this post

    Here are the links...

    http://www.ssbits.com/tutorials/2010/dataobjects-as-pages-part-1-keeping-it-simple/
    http://www.ssbits.com/tutorials/2010/dataobjects-as-pages-part-2-using-model-admin-and-url-segments-to-create-a-product-catalogue/

    On the ones I can comment on (the others I have no knowledge) Drupal is "hot" at the moment, but I find it not as developer friendly to customize (as a result the freelance drupal guys are raking it in at the moment). Joomla is worse and not "hot".

    My gut insticnt says yes silverstirpe can cope (using the above method) for an example of that silvercart handles "products" (which of course have pages, many images for each, organised into categories, etc) - http://www.silvercart.org/mainnavigation/blog/can-silvercart-cope-with-100-000-products/

    hope this helps

  • snarf1974
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    Re: How robust and scalable is Silverstripe? Link to this post

    That's great, thanks for the links and info.

    It looks like we'll be testing a few CMS systems in the prototype phase, to see which one best suits our needs. It would be ideal if someone from Silverstripe could reply and confirm if Silverstripe can cope with an 18,000+ pages website, and perhaps mention an organisation of this size which has successfully deployed their site using Silverstripe.

    This is going to be a big undertaking, and Drupal seems to be the CMS of choice at the moment, but I still think Silverstripe could give Drupal a run for it's money.

    Cheers

  • vwd
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    Re: How robust and scalable is Silverstripe? Link to this post

    Hi Snarf1974,

    Would be interested in hearing your team's conclusion...

    Drupal or Silverstripe - who won?

    Thanks.
    VWD

  • vwd
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    Re: How robust and scalable is Silverstripe? Link to this post

    Hi Snarf1974,

    Would be interested in hearing your team's conclusion...

    Drupal or Silverstripe - who won?

    Thanks.
    VWD

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