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Subject: Which CMS or blogging software does this website run?
Category: Computers > Internet
Asked by: forefont-ga
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Posted: 04 Aug 2006 22:32 PDT
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Question ID: 752746
I need to known what CMS or blogging software NPR uses at: 

And also Portland Tirbune at

Request for Question Clarification by sycophant-ga on 05 Aug 2006 03:56 PDT
Hi Forefront, 

Based on what I can see on those pages and in the HTML source, neither
site seems to be generated by any off-the-shelf CMS. I would say both
are probably custom-designed apps that probably tie in with internal
publishing databases.

Not many news sites deploy standard CMS applications, as their
applications tend to be quite varied and specific to their systems and

Is this information enough, or are you looking specific for a CMS that
might be suitable to create a site in a similar style?


Clarification of Question by forefont-ga on 05 Aug 2006 07:26 PDT

Many sites use that same URI format so there must be some
standardization going on here. I want to know what specific CMS that
and other sites with the story.php?storyid= use for a CMS


Request for Question Clarification by sycophant-ga on 06 Aug 2006 04:13 PDT

The URI format there is simply a logical one that many devices are likely to use. 

It is sensible to make the story display page called "story.php" and
the story ID in the database is also likely to be passed as "id" or
"storyid" or similar.

This is simply for simplicity as programmers tend to name variables
and files in a logical way to make it easy to remember what thigs are
called later.

You'll notice in the examples you included, the two sites are actually
quite different. While both use 'story.php' as the file, the id is
passed as 'storyId' and 'story_id'. In the NPR example, the story ids
are a much lower number (and would probably be stored in a different
datatype in the database than the large number used by the Tribune).

Also, the resulting HTML code is very different between those sites.
They do not appear to be even remotely similar.

It's impossible to know for sure, but again, I believe that neither of
these sites use the same content management systems, and that neither
system is likely to be a readily-availabe off the shelf CMS. The
similarity in URL structure is simply a byproduct of fairly common
programming practices.

Subject: Re: Which CMS or blogging software does this website run?
Answered By: tisme-ga on 07 Aug 2006 13:28 PDT
Hello forefront-ga,

Unfortunately, they do not use any external software. I verified this
directly by contacting them when you first posted the question. I just
heard back from the second source:

"Our blogging software is part of our content management system, which we
built in house.  It is not licensable as it is proprietary and is very
tightly bound to the rest of our system."

I have direct contact information for the senior programmer/web
developer at NPR as well. Let me know if you need this.

All the best,

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