If you need a website that will work stably and that will be always actual at the expense of updates, think first of all about the choice of Content Management System (CMS). CMS differ in terms of functionality, capabilities and complexity of exploring. The correct choice of engine directly affects the success of the development of the whole site. We wrote a few words about four widespread free CMS.
Nowadays WordPress is the most popular free engine. According to W3Techs, it is used by 25% of all websites and 59% of websites with a CMS. The platform is supported by many developers from different countries who provide new extensions and templates for free. It is very flexible and easy to manage – the content is easyly edited in the admin panel. WordPress is ideal for creating blogs, corporate websites, forums. This CMS is unpretentious to hosting, easy to install and well indexed by search engines.
Used by: SoftwareGarage, TechCrunch, Time, Wired.
Joomla ranks second in popularity – 7% of all CMS sites and 3% of the total web. It is an open source CMS, which has a huge amount of extensions and modules. And most of them are free too. On the basis of Joomla one can create a major portal or online store. For inexperienced people it will be quite difficult to understand the management of the site, but for tech‐savvy users this will not take long. In addition, there is a large community of Joomla users, who can help in difficult situations.
Among the shortcomings can be identified bulky script that creates additional load on the server, and errors that are sometimes found in the code of modules. (however, in the standard software package errors occur rarely).
Used by: Harvard University, Linux.
The third most popular CMS at the moment is Drupal, with 2% of the web and 5% of CMS-enabled sites. Drupal can be used to build a variety of websites – from blogs, news portals, content‐rich websites, forums to social networks. Large functionality allows to create complex sites that can be further expanded by installing additional modules, which can be downloaded from the official website.
The disadvantages of Drupal consist of increased requirement for memory on the server side and the complexity in exploring for a simple user.
Used by: Australian Government, Bruno Mars, Oxfam.
Magento CMS takes more than 1% of all websites and 3% of websites with CMS. One of the key advantages of Magento is a large number of templates, plugins, and other extensions, which greatly simplifies the addition of new functionality. The truth is, most of them are paid.
- advanced platform with rich functionality and wide possibilities for customization;
- the potential of scaling allows not to be afraid of possible problems with the development of online store in the future;
- for high performance and speed you need a dedicated server instead of usual hosting;
- poorly suited for small businesses, the platform is usually used for large enterprises;
- excellent opportunities for international business – multilanguage and multicurrency are available.
The disadvantage of this platform is the high cost of support (about US $14,000/year) and promotion.
Used by: Liverpool FC, Nike, Olympus.
In general, each of the engines is good, and the choice should be built on the specific requirements of your business. It is necessary to take into account the specificity of trade, the resources available and the planned development strategy. Small company with a limited budget can use WordPress for corporate site or Joomla for an online store; owners of large businesses can develop their resources on Magento.
For a person without relevant technical competence it will be not easy to choose the engine for his website. So if you don’t know on what to stop, contact SoftwareGarage, and we will help you make the right decision.
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