Content Management Systems.. which one?!

“Hello, my name is Amanda, and I am a script addict.”

Yes, that would be me.  Give me a script to download and play with and I’m all over it.  Sometimes, however, my enthusiasm for the power and function of a script doesn’t always translate well to the user that will have to maintain the site once I’ve packed it up and sent it home to it’s new owner.  I always hope that once they’ve seen it in action, and played with the administration area, that my OOglyness for the site will be catching, and they will fall head over heels in love with it – as I have.Sadly, this is not always the case.  With that said – I am always looking for the simplest solution for the clients that I built websites for.  Keeping in mind that not everybody has the same love for websites as I do.  Keep it simple. Make it functional. And keep -their- future website needs in mind.

I had a conversation not too long ago with somebody about CMS (Content Management Systems), and viability of WordPress for large companies.  I love WordPress – no secret there. But I also understand it does have it’s limitations.  This conversation sent me off looking for other CMS options for companies that require something a bit more robust for their websites.  This comparison done at Top Ten Reviews shows an interesting breakdown of what each CMS does offer, as well as user reviews for 2010.

Joomla!, eZ Publish, WordPress.org (as opposed to WordPress.com) and Drupal are our top-ranked systems. Not only did these systems consistently finish at the top of the side-by-side comparisons, in many cases the gap between these and the rest is significant. Begin here by narrowing the field based on your most-needed features. From there, move to a test phase – spend time on the demos – in the end it will be up to you to determine what the best CMS is for your specific project and skill set. For example, WordPress.org is shown to be one of the best when it comes to scope and purview while Joomla! seems to be the first choice for business and e-commerce sites (for non-developers). But every potential user is searching for a unique set of features.

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