Choosing the Best Content Management System for Your Needs
Posted on January 6, 2016
Finding the perfect Content Management System (CMS) for your website or blogging needs isn’t an easy task, but fortunately there are many quality options out there. One of the most important things to understand is that the better you know the specific needs you’ll have for your website, the better a match you can make with a CMS. The best system for blogging will rarely be the best system for creating a sales letter, gathering client data, or even creating a small static website for a small business. Read on to learn more about the top three CMS names that come up constantly, and some other options you can also pursue to find the best match.
WordPress is by far and away the largest CMS, and probably the most well known. Some estimates have up to 40% of all websites online are built using the WP platform. Originally designed as a platform for bloggers, WP is still often considered the best choice for most bloggers but this CMS is also used for a wide array of websites, as well.
There are several advantages to going with WP. The first is that WP will have literally millions of software widgets called plug-ins that add different abilities or functions to your websites. The number of webmasters using WordPress means you have thousands of tutorial videos around the web, and finding a WordPress expert to take care of a detail or two that is just beyond your technical reach is really easy.
On the minus side, if your site needs a lot of bells and whistles, adding too many plug-ins can result in a slower working website and increase the chances of security risks. For commercial sites with a lot of items to buy online, there are content management systems that are a better fit.
Joomla is the second most used CMS out there. This is a PHP-based free CMS that is extremely popular with web developers who are looking for more than a basic blog or basic static website. Joomla is designed to tackle much larger and more interactive websites where the webmaster needs to have the ability to collect data, use an interactive tool, or even process payment while protecting the customer with an active SSL.
Joomla also has a very active community, however their backend isn’t nearly as friendly or intuitive as what you get with many other CMS options. This does require some technical skill to navigate through it all.
Drupal is a popular option with many large websites, and it is a system that has been proven to be able to handle a large number of add-ons without too many issues. Drupal is a good choice for individuals looking to make sure everything in the coding to the setup is high end, and although they do deliver the most common complaint is budget. Most of the best software and functions of Drupal are premium, meaning you need to pay for them. Drupal is also huge overkill for smaller websites.
These three CMS options make up the majority of the market and give a wide array of options to individual webmasters. Even with that being said, for someone working on a very niche website like one that is video heavy, needs to be able to handle special software or animation, or creating a sign in for a members site will want to look at CMS options that specifically target those niches. Sometimes being big and general isn’t the best solution.
A little bit of brainstorming ahead of time can help you with making the right decision on the content management system that will get the job done for your specific needs.
Jonathan Leger is a small business owner and personal development enthusiast. He also runs a popular question and answer website at AnswerThis.co.