Content Management System has recently become a popular tool for web developers. A CMS in a web application that allow developers and users to easily make HTML changes, update content without hassle and offers a range of extensions that help adding useful features to the website.
There may be a number of reasons why you should consider to integrate an open source CMS, but the most important of them all is that it allows a user-friendly interface to easily add, edit or update the existing web content. On the other hand, with CMS extensions you can easily search and install useful plugins to the front-end as well as on the back-end of your website. In this article I will discuss some popular open source Content Management Systems and highlight some important measures you should consider in selecting one for your website.
Each CMS has its own advantages and disadvantages; some are more suitable for certain websites, some are not. Selecting one depends entirely upon the nature and purpose of your website and what tools/ features you wish to incorporate. It’s important that you do a little research on CMS tools and features before selecting an open source CMS and choose the one that fulfills the purpose of your website. For instance, identifying whether it’s a blog, ecommerce, informative website or a mix of all will rationalize your selection.
Due to the rise in demand of Content Management System there are a number of CMS to select from. It is important to find an open source CMS with strong online community for technical assistance if you are planning to maintain your website on your own. Online communities can help you with technical problems, CMS and extension support which “Free open source” CMS fail to offer. Following are some of the most popular CMS used today.
WordPress has been commonly confused as a blogging platform, which was true to some extent in the past, but WordPress has evolved into a versatile CMS in the last few years. The CMS has millions of users around the world who builds up a strong online community making it simple and easy to learn. On the other hand, WordPress offers 2600+ WordPress themes and 31,000+ plugins for free, so you can simply install and use it on your website. WordPress is written with high quality code producing semantic markup which easily ranks your site on search engines. Also, you can use WordPress SEO Plugins to rank your website.
Drupal, on the other hand, is popular because of its versatility and flexibility. You can use a Drupal CMS for virtually anything. Like, you can add an ecommerce system to your website, add comments fields with moderation, securely assign tasks to certain people, and even send newsletters to feature new content on your website. With Drupal, you can configure bilingual and multilingual pages, displayed by flag icons that work as links to different available languages. Also, Drupal offers intelligent web publishing.
Magento is one of the most powerful and secure open source CMS available, and is very popular with ecommerce websites. Magento has a huge collection of features and extensions for additional functionality, and offers a low implementation cost with fast system development. In addition, Magento is a full stack pack for ecommerce websites offering multilingual support, user account management, easy content administration and full search engine optimization support.
OpenCart is again a simple ecommerce system with easy to use admin panel. Business knowers with limited technical knowledge can easily control their OpenCart store with use-friendly admin panel. Apart from huge list of available extensions and features, OpenCart take much lesser time to set up in comparison to Magento, and is fairly cost efficient. With free support and upgrades you can easily upgrade your CMS system. In all OpenCart is a good solution for small and medium sized ecommerce businesses.