Firstly, apologies if this isnt in the right place but I didnt really know where to put it.
That out of the way have a slight problem, my companies website was hosted by someone else and built by someone else. I'm pretty sure they have no clue what they are doing and made a website with this CMS Made simple content management system.
As I'm to do SEO for the website, and I have never used this CMS, can someone just confirm for me what happens and how I upload it to a new server, I'll attach an Image of the folder layout that it was sent over in.
I'm pretty sure that you just add all of this to the server, and the domain points to the index.php but I want to confirm.
Have used CMSMS twice at client request... it's kind of nice BUT you need to be really careful with folder/file permissions when changing servers especially if any extensions were originally added via the admin panel. A clean install might be easier and then import the original database. The built-in SEO features are pretty good.
Support ! Geeez, I just spent the best part of a day constantly repeating myself like a stuck record. I had an idea what the issue was, wanted to modify the config file, asked where it was and got blanked. So I then thought the best way was to deal with the actual module that was causing the CMSMS to break. Again, I got every answer other than the specific answer I was looking for.
I have now had to go to my web host to get the mto email me in writing the way in which the server is set up so I can go back and tell the DEV team that the issue IS NOT the server but the coding in the module. You know rocket science is not my field of expertise but when you install something and your entire web site is taken down by that script, then comes up again when you delete the module completely... and I am being told that the problem is in the hosts server... Hmmmm, yes I was born yesterday.
So your going to find that any migration using the existing version and subsequent issues will be met with the standard "Upgrade" message over getting any real help.
You must have overlooked the config file.... it's config.php in the root.
No "rocket science" needed. CMSMS has really good community support... of course it's always helpful to state your problem clearly and ask for help in a polite manner.
Opifex, I did and it was "Empty" and rocket science it is not, they however could have simply complied with my initial request and we would all be one happier family. Yes I was polite but as the issue was being dragged on and my requests were being blatantly ignored.
I was asking a specific question and I was not getting the answer, an analogy of this situation is your in the DIY store wanting to buy some blue paint and the clerk keeps on directing you to the wall paper section. These guys just did not see beyond the "Upgrade" option and were not prepared to support a client that was only 2 sub version away from the newest, 1.6.4 -> 1.6.6 is not a major upgrade requirement and filtering through the differential update file, I can see that 98% (based on counting the files) were language file updates. Hardly a major security consideration.
As for the "Community Support" it is debatable based on my experience, I call good support "Answering the question" not "Answering with another" or pointing people in to trouble shooting something completely unrelated. So from my point of view, 6/10 for the support.
Once again, config.php is in the root. It is written by the installation script. The copy on the server is not blank.
You might want to become acquainted with wikis, faqs and help guides before beginning your rants. This applies to all the programs that you are attempting to use.
I recall past rants about Firefox, Ubuntu, Gimp.... need we continue?
Well GIMP I have stuffed in the trash, waste of my time, I installed Macromedia Fireworks and within 2 minutes of operation I had whacked out a nice gradient banner with the site logo on it... Tried doing that in GIMP and all I got was severe headaches, fed up of "Undoing" processes because it is not an easy image editor to use and it did not do the job.
Audacity, again, stuffed it in the bin and installed Sony SoundForge, now I can edit audio without any of my hard drive space being eaten up because Audacity can not clean up after it has messed itself.
Firefox, given up with that browser nannying me and blocking out stuff or stopping downloads and a friend who is a die hard firefox user has switched to Opera after a short stint on MSIE8 when he couldn't edit his site with FireFox.
The config file WAS empty and after allot of poking around I uploaded a copy from a back up that was full.
The issue in CMSMS I have experienced or rather am experiencing is nothing out of the ordinary and the attitude of the people helping is "A" typical and had I been given the info I requested instead of the run around, then I wouldn't be ranting about it would I. People don't generally moan of complain or rant if they have nothing to rant about do they, SO THINK ABOUT IT.
Need we continue indeed? You rack em up and I'll knock em down.
SO back on topic, has the thread starter resolved the issue or are they still having issues I wonder?
As of moving, installing or updating CMSMS you have to make sure all your file/folder permissions are correct, you have to change the urls and paths in config.php and you have to delete all the temp files in tmp/templates_c.
I've installed over 100 sites using CMSMS and it's userfriendly, search engine friendly and adpatable/expandable.
Please PM me if you're still stuck, and I'll help you.
AND What they do not tell you is that CMSMS relies heavily on Smarty, you have to dig up a thread that has calguy practically stating that CMSMS is a frontend and the workhorse is Smarty template engine.
I have had many issues with CMSMS and severe lack of help from the forum. Those that have answered posts are IMHO nothing more than aliases of the dev team.
I have noticed that they try to stear everyone in to paying for support. I have questioned these ethics with the FSF about the fact that they provide a forum but hardly assist with help. While I have no problem with people earning money, its the method employed in which your forced to pay up or your problem is not resolve.
I gave up wasting my time on them and I went instead to the Smarty Template Engine which is what CMSMS is built on and within 30 minutes I had the answer I needed and CMSMS forum dragged out an issue over 3 weeks and never answered my question and the only developer who posted an answer was more concerned with pulling me up over a comment that was basically a fact.
So heads up, IF you have CMSMS and are having issues with it, don't bother with CMSMS at first, get your heads in to Smarty and it will very likely have the answer for you, based on my experience, your less likely to get help and especially if your a n00b and more so if your NOT a developer, it appears that they only provide assistance to web developers, so take that as the bench mark to indicate how much help your likely to get.
I think what annoys me more is that I have spent time and provided bug fixes and warnings on code that posed a security risk and it seems to have just been blatantly ignored as these fixes have not shown up in the code at all. I still have to manually insert my fixes to resolve the problem. My attitude now is stuff CMSMS, I am getting hands dirty on the smarty code because that is all I cam seeing when I open up any randomly selected file that makes up the CMSMS code base.
If you take an orignianl version of CMS Made Simple, it does not provide any config.php file. If it is a new installation, you should create one (with notepad f.i.) and leave it empty then save it under config.php.
If you don't do this, CMSMS will ell you that the connfig.php is missing. If it is there but empty, you will get the possibility through the install procedure to fill it in with the appropriate data.
I am not a CMSMS DEv, I use it for years to a lot of satisfied customers. So I don't think it was an error to do this. But I do understand that sometimes frustration leads to aggessivity. :-)
LOL, read the manual... Thats what I did do and it told me nothing other than what was within the CMS itself and nothing to do with the issue at hand. To be frank, the CMS wiki is pathetic, it does not provide any user meaningful support. The support in the forum is atrocious and judging by my lurking, I see a pattern.
I have since ditched CMSMS after it got hacked (and I wonder who, not why or how as the hack forgot about the audit trail and modifaction I made to harvest IP addresses,etc.) so I have started to write my own bespoke version ground up so that I know what goes in, no backdoors and has some of the features of security I was requesting assistance with CMSMS but got blatantly ignored.
For me, CMSMS showed their true colours. All I can say is use it with caution and if you find all your service requests seem to be turning in to paid support... dot the i's and cross your t's because as sure as a cat is a feline, your being taken for a ride.