Long gone are the days of static HTML websites that were a major headache to simply update a line of text. There are a range of different content management systems available to allow you as the website owner to easily update and manage your own content, images and videos without hiring an experience web developer/designer. There are some choices out there and while each has it’s own distinct advantages and disadvantages you should always be using a content management system for any new website you are creating. Why? You will save money, time and effort which are three of the most important things for any small business. Let’s get started and  take a look at the three most common content management systems you can use for your website.

WordPress

WordPress has become the most popular content management system online due to it’s capacity to suit a wide range of businesses for a variety of different things. From a corporate website to a blog to a fully supercharged e-commerce store. WordPress has the capacity to do it all. With a large open source & plugin developer community you are able to find virtually anything that will perform the functionality you are searching for. The one advantage WordPress has over the competition is that there are over 27,000 themes and 9,000 plugins available give you a variety of choice and the ability to create something beautiful and affordable. It’s easy to install and you need zero experience to get started using it. The best part is that it is also free. WordPress has a very user friendly backend that allows you as the website owner to create new pages, blog posts & menu items with relative ease. You can make existing changes to text all within a couple of minutes. Due to it’s popularity WordPress has frequent updates which you as the website owner need to consistently be on top of to avoid issues with security and potential hacks. Overall WordPress is suited to small businesses looking for a well rounded platform that is secure, easy to use and flexible.

Drupal

In comparison to WordPress, Drupal can be considered to be on the other end of the specturm in terms of complexity as it isn’t as user friendly, however it can be considered to be more powerful to power complex applications and web projects. It is great for those that are technically advanced and it has the capacity to be used for any type of website. It can cause confusion for website owners who aren’t particularly technically savy and don’t have the time to learn the platform in full. It is considered to be faster than WordPress as it requires less resources to power it, however as time goes on the difference between the two is minimal especially given the ability to configure caching plugins, minify resources and run your website through a content delivery network. If you are looking for a powerful content management system and you have some technical skills to run your website or application Drupal is a good choice.

Joomla

Joomla sits somewhere in between WordPress & Drupal in terms of complexity making it a good choice for many small businesses. It is not as technical as Drupal in terms of ongoing management while still remaining quite powerful. Joomla is well known for powering social networks and e-commerce websites, however WordPress has started to gain some traction with small to medium sized e-commerce stores. Joomla comes with loads of themes and plugins to extend your website and it is also free like WordPress and Drupal and has an extensive open source community contributing to it’s continued growth and enhancement.

Still confused as what to choose? If you run a small business and you want to make changes every now and then to your website choose something that is user friendly like WordPress. Deciding to use Drupal would usually mean that you have some technical expertise and have the ability to learn how the system works. Joomla is somewhere between the middle of the two giving you a powerful content management system that isn’t too complex.

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