The term CMS can also denote Course_Management_Systems which are content management systems specifically designed for educational courses and with features that extend beyond a traditional CMS system.
A content management system (CMS) is a system for organizing and facilitating collaborative creation of documents and other content within a consistent framework. While many systems and databases can loosely comply with the above statement, content management systems today are generally thought of as a web application used for managing websites and web content without needing special knowledge of HTML or other web languages. CMS solutions have a wide array of features and target different markets and segments. The use of CMS in education ranges from managing small blogs and faculty websites, to extended community discussion boards, to online course offerings.
Portal CMS Systems are CMS products which serve as an institution's web site, allowing multiple people to easily add and edit content, thereby creating a robust and dynamic website.
Because the term CMS is so broad it is often helpful do define the objective you are trying to meet with your CMS and then begin comparing products. You can find additional information on CMS solutions and history on Wikipedia. The CMS Matix web site allows you to compare a large number of cms systems.
The list compiled below is based on the experience of ISED participants and only reflects systems that can be hosted by the school. There are many hosted systems (some of which are free) and services that compete with these products. Also, since the line between content and course managment software is unclear you may find products listed under both headings.
Drupal is software that allows an individual or a community of users to easily publish, manage and organize a great variety of content on a website. Tens of thousands of people and organizations have used Drupal to set up scores of different kinds of web sites, including community web portals and discussion sites, corporate web sites/intranet portals, personal web sites, aficionado sites, e-commerce, applications, resource directories. More: Drupal
Joomla 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.
Joomla is written in PHP, uses object-oriented programming (OOP) techniques (since version 1.5) and software design patterns, stores data in a MySQL or (since version 2.5) MS SQL database, and includes features such as page caching, RSS feeds, printable versions of pages, news flashes, blogs, polls, search, and support for language internationalization. US Joomla Force is a leading joomla provider which offers perfect solution for all your joomla needs.
MovableType started life as free software and switched to a fee structure. It is the product behind the popular typepad blogging service. It is based on perl and can use a variety of databases. It allows faculty and staff to easily maintain a web page using the popular blogging format of dated entries.
Moodle is, a free, open-source product based on PHP and MySQL that runs on multiple platforms. It is designed with the education market as its primary target and enjoys a large and active user base. It has many extension and enhancement developed by the community. It can be used in everything from surveys to discussion groups. Moodle Using Independent Schools
Site@School is a free, open-source product based on PHP and MySQL. - The application also supports online classroom environments. It is primarily focused on allowing faculty and staff to maintain web pages with limited knowledge.
Windows SharePoint is available for free with a licensed copy of Windows 2003 server. It enables a number of functions including on-line discussions with a high degree of control, document storage, and workflows. It requires heavy customization and enterprise versions can require additional software purchases.
Wikis are typically free, open-source products and can be implemented on a wide array of platforms. Wikis are typically designed around a central concept with a collaborative editing model that produces a single document. A typically wiki system can host multiple wikis that can be organized around a class, a discussion topic, or in other creative ways.