Compare Leading WCM Platforms

R2i creates a Web Content Management System (WCMS) Comparison each year as a series of tools that provides technical and functional information to help navigate your WCMS selection. Use the Comparison to review attributes of 13 of the leading open source and architected content management platforms on the market. Feel free to download our new 2015 WCM comparison matrix or contact us at info@r2integrated.com to talk more about important considerations to make when selecting a WCMS.

About

Website
www.drupal.org
www.dnnsoftware.com
www.adobe.com
www.sitecore.net
Founded
2001
2002 (DNN Corp 2006)
2010 (Purchase of Day)
2001
Last Updated
5/7/2015
5/26/15
5/1/2014
5/11/2014
Forrester Wave Q1 2015
Strong Performer (Acquia Drupal)
N/A
Strong Leader
Leader
Gartner Magic Quadrant 2015 (July)
Leader
Notable Vendor
Leader
Leader
Interesting Facts
~17k+ modules 800k+ websites ~2MM Downloads 900k community members
"6MM Downloads 750k websites 800k community members 3 Editions: DNN Platforms (open source and free), Evoq Content (commercial CMS) and Evoq Engage (commercial CMS and engagement platform)
Part of the Adobe Marketing Cloud
7,300+ Websites

System Requirements

Application Server
Apache, IIS, FastCGI
IIS/.Net
Jetty & J2EE
IIS/.Net
Approximate Cost
Free
Depends on customer configuration. Prices start at $8,000 per year
$150,000 & up
Varies with size. Starts at $15,000.
Database
MySQL
MSSQL
A database is not required, but the system is repository-based with more support for MongoDB, TarMK, Oracle, and more coming soon.
MSSQL
License
Open Source (GPLv2)
Open Source (MIT)
Closed Source
Closed Source
Operating System
Platform Independent
Windows Only
Platform Independent
Windows Only
Programming Language
PHP
C#
Java
C#
Root Access
No
Yes
Yes
No
Shell Access
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Web Server
Apache, Nginx, IIS
IIS
Apache, IIS, & iPlanet
IIS

Security

Audit Trail
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Captcha
Free Add On
Yes
Yes
Free Add On
Content Approval
Free Add On
Yes
Yes
Yes
Email Verification
Yes
Yes
No
Free Add On
Granular Privileges
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Kerberos Authentication
Free Add On
Free Add On
Yes
Yes
LDAP Authentication
Free Add On
Yes
Yes
Yes
Login History
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
NIS Authentication
No
Free Add On
Yes
Yes
NTLM Authentication
Free Add On
Yes
Yes
Free Add On
Pluggable Authentication
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Problem Notification
Free Add On
Yes
Yes
Free Add On
Sandbox
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Session Management
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
SMB Authentication
No
Free Add On
Yes
Free Add On
SSL Compatible
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
SSL Logins
Free Add On
Yes
Yes
Yes
SSL Pages
Free Add On
Yes
Yes
Yes
Versioning
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes

Support

Certification Program
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Code Skeletons
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Commercial Manuals
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Commercial Support
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Commercial Training
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Developer Community
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Online Help
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Pluggable API
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Professional Hosting
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Professional Services
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Public Forum
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Public Mailing List
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Test Framework
Free Add On
Yes
Yes
Yes
Third-Party Developers
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Users Conference
Yes
Yes
Yes
Limited

Ease of Use

Drag-N-Drop Content
Free Add On
Yes
Yes
Yes
Email To Discussion
Free Add On
Limited
No
Yes
Friendly URLs
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Image Resizing
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Macro Language
Free Add On
Yes
Yes
Yes
Mass Upload
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Prototyping
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Server Page Language
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Site Setup Wizard
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Spell Checker
Free Add On
Yes
Yes
Yes
Style Wizard
Free Add On
Yes
Yes
Yes
Subscriptions
Free Add On
Yes
Yes
Free Add On
Template Language
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
UI Levels
Free Add On
Yes
Yes
Yes
Undo
Limited
Yes
Yes
Yes
WYSIWYG Editor
Free Add On
Yes
Yes
Yes
Zip Archives
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes

Performance

Advanced Caching
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Database Replication
Yes (MySQL)
Yes
Yes
Yes
Load Balancing
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Page Caching
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Static Content Export
Free Add On
Yes
Yes
Yes

Management

Advertising Management
Free Add On
Yes
Yes
Yes
Asset Management
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Clipboard
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Content Scheduling
Free Add On
Yes
Yes
Yes
Content Staging
Free Add On
Enterprise
Yes
Yes
Inline Administration
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Online Administration
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Package Deployment
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Sub-sites / Roots
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Themes / Skins
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Trash
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Web Statistics
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Web-based Style/Template Management
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Web-based Translation Management
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Workflow Engine
Free Add On
Yes
Yes
Yes

Interoperability

Content Syndication (RSS)
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
FTP Support
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
iCal
Free Add On
Free Add On
Yes
Yes
UTF-8 Support
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
WAI Compliant
Limited
Limited
Yes
Yes
WebDAV Support
No
Professional / Enterprise
Yes
Yes
XHTML Compliant
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes

Flexibility

CGI-mode Support
Yes
Yes
No
No
Content Reuse
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Extensible User Profiles
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Interface Localization
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Metadata
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Multi-lingual Content
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Multi-lingual Content Integration
Free Add On
Yes
Yes
Yes
Multi-Site Deployment
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
URL Rewriting
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes

Built-in Applications

Blog
Yes
Yes
Yes
Free Add On
Chat
Free Add On
Yes
Yes
Limited
Classifieds
Free Add On
Yes
Yes
Free Add On
Contact Management
Yes
Yes
Yes
Limited
Data Entry
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Database Reports
Free Add On
Yes
Yes
Free Add On
Discussion / Forum
Yes
Yes
Yes
Free Add On
Document Management
Free Add On
Yes
Yes
3rd party
Events Calendar
Free Add On
Yes
Yes
Yes
Events Management
Free Add On
Yes
Yes
Free Add On
Expense Reports
Free Add On
Professional / Enterprise
No
3rd party
FAQ Management
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
File Distribution
Free Add On
Yes
Yes
Yes
Graphs and Charts
Free Add On
Yes
Yes
Limited
Groupware
Free Add On
Yes
Yes
3rd party
Guest Book
Free Add On
Yes
Yes
Free Add On
Help Desk / Bug Reporting
Free Add On
Free Add On
No
Limited
HTTP Proxy
Yes
Professional / Enterprise
Yes
Yes
In/Out Board
Free Add On
Free Add On
No
3rd party
Job Postings
Free Add On
Yes
No
Yes
Link Management
Free Add On
Yes
Yes
Yes
Mail Form
Free Add On
Yes
Yes
Yes
Matrix
Free Add On
Free Add On
Yes
No
My Page / Dashboard
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Newsletter
Free Add On
Yes
Yes
3rd Party
Photo Gallery
Free Add On
Yes
Yes
Yes
Polls
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Product Management
Free Add On
Yes
Yes
Yes
Project Tracking
Free Add On
3rd party
No
No
Search Engine
Yes
Yes
Yes
3rd Party
Site Map
Free Add On
Yes
Yes
Free Add On
Stock Quotes
Free Add On
Free Add On
No
No
Surveys
Free Add On
Yes
Yes
Yes
Syndicated Content (RSS)
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Tests / Quizzes
Free Add On
Yes
Yes
Free Add On
Time Tracking
Free Add On
Free Add On
No
No
User Contributions
Yes
Yes
Yes
3rd party
Weather
Free Add On
Free Add On
Yes
No
Web Services Front End
Free Add On
Yes
Yes
Yes
Wiki
Free Add On
Yes
Yes
Yes

Commerce

Affiliate Tracking
Free Add On
Yes
Yes
3rd party
Inventory Management
Free Add On
3rd party
Yes
3rd party
Pluggable Payments
Free Add On
Professional / Enterprise
Yes
3rd party
Pluggable Shipping
Free Add On
3rd party
Yes
3rd party
Pluggable Tax
Free Add On
3rd party
Yes
3rd party
Point of Sale
Free Add On
3rd party
Yes
3rd party
Shopping Cart
Free Add On
Yes
Yes
3rd party
Subscriptions
Free Add On
Yes
Yes
3rd party
Wish Lists
Free Add On
Free Add On
Yes
3rd party

Mobile

Mobile API
Free Add On
Yes
Yes
Yes
Mobile Previewer
Free Add On
Yes
Yes
Yes
Mobile Device Detection & Redirection
Free Add On
Yes
Yes
Yes
Mobile Site Template
Free Add On
Yes
Yes
Yes

Social

Friend/Follow
Free Add On
Yes
Yes
Yes
Activity Feed
Free Add On
Yes
Yes
Yes
Social Groups
Free Add On
Yes
Yes
Yes
Interactive Profile
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Messaging Center
Free Add On
Yes
Yes
Yes
Facebook, Twitter, Google+ Authentication
Free Add On
Yes
Yes
3rd party

Integration

Google Analytics
Free Add On
Yes
No
Yes
Adobe Analytics (formerly Omniture/ SiteCatalyst)
Free Add On
No
Yes
No
Salesforce
Free Add On
No
No
No
Marketo
Free Add On
Yes
No
No
Eloqua
Free Add On
No
No
Yes
Hubspot
Free Add On
No
No
No

Marketing Integration

Analytics
Free Add On
Yes
Adobe Analytics - (formerly SiteCatalyst / Omniture)
Yes
A/B and Multivariant Testing
Free Add On
No
Adobe Target - (formerly SiteCatalyst / Omniture)
Yes
CRM / Marketing Integration
Free Add On
Yes w/ custom work
Adobe Campaign - (formerly Neolane)
Costs Extra
SEO
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Personalization
Free Add On
Yes
Adobe Target - (formerly SiteCatalyst / Omniture)
Yes
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