Installing everything needed for a CMS can be quite daunting, so it comes as welcome news that eZ (news, site) has developed an all-in-one installer for those just starting out or switching in the open source CMS world.

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Available for Windows PCs and Macs, eZ Publish Installer throws together MySQL database, Apache web server and PHP and the latest version of eZ Publisher 1.4.3. The combination creates a one-stop shop for anyone who needs a quick Web-based publishing solution.

Ready, set go... install a full system quickly

The suite is recommended for use as a training, testing, evaluation or development environment as, once installed, all the programs will be at their default, non-optimized settings. This makes it impractical to run straight away as a production system.

For production purposes, you need to get eZ Publish standalone and install it on a production-ready and optimized environment. However, it would be a good place to learn. All of the software is open source, so there is no cost up front either. 

Just a 50MB download you will be up and running in just a short while, enter a password and your e-mail address and wait for the files to install. Once the files are installed, you go through some eZ Publish set-up browser screens.

Some technical issues may need to be resolved, such as having AcceptPathInfo disabled in the Apache configuration file. Once through, choose a site package design from the pre-installed options and you are ready to go.

eZ Installer is rather a simple idea, but we're surprised to find it hasn't been done more often. Joomla's Seedling provides a fully preconfigured CMS component, but expects you to have the server in place. So, if you're not sure where to start with a CMS or just need a quick test-bed to experiment with, eZ has provided a functional solution, for free.