4 different content management systems, 4 different blogging topics, comparing template, SEO, speed, management, and all the other factors of a website CMS.

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CRAFT CMS | Shapes and Screens

With PHP in common, WordPress and Craft CMS have a similar install process but Craft has ingrained the flexibility of content types, lists, and fields that are normally plugin or custom theme development for WordPress. Craft still less plug and play overall though, but manages to stay lighter in loading since the themes are likely custom built for a site.

NETLIFY CMS | AfterAutomation

The most unusual of all the example CMSs, Netlify CMS relies on a GIT repository to version it’s content. While this approach is less friendly for non-developers, the proven process of GIT management eliminates many difficulties or missing features of fully custom CMSs. Hugo templating and Node JS supporting code round out a light development stack.

GHOST | The Green New Deal

Publishing front and center in Ghost’s focus. From a full-screen preview of the site ever-present, to a lightweight editor, and a strong focus on speed, Ghost stands out as an uncompromising but modern example of a full featured content editor and manager. As the site develops, it will be key to see how difficult adding more functionality will be.


While it began as a blog focused CMS, WordPress quickly found use as a whole site replacement as individual HTML and CSS files quickly became overwhelming to mange even for small sites. As WordPress continued to grow, more and more developers kept the momentum going by adding features normally reserved for large extensive sites. However, WordPress is based on the mercurial PHP, and can be heavy, and slow loading.