Drupal, Joomla or WordPress: Which CMS Is Best For Your Business
Before building a website, it’s useful to know which content management system (CMS) will enable you to get the most from your online business. The CMS is the platform you use to control the content on your website. It helps to learn how to work your CMS so you can maintain your website and improve SEO. You will also want to give it a refresh from time to time.
But here’s a bit of good news – on the current market, there are not so many CMS’s to choose from. We’ve narrowed it down to the three leaders on the principle they are most widely used by web designers so must be good, and best of all, they are free to set up – although subscription fees are payable for customising the theme, which is recommended.
Drupal – the powerful CMS
If you have a very large or complex website that requires a lot of content to be organised and unique features to be added, Drupal is arguably your best option on the principle that it is the most powerful of the top three CMS. Therefore, it can handle more coding and still deliver speedy uploads – which is important for user-experience.
The drawback to Drupal is, the CMS is more difficult to use, so if you are not technically minded it will be very difficult to use the software. It’s generally only tackled by advanced developers. However, from a user perspective, if you are used to working with software programs and committed to learning Drupal, the platform is getting easier to use.
WordPress – the user-friendly CMS
WordPress is the most widely used CMS for building websites because it is the easiest to use. Even if you don’t have much technical skill, simply playing around and clicking your way through each page is a quick way to learn. Most of the actions you need to take of are self- explanatory when you read the field title. There are also extra information boxes and a wealth of tutorials on the net.
Of the three big-hitters, WordPress is the easiest to install and customise. By the time your skivvy has made you a cuppa, you can have your WordPress online with a domain name. Adapting a theme to make it look and feel like your brand is a little trickier, so you will probably need help from an experienced web developer, but plugins make loading content as easy as dunking your biscuit.
Joomla – the CMS compromise
If you think you’ll need a CMS more powerful than WordPress, but easier to use than Drupal, Joomla is your option. The structure is more flexible than WordPress so will support more content and handle more traffic so is a favourite with eCommerce and social network type sites.
The advantage Joomla has over Drupal is non-tech people should be able to manage the software without requiring technical assistance – and when you do there is plenty of information and tutorials available on the web.
For most business owners, WordPress is sufficient and the easiest to use, but if you feel the need to change when your business gets bigger, you can always migrate to Joomla or Drupal.