As some may have noticed I haven’t posted much about PyroCMS in awhile. Perhaps some have asked why that is. Well here is the post explaining that. I’ve gone back and forth on if I should write this, but I feel like I should for anyone who may have came here for thoughts on PyroCMS.
I had made pretty good progress on my modules for PyroCMS (for those catching up I was working on moving our newspaper site over to Pyro). I had articles imported into the system. They were categorized. I was able to pull in photos and I had even got the front end working (not complete but pretty good). It was going well. And then I tried to figure out how to get slugs working (slugs being what creates your URL so it’s SEO friendly). And I proceeded to bang my head against the wall. This went on for a few days. I checked the forum, I checked the ‘secret’ Facebook page and I hung out on the mostly silent IRC group. While some answered my questions many were just as confused as I was. I eventually emailed Phil and asked him what the community could do to help. I had found the documentation was severely lacking and I thought it would help move the project along. In typical fashion he promptly replied to me about it (which is awesome). Phil’s response was documentation sucks (it does) and to submit requests for more information. Not due to Phil’s response but just due to the over all banging of my head against a wall I took a pause on my PyroCMS project. Well the pause became a goodbye when I started working with WordPress.
In a lot less time I was able to get my content into WordPress, with slugs (it’s automatic if you use the API) and I’ve pretty much got a template up and running.
Is that to say that it’s better than PyroCMS? Nope. I have some worries about using WordPress, security being a pretty big one (and the speed), but for the time I have to dedicate to this project WordPress currently appears to be the best choice for me. The documentation far surpasses what PyroCMS has. At lot of that has to do with (1) the amount of people working on WordPress and (2) the amount of time it’s been around (it has been frustrating at times as well but eventually I’ll find what I’m looking for). Both of those are things that PyroCMS can overcome in due time.
So what I’m saying. If you have the time and the will to learn PyroCMS, I think it’s a great thing to learn. It’s growing and the community is mostly developers which I think is a strength but also a weakness (see documentation). Support and documentation can be pretty spotty in places. Wordpress can get you up and running fairly quickly, but it also has it’s issues that you’ll need to address (security being a big one and using older versions of PHP)
If you have any comments feel free to post them up.