The Consumers Guide to Content Management Systems for Nonprofits

A web presence is critical for almost every nonprofit, but creating websites can be daunting. It can take a lot of time, money and technical expertise, all of which are often in short supply. And even if you have a website up and running, that doesn’t mean your work is done—you still need to keep up with maintenance, updates, and desirable new features. This is where a Content Management System (CMS) can help.

Generally speaking, a CMS is a software package that lets you build a website that can be quickly and easily updated by your non-technical staff members. Past editions of this report focused specifically on open source products or low-cost systems, but that’s only a small portion of the market, so we expanded it to look at additional types of systems that might also make sense for nonprofits.
 
By encompassing a wider range of what’s available, this report can better help you determine the type of system that will work best for your organization.We also asked our community of experts to recommend some of the newer tools available for smaller sites or microsites, and settled on three systems in this niche to include.
 
This report is targeted at nonprofits looking to replace an existing Content Management System, or implementing one for the first time. We’ve done our best to use language that’s relatively easy for someone with a non-technical background to understand, but not so basic that it won’t be of value for the technically savvy. And we’ve tried to provide details about the important features and useful differences between the systems. If you’re a small- to mid-sized organization, this report can provide you with a good overview whether your needs are simple or sophisticated and your technical knowledge is shallow or deep. Taking the time to read through it carefully can save you a lot of work and money.
 
In all, it looks at 14 popular available Content Management Systems--Drupal, Ektron, Evoq, ExpressionEngine, eZ Publish, Joomla!, Luminate, NetCommunity, Plone, Squarespace, Weebly, Wix, WordPress.org, and WordPress.com--and what they do. We designed it to help you get a sense of what you might want to look for, and then to dive in for a closer look at each of the systems. Thanks to our lead sponsor, New Signature, all it takes to get started is to sign up for the free download below.