You might need a simple and straightforward blog with a stylish look or you need an advanced online shop which can list thousands of products, images and a lot more.
But when it comes to the second case, if you want to create an online shop with a variety of products and features, you will need something that is advanced, detailed and allows you full control of the website you’re creating.
Now that comes at a cost because you will need to invest much more time and effort when compared to the first choice, AKA the ‘blog website’, but don’t be discouraged. You’re here to learn and I’m willing to provide you with a vast amount of tips and tricks which will help you in your projects.
Now, onto the technicalities, there’s quite a big pool of CMS platforms available on the internet right now and like I mentioned before, each of them provides something different than the others. Some have something others don’t, but they all excel at something that is important in one area of content managing.
Whether it’s an online shop, a landing page with constantly updating content, a blog or something completely else, I am positive that you will find the right CMS for your project in this article as the following list is well articulated, detailed and by the end of it, you’ll have an overview of the best CMS platform out there and which one to pick considering your needs.
In a nutshell, Wix is a pretty good CMS considering the fact that it’s completely free to use for its basic features such as website hosting, content managing and similar features which can be enough for the most basic of websites like blogs and some types of landing pages, but if you want its full package filled with quite a big amount of features, you will have to cash out from $8.50 to $24.50.
As most of CMS platforms, it runs on a subscription plan, meaning you pay the amount you picked each month and in return, you get the features that are offered within that same package. They’ve got quite a variety of packages and as they go up in price, they provide better features.
The most expensive plan they have which is for website hosting and content management overall comes out at a price of $24.50, however that price can go significantly higher if you decide you need additional features tied to your website that does not relate to Wix.
It is generally optimized for hosting types of websites that usually rely on static content, meaning you won’t be updating the posted content as much. With that, a personal advice would be not to use it for online stores, but it is a solid choice for landing pages and blogs as it has a pretty good editing system, a lot of pre-built templates and low-latency hosting.
With that, picking Wix is not a bad idea if you decide to host a relatively small website which won’t have many pages. I’d say the general rule here is that if you need more than about 30 pages, I personally wouldn’t use Wix as there are better choices, but if it’s below or around that value and you don’t need any advanced features, it’s a solid CMS platform.
This is the first CMS platform of its kind we’re going over and simply said, it’s an E-commerce CMS system. What this means is that it’s made only for hosting and editing of online stores of different types.
Honestly, the only good competitor of Shopify is Magneto which we will go over soon enough. Sure, there could be more E-commerce CMS platforms out there, but when you gather the community reviews and the users of each one of those, you get clear results that only a few are good at the job of managing an online store of any size.
In my experience and as per my research, I concluded that two CMS are worth the mention and they both make it to the TOP 10 CMS list, meaning they’re actually pretty good.
Now, to get a bit more specific, Shopify is relatively easy to use as it has a big community. A lot of people use it and the reviews are good. Sure there may be an issue or two somewhere, but due to the large community, everything gets handled well.
Starting off with their pricing and plans, Shopify has three packages, the least expensive one being priced at $29 and the most expensive one at a whopping $299. When it comes to online stores and shops, an important thing to look at is the credit card rates.
That rate goes lower in relation to which package you get. The $299 package will get you the rate of 2.4% online, but the basic package of $29 gets you 2.9% rate. These numbers can be significant if you expect your online store to get big and popular as you will be receiving quite a lot of orders and customers.
Aside from that, in each of the packages you get a specific amount of staff accounts, basically admin accounts, all three plans provide an unlimited amount of products, meaning you aren’t limited by any number on how many products you can list for sale.
The interesting thing about Shopify is the fact that it is very easy to use. I mean, yes, of course, if you want the best looking online store, you will need to get your hands dirty with many things such as custom coding, small details of each page, custom plugins and whatnot and all of that takes a lot of time.
But, if you need a simple and clean-looking online store, Shopify will do the job with ease. Their customer support is reliable and will help you out with any issues you run into and Shopify is quite popular due to the fact that it is good at what it sells on, meaning there are a big audience and community surrounding Shopify.
Say you run into some trouble while setting up your online store, you can either go directly to the official customer support of Shopify or perhaps you could go and search for similar problems within the community or even pose a question yourself and you will be guaranteed to get an answer back in short time.
Considering all of this and relatively low prices, Shopify is a really good solution for online stores. If you decide to go with Shopify, it will allow you to create pretty much any type of an online store as it as various pre-built templates which you can edit as you like so really, it is just up to you and your choice of what you want to build.
In the end, Shopify will be able to realize 99% of your online store ideas, but if you’re unsure it can’t do something you have in mind, stick around for another CMS which is the leader in eCommerce platforms.
It is quite odd to see an online CMS platform which is free, but at the same time really good and popular. PrestaShop, when compared to Shopify is in the same features-range, except one thing.
PrestaShop is completely free, like, no charges at all to use all of its features. Or is it?
In general, it is a really well made CMS platform for online stores and shops which, according to multiple sources, primarily Wikipedia, runs about 250,000 stores on the internet which isn’t a small number when you look at it. 250 thousand stores online ran by one platform is quite impressive. As with most online services and platforms, it supports various languages and counts about 60 in its inventory so if you decide not to run your website in English, you can pick from 59 other languages.
As with most online services and platforms, it supports various languages and counts about 60 in its inventory so if you decide not to run your website in English, you can pick from 59 other languages.
When compared to Shopify, they’re quite identical when it comes to features they offer, so there isn’t much to be said in all honesty, but one crucial thing differs them, other than the name of course, and that’s the fact that it earns revenue through add-ons and plugins.
What this means is that there are no plans and packages you pay for monthly to have access to the platform, but you instead, according to your needs purchase various plugins and add-ons from their store and they that’s how they gain their revenue. So other than that, it’s literally free.
Us as online business people usually get the ‘suspicious eye’ look when we see something that’s free and good. There’s a saying if something is too good to be true, then it’s not true. We can kind of relate this to this CMS platform as it lacks in some areas, but then again, it is completely free, right?
In conclusion, it comes down to personal preference and the way you want to handle your fees towards your CMS platform. Whether you’re comfortable with paying a monthly fee according to your package for Shopify, or you’re fine with paying for plugins & add-ons, you decide which one to pick.
They’re both similar in what they offer, both have large communities and all-around, they’re great platforms to run your online stores on.
However, if this still doesn’t suit your needs, make sure you read through the rest of the list because there’s one more ace which excels in things previous ones didn’t when it comes to E-commerce.
After Wix, we have Typo3 when it’s about hosting and creating content for online websites which are not online stores. Typo3 is a generally complex CMS platform. It’s really good at modularity and extensions and that was primarily the reason it was created for, but if you’re not so much experienced with coding, manually installations and similar things, you will run into issues when using Typo3.
Sadly, Typo3 isn’t as easy to use as most CMS platforms, but it does resolve an issue others have. It is extremely modular and customizable. If you know what you’re doing, you will be able to do anything you want with Typo3, ranging from custom plugins and extensions all the way to custom made responsiveness and custom pages.
If you manage to get your head around the basic coding necessary for Typo3, you will technically be able to create any type of a website you seek to have. It may not excel at online shops, but that wasn’t its goal in the first place.
Due to the fact that you’re able to create a variety of website types, as the complexity and amount of pages go up, Typo3 might get heavy on server use and its resources. You have to consider the fact that it allows you to custom code everything from scratch and use it and that directly reflects how good it will use the resources of the hosting you’re using.
It is completely open-source and you are free to mess with the code as you like, but to do that, you need to have pretty good knowledge about coding and programming, and if you do, well, the only limit is your imagination as you can create a vast variety of websites with this platform.
All in all, if you have some experience in coding and programming and you’re aiming to have a very high-quality website that won’t be an online store, Typo3 is an excellent choice as it’s open source, modular, documented and extensive.
If you remember right, I’ve already mentioned Radiant in the previous article as an introduction into CMS platforms. The reason I mentioned it is due to the fact that it’s a very popular solution when it comes to online content and as you can see, it is on the top 10 list.
Personally, I think it’s an all-around great solution for online content. It has a very sleek interface which is really nice and easy to use, somewhat similar to Joomla, but less complicated and you can actually see what you’re doing when using Radiant. In its core, Radiant is very simple and well made.
It’s not heavy on your server resources due to its simplicity and depending on how many pages you are going to host with it, the latency will be very, very low.
Other than the fact that it is very simple to use, it is actually very powerful. You can do many things with this platform, such as managing very complex websites even though it wasn’t specifically made for that.
Very interesting thing is that it is built using Ruby on Rails, a quite modern framework which more and more programmers use. In my opinion, it is a great choice as it brings in the variety to all the other CMS platforms as most of them use PHP for their back-end operations and we all know what a mess PHP can be if not done right.
Ruby tends to stay somewhat simple and that is a positive thing as the whole Radiant platform is under the MIT license, meaning you can edit any part of the code it is running.
Similar to the previous CMS, Typo3, this allows you do have any type of a website if you’re skilled enough to pull it off. Meaning, you need plenty of coding experience and whatnot, but in a nutshell, it is a great CMS for hosting moderately large websites.
Another very useful thing in my experience is the documentation of this platform. If you’re stuck with some problem or anything similar, the descriptive and detailed documentation they have on their website is really well organized which can help you in solving your issues or perhaps give you insight into features you want to use.
In conclusion, it is a very good CMS platform if you don’t want to mess around too much with complex stuff. Relatively straightforward and easy to use, but you won’t be hosting any huge websites with this one, sadly.
Now that we’re in the TOP 5, things start to get exciting. This is the CMS platform I’ve been waiting to tell you about since ever we started this article. By my experience, it is the best solution to managing your online stores and shop. Why? The answer is very simple.
It has everything. Under everything, I mean everything you need for managing and hosting your online store. It doesn’t matter if your store will have ten products or ten thousand, Magento can handle that stuff with ease.
Not only is this the most advanced solution for online stores, but it is free to use! This means you can make your online store with a free CMS platform. But, what’s so special about that? A lot of other platforms are free, too!
Yes, while that is true, but are other platforms as popular as Magento? Are they as developed as Magento? Magento runs about 20% of online stores on the internet. I mean come on, that definitely is not a small number. This has to mean that it’s good, right?
You’re not wrong. It is by far the best solution for managing your online shops and stores, no matter their size. It does target larger companies that plan to have large online shops, but that doesn’t prevent you from having a small one yourself, it’s just the fact that it’s targeted for huge shops.
If it can manage plenty of products and content, it will have no problem handling way less content if that’s what you want. Due to the fact that it’s so popular, it has many plans and pricing packages available, but there’s a catch.
Since it’s target audience is large companies, that means the costs of these packages won’t be small. We’re counting in thousands here since it primarily targets large companies like I said before. This makes it a really difficult choice for you if you need a really good platform for managing your online store and you plan to have thousands of products on it. But if you’re having thousands of products at your store, that usually means you’re an already well-established company with a modest income revenue. it would usually mean you will be able to pay for the costs of Magento services, but if that’s not the case, you might have to rely on other CMS platforms for your online store.
But if you’re having thousands of products at your store, that usually means you’re an already well-established company with a modest income revenue. It would usually mean you will be able to pay for the costs of Magento services, but if that’s not the case, you might have to rely on other CMS platforms for your online store.
But hang on, that’s not all! Don’t look down the list just yet, because not all might be lost when it comes to Magento and its pricing! Magento actually has a free package titled Community Edition and, basically, it is free of any cost. Sure there are limitations such as fewer features and all, but it’s free and it comes from one of the best CMS platform providers out there. If you really want to use Magento and you cannot afford the huge costs for the premium packages, you are able to use the free version which offers quite a lot of features, but not as many as the premium packages, as it’s usually the case.
Sure there are limitations such as fewer features and all, but it’s free and it comes from one of the best CMS platform providers out there. If you really want to use Magento and you cannot afford the huge costs for the premium packages, you are able to use the free version which offers quite a lot of features, but not as many as the premium packages, as it’s usually the case.
The free edition offers a lot of useful things, such as SEO optimization, pre-built themes, API integrations, various extensions, open source access and a few more things, but what it offers is very similar to what other free CMS offer too, so it’s all somewhat leveled out. To get the best out of Magento and the best solution to your online store idea, you will have to get over the fees and cash out, but there’s no doubt. You will get the best service for what your online store if you roll with Magento.
To get the best out of Magento and the best solution to your online store idea, you will have to get over the fees and cash out, but there’s no doubt. You will get the best service for what your online store if you roll with Magento.
To round it up, Magento is the best solution out there for your E-commerce needs, but it comes at a price. You either take the free version with fewer features(still comes with a lot of them though!) or you pay up a rather large sum and get the best platform for online shops there is.
Yet another free CMS platform and you’d be surprised that it’s completely free. It’s usually the paid services get up this high on the list, but here it is!
In all honesty, the top 5 platforms have little difference between each other-other than the branch of websites they’re used for, so you might not see those differences right now. It mostly comes down to personal preference, but there are some differences in the small things. Silverstripe as a whole isn’t much different than the other leading solutions for online content management, but the key factor is that it is completely free and it offers a lot.
When I say a lot, I mean it. They even have their own framework you can use for free to build whatever comes to your mind with it. As with most other platforms, it comes with a WYSIWYG website editor for ease of editing and quick updates to your website.
The installation is relatively simple and straightforward, similar to most of the other platforms and it basically is ready to use straight out of the box. Generally speaking, Silverstripe is a relatively new project and what this means is that there won’t be as much documentation online as there is with other popular alternatives, but since it gain a lot of traction and popularity in such short time frame, it has to mean it’s good and probably easy to use.
The best part about it is the ability to customize everything you want. It is open sourced and you can manipulate it as you want and to unlock its full power and ability, you will have to get into the code, edit it as you deem necessary, add some of yours and perhaps make it even better than it is now. The possibilities are quite endless due to the open-source code.
The only setback is the previously mentioned age. It’s relatively new, so if you run into some issues, you might not get a lot of support for it, meaning you will have to troubleshoot it on your own and to do that, you need to be a moderately good programmer. It might take some time getting used to, but if you plan on not having any custom adjustments to the code itself, even a beginner could use
It might take some time getting used to, but if you plan on not having any custom adjustments to the code itself, even a beginner could use Silverstripe for their daily blog website, or some sort of a landing page or anything similar for that matter.
Wrapping it up, whether you’re a programmer or not, SIlverstripe is a really good choice when it comes to online content management. You’ll have more power if you have the knowledge of programming, a bit less if you don’t, but you will in most cases be able to get by with it.
Top 3. Quite a journey till here and if you’re still reading, thank you. Really. It means you’re genuinely interested in these things and I hope I am of some help to you when it comes to your business.
Anyway, Drupal. That name is quite ubiquitous nowadays. It has gained its popularity due to the fact that it is open-source, it’s free and it’s amazingly good. In simpler words, you can build anything you want with Drupal. It relies quite a lot on its modularity and gives you the ability to customize many things. You pick something, you figure out how to modify it and edit it, you customize it and it works.
Due to the fact that it is open-source, that brings us to a conclusion. If you’re a programmer, better yet, an experienced programmer, you could modify Drupal’s code as you want and virtually create and manage any type of a website you want.
While it’s not aimed at E-commerce and while it shouldn’t be your primary choice for creating one if you want to try it, it is doable. I’m just saying if you want an online store, there are better options, but this just shows us how powerful and good Drupal is, especially if you are experienced in this area of interest.
At first, it seems quite easy to use and that may be true, but in personal experience, it might be a bit too much, or should I say, it may be an overkill of a choice for a simple website. If you’re going to manage a relatively simple blog with Drupal, maybe you should’ve chosen something that’s more lightweight and easier to adapt to.
As previously stated, Drupal is open-source and that might hinder some easy features hard to use, especially if you’re a beginner, but if you don’t mind learning, you can do many things with Drupal in time.
Now, it’s not all great in the world of programming and coding. Drupal has its drawbacks and it is up to you to decide if they will cause too big of an impact on your project. If your website is going to be huge, there will be some issues as Drupal will usually in such cases, put a lot of strain and load on the resources of the server, meaning it’s not the most efficient solution out there.
WordPress is better at this, but perhaps Drupal has something WordPress doesn’t, so it’s up to you to weigh out the differences and drawbacks and make the final call on what to use.
It is a great choice for a company team though. If you have a company of your own, you could hire a front-end developer, a back-end developer and some positions in between, say a team of about four people could easily adapt to Drupal and set up an amazing looking website of any sort in quite short time. So yeah, in a nutshell, it might be kind of hard to wrap your head around everything Drupal can do at
So yeah, in a nutshell, it might be kind of hard to wrap your head around everything Drupal can do at the start, but as it comes with most things, if you dedicate some time to it, you can master it with ease and do many things.
Joomla proudly takes it second place on this list with many attributes and features it brings to the table. If you ever gain access to a website which is run on Joomla, at first it’s going to look messy and incomprehensible, but if you research just a little, you will figure out that Joomla is actually quite easy to use. To start off, it is open source, meaning, like I said with previous platforms, if you’re a programmer, you will be able to edit the code to your needs and liking and do whatever you want with it.
To start off, it is open source, meaning, like I said with previous platforms, if you’re a programmer, you will be able to edit the code to your needs and liking and do whatever you want with it.
The primary reason it’s this high on the list is that it is insanely popular. It runs a huge amount of websites on the internet and while it cannot directly compare to WordPress insole numbers, it’s still impressive. Other than that, it’s quite easy to set up and you can use it almost instantly at the start. There are a few things to set up, but that’s the usual stuff that you have to do with every other platform.
It has vast support for plugins and its customizability and appearance relies quite heavily on plugins such as image sliders, text sliders, and many others. While this may seem counter-intuitive, hassling you to get additional things alongside Joomla, it’s actually good in my opinion, since it allows you to easily moderate each chunk of the plugins and add-ons. You will be able to categorize them with ease and no hassle whatsoever. You might get an idea that it looks out-dated with its layout, but it’s like that on purpose. Simple and efficient. You just have to pay attention and read what’s in front of you when you have Joomla control panel open up. I’ve had first-hand experience with it many times and it’s a solid solution for any type of a website you want to host.
You will be able to categorize them with ease and no hassle whatsoever. You might get an idea that it looks out-dated with its layout, but it’s like that on purpose. Simple and efficient. You just have to pay attention and read what’s in front of you when you have Joomla control panel open up. I’ve had first-hand experience with it many times and it’s a solid solution for any type of a website you want to host.
I’ve had first-hand experience with it many times and it’s a solid solution for any type of a website you want to host.
I’m just saying, if you’re a complete beginner, it might be slightly hard to use it at the start since it just looks complicated, in all honesty, but if you decide to go with it, in short time, you’ll see that it’s quite easy to use.
Aside from all of the ‘usage stuff’, it’s really good at letting you design your websites. Most CMS platforms are as well, but Joomla straight on gives you full access and you can do whatever you want with each segment of the website you’re making. You can easily make navigation bars, URLs, plugins and many other things.
It provides constant updates as it is still being developed by many developers and all-in-all, it is a great platform to run your website on, no matter the size of the website. It will be able to handle it, even with its drawbacks, such as big resource use of the servers, decent efficiency, and some compatibility, but if you can get past that, there is no doubt that you will be able to host your website with Joomla.
Well, this is it. There is no doubt, WordPress still holds the first place in being the best CMS solution. Hands down, it is. Personally, I’ve used WordPress on countless occasions for both some simple websites and complex ones.
It can do everything. I mean, it can literally do everything when it comes to websites. It’s got great security, so no worry about downtime. It is very popular for its modular design. The way you create websites is through themes which can be paid and free, depending on what you’re looking for. It’s usually the paid ones which are better, but that’s up to you when you get to choose.
Honestly, there isn’t much to be said about WordPress because it’s used by so many websites nowadays it would be kind of odd not to use it in eyes of many developers and coders and while it may have a few drawbacks on its own, the positive things outweigh the drawbacks by a huge margin.
If you decide to create a website, you will without problems be able to create it using WordPress as your CMS platform, but there will be some side costs. You will need to pay for hosting if you decide to go for the paid type.
Then you will most likely need to get a premium theme which also costs somewhere between $30 to $60 and after that, you might also have to cash out a little bit of money on some plugins, but in general, since WordPress is so big and popular, the things you pay for are quality-made.
The various themes and plugins you can purchase are made by both people from WordPress and people not working for WordPress, so you have to very careful when purchasing things as you can buy something that is not working as intended.
It offers you an intuitive way of editing your pages and websites, through many plugins you can extend and even make the editing easier and faster through various live editors such as Divi 3.0, but it’s just personal preference. I mean, there are so many things you can do with WordPress, it’s kind of impossible to name them all. There are so many extensions and themes, there’s one for everything you can think of.
Whether it’s an online shop, a simple blog website, a landing page, a promotional page for an event, or any type of a website there can exist, WordPress can pull it off, but you also have to be able to pull it off. It’s open-source, you can edit whatever you want, but you need to know some things to do that. I mean, you just do. It is really well made, even for beginners, actually, especially for beginners.
If you’re a beginner in the online content management, WordPress is the way to go, it doesn’t have a very steep learning curve, but if you want advanced stuff right off the start, it might get troubling, but as with everything, dedicate some time and research, and you can do it with WordPress.
As the final wrap-up and conclusion, in all honesty, it all comes down to personal preference. There are quite a few other CMS platforms which are popular and I haven’t mentioned them, but I feel these are the best ones on this list. You’ve got ExpressionEngine, Moodle, SquareSpace, Blogger, MotoCMS and many others, and the ones I have mentioned just now, feel free to check them out as some of them are still quite good in their area of service.
I’m sure some of you won’t fully agree with this list I’ve made, maybe I missed some good solutions to online content management, and if I did, please do notify me as I enjoy learning as much as you do.
When trying to gather up the top 10 CMS and listing them all, once you start picking, you’ll still be stuck a little, because you just can’t compare an E-commerce only CMS platform with a platform that isn’t made for eCommerce. Obviously, the one which was made specifically for eCommerce will excel at managing online stores and shops, but it will probably be not so good at other stuff the other platform is good at.
I’m just hoping that I gave you at least some insight into the currently TOP 10 CMS platforms as per my opinion. There is no magical hand that will guide you through everything on your path to get your website set up, but there are guides and some tips & tricks to help you around, but in a nutshell, you are the one who makes the decision depending on your preference and needs.
This article is here too, like I said, provide as much insight from an unbiased standpoint into this topic and if you have any questions related to this whatsoever, just contact me and I’ll help you out as soon as possible.
Once again, thank you for reading this huge article and I hope it was at least of some help to you.
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