5 Open Source Content Management Systems for Your Website


Coding individual pages of your website manually is manageable if you have a small website. However, for any site that is bigger than 10 pages, or has frequently changing content, a content management system (CMS) is a must-have. CMS scripts come in many varieties, from bare bones systems for basic sites, to massive multimedia web portals. Web hosts can help you choose a CMS, with this information available on WebHostingBlueBook.com and similar providers. Open source CMS scripts are particularly useful, because they have large communities creating add-ons and templates, and they often check the code for bugs. Here are five of the most popular open source content management systems:

1. WordPress

This is one of the most popular content management systems around, and it originally wasn’t even supposed to be for content management. WordPress’s blogging script is so flexible and versatile it quickly gained popularity as an easy way to manage content-driven sites, like blogs, magazines, businesses, or even intranet. The community surrounding WordPress helps with plug-ins, add-ons and free support for the software.

2. Joomla

Joomla, with more than 35 million downloads, is a robust open-source content management system that provides a powerful framework for website creation. It is user-friendly and has an active user base that creates designs and extensions for the platform. It is also mobile-ready, making it easy to expand into the mobile market. It’s easy to learn, but the complex architecture and options available for this script make it a powerful option when you’re looking to make sites WordPress simply can’t handle.

3. Drupal

Drupal is a smaller CMS compared to other choices on this list, with only 630,000 users. However, it is a powerful and flexible script that gets the job done, with features such as web-based interface for managing content, collaboration tools, presentation layers for designers, intranet and extranet support, and a complex and useful taxonomy system.

4. Concrete5

Concrete5 is geared toward the marketing professionals, but with enough features to make it worthwhile for developers. It has a web-based content editing tool that uploads your changes in real time, moderated add-ons and themes that are guaranteed to be compatible with the script, core team involvement with custom features, and a user-friendly interface.

5. OpenCMS

OpenCMS is a high-end content management system that is powerful enough for an enterprise, but easy enough to use for an individual. It provides many different editors for each type of content, an integrated WYSIWYG editor, and an easy-to-learn templating system. As an added bonus, it’s based on Java and XML. This script is best-suited to driving content-heavy sites that go beyond a standard blog, as it’s overkill for a simple website or blog page.

What content management system do you prefer? Tell us in the comments.


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