So what exactly is a CMS. CMS stands for Content Management System, and one of the most important elements of a successful website is having new, fresh and relevant content. This helps maximize your web presence, retain visitors and rank higher in search engines. So, whether your a small business, blog, or large corporation – managing your own content will help keep costs down and speed up content delivery to your users.
So what makes a great CMS? Here are some key points to consider.
- Fast learning curve
- Ease of use from a content creator standpoint
- Agile development
- Development community
There are many CMS solutions out there. Today we’ll focus on Open Source (free) solutions that will help get your website up and running very quickly.
WordPress is the most popular publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability. WordPress excels because of its active community that is constantly improving and developing extensions to enhance its functionality. WordPress is great because it hits every point of what makes a great CMS.
SilverStripe aims to cater to both the developer and the content creator. It provides the developer a framework that allows very rapid and agile development with very little limitations. Like WordPress, SilverStripe provides a very straight forward approach to creating content.
Drupal is a free software package that allows an individual or a community of users to easily publish, manage and organize a wide variety of content on a website. Tens of thousands of people and organizations are using Drupal to power scores of different web sites. Drupal excels because of its large developer community. But users will find that it takes getting used to some of the concepts. Also, when compared to SilverStripe and WordPress users may find it a bit confusing at first.
There are many more Open Source solutions out there and there is never a one-size fits all approach to choosing a CMS. However the three listed in this article provide the best balance of development, usability and stability.