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I am mainly a Java developer (with an old and decaying PHP background) and run an association a blog/website with a growing and fair amount of content/visits/community.

It started as a WordPress and WordPress has been wonderful at start; but as years passes we struggle more and more each time we want to add features or modify those we have.

Also, it become for me a real pain in the **s to do anything with the WordPress PHP code. I think because I began to become allergic to PHP due to my daily Java work; but more so to the WordPress code witch seems to me like gigantic crappy (but working) contraption.

So the blog need to move more and more from a blog to a more complete website / community and I decided we needed to change.

Just to give an idea of actual used/wanted features:

  • forum
  • user profiles
  • nice category/menus/stuff management
  • ads
  • picture galleries

The main desirable feature would be the ability to easily and cleanly add features (either through plugins, development, or whatever).

Given that background, would you have any recommendations?

I thought of Drupal witch seems much more clean, and that's my only idea for now. I would love a Java CMS, but I'm unsure what exists outside PHP (or Ruby/Python) in CMS world.

So I guess I'm just looking for inputs of any kind here as I feel a bit lost.

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    Who adds pages and features on your website? Only an admin, or a team? Or each user can add the widgets they want? – Nicolas Raoul Apr 18 '16 at 2:45
  • Take a look at eXo Platform. Exo is an open source, CMS/Collaboration Platform written in Java. – Tipiak Jun 8 '16 at 9:05
  • What kind of features are you trying to add. Both Drupal and WordPress have a lot of Modules or Plugins. I generally prefer Drupal, but for blogs I actually think WordPress is better. – pacmaninbw Jun 9 '16 at 22:36
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That's exactly what Liferay was created for.

  • Web content management: Add/manage sites and pages, like any other CMS
  • Written in Java
  • Easily drag-and-drop widgets (forums/polls/files repositories/pictures/ads/chat/workflows/themes/etc) from the Liferay Marketplace
  • Very clean way to extend it, via portlets, or via Liferay extension points for heavy-weight modifications. All in Java/JSP.

Liferay is free and open source.

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