How to Choose the Right Content Management System: A CMS Comparison Guide

Insights / 12.11.2023
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Are you looking to upgrade your website? First things first — you’ll need a content management system to manage your digital content easily. Let’s explore more of what a content management system can do for you, including comparing the three most popular ones – Kentico, Drupal, and Sitecore – to help you make the right choice for your organization.  

The Role of a CMS  

When creating a website, managing  content is just as important as the design. That's where a Content Management System (CMS) comes in handy. A CMS is a software application that allows you to  add or edit text, images, video, and other media, without the need for specialized technical knowledge.  

Popular CMS platforms include Sitecore, Drupal, and Kentico. While all provide a user-friendly interface that simplifies the process of website management, each CMS brings unique features to the table that can help deliver desired results for your business. Let’s compare these top CMS platforms, based on their capabilities. 

Drupal, Sitecore, and Kentico CMS Comparison   


Pros: As an open-source platform, there are no ongoing licensing fees, making Drupal one of the more cost-effective CMS platforms. Known for strong security features and scalability, it’s an ideal choice for large enterprises and government organizations. Drupal offers a high level of customization with thousands of modules to choose from.  

Cons: This CMS  has a steeper learning curve, and may require a developer's assistance for certain customizations and updates. 


Pros: If you want to go beyond CMS, Sitecore is a full-fledged digital experience platform. It excels in personalization, enabling you to deliver contextual content based on user behavior and preferences. Sitecore provides native A/B testing tools and marketing automation capabilities. Its ability to integrate with external systems is also a plus. 

Cons: Sitecore can be overkill for small businesses due to its comprehensive (and complex) feature set and high licensing costs. 


Pros: Kentico stands out as an all-in-one CMS, E-commerce, and Online Marketing platform, offering a comprehensive solution for your business. It includes a rich set of features like content personalization, multilingual support, and management of multiple sites. On the customization front, Kentico comes bundled with over 70 ready-to-use modules and the flexibility to create custom ones.  

Cons: A robust set of features, coupled with the need for a license, makes Kentico one of the more costly CMS options on the market. 

Each of these CMS platforms has its own strengths and weaknesses. The right  choice for your website ultimately depends on your business goals , budget, and the technical capabilities of your team or the partner you select for this project. 

 Red Door: Here to Help

With the ability to improve content planning, collaboration — and conversions — a CMS is one of the most essential marketing investments you can make. That’s why it’s important to get decision-making advice from content management experts. Contact our team today for guidance on selecting the right CMS for your needs. 


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