Top 10 Open Source CMS Options

By Rob Gravelle

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    WordPress has come a long way since its humble beginnings as a blogging platform. With almost sixty percent of CMS-managed websites using WordPress, it’s definitely got a lot going for it, including thousands of themes, plugins, and widgets to extend its functionality. There is also a huge and incredibly active community that is constantly churning out exciting new add-ons. WordPress’s dependence on plugins turns out to be a double-edged sword; plugins are not tested by any WordPress core developer team to ensure they pass some form of QA before being added to the plugin repository. As a result, your site may fall victim to serious bugs and security vulnerabilities.

Content Management Systems (CMSs) have become indispensable to websites both big and small.  In addition to providing an interface for uploading and managing content, a good CMS should offer customization, including plug-ins for eCommerce and SEO optimization, as well as security settings for various users and groups.

While CMSs save you a lot of time in the coding and design departments, there will always be the inevitable learning curve associated with accustoming one’s self to a new tool.  Therefore it pays to do some research before committing to a CMS product.

Here, in no particular order, are 10 CMS options that are definitely worth your consideration.

Rob Gravelle

Rob Gravelle resides in Ottawa, Canada, and has built web applications for numerous businesses and government agencies. Email him for a quote on your project.

Rob's alter-ego, "Blackjacques", is an accomplished guitar player, that has released several CDs. His band, Ivory Knight, was rated as one of Canada's top hard rock and metal groups by Brave Words magazine (issue #92) and reached the #1 spot in the National Heavy Metal charts on ReverbNation.com.

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