Content management system has become one of the internet most popular tools for web development.CMS are very important and powerful tools in web development and can increase development time in a word where website needs to be created quickly and easily.It is the simplicity and ease of use that turns many developer into the choice of CMS. But there are now plenty of CMS floating around the web and choosing the right one can really be difficult.

What is CMS:

CMS is a web application software which helps in the development and management of your website content through graphical user interface that make it simple and easier for non programmer to handle it. CMS usually contains website adminpanel (backend ) where you can change the structure and content of your website without any prior knowledge of programming.

Your Choice Of CMS:

So CMS is an outstanding solution for your small or middle size business as well as your internet or community website.There are plenty of CMSes out there and the choice totally depends on your needs.If you are going for a personal,small website or blog then WordPress is the best option for you as its is highly flexible and has load of templetes/plugins that are free. If you are looking towards a large and complex website then one of your choice must be Joomla.If you are looking for a forum website then there are tons of CMS some of them are open source and some must cost you money the choice is yours. If you are programmer and you need a CMS best suitable for you to customized and have fun with then i must suggest Drupal. And if you are a merchant and looking for an Ecommerce solution through CMS then one of the best choices must be Magento.

I must say there are is no limitation in the use of CMS and i have created complicated website with WordPress which is well know for blogging.and surely you must have noticed that there are also Ecommerce stores developed in WordPress,Joomla,Drupal etc. You can use almost any CMS for your need but its its better to choose the best choice according to your needs and avoid complication it will serve you in future.

Now i am going to discuss some of the welknown CMSes these are my choices and ii have use them so i going to discover them briefly so that you got an idea about them.It will help you in your selection of CMS in some manner.

WordPress:


WordPress was born out of a desire for an elegant, well-architectured personal publishing system built on PHP and MySQL and licensed under the GPLv2 (or later). WordPress started in 2003 and now it is a wellknown CMS for blogging but its more then just a blogging CMS and it proves itself in many areas of web development.

WordPress is easy to install and managed and most importantly it is SEO friendly. There are many free and premium themes available for wordpress and you can select one according to your taste and requirements. There are also a number of plugins avalible for wordpress each one has its own functionality.

I have made almost every type of website in wordpress but i must say that every CMS his its limitations and wordpress is not mean for complex website as it is hard to manage them and adopt them according to drastically changing situation.

Version 3.0 (Thelonious) Advancements:

  • introduced custom post types
  • custom menu management
  • allowed the management of multiple sites (called MultiSite).

Drupal:


Drupal is free, flexible, robust able to build everything from personal blogs to enterprise applications. Thousands of add-on modules and designs let you build any site you can imagine.

Drupal is more complicated then any CMS i ever work with and its because its developer friendly i must say i am in love with Drupal not because its powerful and can create more complex website but just because i am having fun working with Drupal i can make it in way i need it. It supports a wide variety of site structures—with widely used add-ons, you can define very detailed rules as to what content should be displayed where, and build your own custom content types.

But Drupal’s power comes with complexities. The administrative screens for configuring a site have a huge number of options and settings, making them harder to interpret. Drupal does not have a strong work flow, and may not be the best choice for organizations that want to have many different people with different roles and ownership over content.

Drupal 7 Release Advancements:

  • Vastly improved administrative user interface
  • Flexible content and custom fields
  • Better visual presentation and theming with Render API
  • Accessibility is greatly improved
  • Image support is now included
  • Automated code testing
  • Improved database support
  • Better distribution support
  • Support for the Semantic Web through RDFa markup

Magento:


Magento is an interesting platform for your e-commerce website. Completely scalable and backed by an extensive support network, Magento offers companies the ultimate eCommerce solution. An experienced player in the eCommerce industry that has been leveraging the power of Open Source technology to help online merchants fulfill their business goals at a fraction of the cost and time of proprietary eCommerce solutions since 2001.

It’s modular architecture and unprecedented flexibility means your business is no longer constrained by your eCommerce platform. Magento is a feature-rich, professional open-source eCommerce solution that offers merchants complete flexibility and control over the look, content, and functionality of their online store. Magento’s intuitive administration interface contains powerful marketing, merchandising and content management tools to give merchants the power to create sites that are tailored to their unique business needs.

I’ve tried OSCommerce and Zen-cart on multiple sites, and i find Magento the most interesting looking and powerful. I’ve been out of the web design business for a a couple of years and magento is my choice for Ecommerce because its containing the right amount of features and a professional appearance of all the ones I’ve seen.

Magento 1.6.0.0-alpha1 Advancements:

  • Add Dynamic sku option for configurable products
  • Moneybookers Multistore System Configuration
  • Moneybookers OBT Defaults
  • PrototypeJS upgraded to 1.7

Conclusion:

There is not just one system available for us to build our websites with, and so we should never limit ourselves to just one either. Of course, the final decision for a CMS depends on what you want to accomplish. So when choosing, go the the websites for all of these systems and take a look at their core feature sets. Also, be sure that your chosen CMS is compatible with your web host.