What should I look for when choosing a CMS?

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We are starting a new website that will have refreshed content on a regular basis, and we will need a content management system.  To be perfectly honest, I don't have much of a background in website development, so this will be something of a learning experience for me. Is there a good choice for a robust, but relatively simple CMS that I should consider?

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jimlynch
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Here's an article that might help you get started.

How to Choose a Website Content Management System
http://www.inc.com/guides/choose-website-content-management-system.html

"Contrary to what you may have read, or what's been "scientifically calculated" to the hundredth decimal point or plotted on a consultant-approved four-quadrant graph, there is no "best" software product. Leaders-and-laggards, magic quadrants, and other horserace-style evaluation approaches never work, and you should be very wary of them. In all aspects of business, the best software for you is the one that best matches your needs—your budget, scope, and the type of project you're engaged in. This is particularly true when it comes to selecting a website content management system.

These days, every company has a website. If you don't, you're not considered a "real" company. Ten to fifteen years ago, small-company websites were largely informative brochurewear that were maintained by someone called the webmaster, who spent most of his or her time in a dark cubicle writing code. As commercial websites expanded, they became more transaction-oriented, and therefore more integral to a company's growth strategy. As this happened, the market for web content management systems (WCMS) exploded, and the power of website publishing spread to marketing teams, product managers, and other so-called "information workers" who crave natural light. Today, there are hundreds of WCMS options. One size does not fit all. Different vendors tailor their tools to different sorts of scenarios. So how do you know which WCMS is right for you? Here's a rundown. "

AppDevGuy
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It really depends on what you need to do with it.  We use Drupal, as do many other companies, but until you are familiar with it, Drupal can be complex to work with at times.  On the other hand, it can do pretty much anything you need to do.  MIT and Sony Music use Drupal, to give you an idea.  If you need a simple CMS and don't have a lot of expertise, I would look at CMS Made Simple.  You might want to check out this list of  Top 10 CMS", which I mostly agree with. http://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2011/10/top-10-content-management-systems/  

afinch
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Also good point of view about what you need to know about enterprise content management:

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9225052/What_You_Need_to_Know_Abo...

Excerpt:

So why all the fuss about ECM?

Partly, it's about the sheer volume of information and the value it represents. Researchers at the McKinsey Institute have come to the conclusion that companies with more than 1,000 employees store, on average, over 235TB of data -- more data than is contained in the U.S. Library of Congress. If organizations have library-like data stores, they might want to recall that a prime objective of libraries is to help people find information.

Mavtrevor_tw39288582
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Comparing web content management system platforms compared http://bit.ly/XinHib

Mavtrevor_tw39288582
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Comparing web content management system platforms compared http://bit.ly/XinHib

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