There are several different types of content management systems, some of which cater to web content managers, writers, and/or designers. However, there are a few select content management systems that are meant to simplify the work, and the lives, of web designers. Although only four content management systems will be discussed in this article, there are several others that can be used to produce similar results. Before continuing, it is important to note that Wordpress is currently the most popular and highly used web content management system on the market today for users of all levels, including those who have no previous knowledge of programming. Thus, for the purpose of this article, the top four content management systems for web designers (in specific) will be described.
The content management system known as Concrete5 is free and considered "open source," which means it can be used to freely add, modify, and/or edit content that is published on the World Wide Web. This program was originally designed with ease and simplicity in mind. In particular, it was developed for individuals who have very few technical skills and knowledge of publishing content online. One of the main features of this content management system is that it allows users to input web content directly on the page and use a drag-n-drop layout for editing.
Developed by EllisLab, ExpressionEngine is considered a modular content management system, which means that the software employs modules at the basis of its design. One of the highlights of using this content management system is that it requires you to have no prior knowledge of programming and using programming language, such as HTML. Instead, this content management system uses its own syntax and templates for programming. Other features of choosing this software is that you can take advantage of many add-on capabilities, such as wikis, RSS feeds, and photo galleries.
Although Textpattern is considered a weblogging tool, it is meant to be used as a content management system because it is suitable for several different types of contexts. The main benefit of using Textpattern is that it is flexible and easy to use. In specific, this content management system uses a text-to-HTML converter that allows you to publish content without having to learn this programming language. Not to mention, Textpattern is free to use and considered "open source."
Similar to the others mentioned in this list, Joomla is an open source content management system that is also free to use. It is meant to simplify the process of publishing content online. Using this software, you can build websites from scratch and develop various types of online applications. As one of the most popular content management systems on the market today, Joomla is only second to WordPress. In fact, this content management system has been downloaded over 50 million times as of 2014.