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CMS Comparison – A 10,000 Foot View for Newbies

by Guest Blogger in at February 12, 2015

CMS Comparison – WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, SilverStripe

 

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Are you looking for a CMS Comparison so you can determine which CMS platform is right for you?  Read on, learn, make comment, and get started…

At the beginning of the last decade, individual bloggers and businesses would use HTML, CSS, and Flash to design and manage their website. These popular web development options often offered website design at higher costs, slower speeds, and more difficult long term website maintenance than some of the popular CMS options offered today. These three disadvantageous factors led to the switch from Flash, HTML, & CSS based websites to content management systems (CMS) that operate more simply, more cost-effectively, and more quickly.  Today, four of the most popular choices for content management systems (CMSs) are WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, and SilverStripe.  There are other platforms but these are the most popular and widely used.

WordPress

WordPress is a platform that offers flexible options appropriate for small-to medium-sized websites, corporate websites, and personal blogs.

WordPress Pros

If you choose to utilize WordPress for your website needs, you will find it offers several advantages over its competitors. One of the greatest advantages of WordPress is that it is the ideal tool for those just beginning to work with a CMS platform. It is easy to use and allows you to quickly and efficiently add content to your page. WordPress is also quick to setup. You have the option of either automatic or manual installation, both of which allow you to create a webpage in under an hour. One-Click installs are offered by popular website hosting providers such as Hostgator.  A third advantage of choosing WordPress is expandability. It offers the most themes and plug-ins of all of its competitors due to it’s adoption and development community. If you possess the technical knowledge, you can even edit the root files, allowing you to customize your site even further. Another advantage of choosing WordPress is that their site, unlike many of their CMS competitors, offers hosting. When you choose to host your site through their page, hosting is free. The final advantage of choosing WordPress is the wider community of other users as mentioned previously. Access to this kind of informational source allows you to get the technical support you need in the case you need it. It is the most used CMS available to this date with over 140 Million downloads!

WordPress Cons

There are some disadvantages that can be associated with choosing WordPress for your CMS needs. First, it is not ideal for websites that experience heavy traffic. In this instance, heavy traffic is defined as sites with hundreds of thousands of visitors each day.  If you host your site on WordPress.com,  too many users from all the other hosted WordPress sites can cause your site to run slowly – That is why we recommend you select a commercial website hosting company if your website is for your business.  The second (minor) disadvantage is that it you would need some PHP development skills to customize some of the underlying functionality.  Usually there may already be a plug-in developed for what you need.

Drupal

Drupal is one of the more flexible CMS options, being ideal for anyone from individual bloggers to large corporations.

Drupal Pros

There are three advantages of choosing Drupal as a solution for your website. First, Drupal exceeds in response time. It has a large, intricately designed server that is made to support any amount of website traffic, from ten daily visitors to ten thousand. Another advantage is that Drupal is extremely flexible. Like WordPress, you can edit the root files in Drupal so that they fit the needs of your specific site. Finally, Drupal is free to operate if you have your own domain name and hosting site.

Drupal Cons

The disadvantage of choosing Drupal is the majority of the advantages also have a drawback. While Drupal is fast and features a great response time, if you add too many plug-ins the site can slow down. A second disadvantage is that as your site advances, you may find that the platform becomes more and more complicated. If you do not have sufficient technical knowledge, this may leave you scrambling to find someone else to help manage your site. Finally, while Drupal is free to download, you will still need webhosting and a domain name for your site. This often comes at an additional cost.

Joomla

Joomla is a CMS platform that is considered most suitable for eCommerce and social website applications.

Joomla Pros

Joomla is a content management solution that offers all of the extra features that Drupal has, without the same level of technical difficulty. This makes the key advantage of Joomla that it is simple to operate, without sacrificing the options for customization and plug-ins that can be used to truly make your site unique. A second advantage of Joomla is that it is one of the easiest CMSs to set up for use by a social networking or eCommerce site. Finally, this CMS offers a solid community of knowledgeable users and great customer service that can quickly and accurately address your technical needs.

Joomla Cons

The largest disadvantage of choosing Joomla for your content management needs is that it does not offer free webpage hosting. This means that you must find another site for your webhosting needs, which will come at a cost. Some users also find that its interface is cluttered, and not as user-friendly as other options. Its other disadvantages are only disadvantages in areas where Joomla does not quite meet the standards set by its competitors. It is not quite as simple as WordPress to set up, and it is not as flexible as Drupal in its useful applications.

SilverStripe

SilverStripe is a semi-flexible CMS that is appropriate for use by small business and large corporations.

SilverStripe Pros

Perhaps the largest advantage of choosing SilverStripe for your CMS needs is that it offers an extremely simple layout. This layout is ideal for use of search engine optimization or search engine marketing because a search engine can easily comb the site for information about your business. It is also flexible, being able to be used by both small companies and large corporations. Finally, SilverStripe offers access to a wide community of users and documentation that can help you if you find that you have difficulty setting up and managing your website.

SilverStripe Cons

There are three disadvantages to choosing SilverStripe as a CMS. First, SilverStripe does not offer the large number of themes, modules, and add-ons that are offered by WordPress and other competitors. This can be a problem for those with limited technical abilities because there is not a large selection of ready-made themes. Instead, you must generate your own themes. It also does not offer premium content for paying members. The final disadvantage of choosing SilverStripe as a CMS is a lack of a good menu for managing separate themes, modules, and extensions of your site. This can make the initial set-up process slightly more challenging, however, many users find that they do not miss this feature after becoming familiar with using the site.

 

CMS Comparison – A Wrap Up

If you go by the numbers, WordPress is by far the most popular option for web site management. It has over 140 million downloads to date, which surpasses the second most downloaded CMS by 100,000,000+ downloads. It also offers the most advantages over its competitors. Its large amount of downloads gives it by far the widest community for support. If you are confused, you will find forums, documentation, and other users that will be quick to answer your questions. It is also the easiest platform to use, with an interface that allows you to create a website regardless of your level of technical skill. This ease of use allows you to set up a site in well under an hour, faster than the time it takes to set up a website using one of the competitors’ applications. WordPress is also one of the few options that offers truly free website set-up, as it allows webpage hosting.

While WordPress is great for many sites, a successful corporation may still grow too large for WordPress. If you do find that you are attracting the attention of hundreds of thousands of visitors every day, then you may be best choosing one of the more flexible site options. For an impressively large amount of website traffic, consider Drupal, Joomla, or SilverStripe for your content management needs.

 

 

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