Testing popular CMS and blogging systems

For a long time I’ve been really interested in performance aspects of content management systems and smarter blogging systems. This is the reason for my decision to test some of the popular systems on a workbench and to get some technical information about these systems.

The test was quite simple. I installed the packages on my sandbox server and added a function (cip-bench()) to the installation. Then I ran the index page with the default template and configuration. The data I got from the test was limited on the raw index page after the installation. I picked up 5 aspects for the test:

  • The first one was the memory usage of the system
  • The execution time
  • Executed database queries
  • How many database tables exist
  • And the last parameter shows how many files are required.

It is interesting to see how different some CMS solve their tasks. I was surprised of some results for example 399 database queries of contenido.

To sum up this test I was impressed by chyrp. It’s delivered with an elegant backend and I think it has got a lot of potential to become more popular and famous. The memory usage of wordpress seems to be improved in contrast to previous versions.


name memory avg time queries tables required files
chyrp 5.556 MB 0.3 – 0.5 7-10 8 63
geeklog 6.97 MB 0.6 – 0.7 59 50 38
serendipity 6.773 MB 0.5 – 0.55 11 21 48
textpattern 2.823 MB 0.2 – 0.3 21 17 12
wordpress 12.044 MB 0.4 – 0.6 15 11 73


name memory avg time queries tables required files
cmsmadesimple 7.543 MB 1.1 – 1.48 38 – 52 52 92
contenido 9.562 MB 0.6 – 0.9 254 – 265 (399) 76 123
impressCMS 10.938 MB 0.5 – 0.6 53-55 57 139
joomla 6.289 MB 0.7 – 0.8 7 – 11 33 127

Freelancing on White Papers

Nice reminder from The Content Wrangler on where the money:

Are you looking to drum up some new business? Want to get more dollars from existing clients? Are you a starving writer?

White paper expert Michael A. Stelzner, author of Writing White Papers: How to Capture Readers and Keep Them Engaged, provides the following reasons white papers could dramatically increase your writing revenue...

Over the past couple years, I've been asked by a few if I would be willing to write a white paper recommending a content management system. information system, or specific product.  For the most part, those opportunities always seem to arrive when I'm busy with other projects so I declined. When I wasn't busy, I was asked to write positively about a product I knew nothing about (I declined) as well as a specific information system which I believed could be better written within the company (the potential client had smarter people than me and they agreed).

Great News, a 600,000 drop in traffic rank

A couple weeks ago I mentioned that Alexa, a Web search and site statistics company, had wrongly merged CMS Report with a couple other unrelated sites under At the time my traffic rank stood at 218,200. Luckily, Alexa has a procedure that lets you contact them so they can separate your site from the other sites.

In that story, I also mentioned that: