RoR Joomla equivilant


I've recently begun trying to get to grips with RoR. The other day
however I was shown Joomla. Is there a RoR alternative a group
developing a similar CMS.


So it is realistically possible to write something similar to joomla
as an individual once one has a reasonably good understanding of

Undoubtably yes, and maybe even improve on some of the concepts of joomla. It would take a substantial amount of time, that’s for sure, but it can be done.

Best regards

Peter De Berdt

You might want to check out RadiantCMS at

It's a very cool CMS.

RadiantCMS is nowhere near being in the same league as most of the CMS
tools out there for other platforms. I don't know what I'm missing,
but it seems to me like it's a very lightweight blogging tool (which
is, as it is, a lightweight CMS). I'm sure there will be future
versions with a LOT more functionality, but right now I think it's far
too light on features to be mentioned as an alternative to Joomla.
Namely, true layout and content management. Sucking in tags and other
HTML elements, running it through a couple of filters and storing it
is NOT content management. One of the broads in accounting wouldn't
have a hope in hell of managing content with this :).

But if you really need a good, powerful, and simplified blogging tool,
use typo.

It's no surprise that Rails CMS offerings aren't as robust as other
platforms. For one thing, most of those projects are much older than
Rails itself. But more importantly Rails is in many ways the anti-
thesis of CMS systems. Rails is all about making custom development
as smooth as possible, but the core team does not believe in component-
based development. The difference is that with Rails you do more work
to create basic functionality, but it looks and works EXACTLY as you
intend. Whereas with packaged CMSes, they do a million things out of
the box, but if you need to customize them in unsupported ways you may
quickly find the time requirements growing exponentially.

My favorite CMS is Drupal. It has an extremely robust API and hook
system for interacting with myriad modules. If you need a large
amount of boilerplate functionality with a smaller amount of custom
code it's a perfect solution. It's a very impressive system to work
within, but it requires a lot of infrastructure and assumptions that
may not be ideal for a given project. However I keep in my toolbelt,
because a $2000 Drupal site that has a less-than-optimal interface but
a lot of features is often preferable to a $50,000 Rails site with
every interaction aspect carefully designed and optimized.

I don't understand why someone would want to run a general purpose
Rails CMS. To me the whole point of Rails is custom apps. You'll
notice the Rails CMS offerings tend to be light, elegant and easy to
modify. I think a successful monolithic CMS would require pretty
heavy modifications to Rails core, to the point where it would
probably be it's own Ruby project. Maybe borrowing some pieces
(ActiveRecord), but it would require the notion of a module beyond
what plugins currently offer. The question is, who in the Rails
community has interest in such a thing?