There are many choices available when it comes to content management systems. If you need to build a website for your business, you may be left slightly confused about which option is best to use. Each come with their own features and despite the fact they do the same job, each one is very different.
Today, the three most widely used content management systems are WordPress, Joomla and Drupal. Each one is a open-source software and are free to download and use. Due to the fact that they are open source, their platforms are continuously being updated in order to keep up to date with the changing internet technologies plus new function are added when add-ons are created.
Your choice of which to use should revolve around the target audience of your website, the goals of your site, yours or your web developer’s technical expertise, what you want your finished website to do and your budget.
Those who wish to create a simple and easy to use website or blog usually opt for WordPress as it is very friendly towards those that don’t usually create websites. Although it is flexible and easy to pick up at short notice, it is still capable of creating some quite complex websites if the time and effort is put into creating it. For a site that requires scalability and complex content organisation, then Drupal might be the best choice, however you would have to have a fair bit of technical knowledge in order to use this system at its fullest. Joomla fits in somewhere between the two of these. It is slightly easier to learn but still can create some complex, scalable websites.
As with most things, the more time and effort that is put into them, the better the final outcome, and all three systems are capable of creating some visually stunning sites with good usability and easy to update.
One of the key benefits of WordPress is simply its ease of use, for both novices or experts. Usually for a company website, an outside developer will create the initial site, the tricky bit, and then hand the reins back to the company whose website it is. From here, with only a little instruction, the company should be able to take over their own site management in terms of updating, adding posts and pictures and changing content. With a little bit of learning a company may even be able to create the website themselves from scratch. It is definitely possible for companies to create their own blogs using WordPress, and in fact many individuals are now using this system to create their own blogs and maintaining them themselves.
A perk of using Joomla is it has strong social networking features and is designed to platform as a strong social networking platform . Drupal stands out from other content management systems because of its powerful taxonomy and the ability to categorise, organise, and tag complex content. Unless you are a season web developer, these two options are often best left to the professionals as it is often very complicated and even updates to a site can take a lot of work. However, with easy new release of the systems they are becoming easier and easier to use. If an individual or company as a whole are willing to commit fully to learning the ins and outs of the software, then it may be possible to create a website yourself, however most advice points to hiring someone who can do it for you.
Currently WordPress is the most common system that is used for website building with over 17.3 million websites already using the system for the websites. This could be for several reasons such as its simplicity to use. This instantly widens its market as you do not have to have training in order to use it. Additionally it has more theme options than the other systems with more than 7600 available. Drupal and Joomla have 2300 and 4000 respectively. It also has a lot more plugins available with over 47000, Joomla has over 8000 extensions and Drupal has over 35,000 modules.
WordPress stands out slightly from the others in terms of its usability, Drupal and Joomla are more similar and a little harder to differentiate from each other. Joomla is best thought of as the middle ground. If a developer is willing to put in the effort then an individual is capable of working out how to use it by themselves, and the website will be that little bit more complex.
Whichever system is used, if done properly you are sure to get the website that you have always strived to achieve.
If you are struggling to figure out what popular CMS to pick, take a look at the infographic below from Skilled.co. The infographic highlights key information on each CMS and provides the framework to help you determine the right CMS for you.
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This resource was published by skilled.co05 September 2017
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