UK University Content Management Systems

UK University Content Management Systems

We’ve just updated our content management system (CMS) database for UK higher education institutions.

We used our web estate registry application to detect the CMS publishing content on the main ‘.ac.uk’ domain for 156 UK university and college websites. Our software could not unambiguously resolve the CMS in use at four institutions.  [Many thanks for the responses on systems we missed - still four to go!].

We detected 27 different CMSs used across the 152 institutions for which we have a high degree of detection confidence. As the doughnut chart below shows, five suppliers account for two out of every three installed systems.

For comparison purposes we've included the estimated CMS market share data for UK higher education we collected in 2016.

pie chart of UK higher education institutions showing the relative proportions of content management systems in use for 2016

Estimated CMS market shares for UK higher education in 2016
pie chart of UK higher education institutions showing the relative proportions of content management systems in use for 2018

Estimated CMS market shares for UK higher education in 2018

We have only examined the system publishing content on each institution’s main domain. It is wrong to extrapolate these statistics into wider market share estimates. Work carried out at individual institutions confirms school, faculty and department websites use Drupal and WordPress extensively and, overall, make these the most popular CMSs.

One conclusion to be drawn from the specific systems these institutions use (which is analogous to US data) is the shift from systems simply rendering HTML to those also supporting the wider needs of digital marketing campaigns.