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To help you choose your next CMS, we have compiled a list of the most used content management systems, with their strengths, weaknesses, and prices.
Find all the details below in the article.
To begin with, what is a CMS platform?
A CMS (acronym of “Content Management System”) is an application or software that allows you to create, modify, organize and publish information, texts, images, or other necessary content on a website.
Also known as a content management system, it is a platform for managing the content of a website.
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There are many CMS solutions out there. Here is our list of the best and most popular ones.
WordPress enables you to effortlessly build and oversee a dynamic website utilizing the PHP/MySQL extension. It is freely accessible for download and utilization, thanks to its “open source” nature. As of 2022, WordPress holds the largest market share among CMS platforms, with an impressive 42.9% usage rate.
Practical, it is possible to create various unique websites, such as showcase sites, online stores, informational sites, internet portals, and more. Additionally, this content management system provides a vast selection of 10,000 themes, which can be freely modified or acquired through paid options.
PRICE: Free, or offers from $11/month to $44/month
Joomla! is a free and accessible open-source solution. Like WordPress, the CMS uses PHP code and MySQL system. Developed and maintained by an active community of professionals and volunteers.
With Joomla! you have a multilingual platform of 64 languages and 8,900 extensions. Powerful, Joomla! is impractical for beginners; it requires time of adaptation to master it as a whole.
PRICE: Free, or offers from $99/year to $399/year
Drupal is an open-source CMS. Quite complex, it is mainly aimed at developers or at least at the technically advanced public. In fact, it allows you to design anything you can imagine by configuring the CMS without coding.
With this CMS, you can create all website categories: showcase site, blog, e-commerce, etc. The platform is focused on the creation of complex sites. Thus, you have at your disposal no less than 40,000 extensions and 2,600 themes. Because of this, we do not recommend using Drupal for projects of low to moderate complexity.
PRICE: Free, the prices offer evolves according to the different options you choose (number of licenses, add-ons…)
Shopify is the number 1 competitor of WordPress, the second most used CMS in the world, with over 6.4% of the market share in 2022. With its catalog of customizable themes and 4,100 extensions, this CMS is ideal for creating an online store: physical or digital products.
The platform offers various solutions for managing site promotions.Firstly, advertising campaigns on various platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, Google, Amazon, and eBay. Moreover, with the creation of discount codes and the implementation of automatic discounts.
PRICE: Offers from $29/month to $299/month
PrestaShop is the reference CMS for e-commerce. The work of editing the pages of a site on this CMS focuses on product sheets, which you can organize into categories. To customize the site, the platform provides access to 10,000 modules and themes.
Like Shopify, the PrestaShop back-office offers a dashboard with the performance of the online store, such as the value of the average basket, net profit or the transformation rate. Multilingual and multicurrency, it also allows you to sell internationally with, for example, the management of taxes, currencies, and translations into various languages.
PRICE: Because of its modularity, count from $782 to $4887 approximately
Wix is a user-friendly CMS tailored for creating straightforward websites. You don’t need coding knowledge as the platform facilitates website creation through easy drag-and-drop functionality. With over 500 templates and 200 additional extensions, Wix provides free and high-quality web hosting services.
Wix gives you access to royalty-free image galleries and an image editor to customize your site. Creative,the CMS allows you to include animated backgrounds on the site to attract the attention of your visitors and distinguish yourself from the competition.
PRICE: Free, or offers from $23/month to $38/month
With more than 100 themes and about 20 extensions, Squarespace is known for offering very well-designed templates. The platform is mainly aimed at small sites and can create all kinds of sites, from showcase sites to e-commerce sites, through a blog.
Like some CMS mentioned above, the platform is based on an intuitive drag-and-drop builder, which requires no coding skills for the user. Easy to use, Squarespace offers interchangeable templates, so you don’t lose your content, numerous tutorials, professional support, and a community forum.
PRICE: From $15/month to $41/month, 14 days free trial version
Magento is an open-source platform ideal for online stores and, more specifically, marketplaces. Complete, the platform allows you to customize 100% your store. The Magento interface gives you access to all aspects of the e-commerce store: management of product sheets, sales, delivery, orders, customers, etc.
Multilingual and multicurrency, the CMS also allows you to open up to the international market by managing various sites in a single back office. The platform facilitates your marketing strategy with, for example, newsletters, surveys, and a shopping cart system that is saved when the customer leaves the site. Unfortunately, by offering all these features, the site has become complex to use. You should therefore have a technical base or be accompanied by a team of developers.
PRICE: Free, or annual subscription whose price is determined by the volume of goods sold and/or the average basket per customer.
Weebly is a practical CMS for people without advanced computer knowledge, thanks to its drag-and-drop system. It is suitable for showcase sites, blogs, and e-commerce sites only.
Like some CMS, Weebly presents a dashboard with various metrics on the website, such as website traffic, orders, products, or marketing campaigns. With about fifty themes, the platform has some design flexibility and quality themes. Furthermore, the CMS offers you to integrate your social networks and to set some aspects related to SEO (even if this feature is not well worked)
PRICE: Free, or offer from $6/month to $26/month or more, depending on the type of site
Magnolia is an open-source CMS designed to meet the complex needs of medium and large companies. It is aimed at individuals who master the Java language and have basic knowledge of web development (JSP and Servlet).
Offering about fifty modules, Magnolia CMS has many content management features: multilingual publication, data import/export, marketing campaign management, integration of external programs such as CRM, RSS feed aggregation, etc.
PRICE: You’ll need to contact the company directly to begin the process of getting a quote, free trial
Choosing a CMS is an essential step for your future website. Each CMS has different advantages and disadvantages. That’s why you must weigh the pros and cons and select a platform according to your needs.
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