The basic definition of a content management platform is a software in which you download onto your device, which then allows you to create digital content. There are many different content management system options, which are best suited to individuals depending on their web development skill set. All of which give you access to log in at any time and create new, fresh and unique content to add to your online platform.
Content Management System Options
The content management system that you opt to build and manage your website will depend on both the primary requirements of your site and skill level you are at. Some CMS platforms are considerably harder to use than others and would require technical knowledge. If you are currently debating which platform to use, keep reading for the benefits and drawbacks of the three main CMS platforms, WordPress, Joomla and Drupal.
WordPress was first created in 2003 and is now the chosen platform for at least 30% of web content due to its simplistic and straightforward approach to building websites. It is free to download and use WordPress and is used to build and manage your own websites. You do not have to have to be an expert in coding to use WordPress as it is best suited to beginners who aim to regularly update the content on their website by, for example, publishing blogs and articles.
Benefits Of WordPress
- WordPress is open source and software is created by volunteers, which is why it is free for users to download and continue to operate on.
- Google ranks WordPress generated websites higher because you are regularly updating content meaning that it is better optimised and Google is able to read and index the site quickly.
- WordPress is versatile, and there are a vast range of different themes available meaning that if you opt to rebrand or rethink your colour scheme, changes can be made immediately.
- Edits and uploads can be made anywhere, on any device and by anyone who has the websites WordPress login.
Drawbacks Of WordPress
- Although WordPress provides many different free themes, this also means that a lot of companies would already be using these free designs. If you wanted your website to be unique and stand out from others, you would need to enlist the help of a professional designer.
- If you install too many additional plugins to enhance your website, it is likely to slow down your site.
- WordPress requires regular updates; this isn’t so much of a huge drawback, but it would not be suitable if you do not plan to log in and audit your website for updates regularly.
Joomla is also an open source content management system and was first introduced in 2005. This platform is best suited to those who have some technical knowledge on web development, but in depth, advanced skills are not required. Joomla also is used to create websites but is more aimed an online e-commerce store, digital magazines and newspapers and for social networking.
Benefits of Joomla
- Not only will you have the Joomla content management system, but you will also be provided with ongoing support. Along with your download, you will also have access to a vast range of development tools and a portal of their online community where you can pick up useful tips to expand your learning.
- It will only take around 5-10 minutes to install Joomla to your desktop and once downloaded; you can start creating digital content straight away.
- As you develop your website further, you may be faced with various pages and categories, Joomla has an internal navigation management system which can make it easy to manage and find all pages.
Drawbacks of Joomla
- Joomla does not have as many plugins and additional functionalities than others content management platforms.
- It will be harder to make your website SEO friendly when using Joomla to build your site.
- There are some additional plugins available for free, but many you will have to pay for even though they are free on other content management systems.
- In the past, many Joomla users have noticed that their website cannot handle a vast demand of users at once, which may lead to the site crashing and missing out on sales and enquiries.
Drupal is known as the more advanced content management platform and is best suited to those who have an extensive web development knowledge and have more technical experience. If you are considering using Drupal to build and manage your businesses website, it is recommended that you know the basics of programming languages such as HTML and PHP. Generic websites can be created using Drupal; you are not limited to just one type.
Benefits of Drupal
- Due to the technicality, Drupal can be customised as much as you require from a huge range of options with added features, designs and many more.
- Drupal is flexible regarding the way you edit, add and display the content of your website. Search engines love this and will rank your website higher because it will be considerably more SEO friendly.
- Similarly to Joomla, Drupal has a vast online community where if you need any advice or guidance when editing or creating, you can easily submit your question, and it will be answered by an expert quickly.
Drawbacks of Drupal
- The main benefit of Drupal is that it is trickier to use and get the hang of, as mentioned previously you will need programming experience and development knowledge to build websites on this platform.
- Although the vast toolbox of capabilities of Drupal, it, unfortunately, will slow down the loading time and will make it harder to use on older devices.
A fully functioning and user-friendly website is essential for a successful business. Companies, now more than ever, rely on their website as their main source of sales and enquiries, so it is crucial that you take time in the building process to make sure there are no errors. Taking time initially and avoiding shortcuts will lower the risk of website functionality problems in the future.