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10 Best and Most Popular CMS Platforms in 2023

CMS Platforms

What are CMS platforms?

A content management system (CMS) is a platform that allows users to create, modify, publish, and save digital material. Content management systems allow users to manage a website’s content easily and without having any technical knowledge.

In 2022, the digital world is ruling. Online businesses, brands, and websites are prospering. The first step in making your brand a success is to develop compelling content for your website. For that purpose, a content management system (CMS) is used.

A content management system is the most important aspect of your website that provides a number of advantages, all of which are game-changers. Content management systems combine all of your web content into one specific area and helps to create dynamic websites.

Following are the top 10 CMS platforms that are being used in 2023

Cloud CMS

Cloud CMS is a ready-made system that can be used without the need to download any gear or software. Users can securely manage web material in the cloud and have it readily available on a variety of devices.  During the early 2000s (and still in many cases) an on-premise CMS required that you:

  • Download a version of the software

  • Unpack and install the software on your local server, or the server at a web host

  • Manually update and maintain your software

  • Secure your own server and data, or hire an expert to do it for you

Cloud CMS saves the end user time and labor by centralising the CMS in the cloud (often through cloud computing services such as Amazon AWS, Google Cloud, or Microsoft Azure). The end user can take advantage of the architecture provided by these cloud services, while the CMS vendor handles deployment, hosting, security, updates, and maintenance. By eliminating the need for a dedicated IT team as the company grows, the end user can save both time and money.

CMS Hub

You can create websites using CMS Hub that are robust, secure, and search engine friendly. CMS hub allows easy creation and personalisation of website pages, which are optimised for conversion across every device. You can build your website by hand-coding every element or by choosing from a library of themes and templates in CMS Hub.

CMS Hub offers speed, security, and stability. However, if you needed to custom develop your site, you would need to learn HubL, HubSpot’s custom coding language.

WordPress

WordPress is an open-source content management system (CMS). WordPress is a PHP-based MySQL database-driven CMS platform. WordPress is perhaps the simplest and most effective blogging and website builder available today. While initially associated with personal blogs, it is now used for a wide range of websites, including professional publications and e-commerce sites.

Around one-third of websites around the globe are powered by WordPress since its launch in 2003. Over 50,000 plugins have been developed by its developer community to enhance the WordPress functionality.

CMS Joomla

The Joomla open-source CMS is currently used by more than 2% of websites. The core software of Joomla already includes many powerful features, such as its multilingual capabilities. Joomla is an open-source CMS. It has as grown over the years and received several awards. Developed on a model–view–controller framework, Joomla lets you develop powerful online applications independently from a CMS.

With its global community of developers and volunteers, Joomla is one of the most popular website software. This is because it is user friendly, extensible, multilingual, accessible, responsive, and search engine optimised.

Magneto

Magneto is one of the top eCommerce platforms available in a CMS. To maximize all types of eCommerce sites, Magento places a strong emphasis on security, SEO, and customisation. An emerging e-commerce script, Magento is an open source CMS based on MySQL and Zend PHP. It allows store owners to customise the look, content, and functionality of their ecommerce stores. Magento CMS features a beautifully designed admin interface, robust catalog management, and marketing tools. Furthermore, it facilitates great search engine optimisation and offers the ability to customise the site according to the needs of the business.

Concrete5

The Concrete5 CMS uses a WYSIWYG editor, which lets you see what you’re editing. By doing this, you can see the final result when editing a post or page, which is incredibly valuable for beginners.

Platforms such as this one are very flexible and can be used to build a wide variety of websites, including blogs and eCommerce stores through a wide variety of free and premium add-ons called modules. Concrete5 is made for users with no prior technical training. Drag-and-drop content blocks are available, which streamline content administration and modification.

Webflow

Using Webflow, you can build, host, and design a website without programming knowledge. It is a SaaS platform that, according to the company, has 3.5 million users. Dell, HelloSign, and Hologram are among the enterprise-level companies using Webflow.

To create a website on Webflow you can use ‘templates’, which will allow you to transform the visual style of your website. A power user with programming knowledge can create any website with Webflow’s HTML, CSS, and Javascript features.

Contentful

Contentful is a headless CMS. In Contentful, content is not linked to a specific web page, instead, Contentful presents content as data using an API. Contentful has a three-step process. First of all, you define a content model which is independent from any presentation layer that defines what kind of content you want to manage. In a second step, you and other internal or external editors can manage all of the content in Contentful’s easy-to-use and interactive editing interface. Last but not least, Contentful serves the content in a presentation-independent way, and you can take the content and create engaging experiences around it. Contentful is therefore completely adapted to your needs.

Umbraco

Umbraco is one of the best open-source, user-friendly CMS competitors to WordPress and is built on Microsoft. NET platform. This popular CMS was invented by Niels Hartvi in 2000 and launched in 2004. Since 2009, Umbraco has become one of the leading .Net based open-source CMSs. Moreover, it has been the most admired top five download via the Microsoft Web Platform Installer. Using the Umbraco CMS, you can eliminate the entire hurdle that can hinder your creativity.

Sitecore

You can design and deploy customized websites, emails, social media posts, and mobile experiences using Sitecore, an enterprise-level headless CMS.
Sitecore was one of the earliest content management systems available in 2001 and remains a legacy CMS for many large enterprises. Sitecore offers various levels of functionality for creating compelling digital content, but because it is proprietary, it comes at a price – namely, high licensing fees.

At the enterprise level, Sitecore remains popular for content management because of its capabilities for deeper personalization and customization. In spite of this, some users may not find it as straightforward as they would like to unlock Sitecore’s functionality.

 

Final thoughts

In general, all of the above CMS platforms are worth considering. Some of these CMS platforms may have fewer community support options, meaning you may have to spend a little more for your development needs. In contrast, some of the above platforms may provide guaranteed customer support.

In terms of eCommerce CMS platforms, WordPress with WooCommerce is perhaps the most popular CMS as it powers about 40% of all websites. Most online store owners will find WordPress to be the most suitable platform. However, Webflow is also very popular and is used by over 3,500,000 designers and teams to collaborate, build, and scale stunning websites without coding knowledge.

Our team at WDA is capable of building your website using any of these CMS platforms. If you would like to discuss your project with us, please contact us.

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