I’m a neophyte in the Open Source world, so having a “sandbox” in which to play with various applications before committing to any is really what I need.
Voila! OpenSourceCMS fits the bill. It allows me to try out demo versions of all sorts of lesser-known blogs, wikis, portals (content management systems) and the like. I can play with applications the likes of WordPress, Drupal, Textpattern, Mambo and Papoo (I’ve never heard of Papoo, have you?), testing out the various features, trying to figure out what they do. The demo version on the site changes as I change the settings. The neat thing is that, every two hours, the slate is wiped clean on all apps and everything reverts back to the default. A countdown clock resides on the front of the website. There are also related forums, interviews, and a place to submit your own Open Source app. What more could a girl ask for?
Thanks to Ren Bucholz for telling me about this site.
See also: What is drupal?