Document management should be mentioned in any discussion about content management systems, even though it is often overlooked among other CMS products like blogs, e-commerce, and websites. The reason document management often gets overlooked in the conversation is that open source CMSs don’t offer as much in the way of document management as do other commercial and open source services. But, as will be discussed below, open source CMSs offer some level of document management services and the amount of services they do offer is likely to grow.

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e-commerce

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As was the case with blogs, electronic commerce (e-commerce) was just in its infancy in 2000, and almost non-existent in 1990. However, over the past 10 years, e-commerce has grown over 300 percent in its total share of retail sales in America, now raking in over $130 billion a year, an amount that is expected to nearly double over the next five years. While still a small fraction of the $3.5 trillion of retail sales in the U.S. annually, e-commerce‚Äôs fantastic growth rate means it will have an increasing impact online and in the world. However, open source e-commerce platforms are less prolific than are open source CMSs for blogs and Web sites. continue reading…

As it does every month, CMSWire.com has released a report of what to expect in the open source CMS world in the coming month as well as a look back at a very busy month of March.

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Blog

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The incredible expansion and prevalence of Web logs (aka blogs) was one of the compelling story lines of the first decade of the twentieth century. Consider that in 1994 there were very few blogs, that in 1999 the word blog was starting to come into currency in popular culture, and that, by the beginning of 2008, Technorati, a popular blog search engine, was tracking over 112 million blogs! continue reading…

While Drupal keeps releasing updates to its 6.0 version (originally released in February 2008, last updated, Drupal 6.16, March 10, 2010), it has also just announced that it plans on releasing its newest version, Drupal 7.0, in the next three months, according to an article by PCWorld. continue reading…

Joomla

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One of the most popular and highly rated open source content management systems, Joomla! started out as a product from the split in the group of developers of the Mambo CMS in 2005 and has grown dramatically since then. With well over 2.5 million downloads, it is a popular CMS that allows Web users to manage content on their Web sites easily and professionally. continue reading…

WordPress

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While there are many open source content management systems, it is hard to argue that WordPress isn’t the most popular out there. Over 202 million Web sites use WordPress, and its own Web site ranks among the most popular in the U.S. and world. continue reading…

Drupal

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One of the big three open source Content Management Systems (Joomla! and WordPress being the other two), Drupal is both a popular and critically acclaimed CMS. The list of sites that use Drupal features some impressive names, and the number of awards it has received, too, is impressive. Like with other popular CMSs, users like Drupal for its ability to create Web content, single and multi-user blogs, Internet forums, and community Web sites with user-generated content. continue reading…