Who should use what: WordPress vs CMSMS

CMS Made Simple (CMSMS) is a free, open source (GPL) content management system (CMS) created to provide developers, programmers and site owners a web-based development and administration area. It is a up and coming alternative CMS to the popular WordPress CMS. In this article, we will see what are the main differences between these two types of CMS and which one is a better fit for your need.

If you have any experiences, I would love to read about them.

wordpress vs cmsms


Flexible Development – CMSMS

If you are a developer who desires flexibility, then CMSMS is a better choice as you need to jump through less hoops imposed by other CMSs. CMS Made Simple is intended to offer easy development and customization with themes, add-on modules, dynamic menus, tags and translations. However, to get the best out of CMSMS, you need to learn some of the best practices instead of the usual practice of just slapping codes together.

WordPress has a more rigid structure that constraints the kind of things you can do without going through a lot of effort to fit into the framework.

Less learning curve – WordPress

It goes without saying that WordPress has definitely a less steep learning curve, especially for a designer. If you want to use CMSMS, you need to overcome a new templating language called Twig. This can be time consuming, depending on how fast you  can usually pick up stuff.


Light weight site – CMSMS

If you want a light weight site without all the necessary codes for functions you will never use, CMSMS is definitely a better choice. It compliments your front end pretty well so that there is no unnecessary code to slow down the loading or performance of the site.


Plugin community – WordPress

One of the major downside of CMSMS is the lack of a strong plugin community like what WordPress has. This means you probably need to code more stuff yourself since there is no existing plugin to do the job for you.  One reason of this difference is that CMSMS is pretty new relative to WordPress so it is lacking behind. It might catch up in the future as more developers desired the benefits of CMSMS and start to develop more plugins for it.


Handing different content types -CMSMS

The default content type in WordPress is either pages or posts. You can always customize the template using custom post but it is adding a lot of unnecessary codes to your base. CMSMS, on the other hand, has clearly thought out how different content should be handled and more importantly, how one type of content relates to one another. It is hard to put this into words until you have tried out how CMSMS actually handles the management of different content types.

Free – WordPress

WordPress has one powerful thing going for it which is the fact that it is free to download and installed. In contrast, CMSMS will cost you $299. Free is a pretty tough thing to beat especially for designers or developers who don’t usually like to spend so much on tools.  (I know this because I run a blog that lists out free resources LOL).

Through this, I know you will be more able to understand which particular CMS is more suited for your needs.

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  1. Alvie says:

    Based on my experience, WP is the best CMS ever!

  2. Nandkishor Barve says:

    Awesome thanks a lot for sharing with us…

  3. uniqu3 says:

    Adding on Airlibre’s comment.

    I would not claim WP has less steep learning curve, both systems are equally easy to understand for a regular site manager, but for a front-end developer one has to have some grasp about PHP to be able to handle WP twmplating, well at least if you want to do decent custom work and not simply edit some template, where with CMSMS one is using Smarty which completely separates core functions from frontend views, even if one doesn’t know Smarty it is fairly easy to learn if you take some time and read Smarty documentation at smarty.net.

    @Philip it doesn’t really matter which system is best, actually comparing WP with CMSMS is like comparing apples with bananas, but what is more important, choose best tool for current task or project, simply put use tools that fit best for your current situation without wasting to much time in forcing that tool to do something it wasn’t intended for.

  4. Airelibre says:


    Thank you for your interest in CMS Made Simple which is for me the best CMS for the end user and for the developer/integrator.

    Just to correct some errors:

    CMSMS uses Smarty and not Twig as template engine. Sure, you need to know Smarty, but it’s quite easy even for a non-developer, and gives great tools/plugins to every designer.

    Sure, WordPress has more plugins, but as a CMSMS designer, most of the time I don’t need to develop something specific to manage a company website: news, calendar, forms, lists of everything (team, files, FAQ, or what you need), GMaps, sliders, image gallery… everything already exists in the 500 modules existing, and Smarty gives you the power to design it as you want.

    CMSMS is totally FREE – I don’t know where you get the cost of $299 but it’s not right – you just have to go to http://www.cmsmadesimple.org/downloads/ and download the latest version to get started.
    I think that for that last point, WordPress and CMSMS are equal

    Thank you ! 😉

  5. Philip says:

    WordPress is the best.