I have played with both.  You can allow users to do some editing, but it
is not a trivial process (of course with some training it will be easy
enough).  It does make a very slick content driven site though.  Joomla
appears to be the more current fork of Mombo, but what works for one
typically works for the other. 
I also found in my wanderings a component or module that allows Joomla
to look up though LDAP so you could have your user base still sitting in
NDS... er, eDirectory I mean (I haven't seen one for AD as of yet, but I
haven't looked either) and not have to create accounts for all your
users for every site.  That's the part that makes some of these apps
less appealing to me: having to manage all the users.  
I've looked at a bunch of them, one simple one with gobs of plug-ins is
Drupal (  It's not going to solve the world's problems
(all we need for that is a viable electric car, some really healthy
potato chips, and clam dip), but a lot of people with a mind toward
education have made a lot of plug-ins/tools for it.  I even found one
that links to adult sites and pulls in thumb nails automatically for
you... just think of all the dough you could be making for your
school... the voters would love it when you went to town meeting and
told them that the school would not be asking for a penny from them...
in fact the school wanted to give a little back... free accounts! 
Well, maybe not... You might not want to use the plug-in, but I did see
one that could make a very functional Service Request system.
You can also check into the phpnuke and it's spinoffs:,, (Dragonfly) and another Joomla/Mombo fork
called Zoomla (  
I just dug up a link with a few more... 
Have fun,


From: School Information Technology Discussion
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of David Webb
Sent: Monday, September 18, 2006 9:26 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: Web tools

Dear list 
Has anyone out there tried using Joomla or Mambo both free and open
source to develop and maintain a website. My understanding is
maintenance is accomplished by allowing users to log into an editor and
update. Thus distributing the burden of site maintenance.

On Sep 13, 2006, at 12:09 PM, Vince Rossano wrote:


	We are interested in changing the tools we use to create, edit
	serve our web pages and would like suggestions from those of you
who are
	doing this effectively.

	We are not seeking tools for high-powered web developers, but
	for those teachers and students who want a relatively painless
way of
	creating and editing their personal web pages. This would
	teachers posting assignments, announcements, curriculum, etc.
	students publishing their work to the web.

	I should mention that one of our schools has been using First
Class for
	these tasks and, in many ways, it has been effective.  However,
we have
	several reasons for wanting to discontinue its use, so we won't
	interested in suggestions involving that product.

	Also, while we would be interested in hearing about outsourced
	solutions, our intent for now is to try to keep it all in house.

	Here then are some of our selection criteria:

	..Ease of use.

	..Cross-platform (Mac/PC)

	..Flexible enough to employ district-wide, K through 12

	..In compliance with open standards (though not necessarily open

	..And, as always, "reasonably priced." (Whatever that means to
you is
	close enough.)

	Remarks, comments, advice?




	Vince Rossano
	Information Technology Director
	Montpelier Public Schools
	Montpelier, VT 05602

	(802) 225-8690

David Webb
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