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5 CMS that Are Perfect for a New Online Business Venture

2011 May 6

Nearly all of the websites online today are built using a Content Management System (abbreviated CMS), which allows for an easy installation, customization and management of everything on the site, including the data that is hosted.

Content Management Systems make it very easy to personalize the theme and layout of the site, install new plugins that will extend its functionality (like adding a blogging platform, integrating the current users and their accounts with a new forum software, or doing almost anything else you may need).

You will most likely use a CMS for any of your future online project, so here is a selection of the top 5 ones that can be used for any purpose.

1. Drupal

Drupal. This is an open source CMS, very popular among developers and used for a lot of big sites that handle millions of unique visitors per month. Its modular design and clean code allows for a very deep customization of everything from how the site looks to what rights different users have (to write/read articles, to post in the forum, write blog posts, upload files and a lot more).

There are hundreds of free, useful modules available, which will add a lot of much-needed features like internationalization and localization, video embedding, private messaging, email newsletter sending, and other things.

2. Joomla

Joomla. This CMS was the most popular among webmasters for a few years. It is still widely used, although it has lost its edge due to an old core and not too friendly administration. Despite that, it can run sites of any size and purpose, from small blogs and article directories to big media streaming hubs that handle dozens of terabytes in bandwidth every month.

There is a wide selection of free and paid extensions (the latter are usually much better and are supported by the developers) that will help you improve and modify your site. A very strong point of Joomla is the ease with which designers can create mind-blowing, very beautiful themes (Drupal has the most trouble with this). Plus, there are a lot of sites that sell pre-made themes that you can easily customize for your application.

3. WordPress

WordPress. Another very popular CMS, WordPress is technically a blogging platform, but because of the thousands of free plugins and themes available and its extremely easy to customize code and templates, it can be used for almost any other purpose, like a forum, a social network, an article directory or an e-commerce site.

The latest version has a very user-friendly administrative interface and a lot of new useful features, like the mass plugin auto-update. WordPress also features modular fallback code.

4. ExpressionEngine

ExpressionEngine. This Content Mangement System is different than the above three, mainly because it’s commercial (though they do have a free version) and has a limited developers base, which isn’t a good thing. But the owners say that it’s the most flexible CMS ever, and looking at the code, one would tend to agree.

It is very easily customizable, has a reliable modular architecture that will keep the site working even if you mess something up and has the possibility to create and use add-ons to extend its functionality. A great choice if you also need guaranteed support for your CMS.

vBulletin

vBulletin. Another paid solution, this CMS was originally (and still is) used to create forums and communities, but has evolved into something bigger, better, that can be used for a lot of other applications. More than 70% of all popular forums use vBulletin as their CMS, because it’s the fastest, most reliable solution with hundreds of developers working on it and selling excellent plugins and themes that can extend its functionality.

The most obvious use for it would be communities and forums, but you may also use it for a specialized community/e-commerce site, for example.

If you are planning on starting a site, blog, online shop or any other venue on the Internet, you’ll absolutely need to check out the above CMS solutions. One of them will definitely fit your needs.

Thomas Alling writes about how and what you can utilize to monetize your site or blog. If you want to learn about starting a new home business opportunity, visit Mr. Alling’s blog at http://makemoneyhelper.com

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  1. July 26, 2011

    Joomla and WordPress are amazing. I mean absolutely amazing. Whenever I plan to start a new site, I almost always have to decide between the two. Suprisingly, every time it is a tough decision. On one hand the number of plugins for wordpress is so huge … on the other hand Joomla gives amazing control on the display over the page with its different user positions. Always a tough call!

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