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PHP based content manage systems, also known as "CMS" are Open source, which means their code is free to use and share with far less restrictions than other non-open source systems.  Content management systems (CMS) are currently very popular, and are used to run websites of all shapes and sizes, such as; blogs, online stores, social networks, service business websites and almost any other kind of website you can imagine. But which content management system is the best? The content management systems compared in this article are very easy to install and configuration, especially with WordPress, is extremely simple, far simpler than if you had to use a normal website, without a content management system.  A well built CMS avoids the need for hand coding.There are many popular PHP CMSs available, such as; WordPress, Drupal, Joomla and Typo3. In this article I have a comparison of the top PHP Content management systems (CMS). This comparison is based on Google search trends which helps you to choose best PHP CMS to run your website or personal blog.

Comparison Chart Drupal vs Joomla vs WordPress vs Typo3


WordPress Content Management System

No doubt, WordPress is the most popular and used content management platform from PHP. It's widely used by Over 60 million people all over world for websites and blogs.  WordPress used to be mainly for blogging, but in the last few years it has become the main CMS for all types of websites, in all industries worldwide.

WordPress Content Management System

Pros:

  • WordPress is free, just like all the CMSs on this list
  • Very easy to install, usually one click install in most web hosting environments
  • Great for blogging, as this is what it was designed for
  • Great community, with thousands of plugins, themes and tutorials online

Cons:

  • Can be slow, if not correctly configured and if it has a lot of content with no CDN
  • Not quite as powerful for larger applications, might want to use Drupal or Joomla! for very complex sites, such as an online store or Social Network

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Drupal CMS

Drupal is most popular with PHP web developers, because it has a higher learning curve than the others on this list. Drupal is an open source content management platform powering millions of websites and applications worldwide. It’s built, used, and supported by an active and diverse community of people around the world. you can use Drupal to build everything from personal blogs to enterprise applications, which makes it the most powerful CMS on this list. There are thousands of add-on modules and designs, which let you build any site you can imagine.

Drupal Content Management System

Pros:

  • It's Free, just like all the CMSs on this list
  • Very easy to install, usually one click install in most web hosting environments
  • Great for all types of websites, but it shines for the very complex ones.  Drupal seems to be aiming at developers, rather than designers as it has a higher learning curve and requires some development skills
  • Great community, with thousands of plugins, themes and tutorials online

Cons:

  • Not for the non-programmer, this CMS has a learning curve, make sure you know your PHP/mySQL before you plan on building a large site with it.

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Joomla!

One of my personal favorites is Joomla!.  Joomla! is also a very popular PHP based CMS. It's an award-winning content management system (CMS), which enables you to build websites and powerful online applications. It has thousands of extensions and designs which speed up development.  I recommend Joomla! if you are building a small to medium sized website, social network or online store.

Joomla! Content Management System

Pros:

  • It's Free, just like all the CMSs on this list
  • Very easy to install, usually one click install in most web hosting environments
  • Great for blogging, but not as good as WordPress
  • Perfect for an online store or social network website
  • Great community, with thousands of plugins, themes and tutorials online

Cons:

  • Can be slow, if not correctly configured carefully
  • Not quite as powerful for larger applications, might want to use Drupal for very complex sites, such as an highly complex company website.

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TYPO3

TYPO3 is a free, open-source CMS that uses the GNU license. TYPO3 is fast, sophisticated, extensible and customizable. It also provides a great deal of interoperability between its platform-distinct versions. Currently, TYPO3 supports Apache or IIS running on Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, FreeBSD and OS/2.

Typo3 CMS

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