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Selecting the Best CMS Platform Based on Goals, Expertise and Budget


Web programming and design has experienced quite an evolution this decade, with the Content Management System (CMS) growing in popularity. In recent years, developers have come together to build a flourishing community that offers a host of open-source solutions.

The largest CMS platforms within this free, open-source community are Joomla, Drupal and WordPress. Each offers room for customization and varied coding structure, so how should a developer go about deciding which one is the best for a given project?

The goals and budget for each particular project should drive the selection of a CMS platform. Additionally, the expertise of the developers involved in the project should be taken into consideration.

Given your resource constraints, what platform is the best for a project with a very limited budget with goals of integrating the latest social plug-ins? Conversely, if your project has assigned a team of proficient developers, which CMS platform might be the best for developing a complex, robust website?

For insight into those questions we have prepared a complete rundown and side-by-side comparison of each CMS platform based on various attributes including ease of use, features and best use cases; visit the Rackspace Knowledge Center to read our CMS Comparison: Drupal, Joomla and WordPress.

About the Author

This is a post written and contributed by Ashleigh Davis.

Ashleigh Davis joined Rackspace in 2011 as a Marketing Analyst for the Online Marketing team at Rackspace. She handles marketing automation strategies and nurture efforts, constantly pushing the envelope to test new methods of marketing and communication. Prior to joining Rackspace, Ashleigh had acquired more than seven years of successfully managing online marketing campaigns.

Ashleigh has an MBA in Project Management from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations from the University of Texas at Austin.

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