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CMS Report's Top 10 Content Management Stories of 2015

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Welcome to the last article of 2015. I look back with amazement. This year, CMS Report published over 250 articles related to content management systems, content strategy, business strategy, and information technology. I'm forever grateful for the many authors that submitted their articles this past year for review and publication. 

So do you want to know which content management system articles were our most popular? Below are the top ten stories of 2015 that we posted here at CMSReport.com. The articles in this list are ranked based on the rate they were viewed since the article first appeared online.

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The 2015 WordPress vs Joomla vs Drupal Infographic

Which Big Name Do You Choose?

When it comes to content management systems, there are three very popular names. There is WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla. Each of course has their own pros and cons, but which one is best? If you ask a hundred different people, you will answers from all across the board. 

Jamie from makeawebsitehub.com has created a comparison of these "three big CMS beasts". We've attached the infographic at the bottom of this article, but you can also visit Jamie's website for an image with higher resolution. A few CMS comparison highlights from Jamie and the infographic include:

WordPress

This CMS was released in 2003 by Matt Mullenweg. There are currently 74.6 million websites running on WordPress. Of those 74.6 million websites, 37 million of them are being hosted for free. 

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CMS Security 2015: Top 5 Security Tools for WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla

WordPress swag image by Christopher Ross from Flickr Creative Commons

WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla power three-fourths of the world’s CMS-based websites. A few simple steps will keep your CMS-powered website secure:

  • Keep your CMS software up-to-date. Immediately install all updates to core software and plug-ins. If you don’t visit your admin panel daily, schedule a reminder in your smartphone for updating your CMS regularly.

  • Perform regular backups. Backup your site and its database at least weekly, perhaps at the same time you check it for updates.

  • Delete default admin usernames. Also, require strong passwords for admins, and consider adding a two-factor authentication (2FA) plug-in.

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Squashing bugs with Joomla 3.4.1

CMS Report doesn't usually mention software point releases that only fixes bugs and brings no features to the CMS users. However, I screwed up last month. I failed to mention the February release of Joomla 3.4. So let me make up for that oversight by mentioning the release of Joomla 3.4.1. With 3.4.1, Joomla's developers have resolved nearly 150 issues with Joomla 3.4. If you're curious to which bugs have been fixed, you can check out Joomla's list at GitHub.

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CMS Report's Top 10 Content Management Stories of 2014

Welcome to the last article of 2014. This year, CMS Report published over 280 articles related to content management systems, content strategy, business strategy, and information technology. During this time we also declined about an equal amount of articles that weren't quite right for our readers. In each case, I'm grateful for the many authors that submitted their articles for review and publication. 

This site would likely not remain online if it were not for our sponsors. We close out the year with a special thanks to Agility CMS, the Digital Clarity Group, and Jahia. Without these sponsors there would be no CMS Report and no time spent reflecting on some of the best articles we've published here at CMS Report this past year.

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Eight Years of CMS Report

This week, CMS Report celebrates our eight year anniversary. No one is more surprised than me.

The original intention for this site was for me to have a place where I could blog about my struggles with content management systems. I also wanted a place to point friends and colleagues to articles authored by content management gurus way smarter than me. I've often stated that CMSReport.com was founded not by what I knew but what I didn't know about content management. Unknowingly back then, I stumbled across a very large community of developers, site owners, consultants, analysts, vendors and marketers that also wanted to join into this conversation of "not knowing". Now here we sit with thousands of articles posted by over 350 different contributing authors. What an amazing experience CMS Report has brought to my professional and personal life.

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The WordPress vs Joomla vs Drupal Infographic

Years ago, I quickly discovered there was great public interest in comparisons of open source content management systems such as Drupal and Joomla. When you throw WordPress into the mix and you can attract an even greater audience. Despite how much traffic such headlines draw people in, CMS Report has been pretty selective when we provide or point to such articles. There is some uncertainty whether there is genuine value being provided in feature comparison articles which is why I've shied away from them in recent years.

Mike Assad, former CEO of Agility Inc., once told me that in his experience feature lists are rarely used to select your CMS but instead such lists are mostly used to justify the choice you've already made. There is some truth to that, because when selecting a CMS it is more a question of whether a CMS meets your needs and less about the quantity of features it provides.

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Joomla! allows you to go your own way with Joomla Framework 1.0

Joomla Framework

A couple years ago, if you would have asked me what I thought about Joomla! I would have told you I think they've lost their way. Their community of developers seemed to be searching on how best to innovate and take risks with a well established stable content management system. I feared that the open source group was stuck looking back and that all we could expect was dull incremental changes to their CMS. Despite the fear, I knew better. Open source communities have a way of reevaluating their priorities and creating spectacular results where you least expect them to do so.

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