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Choosing the right CMS

CMS lets you upload and manage the content for your website. No matter the size or type of your business, a CMS has become almost indispensable. It operates on the backend of your website, allowing you to manage the content and other facets of your website. This is a backbone of a website and you may imagine it’s crucial to be using the best one. There are numerous CMS platforms so in this article we will present only a few of the most widely used.

The most popular among all CMS platforms is WordPress. While it may have started only as a blogging platform, WordPress is chosen by nearly 60 percent of websites that use a CMS. Major Websites that use WordPress include The New Yorker, Best Buy and Xerox. Flexibility of tools with an easy-to-use interface is the reasons why it’s so commonly used. WordPress is open source, which means that you don't need to purchase a license to operate it. In addition, open source software is constantly being enhanced by a community of contributors, including web developers, who create plug-ins and themes for the software. This makes it a good choice regardless of whether or not you know how to code or have a web developer or a team of developers. The software can be always customized to fit your needs.

Having an online store means that standard CMS platforms may not satisfy your needs. While most of CMS platforms provide ecommerce plugins there are just purely smarter solutions. There are platforms which are created strictly for online stores. A popular choice for that type of systems is Magento. It’s an open source Ecommerce platform that is owned by eBay. It is now available in two guises: a free Magento Community Edition and a paid Magento Enterprise Edition. The Community Edition allows you to build an online store using plug-ins from other developers while allowing for unlimited customization with your own code. It’s powerful and constantly being developed and improved by a wide community. The Enterprise Addition involves a paid subscription and is geared towards larger organizations that require a bespoke Ecommerce content management system. Like many CMS options, Magento allows users to choose from a range of themes which can then be customized to deliver the functionality and visual results that you require.

The next platform is a 100% free Drupal. Drupal is an advanced CMS system offering plenty functions, that in other platforms require installing many plugins. As all of previous platforms it’s an open source project. There is no proprietary code, it's fully extensible and flexible and you have access to an active developer community worldwide. Drupal is famous for allowing easily creating and managing many content types, like: videos, polls, user management, text, blogs, podcasts, statistics, and others. Drupal also offers an advanced users management system and great searching tools. Overall it’s extremely powerful but it is also much more complex than other CMS platforms. You may have to hire a web developer or a team of designers and development staff to develop a good, user-friendly site.

The last platform we will cover is Joomla. The goofily named CMS solution is a hybrid between the plug and play WordPress blogging platform with the extensive development toolbox in Drupal. Think of Joomla as a middle of the road solution for someone who can be more technical than WordPress requires but not up to the challenge of learning the incredibly complex Drupal. Joomla is well regarded as the best CMS application for small business owners since it’s free and with doesn’t require a whole team of developers to use. It’s open source platform that in the right hands and with the right amount of plugins can fulfill the needs of most small businesses.

As you can see there are many aspects you should consider before choosing a CMS. If you've got any questions or if you're still not sure which CMS to use on your brand new website then feel free to contact us and we will be more than happy to help you start your own website.

 

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