Leading content management systems span the globe

Where in the world is Content Sandiego?

The Web is global, so the people who do business with it (like us) need to be, too. Which made us wonder: what are the key local differences in how Web professionals practice their craft around the world? And, more importantly, what are the primary tools that Web designers and developers are using in different geographies? Perhaps not surprisingly, the data shows that well-known open source CMS (Content Management System) frameworks including WordPress®, Drupal® and Joomla!® are dominant across the landscape. This 2012 study from W3Techs shows that indeed, the big three platforms paint their colors across a majority of the globe, with WordPress being the dominant system in many countries.

Leading CMS for BRIC Countries

Digging deeper into CMS

While the W3Techs data is interesting at the top level, we wanted to dig a little deeper. This led us to this post from our friend Brian Teeman (co-founder of Joomla!), which then led us to the very interesting CMSCrawler site — which has catalogued more than 10 million sites by their underlying CMS system (by country). It also refreshes its index daily, checking over a million sites per day for updates. Impressive. Looking at the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China), we find the leading CMS systems market share as illustrated here (data from CMSCrawler as of May 2014). If you want to explore other countries, check out the full list here on CMSCrawler. (You can also slice and dice by tool, in addition to geography.)

Summed up

We’re intrigued by the regional differences. While the big three are fairly well-represented around the globe, it’s fascinating to see some unique systems — like Discuz and Bitrix — break strongly into the top five. So what about you? Does this match with what you’re seeing out there? Are there local differences or trends that we should be watching?

Christopher Carfi
A veteran of both startups and the enterprise, Chris has a deep track record in developing customer community and evangelist programs for brands such as Adobe, H&R Block and Aruba Networks while holding executive positions at Ant’s Eye View and Edelman Digital, and he was co-founder and CEO at Cerado. He currently lives in the Bay Area with his family.