What's the best open-source CMS for your company?

Drupal, WordPress and Joomla vie for open-source CMS supremecy

Open-source content management systems are getting fancier, and it's getting harder to know which one might best suit an enterprise's needs. To help you determine whether Drupal, WordPress or Joomla is right for your organization, Robert L. Mitchell takes an in-depth look at how companies are using the three platforms, in a series beginning with Drupal.

"All three CMSs have evolved beyond their roots: Drupal is getting easier, WordPress more sophisticated and Joomla offers both a CMS and a related Web development platform on which it can run," Mitchell writes in an article at Computerworld.

Viewed as one of the most powerful platforms for building sophisticated, enterprise-scale sites, Drupal has many fans among developers creating feature-rich sites, one of them being Integrated Device Technology, a maker of electronic components. IDT sells more than 25,000 integrated circuits and other parts, and that's a lot of products for customers to sort through on a website.

When designing a new site (which went live in January), the manufacturer wanted to make it easier for customers to be able to search, filter and display whatever combination of parts they need--and it wanted to do so without breaking the bank. It chose Drupal, in part for its security rating as well as its power.  The new site moves faster than the previous one, and it takes developers less time to add new features. To make the system easy for everyone to use, IDT had the interface customized.

Fearnet, a cable channel provider owned by Comcast, Sony and Lions Gate, selected Drupal to build mini websites for promoting new shows. Prior to adopting the platform, Fearnet's developers took as long as three months to custom-build such sites on a proprietary CMS. Now it takes them about 15 or 20 minutes.

A massive amount of video, slides, blogs, characters and other content is constantly updated on Fearnet's site. It requires a complex data structure because the content is all inter-related. What's more, Fearnet wanted the same instance of the site to work with desktops, tablets and smartphones. Training on the new CMS takes about 20 minutes, and the site is performing better than before.

For more:
- see Robert L. Mitchell's article at Computerworld

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