Content Management System or CMS for short is a software program used to manage websites. The advantage that most Content Management System offers is a method known as WYSIWYG, “What You See Is What You Get”. This method makes it easier for people to create the ideal page without the knowledge of html coding or other web languages. The content that is either being created or edited appears similar to the final product of your content in this method. Today, there are numerous CMS to use and most are open source or free.
• A free, multi-functional CMS known by many people. This CMS consist of the fastest growing community. A very simple and user-friendly CMS and browser-based interface making it easy to add your pages onto your website. Joomla has a variety of useful add-ons and plug-ins that you can add to “tweak” your website. The community itself offers a variety of different templates for free as well as paid. This CMS is primarily for people creating a large community based website but this can be used for almost anything.
• A very strong and versatile CMS. Originally WordPress was used for bloggers but it started to become a Content Management System. This is by far the easiest to manage in my opinion. This CMS also includes little plug-ins to help add those little “tweaks”. This CMS consist of one of the biggest communities today with people creating templates for others to use. WordPress is primarily used for bloggers but because of its versatility, it can be used for anything.
• A major known open source CMS written in PHP that requires a MySQL database. A flexible and lightweight system which is used from personal blogs to a large community website. With its search-engine friendly URLs and customizable ability it has become a promising CMS (.net cms). Drupal can be used for news sites but it be used for anything else as well.
• Formerly known as Mambo Open Source or MOS is an easy to use CMS. Its simplicity to add and manage pages attracted many people to use it. Key major features that Mambo presents are page caching, RSS feeds, forums, blogs, polls, robust API, and advanced techniques for templates helped grabbed people’s attentions as well. This can be used for simple websites all the way to complex websites because of its useful features.
• A free and easy to install CMS. This CMS however is toward people who have knowledge in the programming field. You will need to know Python and other web programming to add extensions to your site. Fortunately, Zope accompanies Plone and it has lots to offer and plus Plone is filled of awesome features.
For beginners, I would first try out WordPress; it’s very easy to comprehend and get use to. However, Joomla is the most known and most used out of these five CMS because it has more features, more add-ons and plug-ins, more templates, and huge community filled with other users and developers. Whenever you feel like WordPress is not right for you, I would highly recommend transition to Joomla.