Choosing the Perfect CMS for Your Business [Infographic]

These days, we’re all trying to build websites quickly and easily, and developers are turning to open-source content management systems (CMS) to help them get the job done.

Multiple content management systems are floating around the web, and finding the right one has become extremely challenging. Without a clearly defined set of requirements, you might be tempted by fancy but ultimately useless functionality. What, then, should you keep in mind when facing the dilemma of choosing the perfect CMS for your business?

What is so important about CMS? Simply put, a CMS makes creating and editing content simple and easy. Developers often forget that this is its main purpose. They cripple themselves (and their customers) by constantly searching for more functionality.

Content doesn’t mean just text. Sometimes your website will require a contact form or user-authentication system. Look for a CMS that provides the required functionality you need without sacrificing ease of use.

This infographic by provides a summary of the fundamentals of content management systems, the industries in which they are used and the various types of CMSs available. It provides details of the date of initial release, the platform used, the latest version, the number of themes each CMS has, average setup and customization cost, average monthly maintenance cost, the number of websites using the CMS, the popular websites that use the platform and the top industries using the CMS.

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  1. Awesome information and design execution, I’ll definitely be spreading the love for this data visualization.

  2. Well, I don’t see how you are answering “How to choose the right CMS for your Business Needs”. The statements are great, but I would have loved some kind of flow telling me: “If you want security, go for this solution”, “If you want simplicity, go for this solution” or maybe some priorities of the best systemt for specific needs, e.g. organisation purpose, portoflios etc.

  3. Not Surprised that SharePoint is not on this list.

  4. +1 on Mathias Madsen’s statement.

    Would’ve liked to see where MODx fitted in the picture, was contemplating that option for my freelance webdesign/dev business.

    As for the rest, great looking infographic!

  5. Hey

    While the information is useful, it falls short on addressing concerns like ease of setting up, upgrades, security (pointed by Mathias Madsen) and how to choose the perfect CMS.

    Nevertheless, pretty cool infographic.


  6. Very nicely done from a visual point of view but I am a bit skeptical about how you arived at some of your data. I can’t speak for the others but I hvae been building DotNetNuke Sites for several years and I find the average setup costs and monthly maintenenance costs in your graphic to be extremely inflated. There is in fact a Community edition of DNN that is absolutely free and comes with MANY core modules (also free) that enable one to set up a website that can include everything you could possibly need in an online portal. Current version is now 7.0 as of November 2012.

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