[Guru Survey] Higher Ed CMS Usage

If there is one question that serves as the elephant in the room for higher education web development, it’s: “What CMS should I use?” The question is common, but not at all simple, and research data is not easy to come by. We would like to provide some helpful information in this area, and have began work on a series of articles that will feature different schools and the CMSs that they use. While there is no right answer to the question, we want to help you make educated decisions.

The first step we wanted to take is to get a snapshot of just what was being used. We’re asking you, our readers, to take five minutes today to click the link below and fill out a quick survey so that we can show people just what is popular today, and provide a handful of examples for those researching CMSs to check out (and be sure to tweet, email, or share the survey with colleagues at other schools). We’ll follow up with a report on the results, and then begin a series of user contributed articles talking about their experience deploying and using particular CMSs.

(Aside: And be sure to check out CMS Matrix if you need a tool to begin doing comparisons with. Also, I’ll be presenting part of a series featuring open source CMSs in higher ed with Higher Ed Experts in April if you’re interested in dotCMS, Drupal, or WordPress.)

Our hope is that this will help provide some stepping stones for those designing, redesigning, or realigning a site who need a new CMS to serve as the foundation for their university’s site. We appreciate any information you can share with us.

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This post was written by:

Michael Fienen

Michael Fienen - who has written 64 posts on .eduGuru

Michael joined Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, KS (NOT Pennsylvania, they spell it wrong anyway) in 2006 and is currently the Director of Web Marketing.  He is also CTO for the interactive map provider nuCloud. Web development's role in interpersonal communication is a principle focus of his efforts to improve and enhance higher ed web commodities.  He is an active supporter of the dotCMS community, accessibility advocate, freelance consultant, frequent speaker at web events, and general purpose geek who wears many hats.  Read his complete bio.

9 Responses to “[Guru Survey] Higher Ed CMS Usage”

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    data center power Says:

    Over the past three years Academica has been developing and perfecting a user-friendly overlay for the Drupal Content Management Platform. This custom, easy-to-use interface has been tailored to the higher education market.


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    Mozie Says:

    Very cool Article, keep up the excellent work. I have to mention that your blog looks very cool. Contact me if you need help with your Web Design and graphics :)


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    Rick Says:

    When will your results be published?


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    Michael Fienen (author) Says:

    Results will be published on Wednesday, the 17th.


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      Rick Says:

      Great, thanks. I’m looking forward to see the results.


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    Rocco Lienke Says:

    My bad, only just read your post… I wish I had known before I did what I did yesterday :(


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    Andrew A. Sailer Says:

    Great article thx a lot!


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    Ouida Cassino Says:

    Cool, there are actually some worthwhile facts on this blog some of my readers may find this worthwhile, I must send a link, thanks.



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