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Content Management Systems (CMS): 5 on 5

Posted on 7.29.2007

eZ publish is an enterprise level content management system and development framework (CMF) that features some of the most impressive depth of functionality on the market today. The eZ Publish CMF consists of flexible engines for customization and extensions, and is supported by an broad group of expert partners. Both the CMS and CMF are freely distributed and can be downloaded for free from the website. eZ publish is dual licensed, meaning you can choose between an open source or professional license but support licenses are extra.

Joomla! is one of the most powerful (and popular) open source CMS solutions available and can be used for simple websites as much as for complex corporate presence online. Joomla! is easy to install, simple to manage and reliable. Many of the featured extensions have been developed by its developer community which does help build out the functionality of the system. There have been some security issues in the past with the platform, but the latest release is considered to be much more stable.

WebGUI is a content management platform built to allow aspiring Web business users without much technical prowess to develop and maintain impressive looking websites without much IT intervention. Modular, pluggable and platform independent, WebGUI has become a popular Web authoring tool utilized by many serious content producers.

Mambo is one of the best open source CMS available today. Once installed, the system includes a variety of templates to choose from and has impressive core functionality, with many free add-on applications (classifieds, events calendar) available. Content can be added, edited and manipulated without having to be familiar with programming – just enter content via a WYSIWYG editor and publish. The system is robust, proven (over 5 years as open source) and backed by a large community of users and professional developers.

Hot Banana is a leading commercial content management software used by more than 200 companies worldwide. The software suite is designed to help large scale Web enterprises with content creation and publishing. The uniqueness of the platform however is its Active Marketing Solution, which offers functionality to increase Web traffic, acquire sales leads and convert prospects into customers. HotBanana is one of the more stable and secure content management platforms reviewed.

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