Ranking the Open Source Content Management Systems

By Deane Barker on July 2, 2007

Tossing this out for discussion and/or flaming —

In what order are the top open-source content management systems, from biggest to smallest?

Yes, it’s vague. By “biggest,” I mean a back-of-the-napkin estimation of factors like number of installs, number of developers, size of community, magnitude of momentum, strength of buzz, number of rabid fanboys, etc.

Here’s my list:

  1. Drupal
  2. Joomla!
  3. Zope/Plone (I still can’t figure out where one stops and the other starts — can’t you manage content with just Zope?)
  4. eZ publish
  5. TYPO3

By “content management system” I specifically excluded WordPress. Sue me.

And nope, no Mambo. How strong is that since the mass exodus to Joomla?

How’d I do? What did I miss? Feel free to re-order.

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  1. I dont think I could have listed them any better. Im primarily a Drupal designer. Currently I am a Project Manager working for a web development and online marketing company that has their own Cold Fusion based CMS which is very powerful called WebDirect by SourceOne Network. When it comes down to creating a business website a company needs to determine whether it would be less expensive implementing a CMS themselves or hiring an outside web design firm. Either way its is amazing how quickly the CMS landscape is developing.

  2. Okay, I know you’ve probably already done something similar, and I should do a quick search, but I’m in a rush…

    How about ranking these by your opinion of which is better? Loaded question, I know, since different CMS’s do different things well, I’m discovering.

    Nevertheless, I wasn’t really looking at the last three, and so thanks for the tip. I’ll have to check them out, because the number of users is important as well.

  3. ezPublish is new to me, but I’d certainly move Zope to #5, and Typo3 to #2 after Joomla as #1. My personal list would have T3 as #1, but the learning curve is much steeper than Joomla.

  4. How about ranking these by your opinion of which is better?

    I haven’t used them all enough to rank them. I’ve used eZ quite a bit obviously, and I think it’s fantastic. As for the other four, I have actually only attempted to build a Web site with Drupal. I’ve installed the other three, but never done much beyond screwing with them.

  5. Well, thanks. I’m hankering to give eZ a try, but I think I’ve invested so much time now in Joomla! that it’s probably time to settle in and get some real work done on the sites. Also, eZ seems like it might be a little more complex, and complexity isn’t really what I’m looking for in a site, at this point.

    Of course, if they’re successful and outgrow Joomla!, I might regret that at some point.

  6. Yes Drupal ranks as top CMS. But joomla is realy slow and boaty. Their coding uses a lot on the server. Another very good CMS is e107 check it out. I have decided to remove joola from list of top CMS because of the sluggy speed performance.

  7. cmsmatrix.org is the worst website ever. i couldn’t get the data into excel with web queries and VBA because of the way the site is setup and the site is completely useful with its horrid compare functionality. what a wonderful site it would be if one could actually get at the data!

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