I must commend the company for offering a free version of their product. I must also recognize that this is perhaps a marketing campaign seeking to gain business down the road. Nothing wrong with that. However, I do not feel bad reporting my humble opinion that their CMS package does not seem all that special. It is nice. It does have a fairly simple interface.
But, Mambo and e107 can do more – with equally simple interfaces, in my opinion. e107’s interface is easier for novice users than Mambo, but both are relatively easy to administer. Mambo and e107 are just two free opensource CMS packages with active support communities. Does ‘webEdition’ have a substantial support community? with free ‘modules’ or ‘plugins’?
It is a good promotional campaign. They are getting a lot of free press. I’m wondering if they are hoping to bring in users that will – at a later time – want to upgrade to a more powerful version of their CMS. Look at the article and then read the site. What do you think? I’d like to see your ideas about this promotional campaign.
You may view their ‘demo site’ and ‘login as an administrator’ to test drive the CMS package.
Web Site Content Management System Offered Free to Schools Throughout North America
Monday September 27, 11:00 am ET
OTTAWA, Sept. 27 /PRNewswire/ — webEdition Software Ltd. (http://www.webedition-cms.com ) announced today a new program in which the award-winning Web site content management system (CMS) software vendor will offer their product for free to schools throughout North America. In doing so, webEdition Software Limited is doing its part to help schools build current and informative Web sites for teachers, administrators, students and parents alike.