Choose the Best Content Management System for Your Website
Edited by Robbi, Eng, Lynn
In the old days, having a website was, at best, a luxury. Today it is not a luxury, it is a necessity. In most cases your website is going to be the first glimpse that a customer gets of your company. Most people today are searching online to find you.
If you're trying to save money, consider some open source software that is going to work for you and which you may have edited to give you what you are looking for. Open source allows you to edit the code as much or as little as you like.
Some content management system software is free and it is well written. You might be able to get away with just the software out of the box, as many of the open source communities offer added plugins for increased functionality of your website.
Top Picks for Open Source Content Management System Software
- 1Wordpress - One of the most popular content management systems out there, Wordpress began as a blog software.Over time it developed into a more full featured software that is being used by millions of companies and people around the globe. The Wordpress community produces thousands of plugins which expand the capabilities of Wordpress. Even the Wall Street Journal uses Wordpress for one of their blogs. Wordpress is free, open source software which can be found at Wordpress.org .Advertisement
- 2Joomla - A popular selection for a content management system, Joomla is full featured and sleek.It is relatively secure and offers a wide range of different capabilities in the software. Those can be enhanced by the use of plugins and add-ons which are developed by the Joomla community.Advertisement
- 3Expression Engine - Very rich in added features which are built into the content management system, a great many businesses today are choosing Expression for the easy use and the vast capabilities of Expression.
- 4Typo Light - While lighter in features, this is an easy to use, lightweight and streamlined content management system that is well received and vaunted by those who have used it.
- 5dotCMS=dotCMS is the Gnu Public License version of the very well-known dotCMS which is now open to the public and sharing the code for the continued development of the general public.
- 6Drupal - Rated as one of the top three content management systems being used today, requiring a slightly higher learning curve, Drupal will also offer you some feature-rich upscale ways to create your business or personal site.
- 7Php Nuke - In development longer than most CMS software, the vast array of features that are available in Php Nuke make it well worth your time to look into.The software is so highly developed there is literally nothing which cannot be accomplished with it.Advertisement
- Every content management software is not suitable for every business. Take a close look at what you need and what the software can offer you.
- Bear in mind that many CMS can be enhanced by the use of add-ons and plugins and will extend the abilities that the software has.
- Most CMS today are open source, meaning that you can expand the code yourself or have it professionally done in order to get exactly what you want from the software.
- If you have problems with any of these steps, ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.
Recent edits by: Eng, Robbi