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Content Management Systems

A content management system (CMS) might be simply defined as a system which supports the publishing or sharing, editing or manipulation, searching and indexing, archival or versioning of content, frequently documents, typically using Web technologies. A more extensive definition can be found in the Wikipedia topic entry.

In plainer terms, content management systems are the applications used to manage Web sites where the writers, editors and users are able to upload, edit and manage content without needing to know too many of the technical details about how the site actually works.

Python-based products, although in the minority in the larger market of CMSs, possess several inherent advantages. Python's Unicode capabilities, for example, make its derived products particularly popular in continental Europe and Asia, as compared to those based on PHP, Ruby, and so on.

Zope-based Solutions

The most established Python-based content management systems are those derived from Zope, notably Plone, Nuxeo CPS (starting with v5 Nuxeo switched to Java as its development platform), Silva, ZMS and KARL. These solutions have been used in large scale and high profile deployments over a number of years, and a range of organisations provide support and services for those solutions.

Non-Zope Solutions

For those wanting non-Zope CMS solutions, there are a few options which may provide at least some of the features found in the more established solutions mentioned above, and the solutions mentioned below may be targeted more towards developers than individuals or organizations wishing to immediately deploy a complete and working solution.

Wiki Solutions

Despite their simple beginnings, many wiki solutions offer many of the capabilities listed above. Numerous wiki projects have been written in Python. The following are the most widely deployed:

Editorial Notes

The above lists should be arranged in ascending alphabetical order - please respect this when adding new solutions. When specifying release dates please use the format YYYY-MM-DD.

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