The Best Open Source Content Management Systems For Your Business – After years of hearing the caveat, “Nothing is free,” we tend to be wary of open source software. But in the past few years, small businesses and even corporations and governments have begun to use open source software for business operations. Open source content management systems (CMS) allow businesses to store files and share information, acting as a repository for information for multiple employees to access.
- WordPress is among the more popular CMS, due largely in part to the blogging aspect of the service. Since its inception, WordPress has evolved from a blogging site to a CMS, allowing businesses to create websites with the easy-to-use interface. WordPress’s admin area provides the CMS capabilities, allowing multiple users to upload information for other users to read. WordPress includes a media library, where users can share photos, videos, and files. WordPress is especially useful for situations where multiple people are uploading data to a website, allowing users to log in, post blogs, add photos, and even change the design of the company’s pages. The downside to WordPress is that it is still primarily a blogging platform, prompting many in the industry to label it CMS-lite. The upside is that its blogging nature allows the site to be very SEO-friendly and most people find WordPress fairly easy to use, especially since so many people are already using it. The site has tutorials to walk you through everything, including its CMS capabilities.
- Joomla! bills itself as the most popular CMS on the web, with a stated 2.7 percent of the Internet running on the open source CMS. Data from TechCrunch shows the site has had 23 million downloads, supporting more than 2,600 government sites, but that same article shows WordPress as the most popular CMS. Joomla! is considered easy to use, especially for beginners, but more advanced users may get frustrated with its lack of flexibility. Users find themselves locked down to one site with the service, since it doesn’t allow multiple sites connected with one backend. Joomla! has a feature titled Title Manager, a plugin that allows users to manage page titles. This allows for better search engine results, which is extremely important to webmasters concerned about SEO. Joomla! is considered easier to use than Drupal, the more advanced CMS of the three, but not quite as user-friendly as WordPress. However, the tradeoff may be that Joomla! allows for much more flexibility and capability than WordPress.
- Drupal is said to be used as the backend for 1.5% of all websites in the world, according to Technology Usage and Statistics. Powering both Whitehouse.gov and data.gov.uk, Drupal is far more advanced CMS users, providing powerful capabilities for developers who prefer hand-coding to WYSIWYG editors. Non-developers may use the site, as well, but they may find Joomla! and WordPress more user-friendly. Drupal’s Pathauto extension uses patterns to generate URL aliases, boosting SEO into high gear, according to Drupal4SEO.com. But users may prefer the more user-friendly interfaces of the other two CMS.
There really is no clear-cut answer to which open source CMS is the best, but with three great services to choose from, the question becomes which is the best CMS for you? Weigh the pros and cons of each and choose the one that meets your business’s needs.