Choosing a content management system redux

I blogged about choosing a content management system and we’ve finally managed to deploy the resulting system. It would be fair to say that choosing a content management system is a nightmare. And, anybody elses experience probably won’t help you very much unless you share the same set of requirements.

Our requirement was largely shaped by the e-commerce system we run on our main website. It is a big blob of a Java system running under JBoss all front ended by Apache.

That’s why I don’t think there is much for anybody else to take away from our experience. Had we not had to contend with the JBoss hosted system our choice would have been completely different.

In the end we went with Drupal as our CMS of choice, not because I particularly like it, but because it was the best of the choices we could successfully integrate into our system.

My favourite was OpenCMS, but as a Java based system, it would have had to be integrated into JBoss and we couldn’t find a satisfactory way of achieving that. OpenCMS works exactly the way I would expect a CMS to work. It removes all of the pain out of managing a site and is flexible in how to manage your content.

Author: Jack Hughes

An experienced software engineer with 20+ years experience writing products for Microsoft Windows based operating systems as well as 12+ years experience hosting websites on Linux and Windows including e-commerce and CMS systems.