Unsure which CMS to go for? Get familiar with our top-level overview – we’re here to guide you towards the best fit for you given your brief and objectives.


Below we give a quick run-through of some of the top systems: WordPress, MODX, HubSpot, Joomla! and Drupal.


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WordPress

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.

  • Open source
  • Largest share of CMS usage across the world
  • Designed for blogging
  • Low learning curve
  • Good community support
  • Thousands of plugins and themes available, often for free
  • Good for small sites with low traffic

MODX

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.

  • Open source
  • Designed to be a CMS from the outset
  • Highly customisable security policies for manager users
  • Customisable manager interface, allowing complex and unique functionality that would take significantly more development to create in other CMSs
  • Highly scalable up to millions of pages and works with multiple content delivery networks (CDNs) across the world
  • Every line of output code to the page is completely customisable
  • Low level of security issues reported in comparison to other CMS platforms

HubSpot

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.

  • Closed source
  • Powerful integrations with the HubSpot Marketing Automation and CRM  platforms
  • Built in analytics and insights
  • Uses its own powerful templating language, HUBL
  • Hosted by HubSpot, no need to deal with server updates

Joomla!

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.

  • Open source
  • Has a 9% share of CMS usage across the world
  • Highly modular with thousands of modules to extend functionality
  • Multilingual support out of the box
  • Regularly updated and patched for security issues

Drupal

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.

  • Open source
  • Enterprise level CMS
  • Latest version (8) has been rewritten to be a more powerful and flexible CMS
  • Industry standard MVC framework allows easy additions to functionality

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