Thursday, April 02, 2009

CMS Vendor Meme - Enano CMS

On behalf of Enano CMS Project, I plan to follow through the "CMS Vendor Meme" by responding to the following.

1. Our software comes with an installer program.

Enano CMS itself, once it is dropped into htdocs or equivalent, has a web based installer that can be used to configure Enano completely. Also, our efforts with the BitNami project allow us to say that we do have a regular installer application to run on Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, etc. for installing Enano CMS. In the future, we do plan to offer our own set of them on the project though. We also have a commandline based installation sequence that can be automated. Unless you use the BitNami installer, the only step needed to remove it is to delete the folder. The BitNami installer has a standard uninstall script/app depending on your OS. (3/3)

2. Installing or uninstalling our software does not require a reboot of your machine.

Absolutely not! Enano CMS does not require rebooting the machine because it does not have any system level components. Everything is implemented in the web script level. (3/3)

3. You can choose your locale and language at install time, and never have to see English again after that.

While Enano CMS does allow you to choose the locale and language at install time, and never require you to see English again after that, we cannot offer any languages other than English because nobody has stepped up to translate the strings. Give us a break! We are only two people and we started this project in 2006, adding translation support fairly late in the development. (1.5/3)

4. Eval versions of the latest edition(s) of our software are always available for download from the company website.

Enano CMS is Free Software and Open Source Software (under GNU GPLv2), as well as free as in free food. You can always get the latest version of Enano through our Mercurial repository as well. (3/3)

5. Our WCM software comes with a fully templated "sample web site" and sample workflows, which work out-of-the-box.

Well, not really. Enano comes with themes, yes, but that is it. Technically, Enano is a CMS with wiki features available. Enano uses the same workflow as MediaWiki, only slightly different in that it has Access Controls and other features to control what goes on. (2/3)

6. We ship a tutorial.

No, we do not. But we don't really need to either. Again, Enano is a wiki-based CMS, so anyone even remotely familiar with MediaWiki (the style of Wiki our wiki engine is based on) will be able to grasp it quite well. There is a "click here to get started" link on a fresh install of Enano though. (2/3)

7. You can raise a support issue via a button, link, or menu command in our administrative interface.

In Enano 1.0.x, no, but in our development version, 1.1.x, we most likely will. At this time, we are putting the final bits into place for 1.1.6, and a link to the page describing how to get support for Enano will likely be on the main page of the admin panel. (2/3)

8. All help files and documentation for the product are laid down as part of the install.

No way. It would make the install package way too large, and besides, Enano's documentation is also a wiki for people to contribute to. There is already a basic set of information there, but more good documentation is always appreciated (3/3).

9. We run our entire company website using the latest version of our own WCM products.

Well, we aren't a company, but we do run our entire website on the latest versions of our own software. Enano 1.0.6 is for and, while and * use 1.1.x. When 1.1.6 is released, all sites will be upgraded to 1.1.6, even the main sites. (3/3)

10. Our salespeople understand how our products work.

Well, we don't sell anything, but we do understand how our own software works, after all, we use it all the time! (3/3)

11. Our software does what we say it does.

Absolutely! Enano doesn't claim to do what it cannot do. (3/3).

12. We don't charge extra for our SDK.

We don't charge anything for the software itself, much less the SDK, which incidentally, is part of the Enano sources. (3/3).

13. Our licensing model is simple enough for a 5-year-old to understand.

Definitely. You can get it for free and share to anyone you want under the same terms is pretty simple! Although it could be argued that five-year-olds don't know how to share ;) (3/3)

14. We have one price sheet for all customers.

Yep! We do for the software itself (FREE) and our support services (available here). (3/3)

15. Our top executives are on Skype, Twitter, or some similar channel, and: Feel free to contact them directly at any time.

Both developers of Enano CMS are available through Twitter, IRC, email, instant messenging, and support forums. (3/3)

Overall Rating: 40.5/45

Meme ID: 9c56d0fcf93175d70e1c9b9d188167cf

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