With this blog post our CMS comparison blog series comes to an end. If you're just coming to our website from this article, you can read the opener to this series of articles to review a list of all the CMS alternatives we have been discussing.
We started out this little project while recognizing that there are a lot of great web development tools and CMS platforms out there, and that it can be wise to broaden your understanding of the web development systems at your disposal. While a great deal of the development work that Monarch Digital does is with Drupal and programming with PHP, we do operate with other systems and this exploration was a sort of shared and contuining look at the broader marketplace.
Overview of Findings
We couldn't really say that one CMS "won" over another, this wasn't as much a contest as it was a critical analysis of the features of alternative content management systems from the perspective of developers and site builders more familiar with Drupal.
Generally though, to someone with a hammer, everything looks like a nail. A developer with extensive experience with one of these alternatives could develop a website for you, the difference might down to longterm cost and time required based on how well suited the chosen CMS or framework is to your requirements.
For example, Python is a great programming language and Django helps to make the website development process even more effecient, but if your developer is not familiar with programming in Python it may not be ideal. Alternatively, Shopify is an excellent tool for building our an eCommerce website quickly, but if you need very advanced and customized features there will be more work involved over setting up a more straightforward shopping cart enabled website.
So, while we can't realistically say that one CMS is going to be good for everyone and every problem, we do feel comfortable suggesting one CMS might be more ideal for your project than another. Which one that is ultimately depends on the features needed on your website, your development team and your experience base.