Jeremy sent us a question, “I know I need some type of content management system for my website, but I have no idea which one is right for me. Do you have any insights?”

A Content Management System (CMS) is often a go-to system for company websites because it allows for easy, accessible methods of controlling online content. A big hang-up is exactly how to go about it. The W3 lists over a 100 options. While this list may be daunting, it’s first important to consider your goals and purposes for a website, the overall functionality, and how involved the webmaster will be. Rest assured, we can help you choose. But for your own education, here are the three most popular and documented CMS options, each with thriving online communities:

WordPress

WordPress has evolved, from a simple blogging platform into a robust, diverse system. Websites such as The New York Times, CNN and Jay-Z’s personal website all use wordpress. A strong selling point is the ability to add any necessary plug-ins ranging from social media functionality to entire styling options to accomodate functionality.  This platform is very user friendly and the most accessible. Users with little computer know-how will be best suited for WordPress.

Drupal

Drupal is a more involved CMS with more robust options in terms of functionality and content support. Large user groups and shopping cart functionality are also handled in a more integrated way.  Drupal also has the ability to scale for a large count of diverse page types. The Notable Drupal websites include: Firefox, The White House Petitions site and Zynga.

Joomla

Joomla is an intermediary CMS of sorts. It is less intricate than Drupal but more-so than WordPress. Joomla is ideal for e-commerce, inventory control and data reporting.  Notable Joomla websites include IHOP, Marco’s Pizza and Harvard.