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There is a newer version of this report available: Content Management Systems (CMS) Buyer's Guide



Authors: Linus Gregoriadis and Jake Hird, Econsultancy

Pages: 189 pages

Structure: Market trends and issues; SWOT analysis; tips and pitfalls; profiles of 23 leading CMS platforms; summary matrix and charts (for comparing platforms)

About this Guide

The Content Management Systems (CMS) Buyer’s Guide is a great resource for organisations who are trying to understand what platforms are on offer in this complex marketplace.  

The report contains market research and trends, plus tips (and pitfalls to avoid) to help you find the right web content management (WCM) supplier. The report is relevant for both enterprise-level buyers and SMEs.


The report starts with a look at trends in the marketplace.

Trends include: 

  • Companies continue to invest in CMS but decreased budgets restrict enterprise spending.
  • Increased focus on implementation as companies seek value for money.
  • Lack of budget puts spotlight on measurement and analytics.
  • Ownership of CMS moves from IT to marketing.
  • Delivery of content across multiple channels becomes more important.

Detailed profiles have been included for the following 23 platforms: 

Acquia (Drupal), Alterian, Amaxus (Box UK), concrete5 (Concrete CMS), Contentworkz (GlobusMedia), cookiejar (Solid State Group), dotEditor (dotAgency), Ektron, EPiServer, FatWire, FirstSpirit (e-Spirit), Joomla! (OpenSourceMatters), LavaSuite (Design UK), MySource Matrix (Squiz.net), Open Text, Percussion CM System, Sitecore, Symphony, TERMINALFOUR, TYPO3, Vignette, VYRE and WORKSsitebuilder (eShopworks).

You can download the free sample to see the full list of contents.

Who is this guide For?

It is aimed at marketers and organisations looking to implement, or update, a CMS platform. 

The document is also relevant to anyone interested in understanding the current state of the CMS market. The report is focused on the UK market, but much of the content is relevant for those operating in international markets. Many of the vendors operate internationally.

Related Resources

We recommend that you also read our CMS Survey Report for further understanding of this field. We have also published an Effective Web Design Guide and Conversion Report which complement this guide. 


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