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Large website – Should I use Expression Engine or WordPress?

  • # February 13, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    Hey all,

    I’m going to be developing a website for a cosmetology institute that will be quite expansive. One essential feature will be for students to be able to sign up on the website (so each user will have their own username/pass), get access to protected content and also upload their own pictures/profiles. While I’d love to use WordPress, I don’t know if WordPress can do multiple user accounts or user submitted content.

    Does anybody know if WP could do this? Or is that stretching WP’s capabilities too far, and might be best to use EE instead?

    # February 16, 2010 at 1:05 am

    I’m wondering if WordPressMU would be the way to go. I’ve heard of websites being up to 10,000 pages, so scale may not be the problem.

    The protected content piece of it should be a breeze. I’ve been messing around with some nice membership modules for WP that should be robust enough to work. I’m assuming that the we’re talking about just "student" resources versus a bunch of nested user types that show different content. Should be doable but maybe a pain in the ass for the admin.

    What kind of profiles are they going to need to create? Is it like a student forum? Or is it like a community? Would something like this work? http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/alkivia/

    # March 4, 2010 at 11:35 am

    You were right on Josh….WordpressMU along with BuddyPress is actually the way I am going to go. This way, each ‘student’ will get their own ‘profile’ (which will really just be a blog). This way they can catalogue their work as they go along or make an image gallery, whatever works.

    I found out that EE doesn’t handle this type of application for their CMS….a bit surprising and dissapointing, but serves me right for doubting the power of WP! :mrgreen:

    # March 4, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    This may be a stupid questions but, what is WordPresMU? I checked out their website but didn’t see whats different between it and normal WordPress.

    # March 4, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    WPMU is a multi user version of WordPress….you could effectively run your own blogging website that allows people to sign up through YOUR site to get a blog (rather than WordPress or BlogSpot). Coupled with the new release of BuddyPress, this is huge. It effectively transforms WordPress from a Blogging platform to a Social Networking CMS. Intense stuff!

    # March 4, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    Sweet, Thanks for the explanation! I will have to try it out.

    # March 8, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    Awesome to hear man! It seems that every time I have a unique problem, WordPress always pulls through with a solution :P

    # March 9, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    This is an interesting topic. I’m about to venture into something like this too.
    Are there any live wordpress sites with this in place?

    Thanks

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