Best Content Management Systems

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What are Content Management Systems?

A content management system (CMS, or alternately WCMS for "web content management system") is a system used to manage and deploy the content of a website. Typically, a CMS allows a content manager or author, who may not know HTML, to create, edit and delete content from a site without needing the expertise of a developer to update the website. CMSs are often used to run blogs, news sites, ecommerce sites, intranets, or corporate websites.

CMS Features & Capabilities

Generally a CMS will include features to simplify content creation so that non-technical people can focus on delivering content instead of wrestling with an interface or trying to code. A WYSIWYG (what-you-see-is-what-you-get) editor, page templates, and a library of website themes are some features that help with content creation. Other features include:
  • Content versioning and archiving
  • Mobile optimization / responsive design
  • Publishing workflow
  • Form generation
  • Content scheduling

Page caching or features to speed delivery of content to the end user are common, as well as search tools and taxonomization (e.g. tagging) features to make it easy to locate specific items in a sea of content. Other features related to the management of content include:
  • Asset management (images, articles, etc.)
  • SEO support
  • Browser compatibility
  • Bulk management
  • E-commerce / shopping cart functionality
  • Community management (commenting, etc.)

So as to reach out to a diverse customer base or many end users spread over multiple locations, some CMS vendors offer the ability to localize, regionalize, or personalize content, or deliver multi-channel, multi-lingual, and mobile-accessible content. Other platform and infrastructure features include:
  • User permissions
  • API
  • Analytics tools
  • Import/export content

Content Management Product List

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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.

MS SharePoint

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 the...


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.


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...


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...

Cascade Server

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...


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.


Kentico is an all-in-one CMS, e-commerce, and online marketing platform   that is designed to drive business results for companies of all sizes both on-premise or in the cloud. According to the vendor, this platform gives customers and partners powerful, comprehensive...

Ektron Web Content Management System

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 Business Catalyst

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...

Sitecore Web Content Management

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

SDL Tridion

SDLTridion 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.


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...

Adobe Experience Manager

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 applications...


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 and...

Acquia Platform

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...

Movable Type

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

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

Episerver Digital Experience Cloud

Episerver Digital Experience Cloud combines content (CMS), commerce, multi-channel marketing, and predictive analytics in a single platform to work full-circle for businesses online – from intelligent real-time personalization and lead-generation through to conversion and repeat business. The...


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...

OU Campus

OU Campus from OmniUpdate is billed as a CMS for institutions of higher education. It can be deployed as a cloud-based service or hosted locally. It is built in Java, uses open standards, and is extensible through APIs.


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.

IBM Web Content Manager

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...


CoreMedia is a global provider of web content management software headquartered in San Francisco and Hamburg, Germany, with offices in Singapore and London. CoreMedia CMS, or CoreMedia 7, is a Java-based web content management and publishing system supporting high traffic, multi-language,...


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...

Content Management Articles

We talked with Hannon Hill’s CEO, Kat Liendgens, and VP of Engineering, Bradley Wagner, about their approach to content management and content marketing. They explained the inner workings of Cascade Server and Spectate, including the advantage of storing content in small, flexible chunks, and shared their vision for smarter personalization based on customer journey data.   
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We interviewed Acquia’s CMO to talk about the company’s positioning, differentiation and CMS trends.  
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