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Choosing the right CMS for your business

Posted on 20th September, 2017 by Chris Stott

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There was once a time that if you wanted to update your own website on a regular basis then you’d need to understand how to code in whatever language your website had been built using. These languages could include ASP .Net, PHP, Ruby and Python to name just a few. Thankfully a lot of this changed with the introduction of content management systems that were geared to the needs of real world users and not just developers.

In this blog, we’re going to take a look at how you can choose the best content management system for your business and what you’ll need to build a successful online business.

Drupal

Drupal is currently the third most popular content management system available and one that is used by businesses of all sizes. Like the other CMS systems in this blog, Drupal is free to download and just requires that you host it on a suitable server. While Drupal offers a powerful system allowing you to fully customise your website there is a big downside for most business owners, namely the needing you to have knowledge of editing code using HTML and PHP.

Updating your website, adding new content and creating new pages can be tricky in Drupal as coding knowledge is needed to make even basic changes. Another disadvantage of Drupal is that there fewer developers available who are able to provide support meaning that should you mess things up you could have difficulty finding someone to fix it.

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Joomla

More intuitive than Drupal, Joomla is a popular choice for people all over the world and is in second position in terms of popularity. Like Drupal, it can be used for everything from a small website for a local business right up to a massive online shop for a national retailer. Joomla has the added benefit of being much easier to update and manage than Drupal but doesn’t really come close to WordPress.

Joomla has a wide range of plugins and themes to choose from meaning that you can change the look and feel to match the needs of your business but again you’ll need some basic coding knowledge in order to get the best from it. Most hosting providers also offer a one-click install for Joomla to help you get up and running quickly.

WordPress

It will come as no surprise that the next CMS on our list is ranked number 1 when it comes to popularity and for a good reason. Not only is WordPress incredibly easy to use but it is also one of the most secure, robust and multi-functional choices available. Want to create an online store for your business? Or how about setting up a website with a blog attached? WordPress can handle this and so much more.

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Gone are the days when it was a simple blogging platform. Thanks to a huge community of developers, WordPress has grown into one of the best CMS platforms available today. Often set as the default option on hosting one-click installs it powers more websites worldwide than any other CMS. And because of the large network of developers if you ever have a problem with your website then you’ll find plenty of people that are able to fix it.

Like the other options above to get the best from these platforms it is best to use a professional to create a theme and customise your site based on your needs. While it can be tempting to try and do this yourself the reality is it will never look as good or work as well as if it had been done professionally.

In our experience, WordPress is one of the best options and covers a whole range of use cases. One of the main reasons for choosing WordPress is just how easy it is to quickly update, add fresh content and new images. So if you’re looking for the best option for your business then we’d have to recommend WordPress.

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