Here Is Our List Of The 10 Best CMS Platforms In 2020

A content management system, or CMS, is a software platform that allows non-developers to manage and deploy website content. With a CMS, site administrators can create new pages, edit content, upload images, stream videos, manage an eCommerce store or write a blog. This is done through the use of an admin panel that registered users can login to and make updates without requiring HTML knowledge or other coding skills. There are many CMS to choose from and factors such as features, licensing, ease-of-use, scalability and cost will drive your decision. Here are our picks of the 10 best CMS platforms in 2020.

10 Best CMS Platforms in 2020

  1. WordPress

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    WordPress is an open-source content management system (CMS) that allows non-developers to administrate their website without having to have strong programming skills. There are countless CMS in the marketplace, but WordPress is the tool of choice for most web design agencies because it is powerful, intuitive to use, scalable and has the worlds largest support community. Oh, did I mention that WordPress is free?

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  2. Magento

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    Magento is hands-down the eCommerce CMS undisputed champion. No other CMS provides its users the ability to create truly remarkable and engaging shopping experiences. Magento comes loaded with features out-of-the-box that allows website administrators almost unlimited ability to customize and scale based on their needs. There is a large community of Magento third-party developers that provide integration with several enhanced extensions.

    Every year, Magento handles over $100 billion in gross merchandise volume. Magento empowers thousands of retailers and brands with the best eCommerce platforms to rapidly innovate and grow. Magento has a free version of its platform as well as a licensed version with additional features. License fees are based on total average online sales.

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  3. Drupal

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    Drupal is a free, open-source content management system written in PHP. The basic version of Drupal, known as Drupal core, contains rich features such as account and client management, RSS feeds, page layout customization, and administration. Drupal has a well-earned reputation of being a powerful CMS platform but rather difficult to manage on the administration side. Expect to require some training on hoe to navigate the control panel and make site updates.

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  4. Joomla

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    Joomla is a popular free and open-source content management system for publishing web content. Included features are page caching, RSS feeds, printable versions of pages, news flashes, blogs, polls, a search function and support for multiple languages.

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  5. Sitefinity

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    Sitefinity is a .NET-based CMS and customer analytics platform that allows you to create, store, manage, and publish content to a website. Content and pages in Sitefinity are multilingual and you can use one Sitefinity CMS instance to manage multiple sites that can share content. It supports content management, tailored marketing, multi-channel management and eCommerce stores.

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  6. ExpressionEngine
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    ExpressionEngine is a free and open-source CMS platform from EllisLab and is their flagship Content Delivery Platform. ExpressionEngine is popular with some of the worlds most valuable brands, including Disney, Pizza Hut, Whole Foods, Nike and Starbucks.

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  7. Kentico

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    Kentico is an ASP.NET CMS used for building websites, online stores, intranets and Web 2.0 community sites. Kentico CMS uses Microsoft SQL Server for development via its Portal Engine, using Visual Studio, or through Microsoft MVC.

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  8. Sitecore

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    SiteCore is an enterprise-level CMS competing with Oracle WebCenter, IBM Web Content Manager and Adobe. Sitecore provides many helpful features, including drag-and-drop page building, WYSIWYG editing, multi-channel support, ASP.NET optimization and integrations with third party software.

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  9. Squarespace

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    As we reach the end of this list we come upon the DIY website builders with budget in mind. Squarespace is an insanely popular DIY CMS platform that allows users to create a blog, eCommerce store or portfolio. When creating their Squarespace website, users can choose from design templates that are specific to their industry. Some templates are use case-specific, such as menu builders for restaurant websites.

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  10. Wix

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    Wix is a DIY CMS for those that have practically no coding skills or web experience but want a functional website. Wix is a free, hosted website builder, designed to be user-friendly and customizable without requiring coding from the user. It is well-known for its eCommerce solution, which allows users to build an online store.

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Conclusion

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Choosing a CMS for your website can be a daunting task, especially for those of us that are not technically inclined. This article just touched on our choices for the best CMS platforms, but there are many, many more to choose from. To help make this decision a little bit easier, consider the following factors and remove from contention the ones that do not suit your needs:

  • Budget

Let’s be real here and admit that for most of us budget will be the determining factor in choosing a CMS. An apparel retailer with an extensive operational and marketing budget, for example, can afford the exorbitant licensing fees of Magento that can go as high as $190,000 a year. This only makes sense if the business does huge online sales numbers, as they benefit from the unique features and competitive advantage Magento offers.

WordPress is the CMS of choice for most developers today. It’s a terrific platform, feature-rich, flexible, scaleable and with a huge developer community. And as it’s open source its absolutely free. WordPress offers themed templates that you can purchase, but you will still need a developer to create your website.

Wiz is the Home Depot of content management systems. For a small monthly hosting fee, and if you are so inclined, you can set up your Wix website without any developer’s assistance or HTML knowledge. This is a great option for someone just getting their business off the ground and have a very limited (or no) budget. However, as with everything else in life you get what you pay for.

  • Functional requirements

The CMS must be able to do what your website needs in order for the business to operate. If you plan to sell products or services online you will need a CMS that supports eCommerce. If you plan to set up customer accounts you will need a CMS that can do so. If you plan to create an art gallery for your studio search for platforms that can provide you with multiple design and layout options.

  • Intuitiveness/Ease-of-use

This is a no-brainer. In order to maintain a CMS-driven website you must know how to use it. This means logging into the admin panel and having the ability by yourself to make any changes necessary. Know, however, that all CMS platforms come with some degree of limitations so there may be some tasks that require a developer.

  • Scalability

Before deciding on a CMS platform, consider how you envision the website will grow over time. Look for a CMS that is both scalable and flexible and allows for enhancements through plugins and extensions available in the marketplace. WordPress has by far the largest developer community and the most available plugins. This is something you should strongly consider as you make your decision on CMS platform.

All of the best CMS platforms provide their own set of themes, templates, plugins  and extensions. All of the platform listed today have their own unique attributes, pros and cons. There is no such thing as the perfect CMS. With this said and taking all considerations into account, we crown WordPress as the King of content management systems in 2020.

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