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Ask Slashdot: What Web Platform For a Small Municipality? 161

First time accepted submitter r3dR0v3r writes "I have the opportunity to help improve / replace the website of my small U.S. town (~6000 people). The town leaders are open to most any suggestions, and are open to the idea of having the website facilitate a more open government — by being a place at which town documents, meeting agendas, meeting minutes, legal forms, ordinances, etc. can be found in an organized way and downloaded. And of course the site should provide general info about the town, it's services, recreation opportunities, etc.. Now, we have no budget, so we'll be looking at free/open software. I've considered options such as Drupal, but I'm doing this as volunteer work so I don't want to start from scratch and spend overly much time. Thus, I'm looking for advice about any existing platforms made specifically for municipalities as a great way to get a jump start. I'm guessing there are other slashdotters that have helped their communities in this way. Your suggestions please?"
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Ask Slashdot: What Web Platform For a Small Municipality?

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  • Re:One word (Score:5, Funny)

    by K. S. Kyosuke (729550) on Thursday November 29, 2012 @03:09PM (#42133943)

    LAMP... well acronym for the grammar Nazis

    That would be lexicology Nazis, you semantics-insensitive clod!

    Sincerely yours,

    lexicology Nazi.

  • Drupal (Score:4, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 29, 2012 @03:15PM (#42134001)

    Because 300 connections to the database to display a picture of your cat can't be wrong.

  • Sharepoint (Score:3, Funny)

    by Darktan (817653) on Thursday November 29, 2012 @03:19PM (#42134035)

    The increased staffing required to develop and maintain it will drive your little town's population up to 20,000 in short order. Best of all, most of those new jobs will be for highly paid SharePoint consultants, so the town should get a lot more property tax revenues!

  • Re:CMS (Score:4, Funny)

    by Frosty Piss (770223) * on Thursday November 29, 2012 @04:56PM (#42135165)

    I recomend ShairPoint on Windows 8, and you don't even need the server edition, Win 8 Home should have enough power to tackle a 6000 strong office environmant. You will be able to share all your Microsoft documents And the great thing is the IT support you get from Microsoft - tops bar none.

    In a nutshell - SharePoint ROCKS!

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