Any web developer who has been working in the industry for more than a few days has probably heard of Wordpress. Stay for a couple more months and there’s a good chance you’ve worked on a Wordpress site — it’s a popular platform since it’s well-known, easy-to-use, and free.
You may have also heard of ExpressionEngine, Drupal, Joomla, and a few other CMS heavy-hitters. They all have their benefits and flaws, which is a topic for another time. I’d rather talk about the next up-and-comer and my new favorite, Craft.
Craft is a small CMS that was developed fairly recently by ExpressionEngine add-on developers Pixel & Tonic. Having worked with ExpressionEngine for a while, it’s obvious these guys really know the pain-points in any client-facing CMS. Everything they’ve built into Craft solves a problem I’ve had on almost every site I ever made with Wordpress. If I had to make a CMS myself, it would probably resemble Craft pretty closely.
So, how does Craft stack up against the industry go-to?