CMS Information and FAQ

This page provides information about hosting a CMS on your MSLN hosted website, including important things to keep in mind when choosing a CMS, and a (small but growing) FAQ.


  1. Important Points
  2. FAQ

Important Points

Here are a few important points to keep in mind when considering using a CMS system on your MSLN hosted website:

  1. Using a content management system (CMS) requires having a technical person on your end to perform updates to the CMS software. The technical person will not need to be available on a day- to-day basis, just for the install, "spooling-up period," advanced management tasks, and applying updates.
  2. Depending on the CMS, it may, but not always, need an SQL database. If it does, you will need to request database access from MSLN, by phone or email, and we will set you up with access.
  3. A CMS will require scripting to host it. We have php and perl available on the MSLN webserver. Make sure your CMS uses one of those languages.
  4. Due to restrictions on the MSLN webserver, your CMS will be hosted on a non-encrypted connection, so whomever wants to use it should make sure that users understand that they should not use passwords for the CMS that they use for anything else (The password generator used when assigning FTP accounts to the webserver is here, we recommend using it or something similar).
  5. You should expect to have to tweak things (out-of-the-box templates typically need some work), so the administrator of your CMS should be proficient in the use of the CMS and the language(s) it uses.
  6. Our web server is better suited to running smaller CMS's, meaning we aren't able to host something like Plone (which would require system-level changes).


FAQ Index

  1. What CMSs are currently in use by MSLN sites?
  2. Are there any plans to offer a hosting interface like Cpanel?

1. What CMSs are currently in use by MSLN sites?

There are currently sites using the following CMSs:

  • WordPress
  • Joomla
  • Drupal
  • Moodle

2. Are there any plans to offer a hosting interface like Cpanel?

Unfortunately CPanel is not compatible with our current website and domain management framework without major changes. CPanel itself is actively in development so those changes would not be a one-time investment. We've also looked at other "hosting solution management systems" and none of them fit into our infrastructure as is or without major changes.

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