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A friend of mine is an architect starting her own business, and needs to build a basic brochure site to promote herself. The site will simply include a few articles and pictures of projects she worked on.

There are so many CMS that it's hard to choose on, but the following are basic requirements: - Open-source - Mature, and with good support - In PHP, since just about any hoster supports PHP - DB-free, to make deployment really basic. If the SCM really does need a database for indexing, SQLite is OK - Good UI so she can easily add articles and photos to her site without having to know any HTML/CSS - Nice templates to choose from

Thank you.

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Use WordPress. It's written in PHP, offers CMS features, and has a large ecosystem of themes and plugins. See the list of recommended WordPress hosts.

For SCM, most good hosts will support Subversion, Git, or both.

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Thanks. Ideally, I'd rather a lighter tool than WordPress, but I'll see how the install goes. – user702 Jun 12 '11 at 11:32
It's one of the lighter-weight CMS that I've used. You can also check out Drupal, Joomla, or Movable Type. – calvinf Jun 12 '11 at 18:53
But it's not "DB-free", as asked (no?) – leonbloy Jun 13 '11 at 19:55
Actually, since contents won't change much, I guess there's an easier way to do it: Does someone know of a script that takes a template and simply turns basic HTML pages + JPG into complete static HTML, ready to be uploaded to any web site? – user702 Jun 14 '11 at 8:02

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