Choosing an open-source CMS, part 3: Why we use WordPress

WordPress' flexibility and ease of use convinced two organizations to use it as their content management system.

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Getting management approval to move off LCMS, the university's ERP system -- a commercial product that was part of Sungard's Banner and is now owned by Ellucian -- and onto an open-source CMS wasn't easy at first. "The hardest thing was to get people sold on open source here. They were scared about a lack of support," says Brown.

Using WordPress as a blogging tool got the system in the door, he explains. Then he signed up for commercial support from Automattic to appease user fears -- but never needed it. "There's nothing we haven't been able to solve with the community," he says.

Moving to an open-source system has had another, unexpected benefit. Shortly after making the move to WordPress, Brown received a letter from Sungard stating that it was discontinuing the CMS. "It felt good to know we weren't stuck," he says. "It all comes down to extensibility and community. We feel like we can do anything with the platform."

Don't miss the rest of our series on open-source CMSs: Part 1: Drupal and Part 2: Joomla.

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