Content Management System aka CMS is an application software that allows the administrators, editors, authors and owners of a website or blog or application or web application to manage, update, delete, organize and maintain from one centralized interface.
Web content management systems are very popular in enterprise requirements and business requirements.It allows the website owners, authors and editors to publish the content effectively without much technical hassles.
There are around 190 applications for various requirements and needs, they include commercial, open source, proprietary and free applications. In this article we will focus on free and open source cms for website building and blogs. We sort it out further to php based cms for more in depth overview.
Most of the websites and blogs run on apache. Apache powered web servers couple with php and MySQL stack which are backed by Linux based operating system. Technically called as LAMP stack stands for Linux Apache MySQL PHP.
Popular content management systems are built upon the server side programming and scripting language PHP (Hyper Text Preprocessor) and MySQL which is open source structured query language database management system.
The web interface is provided for handling the various operations by webmasters and server administrators. Cpanel is the GUI based website control panel which offers ease of use, flexibility and reliable.
Plesk is also a web based control panel which is used in severs running windows. But in this article we will focus on LAMP and Cpanel.
PHP based cms support LAMP stack to best extent and they are easy to maintain and need less or moderate server configurations.
Here are the php based cms list which are sorted based on popularity:
Tiki Wiki CMS Groupware
CMS Made Simple
PG Dating Pro
PG Real Estate
Anastasia Publishing Platform
Out of these 74 CMS most of the blogs only use the following, PHP based CMS:
Anastasia Publishing Platform
The php based content management systems that could be used for building and managing websites are as following:
In current trend it is good to have a blog with every website in most cases so, if we consider the perspective we can further filter these cms applications and final list would be:
Now lets us check out the overview of these,which help us in choosing the best application for our website or blog.
Process is an open source cms/cmf (content management framework) built on php5.It is based on JQuery API which helps developers to quickly develop custom websites and blogs. It has small footprint and highly extensible.
Processwire is backed by strong user community. It uses modules to extend the functional-ity of the application.
Some of the important modules include:
Proof of Concept
Social, Feeds, Services
Users and Access
Processwire has developed good support documents which include Tutorials, API Docu-mentation/Cheat sheet, Security, Multi Language Support and Templates.
This CMS is used in developing websites, blogs, web applications and ecommerce stores. The forum is very friendly and helpful for those looking for support. Processwire is cms/cmf developed keeping in mind the ease of use for developers, and making them to work on php rather than learning new templates and terminologies. It outputs a standard-ised markup that is highly complainant and robust. Process wire would be best cms for you, if you have lot custom fields, database relations and search query based results.
Official Website: https://processwire.com/
Demo websites built with processwire: https://processwire.com/about/sites/
Documentation / Reference: https://processwire.com/docs/
WordPress: WordPress is a cms known to even kids who publish their blogs. This application has evolved from blogging management software to a standard for websites and blogs.It is open source and free to use.
Today approximately 48.80% of websites and blogs that use cms are powered by wordpress according to builtwith.com
Wordpress is runs on minimal web server configuration like PHP,MYSQL and Apache Serv-er. Setting up a wordpress cms is very easy. Extensible,Ease of use, SEO, Support and Robust nature made wordpress everyone’s favorite.
Wordpress development has become a buzzword due to this cms and unishost is helping its customers setup websites and blogs powered by wordpress.
We have dedicated wordpress developers and seo experts to make most of this cms, check out our wordpress development services for more information.
Top websites in the world are powered by wordpress which are generally not known to many people, here we list some to give you an idea of wordpress popularity.
TED blog: http://blog.ted.com/
Newyork Post: http://nypost.com/
Microsoft News Center: http://news.microsoft.com/
Search Engine Land: http://searchengineland.com/
The Next Web: http://thenextweb.com/
Smashing Magazine: http://www.smashingmagazine.com/
Toyota Brazil: http://www.toyota.com.br/
The list will not end, so we stop here. WordPress is best cms we have encountered so far and we recommend to our customers and clients for most of the needs.
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Drupal: Drupal is an open source cms, which powers websites and web applications. It has great support forums and documentation. Drupal was started as a message board software which later became a content management system.Drupal.org is the official website which holds all the discussions, software and support related to this cms.
Drupal is highly flexible and very good for developing custom websites and blogs that need performance, security and robust. It gives compliant and valid code. The drupal is not a cms that is made for a simple application like website or blog, rather it is collection of framework, modules, extensions, templates, themes and custom fields. Which could be attached together to make it into a website or blog or web application.
1) Data (Nodes)
3) Blocks and Menus
4) User Permissions
Drupal is very secure by core and any security flaws will only crop up due to poor coding or custom themes which are not developed properly.
Unishost have dedicated, professional and expert developers who will develop drupal websites that are secure, highly performance and robust. We have security auditor in place to check on bottlenecks and address issues.
Like wordpress, drupal also powers 14.21 % of websites and blogs with a cms as backend.
Some of the most popular websites powered by drupal are as follows:
Weather Channel: http://www.weather.com/
State of Georgia: http://georgia.gov/
The Beatels: http://www.thebeatles.com/
University of Oxford UK: http://www.ox.ac.uk/
KSS Architects: http://kssarchitects.com/
District of Columbia: http://dc.gov/
We recommend drupal for customers and clients who are looking for custom websites and blogs that need highly functional features.
Official Website: https://www.drupal.org/
Documentation / Reference: https://www.drupal.org/documentation
Joomla: Joomla is one more content management system which is open source, free, ease of use and extensible.
Joomla has rich GUI interface the pages, posts and media on a website or blog. It can power small website and blogs to corporate websites and portals.
Joomla can be extended enormously to support various functionalities like:
Access & Security
Ads & Affiliates
Authoring & Content
Calendars and Events
Clients & Communities
Contacts & Feedback
Directory & Documentation
Hosting and Servers
Photos & Images
Search & Indexing
Sports & Games
Structure & Navigation
Style and Design
With thousands of extensions and themes/templates Joomla makes one of best cms for ease of use and management.
Some of the websites that are powered by Joomla are as following:
ALLIANCE FOR CATHOLIC EDUCATION – UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME : https://ace.nd.edu/
Graduate School of arts and sciences: http://www.gsas.harvard.edu/
Linux.com : https://www.linux.com/
The Hill: http://thehill.com/
Fashion Spot: http://www.thefashionspot.com/
The UNRIC: http://unric.org/en/
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We recommend Joomla for anyone who want to develop, manage and use websites with rich GUI and interface.
Official Website: http://www.joomla.org/
Websites powered by Joomla: http://community.joomla.org/showcase/
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