CMS

CMS (Content Mangement System), when related to websites, refers to a type of software that allows you to manage digital content. It allows multiple users to work on the site and global changes. They typically work with templates that organise repetitive areas such as the header and footer of a website as well as format pages and categorisation. When building a brochure style site it’s important to choose the right CMS. Here we look at three of the most popular CMS software solutions for building websites.

WordPress – Originally built as a blogging platform it has been developed to incorporate full websites. The whole platform is open source and due to its popularity, there are literally thousands of developers that offer plugins and templates to complete almost any task. WordPress is extremely easy to install and very user-friendly. It offers drag and drop functions and the visual composer plugin offers non-coders the ability to alter their website in a GUI. For the beginner or experienced alike WordPress offers a great solution.

Drupal – A CMS for advanced webmasters capable of handling large volumes of traffic but be prepared to hire a developer. Drupal is an open source flexible platform and can create anything from a simple blog to a fully interactive site. However, it lacks the simplicity of WordPress and isn’t particularly user-friendly for newbies. If you have a developer and plan to make a powerful large site Drupal offers a solution but for most SME’s Drupal may prove too advanced.

Joomla – A CMS system designed and targeted to developers. Joomla again is open source meaning there are a lot of add-ons available. Joomla similar to Drupal is not for the beginner though. Technically Joomla is easier than Drupal but not as user-friendly as WordPress so it sits in the middle.

All of the CMS systems above have thriving communities supplying help and assistance. There are many other CMS available as well as these three, in general look for an open source CMS so it’s portable between developers unless there are compelling reasons you require a bespoke CMS solution. It’s best to choose your CMS system on scalability and your experience level.

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