Top 3 Content Management Systems

A Content Management System aka CMS is an application that helps people create, upload and manage their content online. Flexible CMSs allow you to create e-commerce sites, point-of-sale apps, database & inventory tools, and much more.

There are literally hundreds of different content management systems. So how can you pick the best one?

Begin by looking at CMSs that are secure. We are dealing with online applications here, after all. A platform that offers granular privileges will allow you to assign only basic permissions to regular users, while keeping the advanced features for the admins.

Then, choose a CMS that’s got an active community. You want to use an application that is constantly developed and patched, and has lots of enthusiastic users, who are more than willing to help you if you run into trouble.

How many useful plug-ins does your CMS have? And are those that you couldn’t live without updated on a regular basis? This is another key aspect that you should take into account in your quest for finding the best content management system.

Is your CMS easy to use? You may need to develop a plug-in or to modify one of the existing source files sooner or later. And when this happens, you’d better know the programming language that your CMS was written in. And it’d better be an easy to use programming language.

Here are our top three content management systems, along with their pros and cons.

 

1. WordPress

WordPress powers over 25% of the websites in the entire world. And this says quite a few things about its flexibility.

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It has a very active community and millions of third-party plug-ins. It doesn’t have too many web creation tools, though.

Fortunately, there are lots of great plug-ins that will help you build a great looking website without too much effort.

Since it is such a widespread CMS, WordPress is often times the hackers’ preferred target. Sadly, its default security tools aren’t fantastic. But the good news is that plug-ins like Loginizer can easily prevent people from logging into your admin panel.

 

2. Drupal

Drupal is a great option when it comes to building websites that have a lot of content and are able to handle huge amounts of visitors.

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Drupal was created for advanced designers, and this shows in its admin panel, which can look intimidating to many people.

Drupal comes with a nice selection of themes, but there are much fewer in comparison with WordPress’ offering. If you want to build a great looking site you’re going to need to put in some coding effort.

This CMS has a decent number of plug-ins, so you shouldn’t run into trouble if you try to build a Drupal-based e-commerce website.

 

3. Joomla!

Joomla is preferred by web designers who want to use their experience to create unique, professional looking websites.

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Just like Drupal, Joomla has a set of add-ons that are dedicated to e-commerce. Sadly, Joomla shares the same weakness with Drupal, having a limited set of good-looking themes.

On the plus side, Joomla has an active community, people who are ready to help you if something goes wrong.

Unlike Drupal, Joomla has a nice looking dashboard that is easy to navigate. And the built-in user guide does a great job explaining this CMS’ basic features.

If you’re interested in a CMS that’s got a user-friendly website builder, Joomla isn’t for you. Still, it’s a great option to consider if you plan to build a business or e-commerce website, because it’s got lots of free, useful plug-ins.

 

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