I have been playing around with various content management systems recently, and found most of them to be pretty unsatisfactory. I basically wanted a solution that could combine a blog type of news site with an integrated forum. I was so frustrated with systems like Drupal and Mambo, which were just so damn hard to configure (for a nitwit like me, I’ll admit) that I was looking up ways for WordPress and phpBB to share a user database – something that is probably even harder to do.

Anyway, how I didn’t come across this before I do not know, but PHP-Fusion is the answer to my needs. It’s lightweight, easy to install and configure, and comes with various nice themes installed already, so it really does work straight out of the box. Brilliant stuff and highly recommended.