Thanks to the guys (there are no gals) at Civic Actions for linking to this fascinating article by a team of software engineers at IBM comparing content management systems. This is the first in a series called “Using open source software to design, develop, and deploy a collaborative Web site.”
Mambo was very appealing from the ease of install and the UI, but the development track at the time was fractured and didn’t give us any confidence of support.
Typo3 seemed to have a huge community and the maturity we were looking for. However, the learning curve for using Typo3 is daunting in comparison to Drupal.
We did have to invest some time to learn the Drupal way, and the framework just seemed to make sense. We also felt that Drupal provided the right combination of framework and flexibility to break out of the framework when needed to get the job done. With all things considered, we decided to use Drupal. The landscape of open source CMS is continuously changing, and in the future we’ll revisit these and any new entries in the field.
– Using open source software to design, develop, and deploy a collaborative Web site, Part 1: Introduction and overview