Most usable Content Management Systems

For quite a number of years, I worked on a project that was intended to produce the killer Content Management System.

Wordpress: It's the daddy.

Basically, the tool that sits at the core of your website, managing the text, images, functionality and layout.

My job was to persuade people to use it (and pay for it) so that the techies could get on developing it to the point at which it could go ‘mainstream’.

It was a fantasy that a lot of web-development companies had at the time, and the market for these tools has firmly consolidated now. Here’s a good run down of the top ten most usable ones.

I can endorse the top choice wholeheartedly. Over the past eighteen months or so, I’ve been building wordpress sites at a rate of knots. I’m able to complete the kind of hefty projects that used to take a team of developers months (and attract high five-figure budgets) in a matter of days.

The conclusion it draws, though, is an interesting one. The key factors in the success of WordPress is not just that it is a powerful free tool. It is that it has….

  • Lots of documentation
  • An active user-base who provide a ready source of help and advice
  • Lots of people building plug-ins – “if you can dream it, it’s probably there”

All of those things in turn add up to peer recommendation. It’s not just a recipe for success in the software field, is it?

Update: the simpler version of this post could read “if you’re looking for a Content Management System, WordPress is probably it.” However, this excellent roundup offers a bit of a longer answer that may result in a different decision. The ‘avoid Joomla’ point is one I’ve heard from a number of different sources….

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