Which Free CMS Should You Go For?

In a world that is constantly on the go, relying on apps and the internet for news, shopping, and blogs mean the systems behind everyday applications must be up to the task. However, since these Content Management Systems, or CMSs, are so plentiful in the digital age, the question of which is the best has become incredibly hard to answer.

The list of CMSs are endless, including WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla. The question of which is the best needs to be carefully considered for what the user intends to do with it.


WordPress has made quite a name for itself since its introduction in the blogosphere. Utilizing PHP, the site is one of the most popular CMS platforms, allowing beginners to document their lives and share their experiences, boring or not, with the world.

WordPress works for newbies and veterans, providing both simplicity and complexity depending on the needs of the user. This CMS is good for everyday blogging, like the type teens tend to do nowadays.


SilverStripe, another CMS primarily for blogging, provides blogging services like WordPress, but in a way that is more customizable for developers. SilverStripe has modules and themes that users can modify freely or not at all.

SilverStripe is good for designers who like to play around, but it doesn't necessarily "welcome" new users due to how the site provides a lot for designers who already know their way around. The site is fun, nonetheless, if one knows what they are doing or what they hope to get out of the site, but it is for designers and that fact is highly prevalent.


Drupal has a large community like that of WordPress, however, it focuses less on the blogging and more on powering and supporting powerful websites. Here, bloggers can create their own blog as well as other websites about baking, books, or other ideas.

Drupal provides numerous services that anyone can tap into, but establishing a website for a business or a hobby instead of blogging would be best if one chooses to use Drupal. Sure blogging can be done through it, but the hassle behind setting up a beginning blog is cut out by WordPress, allowing for users to make content right away.


Like Drupal, Joomla leaves the blogging to WordPress and provides users with the ability to build websites or applications. Joomla is smoother than Drupal and provides an easier way to customize the website or app so as to create the website of your dreams.

Joomla would work better for businesses than for beginning bloggers or web developers. Though it provides instructions and help when beginning to create a site, Joomla is advanced both in nature and content creation.

CMSs have their benefits. They provide better consistency and integration, allowing for users to interact with the makers of the site and with others, however, choosing the right one can be a stressful experience. Testing out each to feel out the kinks would be best but if doing simply blogging, WordPress works very well. To branch out, or to showcase a business or hobby in a new light Joomla would provide the best way to share your creation with the world.

Donald Peterson is a network specialist. He also likes to blog about the latest happenings in tech industry. He is also part of 7L Networks Inc, a Toronto based company that offers web hosting and colocation services.

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