In our last article we discussed what a CMS is and looked at the primary advantage an entity has for deciding to use a CMS for their web presence – this reason being to push or update content quickly and easily.
One of the most popular and widely used CMS is WordPress. Chances are you have heard of WordPress in one way or another and have no doubt visited a site running WordPress. This is because WordPress is open source, has a large community using it, developing extensions to it (called plugins), and developing themes that you can use to save time when building a website from the start. WordPress is a suitable option for most anyone looking to release content regularly or throw a site up quickly with one of the thousands of already made templates and many standard website features available as plugins. If you are more adventurous, you can even build your own WordPress theme or plugin.
Another popular CMS is Joomla. Like WordPress, it has a large community, thousands of extensions and themes. Joomla is an equally viable and good option to WordPress. Drupal is another CMS platform that offers many of the same benefits.
In short, any of these platforms are sufficient for most any CMS needs.
Other less common platforms include: LightCMS, Sitecore, SageCMS, MODX, Concrete5. The downside of using one of these platforms is a smaller community, which means less available plugins, themes, and community involvement.
We would recommend picking a few Content Management Systems that you are considering and comparing advantages and disadvantages. There is definitely no one size fits all and in many cases there is more than one right answer.