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 the recent trends in the content management industry, as well as an assessment of the sector’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.

Trends covered in this guide include:

  • Consolidation continues as independent WCM solutions are integrated into enterprise software suites.
  • Marketers take control of web content and focus on business outcomes.
  • “Out-of-the-box” content management systems morph into web experience management solutions.
  • WCM brings content and context together to maximise customer engagement.
  • Demand for agile development drives growth of cloud-based solutions.

The report contains profiles of the following platforms:

Adobe CQ, Alterian, Amaxus (Box UK), Blaze (Byte9, formerly WORKSsitebuilder), concrete5, Cookie Jar (Solid State Group), Drupal (Acquia), Ektron, EPiServer, GOSS Interactive, IBM Web Content Manager, Joomla (Open Source Matters), LavaSuite Content (DesignUK), Limelight Networks Dynamic Site Platform, OpenText Web Experience Management, SDL Tridion (SDL), SilverStripe, Sitecore, Squiz Matrix (Squiz), TERMINALFOUR, TYPO3

The following vendors were invited to take part but declined to submit profiles for this report, or could not meet the deadline: Alfresco, Percussion (CM System), dotAgency (dotEditor), ExpressionEngine, Oracle (FatWire), e-Spirit (FirstSpirit), Symphony, VYRE and WordPress.

Who is this guide for?

It is primarily aimed at organisations who are looking for a content management system or reviewing their existing capability. It is also relevant for others, including vendors and analysts, who want to research this market.