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7 Best Content Management System

Best Content Management System

Content Management System (CMS)

Content Management System (CMS) is web based software which is used to create, update, delete, organize or display any type of content. That can be news, blogs, entertainment, corporate or e-commerce. CMS help you to manage the content without having any technical knowledge.

The most important feature of CMS is, any/multiple user(s) can create, update, delete the content at the same time/anytime. CMS also have ability to assign different permissions to different user as per need. This feature makes the software very powerful to have complete control over their own website.

According to w3techs stat, almost 48% of the global sites uses CMS. It shows the power of content management system. It empowers various small & large business, corporate sites, news sites, portals, e-com platforms, etc.

CMS integrates plugins and themes to extend the functionality of the site. Plugins are also known as extensions or modules. It makes CMS very powerful and useful. I would like to share top 7 popularly known CMS which are used by number of websites.

 

1. WordPress

WordPress – Content Management System

WordPress(WP) rule the market as it is used by 28% of all the website. Its CMS market share is 59.1%.  It is most popular and widely used CMS software in the world. WP started its journey as blogging platform. But, now it is used for almost all kinds of sites like personal, portfolio, portals, e-com, web app, news, etc.

Plugins – WordPress have 50,000+ plugins which make it even more powerful. This much plugins create big difference between WordPress and other CMS. Various basic functionalities get covered by them.

Easy Installation – WP is easy to install. Many web host provides one-click installation. It means site gets running in few min which is famously known as 5 minute install.

Support – WordPress helps to solve any kind of issue through its vast developer community and support forum. Even, If you search for any WP query on google, you will get number of sites which explains solutions in various ways. That’s the beauty of WP.

WP Team – Some credit goes to WP team also. They constantly come up with security patches, upgraded version with improved and extended functionality. Team provide log also, which helps developer to understand the changes made in current version against previous.

 

Weak Points –

  • Not easy to customize. Will need expert developer to solve the issue
  • Vulnerable to attack in many ways without any security measures
  • Various plugins conflict with each other
  • Not multilingual like other Joomla, Drupal

 

2. Joomla

Joomla – Content Management System

Joomla is at second number in terms of popularity and usability. But, it is more powerful than WordPress. It is an award-winning content management system (CMS). Its CMS market share is 6.9%. It need basic technical knowledge to build the site, compare to WordPress.

Multi Language Support – Joomla supports multi language feature. User do not need to install any plugin for it. You just need to go to language manager and add content language. It supports more than 65 languages.

Less Technical – Joomla is not too much technical. Any user with basic technical knowledge can build any kind of site without any guidance.

Easy Installation – Just like WP, Joomla also have one click installation. It is not fast as compare to WP installation. But it does not take more than 10 min either.

Banner Management – Joomla also have one great feature i.e Banner Management. The tool allows you to create clients and campaigns; to set impression numbers; track the clicks and much more.

Support – Joomla also have support forum where you can ask your query. It has an extensive documentation. It also have chat rooms, mailing list.

 

Weak Points –

  • Quality & quantity of themes & plugins is less
  • Less customization compare to other CMS
  • Various plugins conflict with each other
  • Admin panel is not user friendly compare to other CMS

 

3. Drupal

Drupal – Content Management System

Drupal is third in the competition. Its CMS market share is 4.7%. It is much more powerful than Joomla and WP. But it needs advanced technical knowledge. Non-tech person cant create the site very easily. Although, It is much more flexible to use for developer so we can say it is developer friendly.

Easy Installation – It is also easy to install and does not take more than 10 minutes.

Multi Language Support – It also supports multi language feature. You need to enable content translation modules. Once its enable, you can add languages from configuration section.

Modules – Drupal have 21,000+ modules and 1500+ themes. These modules helps to take site to another level with their extended functionality.

Fully Technical – It is fully technical. Developer must have knowledge to create site in Drupal. It is great feature for tech-savvy people.

Custom HTML – You can add HTML code directly on any page. Drupal has ability to convert the code into non-HTML and display it in well formatted structure.

 

Weak Points –

  • Quality of themes is less
  • Need more time to develop a site compare to other CMS
  • Need expert developer to solve the issues

 

4. Magento

Magento – Best e-Commerce Content Management System

Magento is completely different CMS. Its CMS market share is 2.5%. If you ask for best and unique e-commerce platform, it is top of them. It has number of functionality. WordPress, Drupal, Joomla also supports e-commerce feature but they need to integrate specific plugin for that. Magento features two editions. One is FREE and other is PAID.

Community Edition(CE) – It is completely FREE. Those who want to start with lower budget must go with community edition. Its nothing like, it is free version, so it will have less features or something. It covers all the basic functionalities of e-commerce platform.

Enterprise Edition(EE) – Enterprise Edition is quite more featured compare to Community Edition. But it is okay because, Enterprise Edition expenses starts from 15k/yr. It vary according to owner’s spending capacity. This edition takes your business to very new level. You get support from core team of Magento.

Themes & Extensions – It have 1001 themes & 9678 extensions on Magento Connect as on posted date of this article. Some extensions are FREE and some are PAID. Paid extensions are quite costly. It starts from $0.01 to €25,000.

Support & Network – Magento currently used by more than 251,000 shops(websites). It consist of 150,000 developers and 300+ highly-trained solution partners to serve this many shop owners. You can search on google too, you will get number of sites with desired solutions.

 

Weak Points –

  • Complex folder structure
  • Heavy for normal shared hosting. Need specific e-com server or powerful servers
  • Need more time to develop a site compare to other e-com CMS
  • Non-tech person cant develop site on his own. Must need expert
  • Enterprise Edition is little bit costly

 

5. Blogger

Blogger – Content Management System

Blogger was developed by Pyra labs which was later bought by google. It was well known platform for blogging in its early days. Its current CMS market share is 2.2%. It is absolutely FREE. One thing I appreciate about blogger, i.e, it successfully maintained its status as blogging platform even though market got new, much more powerful platforms like WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, etc.

blogspot.com – All the blogs are published on sub-domain of blogspot.com which is hosted by Google. You can choose sub-domain of your choice. Google check for its availability. Once it is available (Ex.”technolizers”), it becomes “technolizers.blogspot.com“. All your blogs will publish here only.

Custom Domain – Blog can be hosted on custom domain. If you want to start your own blogging website, you can do so. Consider same word again, “technolizers”. It will become “www.technolizers.com“. All your blogs will publish here.

Multi Language – You can operate or see your blogs in 60+ different languages. It also supports various local languages of India like Marathi, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati.

Country Specific – You blog will be redirected to your country specific URL. “technolizers.blogspot.com” will redirect to “technolizers.blogspot.in“. in” stands for “India“.

Limitations – Blogger have limitation on – Number of Blogs, Size of Pages, Account Suspension, Storage Limit of Pictures, Number of Labels, Number of Team Members, etc. Even though it have limitation, it is more than enough for personalized blog or SME’s. I mean, what else you can ask for FREE.

 

Weak Points –

  • If you use sub-domain, google owns your blog
  • Lesser number of plugins, Templates
  • Design Quality of templates is very low compare to other CMS
  • If you violate any rule, your blog will get deleted
  • Can not use your own hosting
  • Lesser control on the URL structure

 

6. Shopify

Shopify – Best e-Commerce Content Management System

Shopify is an e-commerce CMS. It is really very easy to use. Non-tech person can also easily set up an online store with the help of few videos. It covers 1.5% sites of CMS market. It includes all the basic features which is required to build an online shop. Shopify empowers 400,000+ stores and sold items worth $34Billion.

Apps & Themes – Shopify offers 1400+ Apps and 100+ premium Themes. Premium themes provide awesome look & feel whereas Apps make your store more powerful. It extends the functionality of the site.

Support – It offers 24×7 supports through phone call, email, live chat, etc. It also have documentation. You can discuss your issue on forum too, where you can get solutions from thousands of users.

14 Days Trial – Shopify provides 14 days free trial. It wont require Credit Card. You can experience the functionality of the CMS. If you like it, continue with paid version. RISK FREE.

Affiliate Program- It also provide you opportunity to earn through affiliate program. You can refer your friend or relative or colleague and earn money for that reference. Clean and Simple.

Plans – It offers various plans from $29/Month – $299/Month. Pricing variations give you opportunity to choose plan according to your need. It also have lite plan of $9/Month. But you can’t build store in lite version.

Experts – If you want, you can take help of any expert provided by shopify throughout the world. You need to pay their fair price.

 

Weak Points –

  • Pay monthly for small features(apps) which are freely available in other CMS
  • Cant use different hosting
  • Higher transaction fees
  • Limited number of themes
  • Available apps are more expensive

 

7. Prestashop

PrestaShop – Best e-Commerce Content Management System

Prestashop is also an e-com CMS. It is open source and FREE. Its CMS market share is 1.3%. It currently powers 250,000+ stores within 190 countries. It got 366 contributors on GitHub. It is one of the most popular e-com platform, easy to use and customize.

FREE – It is absolutely FREE to use. It does not have any transaction fee or monthly fee like Shopify. As it is open source, anyone can contribute in software.

Custom Hosting – Owner can set up store on any hosting of his interest. Its not like Shopify to compulsory use there own hosting. It help you adjust your budget.

Easy Admin Panel – Administration panel is easy to use just like Shopify. Non-tech user can also build the store. It comes with lots of in-build features to make customization very easy.

Plugins & Themes – It have its own marketplace where you can go for either FREE or PAID themes and modules as per your need. It have 2600+ Themes and 3300+ Modules to extend the store functionality.

Support – Prestashop includes 1,000,000+ members in community. You can ask any of for your issue and you will get proper solution from experienced users.

 

Weak Points –

  • Modules are expensive compare to other CMS
  • Suitable for small and medium size stores
  • Hard to extend functionality. Need to purchase modules for small features

 

Conclusion

There is nothing to conclude in this article. All the above CMS have different Pro’s & Con’s compare to each other in there respective zone. User must choose according to his requirement and budget. This article is about popular CMS. We’ll try to come up with non-popular CMS in future posts.

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