Beginners Guide to the Best Content Management Tools

CMS Puzzle

Content that is produced online becomes a source of driving traffic. Online content is key to the success of every business. To be in the top searches and to be in the top trends, fresh content has to be produced that the audience loves.

Managing all of that content can be a very tiresome task for a business. For enterprise business teams, it can be close to a nightmare if they have to sort out content creation, scheduled publication, planning and executing. The content needs to be cutting edge and be planned and executed seamlessly along with the pile of spreadsheets and meetings.

This is where content management comes handy. Thanks to technology, companies have developed softwares that help businesses manage their content. A content management system is a set of tools that support the creation, modification and publishing of content online. It may store data on a cloud-based storage and support collaborative working environment. A system that manages content usually makes it easy for you to sort out publishing on web pages, manage formats, edit history, index and control versions.

Joomla! 3.5 Dramatically Improves User Interface for Developers and Administrators

Do more with Joomla 3.5

CMS users to benefit from 34 new features including drag and drop image management tool, image manipulation, and email update notification

NEW YORK, NY, March 21, 2016 - Joomla, one of the world's most popular open source content management systems (CMS) used for everything from websites to blogs to mobile applications, today announced the immediate availability of Joomla 3.5. The newest version of the CMS is intended to dramatically improve the user experience for developers and administrators through the introduction of 34 new features, including support for the recently released PHP7 scripting language, which significantly increases web site speed. The 3.5 update also includes email update notifications, a drag and drop image management tool, and an anonymized statistics collection plug-in - a safe data collection mechanism - that will help planning for future development of the CMS.

CMS Report's Top 10 Content Management Stories of 2015

Top 10

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 The articles in this list are ranked based on the rate they were viewed since the article first appeared online.

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 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:


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. 

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.

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.

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.

Overhaul of Security, SEO Readiness, and Speed in Joomla 3.3

Yesterday, Joomla developers announced the immediate availability of Joomla 3.3. The newest Joomla CMS overhauls its approach to security, enables microdata for the first time and replaces MooTools-based JavaScript with jQuery equivalents. These new features make Joomla 3.3 the most secure, searchable and fastest-loading Joomla CMS yet.

Joomla is one of the world's most popular software packages used to build, organize, manage and publish content for websites, blogs, Intranets and mobile applications. With more than 3 percent of the Web running on Joomla and a CMS market share of more than 9 percent, the free open source software powers the web presence of hundreds of thousands of small businesses, governments, non-profits and large organizations worldwide like Citibank, eBay, General Electric, Harvard University, Ikea, McDonald's and Sony. 

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 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.

The Joomla CMS: 50 Million Downloads Later

Today, we received an announcement from the folks at Joomla! which we couldn't pass up. The Joomla CMS has been downloaded more than 50 million times. Just as impressive, Joomla is currently being download at 1 million downloads a month.

Joomla! LogoJoomla is used to build, organize, manage and publish content for websites, blogs, Intranets and mobile applications. A few other milestones to note is that Joomla is also currently the world’s second most utilized CMS behind WordPress and ahead of Drupal. If you do the math, that translates to 3.1% of all the world’s Web properties now run on the Joomla platform. Joomla! is also claiming that about 630,000 people have had input into the CMS since its launch in 2005.


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