Content Management Systems Matrix

Increasingly, global companies are choosing an Open Source web CMS (Content Management System) – mainly due to independence from a single provider as well as lack of license fees. However, significant differences can be found when comparing the approximately 250 available CMS regarding approach (social- or end-to-end publishing), structure and number of features.


The selection of Open Source CMS platforms available is enormous. Each CMS solution has individual advantages, depending on its primary purpose: From social collaboration and Blog systems to a framework for use as a Web CMS with unlimited scalability. In addition to the current status of development, the history of each system as well as the agility of the respective developer community plays an important role in which solution is chosen, as these factors are decisive in determining the potential of each CMS.

Content Management Systems that are aligned with the principle of community publishing. This approach to content management is also known as Web 2.0 and is characterized by user-generated content. This means that content is not published from the top (company) down (user), but that the users of a website publish their own content.

Though it is currently extremely popular, so-called social publishing is only a small part of worldwide Web content. Drupal is the leading Open Source Web CMS in this category.

Content Management Systems, which feature a traditional approval workflow are also described as end-to-end publishing solutions. Selected employees can execute predefined editorial tasks according to an existing access rights concept and, depending on assigned rights, publish directly or request approval to publish. This gives an editor-in-chief or editor the opportunity to check new or changed content.

The bellwether Open Source CMS in this category is TYPO3.

Proprietary vs. Open Source CMS

Every CMS solution has different advantages, depending on its primary use: From Web 2.0 social collaboration to weblog systems (blogs) to frameworks with unlimited scalability that are used as Web CMS. In addition to the current state of development, choosing the appropriate solution depends on the history of each system as well as the agility of the respective Open Source developer's community – after all, these factors have a major influence on the potential of each CMS.

Vendors offering proprietary content management systems often set fixed life cycles for their Web CMS solutions. They also determine functionalities, virtually exclude extensions and use a systems architecture or software standards that are only partially compatible (vendor lock-in).

But it is exactly the already integrated functionality, the scalability of the entire solution and the possibilities for extensions that are the key criteria in selecting the appropriate solution for use in a business-critical environment.

In addition, there are numerous special requirements such as blogging, news portals, club websites, portals, etc., which can be best met by specific systems. AOE can help you navigate through the jungle of Open Source Content Management Systems and will recommend the most appropriate solution for your project.

Learn about the differences between TYPO3 and other Web CMS on the following pages – both proprietary and Open Source.

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