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Top 6 Most Usable CMS

Top 6 Most Usable CMS

Content Management Systems are easy to customise. Once installation is complete all the current pages on your website can be edited. Our Content Management System (CMS) gives you the ability to make updates to all pages within the website. This means updating text and images on the fly. Content can be simple text, photos, music, video, documents, or just about anything you can think of. A major advantage of using a CMS is that it requires almost no technical skill or knowledge to manage.

There are dozens of great CMSs out there. Regardless of what type of site you’re building, there’s probably one perfectly suited to it. The problem is that most designers and developers don’t want to spend time learning a bunch of different CMSs. They want to learn one, or maybe two, and use those for all of their sites. That means they need something that’s both flexible and powerful.

The CMSs below fit that bill pretty well. Some have practically become household names (in designer households, at least), while others are a bit more obscure. The first three, WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla!, are pretty un-arguably the best CMSs out there. The next three are a bit more subjective, but have a good combination of support, features, and ease-of-use.


The Top 3 Content Management Systems.

WordPress

There are thousands of themes available for WordPress, as well as thousands of plugins and widgets to extend its functionality. WordPress also has an incredibly active community surrounding it, meaning it’s easy to find tutorials or information about nearly every aspect of developing for it.

Through plugins and custom themes, you can turn WP into a social network, forum, e-commerce site, and much, much more. There’s also built-in functionality for creating blog networks or other multi-blog installations from a single core installation.

WordPress Strengths

  • Huge developer community with plenty of documentation and tutorials available
  • Free and paid plugins and specialized themes make it possible to create almost any kind of site
  • User-friendly dashboard for managing content

WordPress Weaknesses

  • Can be overkill for basic sites
  • Is very vulnerable to attack without additional security measures
  • No official support outside of user forums, where you may or may not get an official response

WordPress Resources

If you’re looking for WordPress Themes you can find them and a gallery of WordPress Plugins on Envato Market.


Drupal

Drupal is another very popular CMS, used by a number of high-profile companies including the New York Observer, Popular Science, MIT, Sony Music, Fast Company, and others. It includes a bunch of features for building internal and external sites, and a ton of tools for organizing your content.

Drupal has a very active community, with a number of IRC channels, forums, and even face-to-face Drupal events. There’s also community-generated documentation that is constantly being updated and improved. This documentation includes all you need to know about installation, building sites and modules, designing themes, and more.

There are more than 6,000 add-ons (“modules”) available for Drupal, making it easy to extend Drupal’s functionality to do just about anything you want. This means you can spend your time focusing on design and content, rather than having to code a bunch of complicated features.

Drupal Strengths

  • Robust community support, including IRC channels and face-to-face meetups
  • More than 6,000 modules, making Drupal highly extensible
  • A large number of companies offering commercial support for Drupal

Drupal Weaknesses

  • Can be overkill for simple sites
  • A lack of really high-quality free and commercial themes
  • Theming system is fairly complicated

Drupal Resources

If you’re looking for Drupal Themes you can find them and a gallery of Drupal Plugins on Envato Market.


Joomla!

Joomla! is used by some very prominent companies as the CMS for their websites, including MTV, Harvard University, and IHOP. It’s suitable for back-end networks, too, and is used by Citibank for just that purpose. Joomla! has been used for everything from inventory control systems to reservation systems, to complex business directories, in addition to normal websites.

Joomla! has a long development history and a very active developer community (with over 200,000 users and contributors), so finding information and tutorials is easy. There are also tons of plugins and add-ons for Joomla!, so extending Joomla!’s functionality doesn’t necessarily require any custom coding.

While there are plenty of themes out there for Joomla!, the quality for many doesn’t compare to what’s available for WordPress. There are some great themes, available, though, if you’re willing to look for them.

Joomla Strengths

  • User authentication can be done with OpenID, Google, and LDAP, among others
  • More than 7000 extensions
  • Very active user community and tons of documentation available

Joomla Weaknesses

  • Back-end isn’t as user-friendly as some CMSs, though it’s still very usable
  • Lack of high-quality themes when compared to some other CMSs
  • Can be overkill for simple sites

Joomla Resources

If you’re looking for Joomla Themes you can find them and a gallery of Joomla plugins on Envato Market.

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