What are Content Management Systems? Which One is Right for You?

A content management system; or a CMS, is a software application that allows multiple users to create, modify and publish digital content. WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal are some of the most popular CMSs worldwide for managing digital content. Used for web content management (WCM) and also enterprise content management (ECM), CMSs provide a useful platform for the creation and management of digital information. VOVA, based in Coventry, offers complete solutions – from content management to web designing and development, giving businesses a powerful online presence.

Along with content, a CMS can also handle images and videos. A major advantage of a CMS is that anybody can post content, images and videos on the Internet. It is so easy to operate that even those without much computer or technical knowledge can publish and manage digital content.


For easy management, a CMS has features including:
• Page management
• Text content management
• Link building
• Basic SEO
• Plugins
• Design templates
• Image and video facilities

Different WCMS provide different features, but the above-mentioned basic features are present in all WCMSs. VOVA, Coventry believes that the features present in popular CMSs such as WordPress are sufficient for most basic content management needs.

Top WCMSs in the market

There is a wide variety of CMSs in the market, both free and paid. There are CMSs that are designed for both personal and professional use, and there are those that are only developed for companies. Below, VOVA, Coventry are fully qualified and highly experienced in using the top free WCMSs:

Wordpress

Wordpress is an open source PHP-based WCMS application used for creating either a website, blog, or even an app. 27% of the web (over 60 million people) use WordPress to create anything from personal hobby blogs to fully-fledged professional websites. With WordPress, a user without much technical knowledge, can build a professional website and manage it very easily. It offers a large variety of free design templates on it’s website and has 45,000 plugins created by third party authors to allow you to do more.

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Joomla

Joomla is a free open-source PHP-based web content management system. It enables you to build websites, applications, inventory control systems, directories, and more. It’s flexible, easy to install and provides the tools for building websites quickly and perfectly. For special needs, there are over 7,000 extensions to choose from. Whether it is corporate websites, digital magazines, small business websites, or personal homepages, Joomla takes care of it all. Organisations such as the Harvard University and MTV use this WCMS.

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Drupal

Drupal is yet another popular WCMS that is free, open-source, and PHP-based. It allows users to create websites and applications easily with features such as easy content authoring and flexible content management. It also provides tools to create integrated digital frameworks. With thousands of add-ons, you have the freedom to create beautiful websites that are scalable. Top companies, including Sony Music, New York Observer, and MIT use Drupal for their web content management needs.

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Common features of CMSs

Even though some CMSs may provide certain added benefits, all CMSs offer the following features. These are:

  • Content creation and formatting
  • Editing of content
  • Free and paid themes
  • Search facility by attributes
  • Automation – choosing a date to publish content automatically
  • Plug-ins for enhanced features

Additionally, a CMS also has basic SEO facility, which can be enhanced using plug-ins. VOVA, Coventry, believes that when choosing a CMS, an individual or a company should look for an easy-to-use interface and features that they will actually use. For example, if a large group of employees will be using the CMS and they are from diverse cultures, then multi-language support becomes essential. Depending upon your specific needs, check if the CMS you are considering has all the features that you will be using.

There are many other CMSs such as WebGUI, eZ Platform, MODX, and also eCommerce platforms such as Magento that you may consider. If you need any help in deciding which CMS is best for you, you may ask us at VOVA, Coventry. We deal with all kinds of CMSs on a daily basis when building websites to help our clients revolutionise their business, so you can definitely count on us.