8 of the best CMS to create a website in 2019
8 of the best CMS options for 2019
There is a wide variety among the CMS options that we have selected here for you. But all have one thing in common: they are all open sources and are available to install in 1 click on Hettinger. That means you will not have to spend a dime to download and try each one. With that in mind, we present you with eight of the best CMS available in 2019!
We are sure that you have probably heard of Word Press. This CMS has the largest market share among its competitors so far, and it is easy to see why.
Although Word Press was conceived as a blogging platform, it grew far beyond that niche. The platform is easy to use, and you can customize it in great detail using plug-in and themes (of which you have thousands to choose from).
When it comes to content management, Word Press also provides a first level experience. The publication of new posts and pages is simple, and you have access to a powerful editor that allows you to format your content. In addition, the platform also supports user registration, has regular updates and has a large and useful community.
- Includes intuitive publications and content management options.
- It provides a powerful editor that allows you to format your content with ease.
- It is highly customizable, thanks to the thousands of plug-ins and themes.
- The only downside of Word Press is that sometimes you will have to combine many plug-in to add the precise functionality your site needs.
- There are also other CMS options that offer a more optimized blog experience, although they cannot match the level of Word Press customization.
When people debate which is the best CMS, Joomla! is one of the names that is most often heard along with Word Press. The general consensus is that while Joomla may not be as user-friendly as Word Press, it may be more flexible in some aspects.
For example, Joomla is an excellent option if you need to manage many ‘types of personalized publications’. That is, it is ideal if you want to run a website that is not based largely on text content. The platform also offers many more options when it comes to user administration. This makes it a great option for membership-based sites, for example.
In addition to that, Joomla also includes multilingual support ready to use. That means you do not have to use plug-in or extensions to add more languages to your site. Finally, Joomla also allows you to use multiple templates or themes at the same time, for different types of content.
- It offers excellent support for custom publication types.
- Provides advanced user management options.
- Includes multilingual support ready to use.
- It supports the use of unique templates for each type of page.
- On paper, Joomla sounds amazing, and it’s a strong option.
- But it is not as friendly for beginners as Word Press, so it may take you more time to learn how to create a website using this CMS.
- Nor does it offer as many extensions or templates as some of its competitors.
- That is not necessarily a reason to discard it, but it does mean that there are some features you may have to apply manually.
Drupal is another name that has a lot of weight in discussions about the best open source CMS. While it is behind Word Press and Joomla in market share, that does not make it less noticeable.
In practice, Drupal shines in many of the same areas as Joomla. For example, it offers a very flexible system to deal with types of personalized publications. It also gives you a high degree of control over your users and their permissions, and can even handle multilingual sites immediately.
However, there are other areas where Drupal has no equal. Your taxonomy system, for example, is much more powerful than its competitors. In addition, Drupal is considered a more secure platform than Word Press and Joomla.
- It offers a flexible system of administration and creation of personalized publications.
- It provides advanced configuration of permissions and user administration.
- Includes support for multilingual sites ready to use.
- It has a detailed taxonomy system.
- It has first level security for your website.
- You can build almost any type of website you want using the ‘big three’ CMS platforms, which include Word Press, Joomla and Drupal. However, Drupal is recognized for its scalability and security, which often makes it a better choice for business and commercial sites.
However, it has a steep learning curve. In most cases, we do not recommend using Drupal unless you have experience in web development. If you feel comfortable with the development, this is one of the best CMS options available today.
Now we are venturing into the realm of lesser known CMS platforms. But that does not make these options less valuable. It simply means that they have more specific use cases.
Take Typo3, for example. This is a CMS with scalability as its strong point, and it serves corporate-level websites. For example, if you want to use a CMS to build an intranet, Typo3 would be an excellent option.
When talking about ease of use, on the other hand, Typo3 is not usually the first option. In our experience, this CMS is more suitable for users who have some experience in web development, and is not ideal for small and simple websites.
Either way, Typo3 includes many cool features, such as multilingual support. It also allows you to run multiple sites from a single installation, which can save you a lot of work.
- It is a great option for enterprise level sites.
- Includes support for multilingual websites.
- It allows you to manage multiple sites from a single installation.
- It makes it possible to share data and tools between your websites.
- In general, we recommend using Typo3 if you need to manage several sites that are under the same umbrella. With this CMS, you can share templates, extensions and even users between your sites, which are something that most other platforms do not support.
Unlike our previous option, Serendipity is an easy to use CMS perfect for small blogs. In our experience, it is one of the lightest CMS you can find.
But that does not mean that it lacks functions. Instead, it offers excellent performance for most websites due to its built-in dynamic cache configuration.
When it comes to functionality, you can expand what the platform can achieve by using themes and plug-in. In addition, you can search for specific front-end or back-end plug-in, which makes finding the tools you want simpler.
- It is perfect for performance-oriented websites.
- It provides access to a large selection of themes and plug-in, to help you customize your website.
In general, Serendipity is a perfect choice for small websites. It also makes the creation of simple and elegant blogs a breeze. However, it lacks a bit of power if you are interested in more ambitious projects. Personally, we would recommend it if you are looking for something that is not as complex as Word Press or Joomla, and that is very quick to learn.
Dot clear is another excellent CMS option if you are looking for an uncomplicated blogging experience. Among all the CMS that we have tried, few are as easy to use as Dot clear. In spite of that, the platform presents an editing experience that is very similar to what Word Press offers.
With Dot clear, you get access to a solid set of publishing, administration, and taxonomy options. The platform allows you to write your publications in plain text, HTML and even in Wiki syntax.
In addition to these basic features, Dot clear also allows you to generate RSS feeds. In addition, you can add new features to your site using plug-in and themes.
- It supports plain text, HTML and wiki syntax.
- It allows you to easily generate an RSS feed for your site.
Ultimately, we would place Dot clear in the same category as Serendipity. It is one of the best CMS you can choose if you want a simple blog experience. In addition, both include all the options you will need to start a successful project. The final choice will be due to personal preferences.
Continuing, Impress Pages is a little known CMS. However, it offers one of the best blogging experiences we’ve seen so far. Its editor is clean and has a modern interface. In addition, it allows you to add some elements that other CMS do not have, at least without extensions, such as maps and forms.
Leaving aside the blog and the edition, this CMS stands out for its design. Your desktop has a modern look, is easy to use and offers many options to customize the pages and the functionality of your site.
Impress Pages is an excellent option if you are looking for a CMS with an interface that does not seem stuck in the last decade. It also includes an intuitive drag-and-drop builder ready to use, so creating the pages you need is simple. In addition to that, you can customize the CMS using plug-in and themes.
Despite its many pros, Impress Pages cannot compete with Word Press in regards to the large number of extensions. That means that creating websites with custom functions can sometimes be more difficult.
- It offers a simple and modern interface that is easy to use.
- It includes a powerful editor with advanced functionality.
- Create content easily using a drag-and-drop page creator.
- It provides access to a decent selection of plugins and themes.
- In our opinion, this little known platform is the best CMS you can use if you want to create simple landing pages or if you value the ease of use very much.
Finally, let’s see Chamilo. This platform is different from all the others we have seen so far because it is oriented to a particular type of website: learning platforms. In fact, Chamilo is what is called a Learning Management System (LMS), which is a specific type of CMS.
Your classes can include text, multimedia elements and multiple-choice questions, and you can even configure tasks. If you are looking for a CMS that allows you to assign tasks, look no further.
Compare Chamilo with the other CMS options that we have reviewed so far would not make much sense since this has a completely unique use case. However, suffice it to say that Chamilo stands out for the ease of use. It’s an excellent choice if you need a platform that can handle multiple teachers, and gives you the tools you’ll need to create excellent online lessons.
- It offers a powerful platform for creating online courses.
- The only drawback with Chamilo is that the development of the platform is not as active as with the other CMS options that we have seen so far. However, there is a strong user community in Spanish and English for this LMS, in case you need help to get started.
Choosing which CMS to use is as personal a decision as choosing an Operating System. All the best CMS options have their supporters and detractors, but it is better not to take a decision lightly. Personally, Imperial Web Design supporters of Word Press due to its ease of use and high level of customization. But you could think differently, so we recommend you try more than one CMS before deciding on a favorite.
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