Content Management Systems, commonly referred to as CMS, offer many benefits for individuals looking to create their own website, as well as make certain their growing website remains organized.
There is no doubt there is an abundance of digital information available from almost anywhere, making it much more difficult to manage it all. Using a CMS provides the groundwork you need to ensure your website is successful and profitable.
In simple terms, Content Management Systems act as a digital environment where you store and control your website material. This is particularly beneficial for individuals running a website that contains extensive content or is multi-layered. It will reduce your production time and make certain that the information you are presenting to the world is done so at the highest standards possible.
There are several CMS to choose from, making it difficult to determine which one best meets your needs. Below, we look at the three most popular Content Management Systems and explore their features, as well as the advantages and disadvantages they offer users.
A look at the top 3 Content Management Systems ...
At present, Joomla is considered the strongest of the 3 interms of coming closest to meeting the definition of CMS. It is used by sites including Peugeot, Eiffel Tower, Barnes & Noble, UK Ministry of Defence, and many more.
This is likely due to the numerous features Joomla offers, as well the commitment that is made to constantly updating and improving the CMS.
Joomla provides users with the ability to:
- Design their own personal options, based on their authentication. There are nine user groups with varying categories of permission on what users are able to access, edit, publish, and administrate.
- Use Media Manager, a tool that makes overseeing different media folders or files much easier. It is assimilated into the Article Editor tool, giving you the capability of grabbing images and other files simultaneously.
- Access the Integrated Help System, to assist users in finding what they are looking for and helps you troubleshoot.
- Use Template Management, allowing you to create the site that you have been visualizing in your head. You can opt for a single template, several templates, or to customize each individual page.
- Content management abilities that include the chance to organize your information in a different way than it is presented on your website, archive contents, and build-in e-mail cloaking to prevent spammers from accessing your email addresses.
- Create polls with multiple options to find out more about your users, allows the administrator to view search statistics, makes it easy for users to contact management and make certain requests are sent to the correct person, setup banners, and change the administrator panel to a language other than the one usedon the website.
- Built in Multilingual capibilities
- And so much more, depending upon the version you are using.
Joomla is a powerful CMS that was built on a MVC framework and is designed to be easily installed. It offers extensive user support, such as tutorials, programmer’s tools, and a discussion board. It provides several thousand free plugins on the homepage, as well as the ability to update the script to a newer version from the web browser, and generates links that are aimed at attaining the best SEO positioning. Administrators are giving extensive control using the functions found on the administrator’s panel. There are too many benefits to using Joomla to name them all. (Features Overview)
Joomla can be quite scary the first time a user accesses it because of the number of functions it offers. However, if you dedicate the time and make the effort necessary to learn it, you will find that it is quite easy to use. While it does offer an extensive selection of templates and modules, there are limited adjustment options. In addition, it can place increased demands on server parameters, though this is typically not a problem.
WordPress is no longer only used for blogs. It is also a CMS and, as of late 2013, it powered approximately 69 million websites and blogs. It is used by Sony Music, Mozilla Firefox Blog, Coca-Cola France, CNN Blogs, and many more.
Currently, WordPress is the most frequently used CMS in the world, offering features, such as:
- Numerous publishing tools, including the ability to create rough drafts, schedule publication at a later date, and monitor any changes that have been made. Publishing is quick and simple. You create your pages or posts, format them, add media, and click a button to make the content live.
- The option to make your site private, public, or available only to those with a password. In addition,the administrator hasthe capability ofrestricting access to contributors.
- Media management that makes it easy to upload images and media, as well as add your own comments, images, captions, and more.
- A directory that includes more than 2,000 themes to choose from or the option to upload your own.It also has numerous plugins to choose from, giving you the opportunity to customize pages to meet your needs.
- Easy installation and upgrades, the ability to be translated into more than 70 languages, and much more.
Two of the biggest benefits associated with WordPress are how user friendly it is and the number of plugins that is has available. The plugins greatly increase what you can do with WordPress. It is one of the best options for individuals new to CMS because it is very simplistic. Additionally, it is known for excellent SEO capabilities and is very flexible. Plugins can be used to create a company or personal blog, a video sharing site, an e-commerce store, and more in a matter of minutes. There are plenty of other advantages as well.
WordPress is the least secure of the top 3 most popular CMS. It is a favorite among hackers, who know easily how to get in and wreak havoc on your site. You can boost security, but it requires the installation of third-party plugins. In addition, while it does offer an extensive number of themes to select from, they tend to be very similar to one another. This drastically decreases your design options.
Released in 2001, Drupal is the oldest CMS and is considered the most powerful. While it used to be the top CMS, it has become less popular in the last few years.
Nevertheless, it is used by many state government websites, such as The White House, Twitter Developers, Popular Science, University of Canberra Alumni, and many more. Features include:
- Tools designed specifically to keep your site organized. This includes custom lists, the ability to automatically associate new content with similar content already on your site, smart defaults, and more.
- Provides thousands of free plugins and designs to make building a site much simpler.
- The ability to easily create user friendly, interactive experiences to increase traffic and engage visitors.
- The ability to handle anything from podcasts to polls, real-time statistics, video, text, and more.
- Extensive administrator capabilities. This includes the ability to require the need for permission in order for any user to view or create any information on the site.
Drupal offers frequently unmatched organizational and flexibility capabilities. It has the ability to support small sites, as well as sites that see millions of visitors each month and contain thousands of different pages. It is extremely stable and can withstand millions of people viewing the site simultaneously. In addition, it was designed to be very SEO friendly and offers many different modules that can be used, such as “Panels”. This allows the admin to overhaul a page simply by dragging and dropping.
There is no denying that Drupal is intended for those with an extensive background in computers and website development. It can be very difficult for the average person to understand the technical language that is used and comprehend the large number of coding capabilities it offers. In addition, Drupal only contains a minimal number of themes. Anyone using it may have to contact a web designer to create a suitable layout for their site.