Most of my clients are not new web apps but websites. For this, it is much more cost effective to use Concrete5 or Expression Engine than to use Yii to roll my own CMS for the project. I love using Yii, however, and was wondering if there is a good full blown CMS in the works by anyone out there. I don’t even mind paying for things if they’re good!
IMHO, I think it is not good way to write a good cms with framework. If one writes cms on top of framework it is like building something on top of another thing(for me it is strange). It should be on the ground not on the top of another big stuff.
Personally, though, I often find myself doing a lot of work to get existing CMSs to do what I want them to do, and often it turns out to be faster to just do it with Yii, making use of the wealth of existing extensions.
I am on the same boat here. I have looked at options like Wordpress and Modx over building from scratch with yii. I think the pros and cons need to be justified by the cost and size of the project. In my opinion most the features my client needs are found in many CMS’s out there but I can see the potential for future customised features that will be hard to integrate into an existing CMS. I am leaning towards building from scratch with yii so that I can reuse and easily extend the application.