Which Content Management System to Choose
After you website launches, hassling code to make content updates is just about the last thing you want to do. Enter Content Management Systems or CMS. A CMS is an interface designed specifically for the management and creation of a website’s content. A CMS can control any number of content variables on a website, including articles, images, design, and site structure. Over the years, thousands of CMS platforms have become available. Often times, it can be difficult to make the investment in a new CMS. Let me help you out with an introduction to the three CMS’s that we get asked the most about these days.
WordPress is a free, open source Content Management System. It’s best known for its blog publishing wizardry. It is powered by PHP and MySQL and has a robust plug-in architecture and template system so you can easily add plugins for things like say SEO or choose from a library of design templates.
The easy set-up and volume of design themes make WordPress a great choice for anyone looking to get a website up and running quickly–especially on a tight budget. WordPress also offers some awesome ecommerce extensions WP e-Commerce. Although it’s often thought of as just a blogging platform, there are several high-powered WordPress websites like I don’t know TechCrunch and CNN. Oh, and we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention that the very post you’re reading right now is on WordPress. We fell in love with its simplicity, plugins and search friendliness years ago.
Joomla is a free, open source CMS, developed and released in 2005 as an extension of Mambo. Its ease-of-use and extensibility have made Joomla a popular website software choice.
Joomla has practical applications across a number of sites, from small to large. Built with developers in mind, Joomla caters towards creating and utilizing extensions. A number of functionality elements can be applied to Joomla in order to create a robust site with ease of management. With the help of an experienced developer, a number of functionality elements can be applied to Joomla in order to create a robust site with ease of management. A great example is OSContent, an extension that lets you create, add and categorize articles in bulk. Although Joomla’s popularity has dropped lately with intense competition from Drupal, it is still the weapon of choices for many development firms. A small outfit called GE actually uses it for their transportation division.
These days we get the most questions about this guy. Drupal is a free, community-built website development tool. It’s regarded as one of the best website frameworks available and is deployed all over the globe. Drupal has proven itself as an enterprise-class CMS among developers and end-users. Drupal users also appreciate the different levels of permissions and roles across organizations. A little political group called the White House used Drupal for their website and its pretty snazzy.
Drupal isn’t actually a CMS. It acts as more of a framework, allowing developers to create any number of CMS variables. With an extensive network of developers, Drupal is constantly growing, changing, and evolving. If you’re looking for a system that can handle a large scale web presence but is scalable and versatile, Drupal is second-to-none. More and more of our complex web projects are being developed on Drupal because of its extensive community of development resources and flexibility.