Review of popular content management systems (CMS). Part 1

Review of popular content management systems (CMS).  Part 1

An increasing number of people nowadays acquire Internet resources. Online shopping, portfolio sites, and just personal blogs. But not everyone wants to delve into the essence of site building, learn the basics of layout and programming languages. How to be? Come to the aid of CMS – site management systems. Simple, functional and user-friendly interfaces that allow you to make changes on the site without opening the source code.
But which ones are more convenient and which ones are more functional?

Not so long ago, iTrack provided an independent rating of content management systems, compiled from information about real installations on sites. In total, about a million sites were checked.
The seats were distributed as follows (as of July 2014):

ITrack rating

Let’s consider the most popular systems of this rating.


1. WordPress (WordPress)

Free CMS, last update from 08/05/2014, site
WordPress is very popular in Runet and the CMS world, especially among newbies. Well Russified. Easy to install. The installation process takes less than 5 minutes from start to finish. Filling the site with content does not require any additional knowledge.
It allows you to create sites of various types, but still, when they talk about WordPress, they mean that it is, first of all, a blogging engine. Therefore, if you need to easily and quickly create your blog, or a simple information-type site, then WordPress is a good choice.
The disadvantages of WordPress are typical for popular CMS – the possibility of failures with high traffic and periodic detection of certain vulnerabilities in the script.
Also, WordPress is hardly suitable for a complex site with great functionality, for example, a portal or an online store. just doesn’t have the required modules to do this.

Interesting fact:
About 40 thousand new sites per day are created using WordPress. That is, almost every two seconds a site is born on this CMS.


2. Joomla! (Joomla)

Free CMS, last updated 11.06.2014, website
It is somewhat more difficult to learn than WordPress, but it also has a wider scope of application. It will take some effort to install this CMS. After you understand the structure of Joomla elements, filling the site will become quite an easy process for you.
A huge number of modules have been developed for Joomla, including forums, chats, blogs, online stores. Joomla allows you to create a variety of sites, both simple and complex, it is a fairly universal CMS. There are also a huge number of templates for Joomla.
But there are also disadvantages. Vulnerabilities in the code also occur from time to time, so periodically it is necessary to update the system.

Interesting fact:
Joomla supports 64 different languages.



Paid CMS, last updated 04/16/2014, website
Before installing Bitrix, you may have to think about choosing a hosting. If you plan to place an extensive catalog of goods, ads, etc. on the site, then you will need to choose a special hosting plan (more powerful), only then the system will work normally. But this is the only difficulty during installation.
The most important advantage of Bitrix is ​​its versatility. Developers offer not only batch builds, but also turnkey solutions. During installation, you can select a ready-made website (on one of the standard templates), for example, immediately create a ready-made online store (with a customized shopping cart, order form, delivery and payment methods, with a user’s personal account). Also, a definite plus is high reliability, security, and stable updates. Security updates will always be available to the customer absolutely free of charge.
Content management in this system is significantly different from other CMS. Basically, if you get used to this, then you can easily change the information on the site.
The first disadvantage of Bitrix is ​​its price. Yes, the price is really high, but it is justified by the power of the system – however, to use this power, most likely, you will need a programmer specially trained for Bitrix. Thus, the CMS is suitable either for those who do not mind the money to get a ready-made working template site, or for serious projects (large portals and online stores).

Interesting fact:
The website of the Eldorado company ( is powered by Bitrix.

  DataLife Engine

4. DataLife Engine (DLE)

Paid CMS, last update 01.04.2014, website
The description of the DLE system should start with the fact that it is paid. Many believe that this is its main disadvantage. Like any product, DLE also has a free demo version. But since it is distributed free of charge, it has a number of disadvantages, such as the limitation in the number of news – 100, comments – 200. At the same time, many additional modules for DLE are free.

Working with the content of the site is not at all difficult, since there are only two types of content in DLE – news and static pages. But the system does not have the concept of Menus and Blocks, and these are very convenient and necessary solutions. Therefore, such a simplification of the structure makes the system not flexible enough and does not make it easy to change the appearance of the site.

In the next article, we will continue our review of content management systems and try to give recommendations on which CMS is more suitable for a particular site.

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