WordPress originally began as a blogging tool designed to make posting blogs simple and easy with minimal fuss. The scope of the system has changed significantly, and it is now the world’s largest CMS, powering a large majority of the web. It has a sizable and active community of developers, themes, and plugins. WordPress is often considered the go-to for small scale web projects but suffers from large scale scope creep and is beset by security and scalability issues.
MODX has been designed from the ground up to be a highly extensible and flexible CMS. It is often described as “a CMS to build a CMS” with high levels of flexibility for developers, content managers, and end users. The security model has been designed to allow complete flexibility and security is a primary goal of the platform. A large selection of plugins and an active development community exist around the product.
HubSpot is a leading Marketing Automation (MA) platform that has an optional web building and hosting application. This system is hosted directly by HubSpot and they manage and build the platform themselves, meaning it is closed source. Used as part of the wider ecosystem of HubSpot it can be a fantastic addition to a marketing toolkit. The HubDB relational database tool allows for multiple types of content and powerful sites to be built within the platform.
Joomla is an open source platform designed from inception to be a CMS. Designed and released in 2005, it has a large user base and has a large selection of features available from installation, and a large selection of plugins and themes available to download. It is estimated to be the second most common CMS in use, after Wordpress.
Drupal is an open source platform designed from inception to be a CMS framework, with the “Drupal core” being the starting point for the development of any application on the platform. The core can be extended with multiple extensions to add extra functionality across the platform as required, and thus requires a good understanding of the available ecosystem.