Five Free Content Management Systems To Kick Your Site Into High-Gear

By CertifiedHosting 12/21/2011

A content management system (CMS) provides a simple way to add and modify content on a website without having to modify any HTML code. Without a CMS, each time you want to add an article or modify the text on your homepage, you have to modify the actual files that make up your site. Working directly in the source code is not only time-consuming and difficult, but it also leaves your site prone to errors and inconsistencies.

A CMS hosting solution eliminates the need to have a professional on-call to maintain and update your site. You can do everything yourself, without the risk of making a faulty edit that takes down your site. There are many CMS web hosting solutions of various degrees of usability and flexibility. To help you make a decision, we’ve put together a list of freely-available content management systems. We based our reviews on ease of use, capabilities, and extensibility so that you can make an informed decision as to which of the following solutions is best for creating a modern, attractive website for yourself or for your business.

1. Joomla

Joomla is one of the best-known content management systems and is deployed on millions of sites of all types and calibers. If you want a CMS web hosting plan that lets you build complex sites that include blogs, polls, search modules, RSS feeds, or international versions, Joomla CMS hosting is the best way to go.

Joomla CMS is especially suitable as a rich media publishing tool. With a good CMS hosting plan and Joomla, you can create your very own video blog, movie review site, video game site, or any other type of media-rich online presence that you can imagine. Joomla has more than 100 plug-ins available for video streaming alone. In fact, you can easily find a good plug-in for just about any task, from ecommerce to social networking integration. No matter what you plan to do with your Joomla site, make sure to opt for a resource-rich CMS hosting solution that is specially designed for the specifics of the Joomla CMS.

2. WordPress

Although WordPress is better known as a blogging platform, its flexibility make is superbly suitable for CMS hosting as well. With very little effort, you can turn your WordPress site into a fully-fledged CMS web hosting solution. There are many specialized themes online, available for free or for less than a hundred dollars, but with a bit of tinkering, you can create your own WordPress-based CMS, complete with article sections, testimonials, galleries, and many other features.

If you look for a CMS web hosting plan, we highly recommend that you try a WordPress plan that gives you unlimited resources and complete creative freedom. This way, you can create more than one CMS on one account, or have two different installations – one for your CMS, and one for your blog.

3. Drupal

We recommend a Drupal CMS web host if you want a large, stable site with many different pages and a solid implementation of ACL (access control levels), i.e., multiple user groups. The Drupal CMS is ideal if you want to accommodate many different types of users. For example, if you have a public portal built with Drupal, you can create custom roles for administrators, managers, developers, registered users, and visitors.

When shopping for a CMS web hosting service, you have to pay close attention to the version of PHP installed on the CMS web host, as some solutions, such as eZpublish, require custom PHP implementations. With Drupal, you will not have this problem because it can be installed remotely on any standard PHP site, with minimal hassle. Therefore, opting for Drupal may be wise if you expect to change servers in the future and you want to avoid being locked into a specific PHP version.

4. MODx

MODx is not as well-known as the other CMSs in our review, but it is nevertheless a comprehensive content management system that shines when it comes to standards compliance, versatility, and support for multiple AJAX libraries. MODx also has an excellent templating system that can be extended with snippets, themes, plugins, and custom variables.

It will not be difficult to find a CMS web host that supports MODx, because unlike other CMS products, this open source application can run on Lighttpd, Zeus, and even IIS web servers. MODx is great for creating interactive websites rich in AJAX, as it supports jQuery, MooTools, and other well-known libraries. If you ever run into a problem that you can’t solve on your own, MODx has a vibrant community of enthusiasts that are always eager to help.

5. CMS Made Simple

As its name implies, CMS Made Simple, or CMSMS, attempts to reduce the complexity that makes some other CMSs, such as Drupal, difficult to use for non-technical users. By default, CMSMS provides only core functionality, including news pages and a search module. And you can easily add functions with the free plug-ins and themes created by the CMSMS community. Even if CMS Made Simple was primarily designed as a lightweight, no-nonsense application for basic use, the sites created with CMSMS are not necessarily simple. CMSMS makes it easy to add more complex modules such as blogs, forums, polls, and even ecommerce tools.

CMSMS is ideal for users with little technical skill or for developers who are looking for a CMS that can be modified and updated by clients. The popular Smarty templating tool is great for creating nice-looking themes with a WYSISYG editor, and packaging these themes for distribution. To use CMSMS, look for a CMS web hosting solution that includes PHP and support for MySQL and PostgreSQL. Overall, CMSMS is still in its infancy, but we expect a remarkable growth in the future.

Certified Hosting provides great CMS web hosting at prices you can afford

For companies and organizations, content management systems have become an essential tool for marketing, communication, and daily operations. If you are looking for a capable CMS web host that can power your business website, you should know that it’s not necessary to pay a small fortune for a commercial tool.

The CMS hosting services provided by Certified Hosting include WordPress CMS hosting, Drupal CMS hosting, Joomla CMS web hosting, as well as many other solutions such as MODx, CMSMS, MiaCMS, and eZPublish. Let us provide you with a capable, stable CMS hosting solution at prices you can afford. To make your choice easier, we even provide free installation and other complimentary operations for your content management system of choice.

Learn more about our comprehensive set of CMS web hosting services, or order a plan, by visiting certifiedhosting.com, or by calling 909-498-4415 today.