An overview of 8 most popular CMSs (Content Management Systems)

An overview of 8 most popular CMSs (Content Management Systems)

A CMS is a computer application that supports the creation and modification of digital web content including text, embedded videos, images, graphics, audio, maps, program codes etc.

If you want to pick a CMS for any development project of yours, you have plenty of options. In this article, we are going to discuss about 8 popular CMSs that can definitely come in handy for you.

1. WordPress

WordPress is considered to be the most popular content management system for blogging purposes. In fact, we also think that it’s probably the most popular CMS in a general sense.

WordPress is an excellent platform for beginners because of its simplicity, user-friendly features and super-fast installation wizard. Their manual can also explain each and every feature in simple, lucid details.

Developers consider the WordPress language simple and straightforward in comparison to others. WordPress also has the widest base of professional themes and plugins to choose from.

The WordPress community is also zealous bunch where you’ll be able to get almost every help required to customize WordPress as per your requirement. So is there anything not to like? We don’t think so.

2. Drupal

Drupal’s another CMS having a large and active community. Unlike WordPress, it doesn’t focus purely on blogging. It’s more of a pure CMS.

A simple installation comes with lots of optional modules where users will get access to a large number of interesting features such as user blogs, forums, profiles, OpenID etc.

Creating a site with additional social features becomes a piece of cake with the simple installation of Drupal.

One of the most unique and popular features of Drupal is its taxonomy module. The taxonomy module helps to organize content easily and effectively. You can also find a number of professional Drupal Themes that are easy to customize and work with. Drupal plugins are additional options.

3. Joomla!

In terms of functionality, “Joomla!” is a pretty advanced content management system. Nonetheless, it’s quite easy to start off with Joomla!, all thanks to its lightning fast and easy installer.

Joomla’s also quite similar to that of Drupal, considering the fact that it’s a complete and advanced CMS. This CMS comes with a beautiful administration interface, coupled with intuitive dropdown menus and other attractive features.

4. EE (ExpressionEngine)

ExpressionEngine’s a flexible and elegant CMS suitable for almost any type of project. EE’s user administration area is neat and pretty intuitive such that it takes only a few minutes to comprehend the entire layout of backend and start creating and modifying content at moment’s notice.

EE’s packed with many helpful features like for example, it has the ability to accommodate multiple websites with a single installation of software.

One standout feature of the EE CMS is its global search and replace functionality.

5. Textpattern

This one’s pretty popular among designers because of the simple elegance exhibited by it.

Textpattern utilizes textile markup in textareas to create HTML elements within pages. Pages generated through Textpattern are lightweight and loads at lightning speeds.

6. Radiant CMS

All the CMSs mentioned above are based on PHO. Now PHP’s definitely the most popular language in web development but let’s not forget a few of its counterparts; for example: Ruby.

Radiant CMS can be compared to that of textpattern because both are a fast and minimal form of CMS. Unlike textpattern (built on HTML), Radiant’s built specifically on Ruby.

The Radiant developers have made the CMS as elegant and simple as possible. This is one of the biggest positive aspects os this content management system.

7. Cushy CMS

This one’s quite different than the others due to the fact that it doesn’t rely on a particular language. Cushy CMS is purely a hosted solution.

You don’t have to download anything or worry about any future upgrades. Cushy CMS is free to use even for professional purposes.

8. SilverStripe

SilverStripe’s another CMS based on PHP that is similar to that of Wordpress with a few exceptions. Unlike Wordpress, it has a few more configurable options that are tailor-made for content management rather than blogging.

SilverStripe is built on a unique PHP framework called Saphire.


Well, that pretty much completes everything that we wanted to talk about. We’ll sign off for now. Hope you had a good read.

Sudipto Das

Sudipto writes technical content periodically for softz solutions and backs it up with extensive research and relevant examples. He's an avid reader and a tech enthusiast at the same time with a little bit of “Arsenal Football Club” thrown in as well. He's got a B.Tech in Electronics and Instrumentation.

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