Much of the inspiration for WPML actually comes from Drupal, so I was thinking, maybe there are other great features in other content management systems which we’re missing?

This post is mostly your.

Tell us about cools and useful features in other content management system, which you can only dream about in WordPress.

Remember to tell:

  • What it is
  • What it’s good for
  • How you work around it in WordPress
  • Is this a deal-breaker, or just another cool thing?

Looking forward to some surprises 🙂

12 Responses to “What do You Like Best in Other CMS?”

  1. There is an good thing in Typo3 wich doesn’t work very well, but: Workspaces.

    So there is a LIVE- and a DRAFT workspace, wich simply means:
    The Contents in the LIVE workspace are actually LIVE, everyone could watch them…
    The Contents of the DRAFT workspace aren’t LIVE they could only be watched by Logged In Users.

    With this workspace thing you coul’d ease up to work over the whole blog, the pages, the page-order, categorys everything…

    Now I took my WP, duplicate the source, the database and work on it until its finish, then I set it to the new ServerPath for the httpd.
    This works, but isn’t the best method to do so…

    I don’t know if it’s an deal-breaker, because its a huge project to make WP workspaceable… But with an simple and good menu-flow it’ll be possible…

    • Wordspaces sounds like a very useful feature. It also looks complex. Maybe this is why it’s broken in typo3.

      We also do our major development offline. We create a snapshot of everything (the entire wordpress directory + DB), develop there and then upload back.

      • I didn’t say: I use to create a subdomain for the duplicated WP.
        So there is no big offline-time for an major update, just 1 or 2 seconds to restart the httpd 🙂
        If I would Upload the new data, that would take a long time (didn’t got an big internet-connection)

        Jea this Workspaces-Thing is pretty cool, but as you said: its complex. And this seems to be the problem for typo3.

  2. I’ve almost only used Joomla until recently, and theres 2 things there thats way better than wordpress.

    1. The menu manager. Even those wordpress actually have one now, it dos not compete weary well, and the database behind the wordpress menu is a mess.

    2. Components structure. Components and modules are better structured, and once your used to it, its quite easy to get an overview of a new component.

    Neither of these are a deal breaker, obviously since I use wordpress now, but both are missed.

    • I actually like the WP menus. Maybe it’s because this is what I’m used to. I don’t know Joomla, but compared to the Drupal menu system, the WordPress implementation is pretty slick.

      What are Joomla components and what do you do with them?

      • Components are like plugins for wordpress, but they work in a maner so that you point to a component, instead of the wordpress way where you make a page with a string in which trigers the plugin. (there might be more advanced ways of doing stuff, but this seem to be the usual way of doing things).

        Once a component is called, it will display a view(a component can have more views). The view model is realy clean.

        By adding xml to a component, you can in the menu editor, point a menu item to a spesific view, like the regular article blogpost view, which will display a page/post.

  3. I don’t have too much experience with other CMS, so I cannot tell you anything about those.

    However, sth that does come to mind is that WPML can try to become the standard for all people that want to have multilingual content.

    What I mean is, that currently there are still too many plugins and themes that don’t work well in the WPML environment. Instead of trying to make everything work for WordPress, you could also try to make everything work for you, even develop plugins in-house if necessary and bundle that all with WPML.

    There are plenty of things that come to mind, for example NextGen-Gallery works crap in combination with WPML. Why wait for the developer of that plugin to see the light? Instead develop something similar and package it with WPML.

    Another example is a functional e-commerce system. There are hardly any that even work properly with WordPress, let alone with WordPress in combination with WPML. If you develop in-house an e-commerce system for WPML then you are bound to get a lot of “followers”.

    Just a couple of thoughts, maybe you can do something with them.

    • I have to agree that the lack of a functional multilingual e-commerce solution is a bit disturbing. We’re still waiting for the next major release of WP E-Commerce and are also working with eShop to make it multilingual. As you pointed out, it’s not all up to us.

      • I look forward to hearing more about your collaboration with the WP e-Commerce plugin folks. Really, this is a big problem for WP now (and I don’t say that often because I *love* WP and recommend it regularly).

        • A fully functional multilingual e-commerce system seems in high demand. I think that the WP E-Commerce guys are busy with other things, so it’s not progressing.

          Let’s wait a bit more and see how it’s going.

          • I think the “choice” of WP E-Commerce is not a good one. It sucks as a program, it offers nothing and if you want more (to give it some basic functionality) you have to pay.

            For a project I am doing I have been looking at quite a few ecommerce packages and there is always something. Most common problems are that they either only focus on the US market or they offer too little functionality.

            Zingiri (zingiri.com) is quite nice, offers good support, but for now only works with qTranslate which works with text-strings instead of mo-files. They actually just found out that they are incompatible with WPML…

            OpenCart (opencart.com) seems to be nice too, but it is a standalone system (there is a plugin, but not compatible with WPML)

            • As far as I know Magento can be fully integrated with wordpress. There are ready solutions out there, where WordPress and Magento share the same database. Sounds very interesting and Magento is certainly a top-notch e-commerce solution.