Just wondering if anyone would recommend a good CM System.
To mainly show off products (not interested in a cart system at the moment (but may want to expand the CMS to include a cart system at a later date))
Basic funtions is not a problem, just wondered if there was a cheap and cheerful system out there or I may end up writing my own.
Would like possible like the ability to change themes easily.
I can't help you with a personal recommendation (I've never liked any of the ones I've had to deal with too much) but there is a great site out there that has demo installations of a lot of free CMS systems
http://www.opensourcecms.com/ -- The different products are in the CMS Demo Menu on the left. Also included is blog software, forums and similar content systems.
I've used postNuke and article manager.
fairly good you have to search the forumns for support though, unless I
am missing somethng. But has tons of add-ons
Article manager is pretty good for the $300 you spend on it to gain the re-branding rights. Support forum is good as well as their customer service. AM doesn't have the extra features and add-ons that most sites expect though.
No sense re-inventing the wheel
I've used OpenCMS before -- it offers a lot of potential (you can code for it or use the UI), but it's not that great to use if you're not a developer.
Mambo seems quite popular -- has a nice UI for non-technical folks, but that's about it.
The last time I checked, Apache Lenya looked quite promising. I don't know how mature it is, but it's worth a look.
Thanks for all the info, I'll take a look at some of these solutions.
I'm not afraid of looking under the hood as I started with notepad before even looking at frontpage et al!! (quite some years ago now )
I'm using TextPattern, but I doubt it's a good choice for a shopping site. It's better for a news site perhaps; aspects of it are somewhat blog-like.