Content Management Comparisons: How 3 Key Players Measure Up

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HTML and computer programming are foreign languages to many. Sometime in the mid-to-late 90s (claims vary!) the first Content Management System (known in the industry as a CMS) made its way on to the scene. 20 years later, content management systems have revolutionized the way website content is published to the internet. Thanks strides in CMS development, virtually anyone has the capability to manage their website. The real question becomes, 'Which content management system will best benefit me as I achieve my goals?'

Are you ready to explore some available CMS options? We've chosen and three popular CMS platforms, all of which we've tested and compared. Our balanced list of pros and cons are a great first step to help you make an informed decision.


Wordpress LogoCMS Platform #1: Wordpress

Brief overview: Originally developed as an open source blogging platform and released to the public in 2003, Wordpress remains the top pick for bloggers across the web.

Pro's

Cons

Easy to use and good for beginners Open source means security is minimal when compared with other platforms, and in turn, regular updates are required
Free and Open Source Creating groups meant only for specific users is not a default option
Coders customize the CMS, although there are limits to what is allowed by Wordpress Heavy traffic can create trouble for free users
Simple setup Understanding HTML and PHP is recommended for users in need of functionality beyond a basic blogging platform
Huge user community with active support forums  

 


Joomla LogoCMS Platform #2: Joomla

Brief overview: Since its birth in 2005, Joomla's developers are well known for generating industry-wide debate over what really constitutes 'open source'. It currently ranks as #2 for a CMS internet publishing framework platform, with users giving preference to Wordpress.

Pro's

Cons

Free Open Source Least user-friendly of the three platforms
Customizations aren't intuitive or user-friendly Time and effort is required to learn it well
Large selection of free templates and plugins Live file modification means there is no safety net in your backup file because it doesn't exist
Manageability of user groups & permissions is relatively easy Support documentation is extremely limited
Strong developer community Lacks advanced SEO functionality out of the box


LunaSoft LogoCMS Platform #3: LunaSoft™

Brief overview: Developed from scratch by LunaWebs.com, the LunaSoft™ Platform was initially intended for internal use. Over the past eight years, further custom development produced extensive functionality, and positioned LunaSoft™ as a go-to provider for SAAS (Software as a Service) catering to small to medium sized businesses.

Pro's

Cons

Encrypted code ensures high security Proprietary software platform prevents outside customization of the software base
Closely monitored via source control Requires monetary investment
Easy setup Small user community, particularly when compared with giants like Wordpress
Programming knowledge is unnecessary  
Vast functionality options without requiring workarounds or plug-ins

Comments

David Lemenager
07/14/2014 12:49pm
helpful to this newbie

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