Depending on what type of content management system you want, Wikipedia provides an extensive list. But, what is the best CMS?
Let’s start with the most familiar of the three names, WordPress. You probably realize its capabilities as a blog, but do you realize its potential as a CMS? WordPress is great for the novice to content management systems. Set up a magazine or e-commerce site easily with WordPress, by taking advantage of the many different themes and plugins available. Once you get the right theme and plugins, it can be fairly simple to turn WordPress into a multi-functional CMS, where you can give access to multiple users.
For users that are a little more advanced Joomla offers a bit of everything. It’s geared more toward designers, developers and administrators, as it’s not as user-friendly as WordPress. A new user may have to spend more time reading documentation and learning about it before jumping into it. However, new users can take the demo for a spin to see how they like it before fully jumping in.
Finally there’s Drupal. Drupal is geared more for developers, and much less for designers and novice users. It’s also the CMS used most often for “community sites” that require more social networking features. Although it may take more time and resources to create a website, it can pay off as there are many top-notch Drupal websites on the web. Drupal has a strong community of developers that can help answer questions and troubleshoot as well.
So what’s the verdict? Drupal, Joomla or WordPress? This question all depends on your wants and needs and may vary from situation to situation. If you’re a beginner, then first take a spin with WordPress and work on conquering it.
If you have a firm grasp on WordPress, but are looking for more bells and whistles, then look more at Drupal and Joomla. Both require more knowledge and expertise, and may require more time, but often pay orr with solid sites that can do a lot. If you’re a developer, you’ll probably want to use Drupal, because you have much more freedom and room to do what you want to create excellent sites.
So what’s your verdict? Have you tried all three? Is there one that just soars above the others?