What makes a good CMS for professional publishing

Modern digital publishing platforms for website content production, or content management systems, are the cornerstone of your publishing business.

Publishing CMS checklist

As a media or publishing business, your industry is in danger. The broad accessibility of the digital demands you adapt to its fast pace. The system you use to publish and manage your content is the most crucial factor in whether your business remains on the cutting edge. Do you know what to look for in a publishing content management system?

Publish more than just text and photos

Your readers and users expect a lot more than just a digital version of the printed edition of the articles. Your content must be enriched with video, voice and interactive content. Even embedded tweets and Instagram posts are now part of the story you share with your audience.

Have media assets at your fingertips

Your media files and assets must be reusable and tracked. Images, videos, documents, and even social media posts must live in the same environment as the articles you publish, quickly accessible and shared between your authors and editors.

Publish for desktop, mobile and beyond

More than half of your audience will consume your content with a mobile device, but that is not all your platform should be ready for. The experience must be completely tailored to mobile users, as it's not just about the screen size, but also things like making sure pages load fast.

Schedule and moderate content in your CMS

There is a process for creating and publishing content, and your CMS should support that process if not drive it altogether. Creating custom publishing workflows, scheduling and even expiring content must be available to the editors so they have complete control.

The basics: fast, reliable, and secure

Don't fall too much for the bells and whistles when considering your content management system. The quality of the software starts with its performance, reliability and security. Any shortage on any of those attributes results in disappointed users at best and lawsuits at worst.

Own your software

"Own the bricks" as they say in the restaurant business, where leasing can be a risk. In digital publishing, the software is the building where people go, and you should own it completely, not only the content but also the code of your CMS.

Interested in a CMS that ticks all the boxes?

Thunder, designed to meet the needs and expectations of professional publishing.

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Thunder, open-source CMS for professional publishing

Designed specifically to meet the needs and expectations of professional publishing.

Create thrilling articles with multimedia content using the dynamic content builder called Paragraphs
Add pictures, galleries and videos to your article directly from the integrated media library
Publish your content by following an editorial workflow or schedule when it goes live
Extend the system with the help of 2500 available modules, or build your own module that does exactly what you need

Interested in Thunder CMS?

You can try Thunder CMS completely free of charge, no license fees or lock-ins. We can help you set up a demo installation and guide you through the out-of-the-box features.

By talking to our experts, you can also learn about the possible improvements, extensions and integrations you can have to build a completely bespoke system, tailored to your specific requirement.

Reach out to us, let us know about your project, and we can schedule a short presentation of Thunder CMS and how can Agiledrop help you build a professional publishing system.

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Who uses Thunder

Thunder drives ~80 million monthly visits across thousands of websites that use it for their content management system.

Thunder is released as open-source software and started the Thunder Coalition to join forces by sharing code and innovation power.

Who uses Thunder

About Agiledrop

Agiledrop is a web development company based in Slovenia, EU. Our clients include Hubert Burda Media, SAGE Publications, UNESCO, T-Systems, and other renowned companies and organizations.

We excel at modern web development technologies, specifically Drupal, the framework Thunder CMS is based on. We combine our technical expertise with the know-how of the publishing and media industry collected over the years of working with the world's largest publishers and media companies.

Agiledrop's media & publishing references

We develop advanced digital solutions for news platforms, publishing houses and data aggregators. Our development teams adhere to industry standards and best practices by working as part of your digital team.

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Hubert Burda Media

The tech and media company, Offenburg and Munich, Germany

With over 12,000 employees, Hubert Burda Media is the biggest media publishing company in Germany, as well as one of the oldest, as it was founded in 1903. While their focus lies in producing fascinating journalistic content, they’ve invested heavily in technology, striving to always provide the most high-end experiences for their customers.

Agiledrop has offered us a fast, convenient and straightforward support. Communication and problem-solving works really well. We are satisfied with the results we are getting. 

Arlind Quni
Hubert Burda Media, Germany

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SAGE Publications

Leading independent, academic and professional publisher of innovative, high-quality content, California, USA

SAGE Publishing is based upon the belief in the importance of engaged scholarship and quality education. Founded in 1965 and boasting over 1,500 employees globally, they aim to be the leading independent, academic and professional publisher. Each year, they publish thousands of works across various subject areas, serving as a central hub for both authors and researchers.

Agiledrop has been a great partner to SAGE. Their developers fit effortlessly into our team and have demonstrated high-quality development and solutioning skills.

Tracey Ryan
Senior Director, Publishing Technologies