So, you need to find a way to manage all your content on your site, and you’ve got all these choices, and have no idea or expert advice to base any decision from. Don’t worry, I’ve been designing websites now for quite a while, and have dealt with every CMS (Content Management System) from WordPress to Joomla. While I’m not biased, I do have a preferred form of CMS, simply because I find that it is much easier to manage, both from a Designer’s, as well as a Client End-User’s standpoint. I’ll name a few of the top ones, and give some insight into each one.
First up: Drupal. Drupal’s an open-source CMS, which means that it’s open to whoever would like to help develop it. It’s not owned by anyone. Hence, it’s free, and has a small army of developers working on it to better it, and push it along to the next generation of CMSs. It has a number of features, like electronic commerce, Blogs, forums, peer-to-peer networking, newsletters, etc. So, it has many possibilities, so it may be a little “source-heavy” (having to deal with typing or editing source code) for the average client. Let’s see what other options we have.
Joomla is another open-source CMS, and has many of the same features as Drupal, and for all intensive purposes, is very much like Drupal. Some say it’s easier for the average client to use (though you should, in the optimal situation, have a designer, in-house or outsourced, to do this for you!), but I think it’s one in the same between Drupal and Joomla. Joomla has the added advantage of being supported by developers that routinely develop different plugins and applications through it for you to use in your websites. But, I’m somewhat sure that if you’re researching this topic, you’re going to know of our next one – WordPress.
Yes, WordPress is mentioned in this article. In fact, WordPress is undeniably the largest and most extensive CMS out there. It’s supported not only by friendly developers, but a staff that actually works on the base core of WordPress. There are innumberable amounts of plugins and tips available for WordPress, as well as tons of forums open for advice on using it both as a blogging platform and a CMS. Originally, it wasn’t intended for anything but bloggers, but it’s since been bent to almost every designer’s will. In my opinion, I’m going to have to side with WordPress. It’s not why you’re thinking, though. I’m not siding with it because of the fact that everyone uses it, but because, looking at it from a client’s standpoint, they’ll be most familiar and comfortable with WordPress’ admin panels and options. Not to mention there’s plenty of support, both from staff and open forums to seek advice.
As you can see, there are TONS of options for CMSs – I’ve simply named three of the top ones. (In no particular order.) While I use WordPress the most, don’t count out the others! They have their place, and in the correct situation, serve their purpose better than WordPress.