I have been wondering where Nation Media got this lousy content system. I thought that Nation could get to try some superior systems which are out there with modern functionality. So I decided to check deep into the source code of the CMS and see if I could trace what system it was. Voila! It is the Mauritius system by Coremedia.

The CMS lacks in many bits. It can not be well socialised. You can see how the social media bookmarking buttons comes out when they are added onto the CMS. For a media company like NMG, they need a better way of managing their content. Since what Nation has is just a copy paste of the newspaper content, I think the best system they have ever had was the one developed by 3Mice. You could get the right editions and view past articles with ease.

The same system is used on Monitor, Business Daily, Nation and The East African websites. I must tell you that it is complicated, boring and old. I think that Nation should have stuck with the iJoomla module they had first for Business Daily and maybe implemented the same on The East African. Daily Nation website needed something as powerful as Movable Type system or wordpress.

From rss parsing to the links from the article, the CMS just sucks. You need links which are Search Engine friendly which the Mauritius CMS thing from Coremedia does not have. NMG needs to look for s different CMS ASAP.

Quick thought

  • MMK

    CoreMedia CMS cost a cool $1Million, and that’s word on the street. Customization is a problem, getting add ons will cost you some hefty amount. For the East African, they should have stuck with Joomla

  • Nelson

    Yup. their content mangement system definitley needs some improvements especially in the social media side. i have to say though, in line with many Kenyan’s attitudes….. as long as they are able to get the information they want…. they will not really care about the bells and whistles

  • Afrowave

    Honestly, the Django Project (https://www.djangoproject.com/) was created to solve this problem. And its open source and free. Unless NMG can say that their work is harder that The Washington Post (http://www.washingtonpost.com/), they should look for local developers and sort this once and for all.