The content management world is dominated by three players Joomla, Wordpress and Drupal. One of them can take your business and website to the next level. Which one makes the most sense for you? That is the subject of this blog.If you are not a web developer or web designer, you probably have no idea how to use HTML and CSS, so using a CMS makes allot of sense for you. All three CMS's include What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get editors that allow you to manage content without the need to look at the HTML and CSS used to build the pages; so, making basic changes to existing text and image content on your site will be fairly easy in any of them once the site is up and running.
Wordpress: The best CMS solution for blogs and small websites that will not need complex functionality such as forums, user registration, shopping carts etc. Wordpress excels at providing an easy to understand and use content management area. There are many extensions and templates available to help you get the site up and running. The standard blogging features such as user commenting, content tagging and archiving are all easy to manage. Where this CMS falls down is providing businesses the functions they need to interact with clients. If your business needs to provide dynamic content or user interaction, Wordpress is really not the choice for you.
Joomla: The best solution for sites that need scalability. Like Wordpress, even a novice can get a Joomla site up and running. Where Wordpress falls down, Joomla picks up. In fact, Joomla can contain and manage a Wordpress site. Where Joomla really excels is in its modularity. With over 8000 extensions available, it is fast and easy to customize the functionality of a Joomla site. The huge user base makes it easy to find a developer that can build or customize extensions, if you can't find what you need in the extensions library. Where Joomla falls down is their not-so intuitive module manager. Managing the content on pages can be confusing and time-consuming for beginners. Even experts have troubles finding the right place to edit "non-article" content on occasion.
Drupal: The best solution for companies that have developers on staff or a need for custom built extensions. Up until the latest release of Drupal, this CMS was completely inaccessible to non-developers.The leadership at Drupal have realized that, if they want to be a competitor in the CMS market, they needed to improve the graphic user interface and provide a solution that appeals to non-programers. By far, Drupal is the most powerful and developer friendly CMS. At its' core Drupal is intended to be customized and expanded. It is really not intended to be an as-is solution. If you have an enterprise level company with both a design and development team, Drupal could be your best solution. Just make sure everything you develop is well documented!
I chose to ignore products like Wolf CMS, Get Simple, Perch, sNews, Zimplet, Pagelime, Surreal CMS, CMS Made Simple, Simple CMS, CushyCMS and Dreamweaver. Of all of these, the only one that I would recommend is Dreamweaver. I use it, but it is a tool really designed for web designers and developers. The other products have too many limitations, not enough support and most of them are destined for the software dead zone.