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Information 2018, 9(2), 27; https://doi.org/10.3390/info9020027

A Comparative Study of Web Content Management Systems

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Department of Information Technologies and Communications, Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena (UPCT), Edif. Cuartel de Antigones, Plaza del Hospital 1, 30202 Cartagena, Spain
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Department of Information and Communications Engineering, Universidad de Murcia (UM), Avda. Teniente Flomesta, 5, 30003 Murcia, Spain
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Received: 15 December 2017 / Revised: 22 January 2018 / Accepted: 25 January 2018 / Published: 27 January 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Selected Papers from WMNC 2017 and JITEL 2017)
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Web Content Management Systems (WCMS) play an increasingly important role in the Internet’s evolution. They are software platforms that facilitate the implementation of a web site or an e-commerce and are gaining popularity due to its flexibility and ease of use. In this work, we explain from a tutorial perspective how to manage WCMS and what can be achieved by using them. With this aim, we select the most popular open-source WCMS; namely, Joomla!, WordPress, and Drupal. Then, we implement three websites that are equal in terms of requirements, visual aspect, and functionality, one for each WCMS. Through a qualitative comparative analysis, we show the advantages and drawbacks of each solution, and the complexity associated. On the other hand, security concerns can arise if WCMS are not appropriately used. Due to the key position that they occupy in today’s Internet, we perform a basic security analysis of the three implement websites in the second part of this work. Specifically, we explain vulnerabilities, security enhancements, which errors should not be done, and which WCMS is initially safer. View Full-Text
Keywords: web content management systems; websites; web pages; security; joomla!; wordpress; drupal; internet web content management systems; websites; web pages; security; joomla!; wordpress; drupal; internet
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Martinez-Caro, J.-M.; Aledo-Hernandez, A.-J.; Guillen-Perez, A.; Sanchez-Iborra, R.; Cano, M.-D. A Comparative Study of Web Content Management Systems. Information 2018, 9, 27.

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