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Top 5 web-based content management systems

content management systemWeb content management, as the name signifies is a web-based software system that provides website with authoring, administration, publishing and collaboration tools specifically designed to allow users to manage website content without having any programming or coding knowledge.

Almost all these web-based systems use a content repository or a database to store page content, metadata, and other information assets that might be needed by the system.

Choosing the right content management system (CMS) for your website could sometimes be a tough tasks. Here is the list of the Top 5 most usable web-based content management systems:

WordPress: This PHP blogging platform is by-far the most popular CMS for blogging, and probably the most popular CMS overall. For those users not familiar with HTML or other markup language, WordPress provided a WYSIWYG editor. It also offers the widest range of plugins and themes to choose from. Its robust documentation and the interactive online forums make it the most preferred web-based content management system.

Joomla: Comparatively a more complex and advanced CMS, however its easy installation makes it popular among new and also advance users. Joomla’s installer is meant to work on common shared hosting packages. The only drawback is that if you were to customize your website then you goto pay for it as the Joomla theme and extension community relies more on paid plugins and themes.

Drupal: Unlike typical blogging platforms, Drupal offers a more of pure and traditional CMS platform for websites and large content management. One of Drupal’s most popular features is the Taxonomy module, a feature that allows for multiple levels and types of categories for content types. Drupal also has a large community of followers and has an excellent support system or technical plugins and general questions.

Textpattern: A more designer centric CMS platform, Textpattern has a code base that is lighter and minimal. As an alternative of the WYSIWYG editor, Textpattern uses textile markup in the textareas to create HTML elements within the pages. This makes the pages lighter and faster to load. This CMS might appear very minimal at its core level; however you can always extend the functionality by 3rd party extensions, mods or plugins.

ExpressionEngine: This CMS offers the maximum flexibility for any kind of project. Its user administrative section is clean and intuitive. For a beginner, it takes only a matter of minutes to understand the layout of the back-end and to start creating content or modify the look. This CMS also offers unique features such as the ability to have multiple websites with one installation of software.

Make a decision: PHP or Ruby on Rails

PHP is a general-purpose server-side scripting language originally designed for Web development to produce dynamic Web pages, whereas Ruby on Rails, is an open source full-stack web application framework for the Ruby programming language. So the primary difference to keep in mind is that PHP is a LANGUAGE and Ruby on Rails is a FRAMEWORK. In a border sense, PHP & Ruby cannot be compared.

PHP is simply a programming language. However, it is an extremely flexible and useful language. PHP uses very little memory and performs quite well. It is also a mature language with a wide variety of extensions and library modules. Originally developed as a scripting language to be used in HTML pages, PHP has gradually matured and now includes full object oriented features. However, some programmers feel that PHP encourages sloppy coding because of its script-like roots and lack of a clear object oriented strategy from the beginning.

In contrast, Ruby on Rails is a framework developed in the Ruby programming language. Ruby was designed from the ground up with object oriented design in mind. It has a very tight and clear syntax and programming in it can be down simply. Though, sometimes it can also be extremely inflexible. As a programming language, Ruby often runs more slowly than PHP and requires more memory. Rails is a framework that provides a number of features that are useful for the rapid development of web applications.

So at the end of the day, it all depends on the platform that you already know, that will do what you need and that your clients need.

Web & Software solutions

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C: is one of the most widely used programming languages of all time and there are very few computer architectures for which a C compiler does not exist. C has greatly influenced many other popular programming languages, most notably C++, which began as an extension to C.

C++: is one of the most popular programming languages with application domains including systems software, application software, device drivers, embedded software, high-performance server and client applications, and entertainment software such as video games.

C#: (pronounced see sharp) is a multi-paradigm programming language encompassing strong typing, imperative, declarative, functional,generic, object-oriented (class-based), and component-oriented programming disciplines.

ASP.NET: is a Web application framework developed and marketed by Microsoft to allow programmers to build dynamic Web sites, Web applications and Web services.

Java: is a programming language originally developed by Sun Microsystems and released as a core component of Sun Microsystems’ Java platform. It is a general-purpose, concurrent, class-based, object-oriented language that is specifically designed to have as few implementation dependencies as possible.

J2EE: is a platform that provides an API and runtime environment for developing and running enterprise software, including network and web services, and other large-scale, multi-tiered, scalable, reliable, and secure network applications.

JSP: is a technology that helps software developers serve dynamically generated web pages based on HTML, XML, or other document types.

XML: Extensible Markup Language is a markup language that defines a set of rules for encoding documents in a format that is both human-readable and machine-readable. It is defined in the XML 1.0 Specification produced by the W3C.

PHP: is a general-purpose server-side scripting language originally designed for Web development to produce dynamic Web pages. It is one of the first developed server-side scripting languages to be embedded into an HTML source document, rather than calling an external file to process data.

Joomla: is a free and open source content management system (CMS) for publishing content on the World Wide Web and intranets and a model–view–controller (MVC) Web application framework that can also be used independently.

Drupal: is a free and open-source content management system (CMS) and content management framework (CMF) written in PHP and distributed under the GNU General Public License.

WordPress: is a free and open source blogging tool and content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL. It has many features including a plug-in architecture and a template system.

DHTML: Dynamic HTML – is an umbrella term for a collection of technologies used together to create interactive and animated web sites by using a combination of a static markup language (such as HTML), a client-side scripting language (such as JavaScript), a presentation definition language (such as CSS), and the Document Object Model.

JavaScript: JavaScript is a prototype-based scripting language that is dynamic, weakly typed and has first-class functions. It is a multi-paradigm language, supporting object-oriented, imperative, and functional programming styles.

jQuery: is a cross-browser JavaScript library designed to simplify the client-side scripting of HTML. , jQuery is the most popular JavaScript library in use today.

Ruby on Rails: often shortened to Rails or RoR, is an open source full-stack web application framework for the Ruby programming language. Ruby on Rails is not to be confused with Ruby, which is a general-purpose programming language, on which Ruby on Rails runs.

LAMP – open source software stack


LAMP is an acronym for a solution stack of free, open source software – Linux (operating system), Apache HTTP Server, MySQL (database software) and Perl/PHP/Python, principal components to build a viable general purpose web server.
When used together, they form a solution stack of technologies that support application servers.
The LAMP stack offers a great number of advantages for developers:

- Easy to code: Novices can build something and get it up and running very quickly with PHP and MySQL.
- Easy to deploy: Since PHP is a standard Apache module, it is easy to deploy LAMP web applications by uploading .php files to an Apache server and connecting to a MySQL database.
- Develop locally: LAMP can be set up so an app can be built locally, then deployed to the Web.
- Cheap and ubiquitous hosting: Many inexpensive web hosts provide PHP and MySQL services.