Last Updated : 2020-06-16 20:55:01
To create a website, you don't always have to start from scratch. There are indeed very specific pages that need a very personalized structure, for example, those made in Flash (here are several Flash examples ), with which a good specialized programmer is inevitable. However, some simpler pages require less work and can be done through a CMS.
A CMS ( Content Management System ) is a content management system. For example, we are writing this article from the WordPress control panel. WordPress is a CMS. So is Joomla. And Drupal. And Prestashop. What is the most appropriate system to create my website? Which one should you opt for? We will try to reveal the doubt in this article.
The first thing that must be clear before choosing a system to manage content is what type of website we want. Do we need an online store from which it can be easily sold? Do we want a basic website with an integrated blog? Although all CMS have incorporated extensions or plugins that allow e-commerce, some are specially prepared for an online store with many products. For example, it is not very optimal to use WordPress as e-commerce software, although nothing prevents you from using it if you are going to sell something through your website.
Why am I saying this? Because perhaps it is worth it to do the basics, but at the moment when the online store is complicated, more specific software is needed, such as Prestashop or Magento, where there are thousands of modules and improvements that can be implemented so that your business grows. In addition to functionality, another important aspect that must be studied is the different options of custom designs that are available. We can use free designs, buy a premium template, and optimize it, or hire a professional designer to do something unique for us.
Both WordPress and Joomla or Drupal offer options to customize the template and adapt as best as possible to our website. However, WordPress is originally a CMS for blogs, while Joomla is more intended for static or service web pages. Consequently, in WordPress, we are going to find many more design possibilities for blogs than for websites. Another important issue is the simplicity of the administration panel. WordPress is, in our opinion, one of the simplest there is. The Joomla panel, on the other hand, is less intuitive for the common user, although with a few minutes of practice, we can get used to it.
CMS security is also important since CMS also have vulnerabilities that can affect the system, especially through the installation of plugins or misleading templates (fakes) that cause various problems on our website.
In short, when choosing CMS, we must take into account functionality, design options, and plugins, simplicity, and security as the main criteria for making our decision. In any case, we must work with caution to avoid all kinds of risks. What is the CMS for you that you like the most? With which have you created your website?
About Author : Sazid is a freelance writer and editor passionate about writing on the realm of business tech. He currently works with SMEs through North America and Europe.
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