Most of us already have a Go To CMS that we would immediately use in any project that requires a CMS. Whether it’s Expression Engine, WordPress, or Drupal, we know the particular platform so well that we confidently can deliver a quality product in a timely manner.

Each CMS has strengths and weakness, and sometimes we modify or hack the platform to do what it was not designed to do.
This manipulation may function, but at a limited capacity.

Sometimes it may be in the best interest to find a CMS that was designed for a specific purpose and implement it into that particular project. Many times the thought of learning another CMS is intimidating, but in the end, you can add another platform to your resume.

There are literally hundreds of Content Management Sytems, which includes blogs, headless, flat file, open source, commercial, and e-commerce platforms. How would someone find a CMS that specializes in a specific genre?

Good News, there are online tools available to help you in this matter.
You can actually view a demo and have access to a login to sample the desktop panel.


The first tool is one of the best to “test drive” a CMS.
They have 308 platforms that offer both a demo and login to actually get a feel of the dashboard of a sample site.
Demo.Center is a central resource for all things related to CMS and gives you the opportunity to “try out” most of the best CMS tools in the world without marketing fluff or sales people.”

Compare Content Management Systems
CMSmatrix lets you easily compare the features in over 1300 content management system products. Check the boxes next to the software you’re interested in and click the Compare button. CMS comparison data is added/maintained by the vendors who develop the products.

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You will find a bunch of platforms you never heard of. With these resources, you may find a CMS that better fits your needs. But how do these lesser known applications compare with the Big Boys; WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, Expression Engine, etc?

Popular CMS

  • Strong Community Suppport
  • Mass amount of plugins
  • Most hosting provide easy installs
  • Updates rolled out regularly

Lesser Known CMS

  • Small Community Suppport
  • Few amount of plugins
  • Hosting does not provide installs
    will have to manually install
  • Updates sparse
    There is a CMS for every task, use these tools to research and find something other than the platform you normally use. Is there a “diamond in the rough”?

    Keep Coding
    Gerald Watanabe

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