Plone is superb but resource-hungry

Plone rocks but certainly doesn’t suit for budget hosting solutions.

Minimum hardware requirements

Minimum 256 MB RAM and 512 MB of swap space per Plone site
Minimum 512 MB hard disk space

This is way too much for my VPS with only 64M of memory. Instead I think I’ll give CMS Made Simple a try.

A nice skin

Quintagroup seems to offer some nice free plone skins. Out of the list, Lite and Schools impressed me most. I’d choose Lite for a technical site and Schools for a university site.

Flash video plugin

I always wondered how to insert a flash movie into a webpage, and in this case, for plone. It turned out to be quite easy — Flash video plugin serves the purpose well. The back end player for this plugin FlowPlayer, and I particularly like the screen size options of this player.

The author of this plugin is also a fan of the movie Office Space, and have just ran the entire lag of the London Marathon race. Interesting guy to know.

After thoughts

I would definitely run Plone for any site if the hardware resources suffice. Clean, elegant and well-ordered is the impression I have for Plone.

No, I won’t pay for the Premium themes or CMSs. For me the GPL licensed programs and artwork are good, although I will find other means to support the contributors — for example clicking their ads.

2 replies on “Plone is superb but resource-hungry”

Hey Wayne,

I am thinking of setting up a CMS for a site about Information Management. Apart from Plone, do you have any recommendations? Especially the simple and no hassle ones. Thanks.

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