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What PHP tool to use for simple extranet site ?

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My wife is taking care of a non-profit, and she asked me to help her
set up an extranet for the the members. I've promissed I'd be done
before the end of the year... now I have to deliver :-)

What PHP software / library / components could help me, instead of
writing it from scratch ?

They have PHP 4 (I think) and MySQL on the hosting site.
The needs are:
1) in a first phase, manage the directory of members:
- login
- create/edit each member's profile (address)
- search of a member (by first name, by last name, by email, by
- listing of members (by first name, by last name, by email, by

2) in a second phase (later), add some colaboration between members
(and subgroups of members)
- mailing list management
- some content management: adding documents, etc.

I've some experience with PHP, and a good experience of web application
(mostly in Java) so I can hack things, but I'm sure there are much
better solutions than writing it from scratch...

I was thinking of using Pear for the database stuff but there's
probably some much more complete solution.. basically a simple content
management system is probably what I need...
any idea ?

Thanks !


Jul 17 '05 #1
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there are several open source content management systems that would
take care of all that for you. I've been using Mambo for several of my
projects (, you can have a web site up and
running in a few minutes. You'll need to spend a little bit of time to
familizarize yourself with the site administration but it's really
worth it.
Other options include phpNuke, Xoops, etc.
you may want to visit for an exhaustive

Jul 17 '05 #2

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you can use xoops from

Jul 17 '05 #3

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I have an Extranet tool which I have been working on for many years,
based on PHP/MySQL.

It features:
- File upload / download (up to 40mb!)
- Creation of folders and subfolders
- File version control
- Project and folder based permissions
- Task management
- Robust security model
- Management reports
- Automatic contact emails

You can see it at:

I sell it as a managed service, but if you think it would suit your
Non-Profit, let me know and maybe we can do a 'free deal'.
There is a contact form on the website too....

Jul 17 '05 #4

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