What are the Top Popular Content Management System (CMS) in the Market Today?

According to various estimates, surveys, and experiments, it’s believed that there are nearly two billion websites online today and these days many people prefer to use a content management system for building a blog or website as it makes it a lot easier for people with no web design experience to make minor changes to the website such as adding blog posts, uploading new images or making small edits to your key pages.Although WordPress is the most recognizable content management system in the industry, there are other powerful CMSs that you might be interested in, depending on the nature of your website or blog.

Here are the top 3 open source content management systems that you should consider for your website.

1. WordPress

It is the most popular open source CMS and most commonly used platform for building a wide range of websites and blogs that has around 75 million installations around the world and 39 million of it are hosted on the free wordpress.com. This means that around 20% of all self-hosted websites use WordPress, which is still huge.

  • Market share: 59.7%
  • Active sites tracked: 321,656,100
  • Most popular sites: The New York Times, National Geographic, Forbes, Sony Music, Microsoft News Center and More

WordPress is so popular across the world because it's easy to manage, easy to install, have a vast array of free and premium plugins and themes and have a wide support community. Being as well known as it is both among expert users and beginners, WordPress can be installed on any hosting account and most hosting providers offer WordPress optimized hosting with either WordPress pre-installed or installable via one-click installs, automatic updates, backups, and WP-CLI integration.

2. Drupal

It is another CMS, Built with PHP programming language.It is one of the more advanced content management systems that helps developers create powerful sites with hundreds of pages that are capable of handling large volumes of visitors.

  • Market share: 4.7%
  • Active sites tracked: 965,000
  • Most popular sites: Tesla, White House, Pinterest Blog, and More

Thanks to its complexity, Drupal is viewed as an enterprise-class CMS, or even as a content management framework, since it makes no assumptions about how content should be structured and managed. Drupal may be a bit more complex compared to WordPress and Joomla! and may require the user to have an ample web development experience to work around the functions and extensions. However, it is renowned for its uncompromised security.

3. Joomla

It is another open source CMS that powers millions of websites from business websites to websites of large organizations and non-profits. In terms of complexity, it’s situated somewhere between WordPress and Drupal, being the platform of choice for small to mid-tier ecommerce or business websites, but Joomla can be used to create pretty much any type of website thanks to its highly customizable nature.

  • Market share: 6.7%
  • Active sites tracked: 1,837,862
  • Holiday Inn Express, U.K National Crime Agency, OpenVPN, High Charts and More

It was designed to control more big websites. you can use it to develop any website with such features as inventory control, reservations or even business directory. It was built with PHP as well (like WordPress).Joomla! may not be as beginner-friendly like WordPress but it is said to be more flexible with its other features. It is ideal for custom post types and provides advanced user management options.

We can see clearly in the above Google Trends, that the popular CMS Wordpress is growing over time in a past few years. We can also see the Rise and Fall of different Platforms. Specially Joomla, it has an instant rise in popularity after release in september 2005, where around february 2006 it was on the Top. But we can clearly see the Fall of Joomla from 2009.

"My Last Words about this"

For me there are many advantages to using a CMS for building a website including achieving advanced site functionalities in a short time, allowing for quick development and deployment times.

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Jennifer Sipe | Author

Jennifer Sipe is a Multimedia Designer that based in the Philippines. She is a part of Designer and a part of Coder. She have serious passion on building sites & designing things from start to finish, for clients all over the world.

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