A friend of mine is building a non-commercial site around some specific user-submitted content. She is relatively geeky, and has 1337 design skills, but isn’t so comfortable with the server-side database stuff. Here is her quandary:
In my ideal world I’m looking for a scripting language/database technology that will allow me to manage a community-based website with user-generated content that I can moderate for (in)appropriateness. Also, in this world, the scripting language/database technology will be managed through some free, open-source software in order to allow
me to get the site up and running within the next few weeks, rather
than wait the six months it would take me to learn PHP or ASP.
Here’s how it would work: I’d build the site template and manage the
look/feel and users can submit their content (photos/text) for
inclusion. Users should have to log in to post their content, but
anyone can view what’s live on the site. Additionally, all
user-submitted content is stored in a server-side database that I,
ideally, have very little to do with. This is best for everyone
involved, as I admittedly know very little about back-end web design
My first instinct was to suggest PHPNuke, but alpha content management nerds Roland and Boris discouraged me. Of course, they’ve been drinking the Drupal koolaid for a while, so that’s their suggestion. Boris also said that Gallery might do the trick. Does anybody have any other suggestions?