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21 October 2011 at 11:23am
This is a general question about SilverStripe's suitability for integration in separate web applications. My gut feeling is this would work, but sometimes the devil is in the detail and you only know for sure when you're half way down the development path.
I'm looking for a way to incorporate a CMS 'service' in a web site I am developing as a part of my final Web Dev Diploma project. This might sound a bit odd, but we are free to incorporate some functionality that is not our own code into the project if we wish.
My objective is to provide "non-technical' users with a way to add, edit and manage specific content types within my website. This could be such things as articles, news , and simple adverts, etc.
All the rendering would be handled by the 'core' website but the CMS side would be done via this separate 'service', providing a simple and intuitive way for 'non-techie' users to create and manage their own content. Format and styling would be completely under the control of the 'core' website however.
I've looked at Joomla & Drupal as they fit with my PHP environment, but these behemoths are just to big and complex for what I want.
What do you reckon? Worth pursing SS as a viable option?
My PHP skills are at an intermediate level at present but I'm comfortable with more advanced techniques such as OOP, MVC, and the use of patterns.
PS ... keen to support something kiwi made as well
21 October 2011 at 5:45pm
Guys, I think I've managed to answer my own question.
Having downloaded and installed SilverStripe and quickly gone through the tutorials on Sapphire I'm pretty certain that I can do exactly what I want.
Ironically, my last WebDev Diploma assignment produced a proof of concept website that follows about 75% of the approach used in Sapphire. Mine wasn't quite as elegant or comprehensive since it was done in a couple of weeks but a quick look over the code and I reckon I can utilise Sapphire as a CMS 'service' manager.
With a bit more study of the documentation, tutorials, and a decent dose of community help I'm sure it would be entirely do-able.
Even if I don't finally go down the SS path for CMS, I really like what I see. I think I will use it for other projects anyway.
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