Everyone needs a website, but sometimes managing a website can be harder than managing an entire team. As you may know, a content management system, or CMS for short, is a system that allows you to create and maintain a website with ease. With its user-friendly approach, there no more of having to go through the hassle of watching endless YouTube videos to learn a new programming language. All the tools and services you need are with the CMS, and from there you put the exact content you want.
And we mean the exact content, whether it be online shopping, restaurant reviews, or even a cat appreciation website.
Additionally, there is a fair amount of content management systems to choose from, each with their own strengths and differences. What we did is display the core features for each of these systems, allowing you to choose the system made for you. If you’re going to maintain a business, you’re going to need a website. Luckily, we just happen to be the absolute nicest people on the internet (no question, we are the greatest), and we’re willing to help.
Now how about we try to find the best one for you?
WordPress – This is the big guy. WordPress originally began as a canvas for bloggers, with coffee reviews and political banter on every corner. Today, it is the world’s most used CMS, and for good reason too. WordPress offers several themes that can be adapted to thousands of templates, as well as a multitude of plugins that extend the functions of your site. The most recent of these is an inbuilt auto updater plugin that can be added to the backend of your site without downloading any files. Companies love WordPress, and it’s used by some of the biggest corporations such as Sony, Disney, and even Beyoncé. It is very easy to use and especially helpful for people who do not know programming. WordPress even comes with an integrated editor that allows user to view the content similar to the end results while the document is being created, now isn’t that nifty!
Drupal– A more formal option, Drupal was was developed as a pure CMS, and not a blogging framework. Drupal offers a wide range of optional modules with interesting and deep features, such as forums, user blogs, user profiles, and much more! To be even nicer, Drupal is a free, open source CMS, subject to General Public License (GPL). To get a little bit more technical, the installation of Drupal requires a web server and a database that is compliant to both PHP and SQL, such as MySQL or PostgreSQL.
Joomla!– Drupal sounds too complicated? Well, you’re in luck! This is a simple and complete CMS package that offers several neat features and extensions. Although the name sounds like a smoothie flavor, it is easy to install and offers a clean interface with plenty of accessible menus. The official Joomla web site hosts over 3,200 extensions, which means a lot of monkeys are tapping away on their keyboards to keep this CMS varied. However, the themes and extensions in the Joomla community are more commercially oriented, so if you need customization products, you’re going to have to save up some money from doing chores.
Expression Engine– We have to give these guys props for their system. This CMS is an elegant and flexible solution for any type of project. The Expression Engine has a high-end administration interface, in addition to being intuitive and organized from the start. We can’t express how much we love the Expression Engine! Big entities love this one too, such as Apple, Nike, and even former president Barack Obama. It only takes a few minutes to understand how it works, and from there you can put content in and change the design. Expression Engine is packed with useful features, such as the ability to manage multiple sites with one installation. One of the best features is the global search and replacement function. Anyone who has managed a web site or even a blog knows that it is difficult and excruciating to replace large quantities of data, requiring you to edit each page. They pretty much thought of everything, and everything is a big quantity!
That concludes our list of some content management systems and their respective attributes. Choosing the right CMS is dependant on you, and how you want things to be done. Whether it be complex, simple, deep, broad, or even weird, the right CMS can benefit you in more ways than one.