The “Big Three” Platforms
There are many content management tools available to help you create, organize, edit, and manage content. The “Big Three” platforms include WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla. Some web designers stick with just one while others use a combination of two or three, depending on the project. There are also other good CMS systems that should not be underestimated. Some are hosted online and others are downloadable software packages that must be configured for server use. Here’s a look at some of the best content management tools.
This is the most widely used CMS platform in the world. It started out as a blogging platform, and has expanded into much, much more. While it still remains the top choice for blogs, it can also be used to build all types of websites.
WP uses themes containing PHP, CSS, and other files to determine how a site will appear to the end user. However, many designers choose to create their own themes. There are numerous guides and tutorials available that explain the process step-by-step.
WordPress is notorious for its ease of use for the average user.
It’s an award winning, open source platform with more than 50 million downloads. Since it only has about one-fourth the number of add-ons than WP, Joomla is considered to be more ideal for developers than designers. The platform is easy to learn and mobile friendly.
Joomla is now partnering with SiteGround to provide free hosted website solutions.
Some of the big names that use Joomla include Quizilla (MTV Networks), Harvard University, IHOP, and Citibank.
There are currently more than 2,000 themes, 29,400 modules, and 36,990 developers associated with this open source CMS. Like Joomla, it’s popular with developers. Packaged distributions for a specific purpose, such as nonprofit site building and publishing, are readily available.
Drupal is a versatile platform that can be used to build everything from large enterprise applications to basic blogs.
A relative newcomer to the content manage system industry, ocPortal isn’t as well known as the more established platforms. However, it’s looking to be promising, with its full integration capabilities. Many of the features users require third party plugins or extensions for with other CMS platforms come included as standard with the core ocPortal package. There is no need to invest in an upgraded version of the program.
The great thing about WebGUI is that each user portal can be set in accordance with their own skill and comfort level. This CMS comes with tons of add-ons through various organizations, from nonprofits to government agencies. It offers many tools – particularly for ecommerce. Users can sell/maintain subscriptions, create data entry forms, maintain site security, sell products, etc.
WebGUI is considered to be one of the best CMS platforms for small to medium businesses.
This is one of the best content management tools for memberships. Over 14,000 clubs, nonprofit organizations, and small associations use Wild Apricot to keep and maintain membership information. It’s more hassle-free than Excel and Outlook. In addition to managing memberships, the tools also allow users to handle events, payments, renewals, etc.
Other Notable CMS Tools:
– eZ Publish Platform
– Expression Engine (EE)