As most of you know we are in the process of migrating the main DC website to a new cms (see here
), with the aim of making it easier to maintain the site and add new content.
One of the other things that we have done on DC is provide web hosting for some dc members to create their own websites, on a separate server (dcmembers.com).
We started out thinking that would be a really nice feature to offer dc members, but we have gradually done less and less of that over time.
The main reason is maintenance headaches.. It's basically running a shared server with lots of different user accounts and all the headaches that entails. There are also security concerns with everyone running different web scripts and some being abandoned and not updated with security releases, etc.
The other reason is the proliferation over the years of free hosting services (blogger, github, etc.).
It still occurs to me that a compromise solution would be some kind of multi-user cms/blog system where we would only have to maintain one central piece of software and could create lots of individual user accounts, where each user could maintain their area and their software and blog writings..
It would be more restrictive in format (i.e. mostly uniform appearance of user pages), but that could also be an advantage in terms of consistency, and would have the advantage of sharing visitors and popularity and being able to have a shared news/release page, etc.
So my question is -- can anyone recommend some multi-user cms thing that is really designed to give each author their own (protected) "area" to create and maintain in, and host software for download, while offering some shared news/search/etc functions?