(Choosing the Right CMS For Your Needs)
Every developer, programmer or IT enthusiast has a favorite when it comes to using open source CMS (content management system) for his projects. Sometimes it all comes down to functionality and ease of use but the lines are blurred and there is no clear-cut victor. Who is really the King of CMS and which is the right one for you?
First off… Why do you need a CMS?
In developing a website you need a CMS to publish, manage and control your content. There are a number of ways you can use a CMS depending on the features it supports. It can be used to run an online store, send out newsletters, publish a blog or just maintain a large amount of information. More advanced functionalities can be done with the use of plug-ins and extensions.
What are your options?
There are a number of CMS frameworks. Good thing some good folks have done the dirty work of comparing these options. And after the dust settled, three stood out:
Pros, Cons and The Verdict
Drupal is a powerful tool for nearly any web application. It is known for its hefty taxonomy and ability to tag, categorize and organize complex content. Just how easily you can accomplish them is the question. Drupal is code-intensive and inherently patch-work making it intimidating for beginners.
Pros: Free, large user base, thousands of features available
Cons: complicated and messy. Need to hire professional Drupal developer. Really expensive
Average setup cost: $5,000 – $50,000
Verdict: A clear trade-off between power and ease of use. If the budget is an issue, Drupal might not be for you.
Joomla! Is best described as less complex than Drupal but more complex than WordPress. Unlike Drupal, Joomla! requires simpler installation and setup. With a relatively small effort of understanding Joomla’s structure and terminology, you can create fairly complex websites. Plus it boasts some of the highest quality CMS theme designs available online.
Pros: Huge support community, great templates
Cons: weak SEO support out-of-the-box, plugins are vulnerable to attacks
Average setup cost: $2,00 – $20,000
Verdict: Can be an attractive alternative to Drupal but may share the same shortcomings
WordPress started as an innovative, super easy-to-use blogging platform. Through years of development, the WordPress community created a user-friendly CMS with an ever-increasing repertoire of theme, plugins and widgets. It is powerful enough to efficiently build websites to suit any needs and requirements as clients can take over the site management without fuss. Plus, both amateurs and experts alike can benefit from WordPress’ great support and tutorials readily available online.
Pros: very simple to use, user-friendly interface and tools, beautiful and stylish design themes, SEO and Google-friendly
Cons: cannot handle complex websites
Average setup cost: $250 – $15, 000
Verdict: If your website does not require intensive coding and structuring, WordPress is for you
At the end of the day it all comes down to your needs
Do not be overwhelmed by the pros and cons you read. Choose a CMS that can best serve your purpose. Whether it is Drupal, Joomla! or WordPress, be sure to choose a CMS that has the tools, features, extensions, plugins and ready made template that can help your business grow online.
How to get you started
The first step is to sign up for a web hosting plan that supports your CMS choice. Then ask around for a quote on your project and here at WPD we will be honored to provide you an obligation FREE quote you can use to make smarter, more informed decision for your online needs.