What CMS to choose? – Pros and Cons
If you manage a website, you might find that a Content Management System is one of the most useful tools that can help you create the content you’re going to publish.
It doesn’t matter if you’re managing a website dedicated to post about the works done by Stone Finish Kelowna or a South American travel agency, these apps will ease your job of creation and modification of digital content by offering collaborative environments, format management, history editing and embedding different kinds of media such as photos, videos, graphics, audio, maps and more. But how can someone choose the best CMS when there are so many? Follow the read to see a brief review of the most used CMS and see which suits you better.
It’s one of the most popular CMS around the web. Collects among its pros we might find that it doesn’t require PHP or HTML knowledge to create content which makes friendly with beginners, it counts with a vast community willing support and an amazing amount of free plugins and templates to choose from while building your site.
Nevertheless, its simplicity carries some cons. Minor modifications require PHP knowledge, and you need to know about HTML or CSS to create original templates since the available ones are pretty much alike. Apart, you need to install an immense amount of plugins (that harm the script efficiency) in order to have great functionality.
Comprehensive and often seen as a programming platform, Drupal has many advantages such as great functionality that allows you to manage polls, menus, graphics and users; create a lot of content types like videos, texts and blogs; and a lot of plugins and support that can make your experience a little bit easier.
On the other hand, Drupal is not as user-friendly as other CMS as it is difficult to install and modify. Its offering of new solutions makes it hard to use if you’re used to older systems and it generates huge server loads when it comes to large websites.
It’s a great balance between complex functionality and simplicity and it’s easy to download and install. It counts with a great amount of plugins, that makes it even more functional and dozens of tutorials to ease the experience. This script allows you to manage a site with many subpages because of its comprehensive navigation system and it generates nice URLs in order to improve SEO positioning.
Sadly, the amount of functions provided by Joomla! is intimidating for rookie users, some of the plugins that might be free in other CMS are paid in this one and the compatibility of the plugins might cause some headaches if you don’t know about PHP.
There you saw a quick description of the pros and cons of the three most popular CMS. There are plenty more out there like Quick.Cms or Typo3, all of them have exploitable advantages, so think of what do you want on your site and pick the CMS that adapts better.