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Web CMS Packages Comparison Matrix

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Google Sites vs. Wordpress vs. DNN

Here is a feature and cost summary comparison between Google Sites, WordPress, and DNN.  All content management systems have strengths and weakness. These findings are based on our experience over the past few years.  All rating systems are subjective and can be debated...but this is how we see it.

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CMS Features Google Sites WordPress DNN
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Platform language Google Apps PHP Microsoft .NET
CMS Strengths SEO and Cost Blogging and Themes Scalability and UI
CMS Weaknesses Customization Technical Support Upgrade process
Average CMS Costs Google Sites WordPress DNN
Set-up and design $1,250 $2,500 $2,250
Annual hosting fee $0/year $120/year $300/year
SEO add-on $600 $800 $800
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Conclusion / Recommendations:

  • If you want an easy to use system, I love Google Sites.  The integration with Google Apps is unparalleled.
  • If your main focus is blogging, I recommend WordPress.  Tons of inexpensive, beautiful themes are available.
  • If you need a secure enterprise level system, then DNN is the way to go.

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