Saturday, July 02, 2005

JSPWiki as a lightweight Content Management System (CMS) ???

My migration to JSPWiki has been successful, I promise after this I won't talk anymore about wikis for at least a couple of entries. Matt Raible uses JSPWiki which is endorsement enough for me. JSPWiki has some really nifty features. There are good user contributed design templates available for it and these are attractive, some are table free and XHTML compliant. You can also get useful contributed plugins that enable a multitude of possibilities like code syntax highlighting, calendar, XML integration, PDF, workflow and even weblog-like features. In fact Janne Jalkanen, creator of JSPWik, is using it as his blogging software.

What I found really curious is that JSPWiki is being used by several sites as a lightweight CMS. I suppose it makes sense really, wikis are really easy to write pages for and you can even configure it to allow raw HTML to be entered.

See for example:

NexB have done something particularly clever with their website. NexB are using two JSPWiki installations, one inward facing for editing and one the outward facing website. The outward facing instance is read only with no apparent wiki features at all. Cool eh? Well I've got a lot of time for full-blown CMS like Apache Lenya and it's ilk but if you want something really quick then is seems, however unlikely it may be, that JSPWiki may be just the thing.

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