Choosing a CMS (Content Management System) for your website can be the difference between a beautiful, effective web presence that is suited to your skill levels, and wasting time and/or money on a website that looks poor and is far too complex for your capabilities. Additionally, however you also need to consider the future and how your needs may change over time in relation to what you need from your website and what features you may wish to add. To this end, this guide talks you through the process of choosing a suitable CMS for your needs by weighing up the pros and cons of four of the main CMS’ on the market today.
WordPress is the World’s most popular CMS and as such the support that can be found online for it is practically unparalleled. Additionally, this CMS is widely regarded as the easiest to use of all and additionally provides millions of ‘plugins’ which even amateur users can use to add functionality to their website. These include contact forms, social media streams and live chat features. Practically anything is possible through the range of WordPress plugins and for this reason, a WordPress website can adapt as your needs change.
Wordpress may not make for a suitable option when you foresee your website being of a particularly complex makeup with heavy traffic. An example of this would be an e-Commerce website with thousands of products.
Skill Level: Beginner
Joomla is a happy medium between the sometimes underpowered, yet easy to use WordPress CMS and the mighty Drupal CMS which is difficult to use for even the intermediate user. Joomla is perfect for those looking for a website that has a heavy focus on articles and content and provides an intuitive interface.
The main con of Joomla is therefore in relation to the fact that it is suited only to those at an intermediate level user; although the system can be learnt with a fairly significant amount of dedication.
Skill Level: Intermediate
This CMS provides amazing extensibility options, which feature solid support, plenty of add ons and customisation options. As well as this it offers an easy to use backend option for the beginner and a powerful PHP option for programmers who are building highly customised websites.
Expression Engine is, unlike the other CMS systems, a CMS that costs money and you can expect to pay anything up to £200.
Skill Level: Intermediate
Drupal is the most powerful CMS of all the systems reviewed here. It is highly scalable, which means that it can adapt and meet the needs of even millions of users and visitors through the most complex of websites.
Drupal is considered as the ‘coder’s dream CMS’. This CMS is then a system that is exceptionally complex and only suitable for web professionals.
Skill Level: Advanced user
If you still feel unsure as to which CMS is suitable for both your needs today as well as tomorrow then consulting with an experienced digital agency is essential. Reputable companies within this industry will be able to guide you through the seemingly complex landscape of CMS’.