You may want to avoid hacking your open-source CMS

Seth Gottlieb has an excellent blog on content management called . Recently, he had a post about The Onion’s adventures with Drupal. It’s a story that illustrates the issues companies face when highly customizing an open source content management system. According to Gottlieb, when The Onion went with Drupal 4.7, they had to “hack the core” to allow for the high visitor volume they expected to their very funny and popular website. What The Onion couldn’t anticipate was that Drupal would eventually solve this problem. The trouble was that by the time they released updated versions, The Onion’s hacked version was so different from the original, it could no longer afford to upgrade without sacrificing its substantial customizations.

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