by Zoe Huden on July 17, 2012
We often get questions as to what content management systems are our favorites to use and which ones we would recommend to others. So, in this blog post we’ve put together a list of our favorite CMS’s that have the best SEO and Social Media elements in them. The 5 are:
Even if you have never heard of the term content management system, odds are you’ve heard of WordPress, or have visited a WordPress blog or website. There’s a reason for that. WordPress has better SEO aspects than any other CMS today. Novice web users and webmasters alike choose WordPress not only for its visibility in search engines, but it’s free and easy-to-use.
Starting primarily as a blog platform a few years ago, WordPress has grown in its capabilities to be be able to power several different types of websites (instead of just blogs) and now is the most used CMS today. There are tons of free and/or paid plugins and specialized themes you can add to your WordPress site to make it any kind of site you like.
Used by several large and prominent companies (including MTV and Citibank), Joomla! is an open source solution freely available to everyone. Joomla! is considered to be extremely customizable and easy to use.
With tons of add-ons and plugins available in Joomla! extending functionality is easy.
A free software package that allows individual users as well as communities of users to publish, manage and organize a wide variety of content on one site. Used by Sony Music and other high-profile companies, Drupahas 6,000 add-ons (modules) making it easier for webmasters who use Drupal to focus on content and design rather than coding.
Among Drupal’s 6,000 available modules are ones that allow the webmaster to create forums, profiles, and user blogs, making Drupal sites more social for their users. And like WordPress and Joomla!, Drupal has a large active user community always sharing information on how to address issues with Drupal and make Drupal sites better.
Has an extremely user friendly interface that allows designers and developers to easily customize their site. TextPattern is free, but has a lot fewer available themes than WordPress, Joomla!, and Drupal, however, they also offer back-end admin themes to even further customize their users’ experience.
With 700 plugins and over 50 modules it’s easy to increase the site’s functionality. Though the active user community is smaller for users of this CMS, there is plenty of documentation online, including a full manual on how to use TextPattern.
ExpressionEnginehas a few different commercial and open source options, so it can get pricey depending on the license you acquire. Most people are looking for a free CMS, however with this one comes a team of developers and technical support all of whom are experts in using ExpressionEngine; a support feature many web developers and designers prefer to have.
There aren’t as many add-ons or plugins with ExpressionEngine as there are with other CMS’s but they do offer are some of the most popular and most likely to be used, including, member manager, discussion forums, wiki, stats, eCommerce, etc.
And there you have it, our five favorite content management systems for SEO and Social Media. Did we miss any? What is your favorite CMS to use?