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Comparison of Open Source CMS

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Before selecting any Content management System the primary question that strikes in mind is: Why to Use and Which one to Opt For?? Let us have a look at various popular open source content management …

Before selecting any Content management System the primary question that strikes in mind is: Why to Use and Which one to Opt For?? Let us have a look at various popular open source content management systems and their comparison. Click here to view Article.

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  • 1. Comparison of Open Source CMSSummaryBefore selecting any Content management System the primary question that strikes in mind is: Why to Useand Which one to Opt For?? Let us have a look at various popular open source content management systemsand their comparison. Click here to view Article.Body:Overview of Content Management SystemsWhat is a Content Management System?A Content Management System (CMS) is software for changing website content online. Usually changing,editing or archiving content such as text, pictures and in the good ones menus, navigation and page layouts.Why should one use a CMS?By using a CMS you can edit your web site anywhere, anytime, through your web browser.With a content management system, you can create interactive websites and communicate with your visitorsthrough on-line forms, newsletters, blogs, forums or polls.
  • 2. You can also add a shopping cart in your website and sell your products online.Brief info of Popular Open Source CMSDrupal: It is a powerful, developer- friendly tool for building complex sites. Like most powerful tools, itrequires some expertise and experience to operate. But it is very difficult for non technical users to manage.Joomla: It offers middle ground where it is less complex than developer-oriented, Drupal and more complexthan WordPress. It is also easy to extend at any level due to MVC Structure.WordPress: It began as an innovative, easy-to-use blogging platform. With an ever-increasing collection ofthemes, plug-ins and widgets, this CMS is widely used for other website formats also, but mostly for blogs.Comparison between Popular Open Source CMS  User friendlinessDrupal: Requires the most technical expertise of the three CMSs. However, it also is capable of producing themost advanced sites. With each release, it is becoming easier to use. If you don’t want to hire someone tohandle the site, or you don’t have technical background, it is not a good idea to select Drupal.Joomla: Though it is less complex than Drupal, it is more complex than WordPress. With a relatively lesserefforts of understanding Joomla’s structure and terminology, you can create fairly complex sites.Wordpress: Technical experience is not necessary; it’s intuitive and easy to get a simple site set up quickly.  FeaturesDrupal: It is known for its powerful taxonomy and ability to tag, categorize and organize complex content.Designed to perform as a community platform, with strong social networking features.Joomla: Ease of use is a key benefit for experts and novices alike. It’s powerful enough for web developers ordesigners to efficiently build sites for clients; then, with minimal instruction, clients can take over the sitemanagement. Known for an extensive collection of themes, Joomla also has large number of ready to useextensionsWordpress: Very user-friendly with great support and tutorials, making it great for non-technical users toquickly deploy simple sites. But WordPress is not designed for complex website structures.  Versions/SecurityDrupal: TinyMCE or FCKEditor can be implemented to Drupal.Joomla: There are lots of versions. However, the most convenient and good among free editors is JCEdeveloped specially for Joomla.Wordpress: Usually WordPress uses TinyMCE (not full version) and simple text editor.  Visual EditorDrupal: A core is stable. Bugs in demanded modules usually get fixed operatively.
  • 3. Joomla: Everything is fine with the availability of new Joomla versions. Security is also on the high level, youcan consider 1.5.8 and 1.6 versions as very stable and secure.Wordpress: Not extensive as mostly WordPress is used for simple websites.  Image HandlingDrupal: Inserting pictures is not included in a base package. It is possible to solve this problem in several ways,thru editors.Joomla: It is ahead of other systems. There are 3 extension types (components, modules and mambots). Andeach type of extension can solve their types of tasks that actually allow you to add new functionality withoutchanging the “core”. Also lots of extensions available.Wordpress: It is possible and convenient to add pictures to the editor in WordPress. It is possible to specify thefile name and signature while loading at once. But still a bit difficult to manage.  Search Engine Optimization SupportDrupal: SEO is by default available in Drupal.Joomla: SEO and Meta data handling is a default feature of Joomla.Wordpress: WordPress also allows to create SEO friendly URLs which brings better search engine results.
  • 4. Conclusion Technologies Ease of use 4/10 7/10 8/10 Features 9/10 9/10 8/10 Best Use Case 7/10 8/10 7/10 Versions/Security 6/10 8/10 7/10 Visual Editor 7/10 8/10 6/10 Image Handling 4/10 9/10 7/10 SEO Support 7/10 8/10 7/10 Total (70) 45/70 57/70 50/70Average Setup Cost and MaintenanceDrupal Average Setup and Customization Cost*: $5,000 - $50,000 Average Monthly Maintenance Cost*: $1,000 - $2,000Joomla Average Setup and Customization Cost*: $2,000 - $20,000 Average Monthly Maintenance Cost*: $500Wordpress Average Setup and Customization Cost*: $250 - $15,000 Average Monthly Maintenance Cost*: $250* Depending on the level of customizations to the Core Modules or the design complexityIf you want to know more about content management system, contact an IT solutions provider atinfo@softwebsolutions.com now.
  • 5. Softweb Solutions is a Microsoft Gold Certified and an ISO 9001:2008, Chicago based IT Company that offerscomprehensive Software Solutions. It serves end to end solutions for Custom Web Application Development,Drupal CMS Development, Wordpress CMS development, et al.

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