Nowadays it seems that almost everyone has a website, and it’s the average person that is creating them, not web developers, designers or programmers. Therefore, finding a CMS or Content Management System that is easy to use is a high priority. There are 3 main CMS’ in the market today which are free to use.
These are WordPress, Joomla and Drupal.
So what are their respective strengths and weaknesses?
WordPress is probably the most recognised CMS today, it started its early days being used by bloggers and powers over 76 million websites today.
Many users like WordPress as it is easy to install and can be customised easily. Because of its popularity many third party designers and developers will create cheap or free tools that will help it look like an expensive website.
There is a lot of community support for users of WordPress due to its popularity which means you can easily find a forum if you require help.
The added bonus of WordPress is that WordPress can actually host the website itself.
Drupal is considered to be an ‘out of the box’ web content management tool and customisable platform.
It is more technologically advanced than its counterparts WordPress and Joomla, however it is still relatively simple to customise with lots of plugins, themes etc. The bonus of Drupal is that it also allows you to edit the root files directly which is great if you need to make more significant changes. As Drupal is the most technologically advanced of the 3 CMS it is ideal that you have a basic knowledge of programming languages such as HTML, PHP etc.
Joomla is considered to be the middle of the road as it’s not as technical as Drupal and not quite as basic as WordPress.
Joomla is great for setting up social networks such as forums, members areas, articles, etc. as they are easy to create, can be done and ready to run very quickly. You can even easily set up your own online store with minimal effort compared to WordPress and Drupal.
With all these websites being created and the simplicity of them all you may want to know how secure they actually are.
With over 76 million websites and being the most popular, WordPress is often a target of hackers. However, response to breaches in security are handled very quickly by automatically updating and installing security patches.
Joomla also responds quickly to security breaches to its sites, patches are then created, however it is up to the user to install the patches and updates.
You don’t often hear about Drupal sites being hacked, this gives the illusion that their sites are more secure, although, this may not be the case as Drupal is not as popular as WordPress. However, like WordPress and Joomla, Drupal a quick to identify vulnerabilities and these are published on their own website and patches created accordingly.
The world of CMS may still seem quite overwhelming to the average user, however the team at Web Tech Plus are always here to help with your needs. Head to our contact page and drop us an email if you'd like assistance at any time.