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The reason that I switched to PHP-nuke is because my server P3-550, 384 MB RAM, had to move off of a direct ethernet connection to the internet (I graduated and had to pull myserver out of my office).
Now I have a cable modem which isn't fast enough for a site such as mine. I checked out slashhosting.com and found out that they host php-nuke accounts. I figured that learning php would be fun, so that was the initial reason that I went with php-nuke.
Since then, I've came up with more reasons for and against phpnuke.
for - PHP is cool. It's easy to write and phpnuke is open enough that you can very easily integrate other pages and applications. There's even a project called phpaddon that contains hundreds of things that you can add on to a vanilla phpnuke installation. I still have very little php experience, yet I'm confident that I could take anybodies php app and get it integrated with phpnuke.
for - themes. I've heard that the new slashcode has theme support. I've yet to see it, but phpnuke already has theme support and there are many nice themes to choose from.
against - documention. Phpnuke has little or no documentation. Since I didn't install it (slashhosting.com did) I can't comment on the difficulty of installation. I can say that there is little or no docuementation about creating themes and adding new pages.
against - it is slower. I can't tell on my website, but I know from visiting other websites. phpNuke doesn't cache pages like slashcode does. This is nice because your front page and poll are immediately updated, but bad because it makes it slightly slower.
Final comment - Unless you are running a site that get's many hits, i think that the main difference between the two is the langauge that it's written in. PHP is darn cool. Perl is also darn cool. PHP seems cooler for generating web apps, but doesn't seem as efficient as Perl.
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