Php Post Nuke and Php Nuke---a Comparative Study

By: Fat Jack

At certain point of its evolution, fixing bugs had become rather procrastinate affair for the PHP Nuke developers. This slow process frustrated some programmers who decided to fork PHP Nuke and that were what led to churning out of this software called PHP Post Nuke.

The fact that Post Nuke is the fork of PHP Nuke doesn't necessarily mean that the Post Nuke version is very similar to PHP Nuke. Both of them are content management solution for interactive, community driven websites, but the latter is different at the core with its greater emphasis on better stability and enhanced security.

But it can't be concluded with conviction which is better. For that we have to go through their respective points of strengths and weaknesses.

Both are good for the purpose of news article publication. But PHP Nuke makes for a better choice as it has a larger numbers of modules. But so far as working in a business or corporate environment is concerned, the Post Nuke version delivers better performance, as the other one is geared more toward the average end user.

On the other hand, the feature of permission system is one of the major pillars of strength for the Post Nuke---this feature translates into limited access for general group or a specific user to particular module and area of your site.
This strict permission system makes the Post Nuke more focused to the needs of e-commerce and corporate environments. Through the permissions system it is possible to create groups which in turn can use the permission system to add sub groups. Thus you can accept for your commercial site the moderators which can help in managing your site without allowing access to admin.
Thus Xanthia Theme Engine, PostCalendar, NukeOWL, PNphpBB2 are some of the Post Nuke modules that are popular among commercial users.

Then comes the important question of security. It is often claimed that, Post Nuke is more secure than the PHP Nuke; but experts claim they both are equally vulnerable to professional hackers. While Post Nuke takes a little longer to be cracked open, the PHP Nuke is bit faster to fall prey in the hands of the hackers. What is important is: both of the software has come a long way from their earliest version and both of them have been able to overcome their previous security vulnerabilities.

However, some web masters are rather dissatisfied with the pace at which the Post Nuke is growing; the new versions are released so frequently that even experienced programmers some times lose the track of the development.

However, the issue of customization is better dealt with Post Nuke system; an easy to use theme system including CSS support allows the webmaster to customize all aspects of the website's appearance and arrangement of the contents. And that is also by changing HTML and not disturbing the PHP code.

Thus both PHP Nuke and PHP Post Nuke have their respective advantages and limitations. This is here where the discretion of the web host counts; he should help his client to select between the two---a PHP Nuke site or a PHP post Nuke site----depending on the nature of the website.

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