How to Select the Best Open Source CMS

CMS Critic

When it comes to selecting a CMS, there's no doubt that the process of doing so is overwhelming (hey, it's why this site exists!) but it doesn't have to be.

There are a myriad of great open source solutions on the market today but before you get into the selection process, it's important to make sure you set your expectations correctly and that you don't fall into the trap of accepting advice from people based on very little input. I get into this in more detail in my post "WordPress, Joomla and Drupal are NOT the best CMS" but essentially what I mean by this is that exchanges like this example below, serve no value:

Q: What's the best CMS to build a corporate website?

A: WordPress!

The trap people get caught in is one of blanket recommendations with no validity. How does the person answering the question truly know that WordPress is the best solution? Perhaps they want to build their corporate website in Java, is WordPress still the best choice? Of course not and the respondent wouldn't know this unless they asked, which leads me to the following statement: Don't take blanket advice from people who a) don't know your business and b) don't know your requirements.

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