If you are thinking of creating a business website then you will need to decide on which content management system to use. There are many different content management systems out there, but the three most popular are WordPress, Joomla and Drupal. All three are free to download and are open source,which means that they are constantly being developed and maintained by a community of users. In this article we will look at the benefits of each to help you decide on the best content management system for your company website.
WordPress is known for focusing heavily on quality aesthetics and usability. It is an excellent choice for those looking to create a simple blog or brochure website. It is extremely easy to install, set up and manage, with little to no need to read through any ‘how to’ manuals. Over the years it has evolved from being a blogging system to a full content management system with an active community of highly talented developers behind the application.
There are now over twelve thousand plugins that WordPress users can integrate with their websites to enhance user experience and functionality. They can also choose from a wide range of themes available to give their business website a professional and aesthetically pleasing finish. Whether you are a hobbyist, blogger or new business owner, with WordPress you can set up a website in a matter of minutes and make it look fantastic in a matter of hours.
Joomla is often described as the next level up from WordPress in terms of complexity. It is still fairly easy to learn and has a fantastic community of developers behind it there to provide you with answers to any questions you may have. Joomla is superior to WordPress in terms of power, which is why it is often the choice of those looking to create complex corporate websites. It is highly flexible and capable of meeting bespoke publishing needs.
Whereas WordPress has over twelve thousand plugins, Joomla has just six thousand plugins, which are known as ‘extensions.’ It also provides a selection of free templates for users to choose from.
Drupal is by far the most complex content management system of the three. It is equipped with a vast range of tools and features which make it a developer’s dream application to use. Drupal is highly customisable and extremely SEO friendly. It allows users to have better control over their content categories and provides them with the option to complexly control their URL structures.
Drupal is extremely powerful and therefore perfect for those looking to create dynamic websites. It is more often the choice of big international companies, rather than small to medium-sized businesses. This may be due to the fact it is fairly complex in terms of configurability and therefore requires an expert to manage it.
If you are a non-techie or are new to publishing content online, then we would personally recommend that you use choose WordPress as your content management system. It is extremely simple to install and enables users to manage their content directly from the dashboard. It is the perfect content management system for those looking to set up simple business pages, but with plugins and extensions, simple web pages can easily be transformed into highly functional websites.It offers both flexibility and scalability, whilst still being user-friendly.
Joomla and Drupal require a little more knowledge, which is why we would not recommend them as our first choice of content management systems to those just starting out. They are more suited to those with experience of content management systems.
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