Best Content Management Systems (CMS)75A content management system (CMS, or alternately WCMS for "web content management system") is a system used to manage the content of a Web site. Typically, a CMS consists of two elements: the content management application (CMA) and the content delivery application (CDA). The CMA element allows the content manager or author, who may not know Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), to manage the creation, modification, and removal of content from a Web site without needing the expertise of a Webmaster. The CDA element uses and compiles that information to update the Web site.Progress Sitefinity1 SharePoint3!8 Server10 Web Content Management System14 Experience Manager15 Web Content Management16 Business Catalyst17 Tridion Sites18 Platform19 Web Content Management20 Type22 Content23 Digital Experience Manager24

Content Management Systems (CMS)

Best Content Management Systems (CMS)

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Content Management Systems (CMS) Overview

What is a CMS?

A content management system (CMS) is used to manage and deploy website content. Users can create, edit and delete content from a site. Typically CMS software offers an interface that does not require HTML skills or other technical knowledge. Content managers and authors can make changes without the help of a developer. However, customizing the layout and site experience may still require some coding.

Users can rely on CMS software to run any of these types of sites:

  • Blogs

  • News sites

  • Ecommerce sites

  • Corporate websites

  • Intranets

Blogging platforms are essentially very basic, simple content management systems. More complex tools allow users to manage more structured content across a larger number of pages. They also offer more integrations and allow users to configure rules for personalization based on visitor site activity or demographic information. The most advanced content management systems are called digital experience management platforms.

CMS Features & Capabilities

The core purpose of CMS is to simplify content processes for non-technical people. Users can focus on creating, organizing, and delivering content instead of wrestling with code.

The most common CMS features and capabilities include:

  • WYSIWYG (what-you-see-is-what-you-get) editor

  • Page templates

  • Library of website themes

  • Content versioning and archiving

  • Mobile optimization / responsive design

  • Publishing workflow

  • Form generation

  • Content scheduling

  • Asset management (images, articles, etc.)

  • Page caching (or other features to speed delivery of content to the site)

  • SEO support

  • Tools to tag content and create a taxonomy

  • Browser compatibility

  • Bulk management

  • E-commerce functionality (i.e. catalog, shopping cart, payment processing)

  • Community management (i.e. commenting, profiles)

  • Localization / regionalization with multi-lingual content

  • Other personalization options

  • User roles and permissions

  • API

  • Analytics tools

  • Import/export content

Pricing Information

Content management systems are usually priced based on a few factors. These include the number of users, volume of content, range of features, and whether it’s a subscription service or a lifetime license.

Some CMS options are open source, and therefore free. (However, these are usually less user-friendly for authors. Open source content management systems will likely require more HTML skills to format content and help from developers to deploy/update content.)

For lower-end options, prices can start as low as $5-$10 per month per user (MS SharePoint and Joomla, for example). Other options include Wix ($5/mo.) and SquareSpace ($12./mo.) Premium packages for enterprise level CMS is typically available by request.

Content Management Products

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Progress Sitefinity<a href='' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'>Customer Verified: Read more.</a>

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188 Ratings

Progress Sitefinity is a content management and customer analytics platform. Progress Software acquired the product from Telerik.


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179 Ratings

MindTouch is a leader in customer self-service software. According to the vendor, MindTouch brings the customer record (CRM) and customers’ self-service behavior together to better understand their experience with the brand. Additionally the vendor says companies like Accenture, ADP, McKinsey, Sp...

MS SharePoint<a href='' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'>Customer Verified: Read more.</a>

1176 Ratings

Microsoft SharePoint is usually considered an internal content management product, but it also features web content management capabilities for managing external website content. SharePoint is a very broadly adopted solution and competes successfully with Oracle, EMC Documentum and OpenText in t...

WordPress<a href='' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'>Customer Verified: Read more.</a>

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1846 Ratings

Wordpress is an open-source publishing platform popular with bloggers, and a content management system, known for its simplicity and modifiability. Websites may host their own blogging communities, controlling and moderating content from a single dashboard.


77 Ratings

ExpressionEngine is a content management system from EllisLab in 2002, a successor to pMachine Pro, a blogging system, which is written in object-oriented PHP and uses MySQL for data storage. ExpressionEngine is their flagship Content Delivery Platform.


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274 Ratings

Drupal is free and open source content management system written in PHP that competes primarily with Joomla and Plone. The standard release of Drupal, known as Drupal core, contains basic features common to content management systems. These include user account registration and maintenance, menu ...

Squarespace<a href='' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'>Customer Verified: Read more.</a>

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126 Ratings

Squarespace is a CMS platform that allows users to create a DIY blog, eCommerce store, and/or portfolio (visual art or music). Their templates are designed to be elegant and give users maximum control over the look & feel of the website. Some Squarespace templates are industry or use case-spe...


223 Ratings

Joomla! is a free and open source content management system used to publish web content. Joomla is written in PHP, uses object-oriented programming (OOP) techniques and stores data in a MySQL, MS SQL, or PostgreSQL database. Included features are page caching, RSS feeds, printable versions of pa...

Wix<a href='' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'>Customer Verified: Read more.</a>

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153 Ratings

Wix is a free hosted website builder, designed to be user-friendly and highly customizable without requiring coding from the user. It is well-known for its eCommerce solution, which allows users to build an online store. Wix includes customizable HTML5 templates that can be used with its drag n...

Cascade Server

49 Ratings

Cascade Server is a Content Management System (CMS) from Hannon Hill. It is designed for decentralized web teams and counts clients in most major industries, including Higher Education, Government, Healthcare, Technology, Finance and Publishing. It can be installed or hosted by Hannon Hill in the...


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75 Ratings

Kentico’s product line includes Kentico EMS, the all-in-one CMS, E-commerce, and Online Marketing platform, and Kentico Cloud, the comprehensive cloud-first headless CMS and digital experience platform.Kentico EMS’s rich selection of out-of-the-box web parts, easy customizations, and open API qui...


60 Ratings

Concrete5 is a free and open source PHP built content management system for content on the web and also for intranets. Concrete5 is ideal for online magazines.

Weebly<a href='' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'>Customer Verified: Read more.</a>

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79 Ratings

Weebly is a basic content management system with blogging and eCommerce features. It is inexpensive, and aims to allow all users to easily create high quality sites, regardless of technical skill. Pricing ranges from free to $25/month. All offerings include email and chat support; Pro and Busin...

Ektron Web Content Management System

47 Ratings

Ektron is a Web Content Management System. It has been focused on mid-market accounts but is now starting to attract more enterprise customers. The product has a very comprehensive set of connectors to CRMs and web analytics products. It is built on a .NET platform.

Adobe Experience Manager

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149 Ratings

Adobe Experience Manager is a combined web content management system (WCMS) and digital asset management (DAM) system from Adobe designed to help businesses manage their marketing and web presence, and track customer data to optimize the visitor experience and conversion. The combined application...

Sitecore Web Content Management

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104 Ratings

SiteCore Web Content Management is an enterprise-grade CMS competing with Oracle WebCenter, IBM Web Content Manager and Adobe.

Adobe Business Catalyst

58 Ratings

Adobe Business Catalyst is an all-in-one cloud-hosted system for building and managing web content and on online store. It has a built-in CRM framework, and sales, service, and marketing features including eCommerce and Email Marketing tools. It was acquired by Adobe in 2009, five years after the...

SDL Tridion Sites

36 Ratings

SDL Tridion Sites is a content management system that targets global businesses attempting to enrich their customers’ experience. It is used by businesses to reach out to a diverse customer base.

Acquia Platform

39 Ratings

The vendor says that global organizations use Acquia Platform to unify content, community, and commerce. Additionally, the vendor says that users can deploy and manage one or several sites without compromising brand or creating governance chaos. The vendor’s value proposition is that through it...

Episerver Web Content Management

19 Ratings

The Episerver Digital Experience Cloud™ is designed to help editors and marketers to create and experience content simultaneously. With the Episerver Digital Experience Cloud™ users can: Create content directly on-page and view it just as a visitor wouldStart work on any device and switch device...


20 Ratings

Plone is a free and open source content management system built on top of the Zope application server. In principle, Plone can be used for any kind of website, including blogs, internet sites, webshops and internal websites. It is also well positioned to be used as a document publishing system an...

Movable Type

16 Ratings

Movable Type is a Perl-based CMS from Six Apart, featuring the capability to host multiple weblogs and standalone content pages, manage files and user roles, templates, tags, categories and trackback links.

Evoq Content

24 Ratings

Evoq Content is a content management system, and part of the Evoq business suite of applications from DNN Corp in Mateo, California.

IBM Digital Experience Manager

20 Ratings

IBM's Web Content Manager is sold as a stand-alone product, and is also bundled with portal, E-commerce, analytics etc. as part of the Customer Experience Suite. The product is integrated with WebSphere Portal for integration with external data. IBM Web Content Manager has a large customer base o...


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Clickability is a content management systems acquired by Upland Software in 2013, which provides a SaaS platform for web content creation, management, publishing and analytics, for enterprises, digital marketing and online publishing for marketers and enterprises.