Top 10 CMS


There are dozens of great CMSs out there. Regardless of what type of site you’re building, there’s probably one perfectly-suited to it.

The problem is that most designers and developers don’t want to spend time learning a bunch of different CMSs. They want to learn one, or maybe two, and use those for all of their sites. That means they need something that’s both flexible and powerful.

The CMSs below fit that bill pretty well. Some have practically become household names (in designer households, at least), while others are a bit more obscure.

The first three, WordPress, Joomla!, and Drupal, are pretty unarguably the best CMSs out there. The next seven are a bit more subjective, but have a good combination of support, features, and ease-of-use.
Try them out, and decide for yourself which one best fits your needs and the needs of your clients.



Huge developer community with plenty of documentation and tutorials available
Free and paid plugins and specialized themes make it possible to create virtually any kind of site with WordPress
User-friendly dashboard for managing content


Can be overkill for basic sites
A standard installation can have a lot of security issues, and is very vulnerable to attack without additional security measures
No official support outside of user forums, where you may or may not get an official response


User authentication can be done with OpenID, Google, and LDAP, among others
More than 7000 extensions
Very active user community and tons of documentation available


Back-end isn’t as user-friendly as some CMSs, though it’s still very usable
Lack of high-quality themes when compared to some other CMSs
Can be overkill for simple sites



Robust community support, including IRC channels and face-to-face meetups
More than 6,000 modules, making Drupal highly extensible
A large number of companies offering commercial support for Drupal


Can be overkill for simple sites
A lack of really high-quality free and commercial themes (there are some, but not nearly as many as there are for some CMSs)
Theming system is fairly complicated



Commercial support
Focus on security, with no major security breaches ever
No restrictions on how a site can be designed


Cost is high, especially for commercial sites
Can be overkill for simple or smaller sites
No interactive demo to try it out before you purchase

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