If you’ve operated a website for any length of time, you know how important your CMS is. It’s the difference between running an amazing operation and dealing with headaches all day. This list of 13 CMS will make sure you have the best CMS with the least amount of hassle.
This list is part of the larger Entrepreneur Growth Stack
Well, there’s not much to say about WordPress is there? Over 1/3 of all English sites are hosted by this CMS and they’re slowing turning into a force to be reckoned with through strategic acquisition. An entire sub-economy has been built around the platform that allows you to fully customize your website.
Joomla is a completely open source CMS that has the title of being one of the most popular in the world. You have a lot of control over the way your site looks and is indexed by search engines from the admin dashboard. The interface takes a little getting used to, but once you do, you can create a powerful as well as beautiful website in just a few hours.
Rainmaker was brought to us by the good people of CopyBlogger and it’s a powerful platform. They knew what they were doing when they created it because it’s built to convert visitors like no one’s business. The Rainmaker platform takes care of hosting, has a few good themes, and has many of the features you want already built in. The only thing is that it’s not free to use like WordPress or Joomla. A great option if you need everything in one place without having to install a series of plugins.
Drupal is another open source CMS currently on its eighth iteration. It’s very versatile and will allow you to publish everything from blogs to podcasts without having to get outside help from a developer. The only thing holding Drupal back is the difficulty you may experience installing it. After getting over that hurdle, the rest should be smooth sailing. Since its open source, you can create your own plugins or choose from the thousands available to make something truly unique.
Expression Engine by EllisLab is a powerful CMS for eCommerce and business websites. It’s not so great if your blogging into oblivion because it does come with a price tag. The Expression Engine platform is for more experienced web developers because there is no one click installation like with the more popular CMS available. Don’t get me wrong, Expression Engine is still awesome and some very popular sites have been made with it.
Textpattern is a very powerful CMS that also incorporates a super tiny footprint. Instead of using a WYSIWYG editor to make changes like bolding, italics, and headings; Textpattern uses textile syntax. Don’t write it off yet, if you absolutely need a WYSIWYG editor then you can just install the proper plugin. After getting over the first pains of using a new CMS, Textpattern should prove to be a great option for your company.
The Radiant interface is simple, I mean really simple. The admin dashboard has a grand total of three tabs; content, design, and setting. It’s available in multiple languages and has a nice documentation library of help you out if you get stuck with anything. All in all, not the most impressive CMS, but it definitely gets the job done.
CushyCMS is another free option to manage all the great content you’re producing. Instead of downloading and then installing your CushyCMS onto your website, all you need to do is add your existing website to Cushy and start editing. Get creative with CushyCMS, it’s pretty easy to use and has a short learning curve.
SilverStripe is an open source CMS that comes ready to go right out of the box. It comes with a decent admin panel and a WYSIWYG editor to take your content to the next level. It was founded a few years ago and one of the most amazing features is the speed of installation. Yes, it’s even faster than WordPress. There are many customization options by way of themes and plugins to keep you occupied while using SilverStripe. A good choice for any business.
The thing to note about Alfresco is that it was built with enterprise users in mind. It’s not meant for individual bloggers in the least. Alfresco has support for large amounts of cloud storage and makes it possible for you to like and follow writer’s whose content you find interesting. If you operate a website with multiple writers such as a magazine or news site then this may be a very viable option for you.
Contao, another open source CMS that was formerly known as TYPOlight. It can be structured as you like from the very beginning using HTML and CSS. The FAQ section is robust, but a lot of the documentation is in the German Language. It’s a great option for designers who want a lot of control over the finished product.
GetSimple is a completely free Content Management System that saves all data to structured XML-files. The CMS is really lightweight and doesn’t have many of the features of some of the others like WordPress. It’s idea for websites that won’t be updated often. It’s easy to install and even easier to use. If your site is larger than 15 pages then this isn’t for you.
The Exponent CMS is actually quite easy to use and it incorporated many of the ease of use features you can’t find in many of the others. The designability is top notch and can be customized from the ground up. It’s a little different because a backend interface isn’t needed to edit content, simply navigate to the page and start editing. No, that doesn’t mean anyone on the internet can edit your webpages.