I have evaluated several CMS systems the last weeks. Ranging from (too) simple to sophisticated and state of the art.
Here are my conclusions on the systems worth a second look (or not!)
- CMSimple CMS too simple?
As the name says: simple. Only to be used for the most simple of sites, with 2 or 3 pages. Requires only PHP. The actual pages of the site are stored in one html file. Slow in usage. Has an awkward way of adding pages, that also automatically turn into a multilevel menu, alphabetically sorted only. Quite buggy. The developer is not very customer-friendly, is more busy with legal threats than development and is fighting with his plugin developers. Contains spyware! To be avoided.
- CMS made simple Just right!
A PHP and MySQL based system. Open source, GPL.
A very good and intuitive system. Easy to start with, good support, nice templates, an enthusiastic community, new features being added, RSS, User management. Recommended!
- Joomla The Rolls Royce of the CMS systems.
A well respected and feature rich system. With this one you can really do large and complex things. PHP and SQL also. Large community, excellent support.
It has a bit of a learning curve, but rewards you with total control. Recommended!