A review of most popular CMS applications

When I decided to dismiss my old, hand made, home page, and build a new one based on a CMS, I had to face the problem of which CMS to use. There were a lot of CMS out there, but also a lack of information about which one could have better suited my needs. To make things worst, I didn't have a strong perception of what my needs were, either.

In the first search I made with Google I used the keywords "cms free". That was also my last search on this topic as I reached 'http://www.opensourcecms.com' which is probably the best site about free CMS.

Unluckily, this site doesn't have any 'thoughts read' capability, so I couldn't find any page about which CMS could possibly suit my needs [1]. The only thing I could do was trying some CMS and choose the best one. I decided to test the most popular CMS, I looked at the "user rating" in the "Portals CMS" category and selected the applications having the higher number of votes.

Thinking that some other people could have been experiencing the same problem, I decided to make a fair copy of my survey, to name it "CMS review" and to post it here.

The selected CMS were:

  • Drupal
  • e107
  • Typo3
  • Joomla
  • Mambo
  • MDPro
  • PHP-Nuke
  • CMS Made Simple
  • MODx

If you don't feel like reading all that stuff and you just want to know which one I found to be the best just think that this site has been built using Drupal.

[1] The lack of this capability is a serious limitation of almost all the sites I ran across while browsing the web for information. I do hope they will find a workaround in the forthcoming world wide web third generation.