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From the first time online publisher to the multinational corporation, a significant proportion of the websites that exist on the world wide web today, perhaps around a third, are constructed using ...

From the first time online publisher to the multinational corporation, a significant proportion of the websites that exist on the world wide web today, perhaps around a third, are constructed using what are broadly known as Content Management Systems or CMSs...

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A Beginner's Guide to Popular CMSs A Beginner's Guide to Popular CMSs Presentation Transcript

  • A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO POPULAR By Stuart Mitchell CMS S
  • WORDPRESSCreated: 2003Original use: Blogging platformLicence: Open Source (GPL)Popularity*: 59% of CMSs 17% of WebsitesServer-side script: PHPDatabase systems: MySQLHosting OS: VariousBenefits/Features: Easy to create basic website and/or blog Large community support Extensive plug-in system for additional functionality Customisable themes which change functionality as well as appearance Examples: In-built CSS and PHP editing https://cio.gov/Concerns: http://www.rollingstones.com/ Basic themes can make basic sites appear similar
  • JOOMLA!Created: 2005Original use: CMSLicence: Open Source (GPL)Popularity*: 10% of CMSs 3% of WebsitesServer-side script: PHPDatabase systems: MySQL; MSSQL; PostgreSQLHosting OS: VariousBenefits/Features: Flexible template functionality to easily customise the look and feel site wide Inbuilt SEO & tracking capabilities Large extensions library to extend functionality and templating options Often available as a one click installation from web hosts Examples: Good usability for beginners/non-developers http://www.getransportation.com/Concerns: http://www.ikea.com.kw/ Lacks ability to format uploaded media such as images Lacks versioning to store and revert to old versions of content
  • DRUPALCreated: 2001Original use: Message BoardLicence: Open Source (GPL)Popularity*: 8% of CMSs 2% of WebsitesServer-side script: PHPDatabase systems: VariousHosting OS: VariousBenefits/Features: Modular design for adding and managing additional functionality Extensive number of modules available to enhance functionality Taxonomy system for organising and display related content Large community for support and module development Examples:Concerns: http://www.whitehouse.gov/ Can be demanding on hosting platforms due to Queries http://www.economist.com/ The administration pages in older versions aren’t user friendly The core installation is light on functionality (see benefits)
  • DOTNETNUKECreated: 2003 (2002 as IBuySpy)Original use: CMSLicence: Open Source (MIT) / Commercial ProprietaryPopularity*: 2% of CMSs <1% of WebsitesServer-side script: ASP.NETDatabase systems: SQL ServerHosting OS: MicrosoftBenefits/Features: Versions available to suit beginners and advanced developers Modules for extending functionality Allows multi-site management from one installation Community support available Examples: Commercial support available (see below) http://www.thetrainline.com/Concerns: http://www.creativecommons.org.uk/ Cost of commercial versions and modules
  • UMBRACOCreated: 2004Original use: CMSLicence: Open Source (MIT) / Commercial ProprietaryPopularity*: <1% of CMSs <1% of WebsitesServer-side script: ASP.NETDatabase systems: SQL Server; MySQLHosting OS: MicrosoftBenefits/Features: Provides a .NET framework for developers Uses standard templating formats and protocols Flexibility for site development and customisation (see above) Commercial support available Examples:Concerns: http://www.heinz.com/ Limited out-of-the-box for beginners/non-developers http://www.wired.co.uk/ Limited user management capabilities Cost of commercial product
  • VBULLETINCreated: 2000Original Use: Message BoardLicence: Commercial ProprietaryPopularity*: 3% of CMSs 1% of WebsitesServer-side script: PHPDatabase systems: MySQLHosting OS: VariousBenefits/Features: Specifically designed for forums and discussion boards Provides blogging and CMS functions in addition Rich with forum features and blog integration Examples:Concerns: Cost of licence http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/ Requires PHP editing during install http://www.mac-forums.com/ Number of functions can be overwhelming
  • EXPRESSIONENGINECreated: 2004Original use: Blogging Platform/CMSLicence: Commercial ProprietaryPopularity*: 1% of CMSs <1% of WebsitesServer-side script: PHPDatabase systems: MySQLHosting OS: VariousBenefits/Features: Commercially developed and supported Open source framework allows custom development Good and easy user management and administration capabilities Rich in functionality both out of the box and with add-ons Examples: Allows multi-site management from one installation http://www.opendns.com/Concerns: http://www.magentocommerce.com/ Expense/cost of licences and add-ons
  • RELATED RESOURCES• WordPress: • WordPress.org - for the WordPress CMS & related support • WordPress.com - for WordPress blog hosting• Joomla!: Joomla.org• Drupal: Drupal.org• DotNetNuke: DotNetNuke.com• Umbraco: Umbraco.com• vBulletin: vBulletin.com• ExpressionEngine: EllisLab.com/ExpressionEngine• Hosting Resources: • Cloud Hosting • Managed Hosting• Web Development & Design Services • Web Design London