Commenting on several popular CMS

Submitted By Bryan Ruby December 04, 2008

Editor's Note: There have been moments here at CMS Report when I am amazed with the insightful and in depth comments written by some of our readers. This is one of those moments. Chris Jewitt, left us a comment regarding several popular content management systems (CMS).  The CMS mentioned in this brief review are Joomla!, Wordpress, Dotnetnuke, Plone, Drupal, Alfresco, and Sharepoint.

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Below Submitted by Chris Jewitt on December 4, 2008 - 1:42am.  

Kudos to Mike Heck for a high level comparison of the top 5 open source content management systems. Personally I find it difficult to scrutinize any community (geeky or not) that has contributed for the # of years and volume these communities have. As Amy so eloquently mentioned, if you don't like something then contribute - make a difference.

I have to also say, I have often found myself left empty when trying to find a good objective, deep-dive opinions and analysis of these web content management systems. I think the only true "content management system" is Alfresco in this comparison. It seems the strength of the others are web content management.

I've spent the last 6 years working in commercial content management and portal systems. Lately I've been investigating open source solutions and started down the Drupal path; however, I still waffle over Plone. For what it's worth, here's my reasoning or two cents:

Joomla - I was turned off by the menu system. Also concerned about the divorce from Mambo. Felt I should stay away while they evolve the system. They have a lot of momentum though.

Wordpress - deserves mention. For low-level, small sites or blog-centric sites WordPress has a huge user base and real simple to use and install. Also great for the non techie user. I didn't have the opinion it has the necessary content or feature granularity that the other CMS's have, but I'm in no way a WP expert.

DotNetNuke - My hosting is not .NET based, so I didn't give this serious consideration.

Plone - This looked very promising. A lot of large companies using this platform.. still a little new, so I wasn't ready to jump on board. Yet!

Drupal - I decided to go with Drupal because of its user base, a lot of buzz from my peers and I like the focus around social sites. There were others, but I'm rambling... I've been disappointed by the documentation, there seems to be a lot but it's not clearly structured. Also, they're working on version 7, but it seems that version 6 still has some key modules still in alpha or beta stage. I don't understand the rationale around 7. Lack of a rich-text editor with core seems silly to me...

Alfresco - Impressed by their executive background, features and functionality. One thing that's important to keep in mind, skill set required to maintain or extend Alfresco. Unless you have a strong java background or staff with java skills, you'll be stuck finding and paying for expensive resources to fill that gap. Not a good fit for me, so move on. At some point I see this going commercial...

If you're still reading... I'm sorry! I got a bit winded


Commercial systems are not without their problems. None of these are cheap by any means. PRICE is a huge driving interest in open source solutions. For example, you could easily pay >$100 per person for these solutions - just for seats. Doesn't include server and database licensing.

SharePoint - Great product but just because Microsoft developed it, doesn't make it easy to use.

Obviously not all inclusive, but...
If you're looking for the buzz around these: Google Insights

Avg. Monthly Search Volume in Google:

  • WordPress: 2.24 Million
  • Joomla: 1.83 Million
  • Drupal: 673 Thousand
  • Plone: 60 Thousand
  • DotNetNuke: 90 Thousand
  • Alfresco: <1000
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Submitted By Bryan Ruby| December 04, 2008

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