A Quick Guide to Choosing a Website CMS

A CMS (or Content Management System) is a crucial tool in making web development accessible to the common man, streamlining and simplifying the process, and making it easier for businesses to regularly create, publish and update their own web content.

But how do you choose the one which is right for you? We’re going to look through some of the different types of CMS, and which ones might be right for your site.

 

What is a CMS and Why Do You Need One?

 

A CMS allows you to create and upload content to your website, with a range of features such as SEO support, social media integration, security features, multi-language support, eCommerce and much more.

Most CMS are open source, meaning they can be publicly modified and shared. They have a huge amount of plugins and themes meaning you can create a highly bespoke website for your needs.

Deciding which one is right for you will depend on the requirements of the site and the budget that you have in mind, but we’re going to take a look at three of the most popular options, WordPress, Joomla and Drupal.

 

WordPress

 

WordPress is by far the most popular CMS option out there, and is used by all kinds of businesses, both big and small.

Perhaps the most obvious benefit of WordPress is that it’s free, but there are lots of other features that make it world’s most popular CMS.

It’s ideal for small and medium sized businesses as it’s easy to install, highly customisable and a huge community of developers using it.

 

Joomla

 

Joomla is probably the second most popular CMS (behind WordPress) and features a similarly simple backend.

It’s also very technically advanced and more powerful than WordPress, so why is it less popular?

Joomla is a little less user-friendly than WordPress, however, it does have quick technical support available through Help Portals.

Joomla is generally recommended more for larger businesses and online stores.

 

Drupal

 

Drupal is one of the more technically advanced CMS, and is the most functional option, allowing developers to edit content directly on the web page.

Drupal is often known as the ‘Enterprise Grade CMS’ and is generally used by bigger operations due to its improved performance.

If your site has particularly complex needs, or if you’re expecting large amounts of traffic to the site, then Drupal could be the CMS for you.

Which CMS is right for you will depend upon your level of experience, budget and needs, but generally speaking, you can’t go too far wrong with WordPress.

While it’s often seen as more of a blogging platform than a CMS, WordPress continues to gain more capabilities with each upgrade and plugin.

For the final word, we spoke to digital agency Liquid Bubble, who said: “Whichever one you choose, you need to consider how easy it is to use, install and upgrade, how flexible it is for if you want to scale your business in the future, whether your staff will be able to use it, and what kind of technical support is available to you.”

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