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I've been using phpWebSite for about a year now and think that it can be adapted to most content management needs. TYPO3 is leading the open source CMS market right now and has very powerful features no other CMS can offer.
Still, I think phpWebSite is the better choice most of the times. I will show you why.
A bit of history
TYPO3 is a product with a very long history. The project started back in 1997. It was a time when eCommerce and the Web presence wasn't nearly as mature as it is now. If you had your own Home page, you were way cool. How cool would you have been if you even had a content management system?
In 1998, the company superfish.com took over developement. In 1999, the prototyper and master programmer of TYPO3, Kasper Skårhøj took back the developement because superfish.com was heading in a different direction. It seems that superfish.com is dead, since the current webpage behind the domain is pretty empty.
2001 was a very important year for TYPO3. First, there was a one-week long workshop in Switzerland to answer customer demands. Second, the German magazine iX gave TYPO3 a lot of recognition and praised it as one of the major php-based CMS.
2002, that's 5 years after the design-document, the first non-beta version of Typo3 was available. No wonder it took so long -- Kasper was one of the only developers of this program. Kasper also has a lot of self-confidence. The first non-beta version wasn't called 1.0, but 3.0! Reminds me a bit of Microsoft and their Windows 3.0...
What happened next? Well, Kasper refined it over and over. And in 2005, it reached version 3.7.0.
Reading the text and looking at the photos on TYPO3's site his corner, Kasper seems to be a pretty nice guy. No wonder he has an absolutely amazing looking wife. He spent, as he states “6 years of this life to pursue excellence and perfection.” Now that's a bold statement. But the reason for this dedication is very interesting controversial
I cite Kasper:
“Whatever my creativity can produce is meant to honor God since he gave me my talent in the first place. For me that translates into the vision of giving my best through Typo 3 to the world.”
Kasper has a very strong affinity to Christian life and in fact sees TYPO3 as his “personal mission from God”. He lives in Denmark, likes snowboarding and ocassionally lights up a cigar.
Background of phpWebSite
phpWebSite and TYPO3 are both content management systems. That's the extent of the similarity as far as I could tell between these two. phpWebSite is a project of the Appalachian State University. The product currently is lead by Brian W. Brown. Matt McNaney leads the devlopement of the experimental releases, Steven Levin maintains the stable releases and Daren Greene helps out fixing bugs in the core.
phpWebSite is a fork of the famous phpNuke, which has reached version 7.6 and is already more than five years old. phpWebSite itself seems to have been forked from Nuke back in 2001. The oldest version I could find (thanks mhnoeyes) is 0.7.0, from January 29th that year.
Nuke was written in 1998 and was in use for about a year. Nuke 1, if you want to call it that, was actually a PERL program made by Francisco Burzi.
He later switched to Slash, the program used by SlashDot, to manage their site. After a while, Francisco discovered the php-based Thatware and modified it. 3 Weeks and 380 hours of work later, phpNuke was born.
From January 2001 to January 2002, phpNuke was supported by Mandrake Soft, the creators of the not-so-well-known MandrakeLinux. After that year, Francisco was on his own again, similar to Kasper's superfish.com experience it seems.
Thatware and Slash
Thatware's version 0.1.0 was released to the public 4th on April 2000, two years after TYPO3.
Slash's version 0.2, on the other hand, was released released in 1998 as well. Thus, from a conceptual point of view, phpWebSite and TYPO3 are the same age!
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