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What is a Content Management System

September, 16, 2015 | CMS

A content management system (CMS) is a computer application that allows publishing, editing and modifying content, organizing, deleting as well as maintenance from a central interface (according to Google and Wikipedia). There are hundreds of CMSs to choose from and most of them are free. The biggest hurdle in implementing a CMS for most projects is finding the right one.

The problem lies in the fact that almost every CMS platform you may look into has a pitch that makes its seem as if it is just made for you and your cause. Shockingly, this is usually the furthest thing from the truth. Longevity plays a key role in how dependable a platform is, but this also is not foolproof. Some applications have been around for quite a while, and have not really improved over the years. I will refrain from mentioning names, but most of these applications are in the e-commerce category.

Top Three Content Management Systems

  1. WordPress (Visit Website)
  2. Drupal (Visit Website)
  3. Joomla (Visit Website)

My list is based on longevity, stability and community support. I began designing and developing websites over seven years ago. The three platforms mentioned above were around back then and they are still in use today. Most importantly, they are free to use. That has to count for something.


Drupal has been around since 2001, and has grown quite a bit. This application is free like most CMSs and has a steep learning curve for non-technical users. Some like to say it is more suitable for developers than designers. It’s all subjective in my opinion. Some applications are easier to grasp than others. Drupal provides a great deal of features right out of the box. Some can get a bit overwhelmed by all of those functions. You can literally run a website with about 500 users without losing any sleep. Not all applications can do that right out of the box.

You can visit the [Drupal] site for more info or read the [wiki page] on it. Drupal can be used for just about anything. In spite of that, it only has a little over 2% of the website share worldwide. However,those sites are usually large organizations like television networks, government agencies, and pro – sports clubs. You will come across a few blogs here and there, but Drupal’s niche lies in the corporate environment.



Joomla is a derivative of Mambo, a platform that is primarily used at educational institutions on the collegiate level. Both are free to download and use. Joomla was officially released in 2005 and by 2007 it was the most popular CMS in circulation. The end result of being in high demand made it a large target for hackers. I must admit though, many of the security issues that occurred were usually results of the end users negligence.

In spite of the negative rap, Joomla is still a stable and dependable platform. Security is no longer an on going issue and has not been since 2008. This platform can be used for just about anything. If you need more info, you can visit the [Joomla] site or read the [wiki page] on it.


Wordpress perhaps has the humblest beginning compared to the other platforms. It was, and in some circles still considered a blogging platform. Blog or not, it powers over 60 million websites, and over 23% of the top 10 million websites. This was actually the first CMS I have ever used. What separates WordPress from Drupal and Joomla is how easy and flexible it can be. It does not come even close to having some of the functionalities the other two platforms have. What makes it popular is the simplicity of the application.

Wordpress can be used for and has been used for just about anything on the web. Some designers and developers prefer to add on features as oppose to disabling or completely removing some pre-packaged functions. WordPress also has one of the biggest communities on the web. I am also compelled to mention that you will run into a great deal of developers, whose entire mantra is their hate for WordPress. I strongly urge you not to be swayed by these individual. Why? Their spiel usually ends with you coming out of your pocket for an excessive amount of money for something incredibly simple. If you need more info, you can visit the [Wordpress-dot-org] site or read the [wiki page] on it.