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Open source CMS – Free Content Management Systems For Users Of All Skill Levels

written by: Om Thoke•edited by: Ronda Bowen•updated: 8/5/2010

Content Management Systems are undeniably crucial for the maintenance of websites, but nowadays a CMS is not just all about managing the content anymore. Keep reading to learn more about what these systems are capable of accomplishing, specifically we look at Open Source Content Management Systems.

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    Improve Search Engine Rankings

    The latest content management systems help you in performing on-page SEO with features such as adding meta descriptions, keywords, and inserting Google analytics tracking codes. All these things greatly help improve the performance and search engine rankings of your website and track the recent visitors, as well as search engine traffic, too. The infamous All-in-One SEO plug-in available for Wordpress, for instance happens to be one of the most powerful and widely used tools to take care of SEO on blogs set-up on the open source CMS. Joomla and Drupal also have their counter-parts.

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    The good old days of Custom CMS are over

    In the earlier days of CMS, the cost involved with development was quite daunting. As a result, not too many users took interest in employing developers and coders to build custom CMS for a website. Over time the cost of building a CMS came down gradually, and Open Source CMS has taken over the market.

    The best of industrial leaders such asCisco and Audi use these systems to manage their web properties.

    The latest technology blogs such as latest-technews.com, educational blogs such as c-cplusplus.com, and even the latest job portals, for example, freshersarea.com are based on CMS. Even sites such as Twitter are powered by open source CMS.

    Whether you talk about Wordpress, Joomla, Drupal, CushyCMS, TYPO3 or the RailFrog, each of the Open Source CMS options come with their own set of unique features.

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    Salient Features of Open Source CMS

    Some of the common features of all the open source CMS include:

    • Minimal cost

    • Extensive documentation

    • Number of plug-ins developed

    • Constant upgrades

    • Timely improvisations

    • Healthy User Community for discussion

    • Additional capabilities such as SEO

    • RSS Feeds integration

    • Twitter and Facebook integration

    • Quick search

    • On-the-fly set up

    • Easy maintenance

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    The Bottom-line

    Something that seems too good to be true usually is, but in the case of CMS apps this doesn’t apply. Whether you look at: PHP-MySQL, LAMP, Linux OS, Apache Server, Java, or the Open Source CMS; all the open source platforms have been extremely successful, especially Wordpress and Joomla.

    There are over 50 million WordPress blogs set up successfully over the Internet so you can easily assess the power and robustness of the open source CMS.

    In case you’ve not yet tried these open source Content Management Systems, WordPress is the ideal choice for the novice users, because it is very easy to install and use. It comes with detailed installation instructions and plenty of documentation is available to help users.

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    Why should you try the Open Source CMS

    The open source CMS are free, so you don't need to spend a penny to test them. Usually, you end up paying a hefty amount to get a custom CMS built, and all you can expect before-hand is a demo. Demos will not provide enough experience with the CMS to discover its downfalls.

    There are several active communities where you can seek help to handle any issues that arise. The ease of set-up and use is also an attractive aspect of the open source CMS, and there's enough documentation available so you may customize the CMS to suit your business requirements.

    The open source content management systems are worth a try.

All about CMS

The Content Management Systems are in high demand, especially the open source CMS like Wordpress, Drupal, CushyCMS, Plone and the likes of them, which allow you to manage the contet of your websites effortlessly. So, let's take a deeper in-sight into these CMS, discuss the best ones, their pros&cons
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