OpenCms is a feature-rich, industrial-strength, open-source content management system. You can use it for small websites, but you can also manage complex sites, building intranet and internet web sites and so on. It integrates seemlessly in your IT infrastructure and, using Java and XML, is based on powerful, widespread technologies.
OpenCms is suitable to build highly complex multi-lingual websites, editable by manifold users with different permissions. You will profit most of it, if your website's content has to be easily editable by users with no technical background knowledge, possibly in multiple languages. Thus OpenCms plays to it's strength in internet or intranet sites of (large international) companies or organizations, where various employees edit contents.
For your private website, OpenCms may be the choice as well. You need to put some effort in designing your own content types and set up your own layout - or just use and adjust the demo template. But, there are other CMSs that will come with more predefined templates and add-ons that you typically want on a private website. Furthermore, for running OpenCms you need to install the JDK on your webserver and run a JVM. This will exclude most cheap options for hosting your private site.
OpenCms has many strengths. Here you get an impression on some of its main "pros".
With OpenCms you can build a website that perfectly fits to your needs. The logic behind can be as complex as needed. Here's what facilitates building the perfect website easily:
OpenCms is easy to use for administrators as well as for content editors.
Those who install, maintain or administrate OpenCms will profit from these features:
Those who edit and add content will profit from these features:
OpenCms provides several features out of the box and new features can be added via your own modules, or freely available add-on modules. The default OpenCms installation already features:
OpenCms was first release in 2000. Since this time - more than 10 years ago - it was continuously improved and developed with a focus on the needs of it's users. When new OpenCms versions are released, the focus is not only on new features, but also on backwards compatibility and upgrade options.
OpenCms has mainly been developed by Alkacon Software GmbH. Alkacon offers world-wide professional support on OpenCms, trainings and also some commercial extensions. Furthermore, many online agencies may help you building your page with OpenCms.
OpenCms is open source. It is freely availableExept the commercial add-ons.. This will
Moreover, OpenCms is based on with wide-spread standard formats and software components. Thus, setting up a website with OpenCms or extending it will require only a minimum level of very specific expert knowledge.